Dr Richard Fox
Counselling and Psychotherapy for individuals and couples
How Can I Help?
I work together with people, to find the best way they can resolve current difficulties, and to help them move forward in their lives.
If you are experiencing any of the situations below, you should find counselling and psychotherapy helpful. I am happy to work with people of any age from late teens onwards.
- Stress and burnout
- Anxiety and depression
- Relationship trouble, especially couples wanting to improve their relationship
- Interest in personal development
- Rebuilding one's life after sexual abuse
- Recovery from alcohol and other addictions
- Breaking free from eating disorders
- Coping with physical illness, including cancer, chronic fatigue and pain syndromes like fibromyalgia
I have explored far and wide within the counselling and psychotherapy field, and been most drawn to the more modern approaches which I find warm, friendly, open and affirming. They focus upon working with peoples' strengths, and finding the therapy that best suits the individual. We work together to create the best conditions for transformation to occur. Added to this, the rapidly growing field of brain science is providing understandings which can guide us towards what we hope is most likely to be effective.
Professional training in Hakomi Integrative Psychotherapy forms the bedrock of my approach. See www.hakomiinstitute.com. Interestingly, this approach has many features which seem to have anticipated the suggestions now coming out of brain science. On a technical level, Hakomi emphasises creating a deep sense of acceptance and safety, which makes the work more effective.
In Hakomi we work more with what is happening now than talking about the past. We use mindfulness to slow down and notice what is arising from within. We use the body''s knowing, which is a powerful doorway to the hidden core beliefs that shape our lives. This approach has been developed in Focusing: www.focusing.org
"Hakomi is an excellent system for learning key emotional intelligence skills" Daniel Goleman
"Hakomi is the cutting edge of modern therapeutic technique" John Bradshaw
The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is an approach to therapy which I find really helpful and I have travelled to the USA to further my training in this approach. IFS is one of the fastest growing psychotherapeutic models in the field today, offering a clear, non-pathologising and empowering view of human cognitive and emotional life. It fosters transformation gently, quickly and effectively, viewing multiplicity of mind as our natural state and our 'parts' as sub-personalities that may be healed and transformed by bringing the Self into its rightful role as leader of the internal system. See www.selfleadership.org.
A large part of my practice is working with couples. I have been fortunate to attend training with several leaders in the field of couples therapy. I am enthusiastic about Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy which is an effective, brief approach with systematic steps for helping couples rebuild their relationship and become close again. Recently introduced to New Zealand, this therapy is growing rapidly internationally, largely because it has such an impressive rate of success. See www.couplestherapyauckland.co.nz and www.iceeft.com
John Briere's Self-Trauma Model
I am registered with ACC and have significant experience working with people who have experienced sexual abuse. I Favour John Briere's straight-forward, flexible and humane approach.
My transition from medical doctor to counselling and psychotherapy came about largely as a result of my interest in the MindBody field. Many physical conditions are strongly influenced by a person's state of mind. MindBody approaches can be very helpful for people with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and pain syndromes like fibromyalgia. I was a founding member of the MindBody Trust www.mindbody.org.nz.
I have attended trainings with some of the internationally leading lights in modern approaches to working with grief.
I work with people with a variety of addictive problems, from alcohol and other drugs, to gambling, eating disorders and addiction to internet porn. I have been a trainer in Motivational Interviewing which is the approach used most often in the addictions field.
I grew up in an Anglican household and have since explored other approaches to the spiritual including Buddhist mindfulness meditation retreats. I value the spiritual, but am not attached to any particular faith. I am comfortable working with people with or without a spiritual outlook.
I am familiar with a number of other approaches including: focusing, clinical hypnosis, visualisation and mindfulness based stress reduction.