Paul Letham-McGrath



​Born into a rural Canterbury family, Paul showed an early interest in both human behaviour and the creative arts. After an initial foray into the worlds of theatre, music and performance, which included gaining an undergraduate degree in drama and music, Paul began studying psychology, culminating in two diplomas and a Bachelor of Counselling degree. In addition to his academic background, Paul also brings to his practice first-hand experience of depression and anxiety and a deep understanding of the conditions that can lead to their development.

Hi, I am Paul!

Paul is a fully-qualified registered counsellor based in Christchurch, Rolleston, and online. He has 10 years of full-time private practice experience. His counselling style is warm, interactive, exploratory, and methodical. Paul’s main areas of specialty are: Creative and performance industries Existential concerns (the search for meaning, purpose, or direction) Depression and anxiety Relationship problems Gay, lesbian, and bisexual concerns Transgender and gender identity issues Intimacy and sexuality Jungian, transpersonal, and depth psychology
Paul’s work is fundamentally rooted in the idea of “client-centred practice”, reflecting the philosophy that you are essentially the expert in your own life, but Paul integrates other modalities as well, depending upon your needs. Drawing from a number of therapeutic approaches, he also works within existential, solution-based, narrative, psychodynamic, Jungian, and cognitive-behavioural (CBT/DBT) methods.
New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) – Full Member
Bachelor of Arts (Drama) 1993, University of Canterbury
Bachelor of Counselling 2012, Wellington Institute of Technology
Certificate in Jungian Clinical Concepts, Centre for Applied Jungian Studies (Johannesburg)
DIploma in Psychology, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
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