Do you find yourself feeling the same bad feeling over and over again in all kinds of situations?

Perhaps you keep getting into familiar relationship dynamics with others?

Do you feel your life lacks direction or meaning, or find it difficult to achieve your goals?


An experience of psychotherapy could help you to better understand yourself and your relationships with others.


About Psychotherapy

Many people choose to come to psychotherapy at a time of crisis. You may feel lost or stuck, or out of control in some way. This may be due to reasons such as relationship issues, uncertainty about the direction of your life, grief, anxiety or depression. It may be due to experiences that have happened recently or experiences from your past.

Often the things that trouble us have been there for a long time. People are often afraid that these things might be too powerful to bear if they were to talk about them, but in most cases these frightening things have already happened, such as a childhood rejection or abandonment, a traumatic experience, or negative messages. What you may be left with are distorted beliefs and outdated responses to situations from your past that are now limiting you in living the full life you want.

A psychotherapist is a trained professional who will listen empathically to you and help you talk about things that perhaps you have never talked about with anyone before. A psychotherapist can help you to understand what may be the core of the problem and to offer you a greater insight into this, and how you can find resolution, or make changes. This process happens through meeting regularly and getting to know one another well, by building a safe, ethical and confidential relationship based on trust. You may begin to understand yourself in ways that you haven’t before and to free yourself from the self-protective but often limiting measures you have developed over your lifetime.

About Me

Charlotte McLachlan

I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a full member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.

My primary qualification is as a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA). I offer both psychotherapy and supervision services in Dunedin, and in addition to this I am one of a group of trainers as part of the Wellington Transactional Analysis Training Institute (WTATI). I work with individuals, couples and groups, offering both brief and long term psychotherapy.

I have an extensive education background having first trained in Art, and then later in Social Work. Since beginning work as a psychotherapist I have gained experience working with a number of psychotherapeutic modalities other than Transactional Analysis, including Interactive Drawing Therapy and Psychodrama. These creative modalities of expression link to my interest in the arts, and to my own current art practice.

I began my professional working life at Rape Crisis Dunedin where I worked for 10 years. I have since worked at Otago Polytechnic Counselling Service, and in private practice where I have gained experience in working with a wide range of issues, and a diversity of clients. I have continued to develop a particular clinical interest in working with trauma over many years of clinical practice.

Professional Qualifications


Post Graduate Certificate In Visual Art

Dunedin School Of Art, Otago Polytechnic


Teaching Transactional Analyst

European Association of Transactional Analysis


Supervising Transactional Analyst

European Association of Transactional Analysis


Master of Science in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy

The Berne Institute, Middlesex University, United Kingdom


Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst

International Transactional Analysis Association


Advanced Clinical Practice

New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists


Certified Transactional Analyst

International Transactional Analysis Association


Diploma in Counselling

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology


Bachelor of Art (major in Social Work, minor in Gender Studies)

University of Otago


Diploma in Craft Design

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Professional Accreditations

Registered Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ)

Member of New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP)

Member of International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA)

ACC Approved Counsellor


My Practice

Practice Hours

Monday 9am – 6pm

Friday 9am – 6pm


Sessions are 50 minutes, unless an alternative timeframe has been negotiated between us beforehand.


My office is at 40A Filleul Street. This is a group practise located upstairs, with a waiting room situated near the top of the stairs.

Cancellation Policy

My cancellation policy is a minimum of 48 hours notice of cancellation. This will give me the opportunity to re-book that appointment.

If the full working days notice of cancellation is not given and I am able to re-book the session, no charge will be made.

If the full working days notice of cancellation is not given and I am unable to re-book the session then the full session fee will be charged.



I appreciate that making the first contact can be a big decision. You are most welcome to phone or email me to ask any questions before making an initial appointment. It is also ok to make a one off appointment to begin with to see if I am the right person for you.

Cell phone: 027 859 4035 (txt only please)