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Move forward with confidence to a life of wellbeing and contentment.

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Talk Therapy & Professional Supervision

Helping you to manage stress and anxiety and reset your life towards strength, stability and health

Are you struggling to manage stress and anxiety or deal with sleep problems? Do you need support to live with grief or loss?

Regardless of background, culture, qualifications or experience, we all go through times in our lives when we need extra support. Authentically U offers confidential sessions in Talk Therapy – a proven and recognised therapy programme to help you work through the challenges you’re facing and move you to a place of wellbeing and contentment.

Authentically U celebrates your individuality, and provides practical and effective ways to help you manage stress and anxiety and reclaim a healthy life. 

Get in touch today and book your free 15-minute consultation.  

We look forward to meeting you.

Aimee Russell
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Aimee Russell

Clinical Director

Kia Ora Whanau,

As a registered nurse for more than 10 years, most recently as part of a crisis mental health hospital team, I know how important mental health is to wellbeing. I also know it’s not always easy to achieve.

Unlike a physical ailment, a pill won’t cure stress or anxiety, or teach you how to reset your thoughts and behaviours to be able to live a healthier, happier life. What does make it easier though is being able to talk through issues with a trained ‘talk therapist’. I’ve seen the incredibly positive steps people have taken after working with a therapist and it spurred me into gaining the qualifications to be able to offer this therapy to others.

Our team work with people of all ages (including children and teenagers) who might be struggling with depression, anxiety, stress or low mood, who have sleep issues or who are trying to cope with challenging work or family relationships. In many situations, the root cause of the issue is the relationship we have with ourselves. Many people we see have lost touch with themselves or their purpose and, as a result, have lost the confidence and motivation to go after what they really want in life.

That’s why I called my clinic Authentically U – to celebrate the individuality in each one of us. We all have issues and imperfections, curves and edges, and that’s what makes us interesting, unique and human. Through therapy sessions, I work with you to explore who you are and treasure the awesome traits you have – with all your curves and edges thrown into the mix! I encourage you to own them, gain strength from them and let them be your inspiration as you move towards that life you really want. You won’t get there unless you totally accept and respect yourself.

I offer a friendly, calm and nurturing space in which to talk, and with my clinical background I bring a pragmatic and practical approach to sessions. I will be straight up and challenge you when appropriate but will respect your privacy when you don’t want to share your thoughts. I’m solutions focused which means the personalised treatment plan we create together will provide you with the tools and skills you need to continue nurturing your mental health and wellbeing long after our sessions have finished.

My qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing; Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Nursing; and a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science, Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, Clinical Supervision and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  I am in the third and final year of study of Transactional Analysis (Psychotherapy) through the Wellington Transactional Analysis Training Institute and have a training contract to work towards completing my CTA. Other trainings include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Peer/Group Supervision.  My professional affiliations include the NZ Nurses Organisation, Australian and NZ Mental Health Association and I am a student member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Transactional Analysis Assocation and International Transactions Analysis Association (Psychotherapy).

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Services We Offer

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What is Talk Therapy?

Often when we’re feeling anxious or worried about something, it helps to talk the issue through with someone. Talking therapies are a way of helping you deal with negative feelings by talking with a trained therapist. Through gentle questioning and guiding, the therapist is able to help you get to the root of why you are feeling this way and then work with you to resolve the issue. People who attend talk therapy sessions begin to see issues from a new perspective and learn to change their beliefs and behaviours towards a more positive and healthier approach to life.

Talk Therapy is an umbrella term which includes a number of different therapy methods, or modalities, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychotherapy. Whatever modality is used, the objective is to support the client to move forward towards health and wellbeing, and feel stronger, confident and more empowered. Usually 6-12 sessions are needed to fully explore the issues and put in place positive coping strategies.

Get in touch today for your free 15-minute online consultation.

We’ll briefly discuss the issue you’re experiencing and what could help you moving forward.

You’ll get an opportunity to meet me and decide if you want Authentically U to help you make positive and long-lasting change in your life.

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Please get in touch with Authentically U to find out how we can help you

Phone: 021 163 0021


345 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North

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