Tanisha Rose Ripp, MA, AThR
About Tanisha Rose Ripp
Hello & welcome to my page,
You may have found your way here through a difficult time in your life and need support. Don’t’ worry, you’ve come to the right place.
I offer short-term and long-term psychotherapy, art therapy and counselling in Auckland, New Zealand and online internationally. My approach is integrative and holistic, this means I work with the mind, body, emotions, financial and spiritual parts of your life, using different perspectives that change to adapt to your needs. Most importantly, I work with you, for you - because I don't believe I know all the answers, I believe you already have what you need and together we will find those tools for you to equip for the betterment of your self, your wellbeing and your relationships.
Get in touch today to start one of the most meaningful internal journeys you'll ever have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Master of Art Therapy Degree with Distinction achieved through a British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) approved training course and I am accredited and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). I hold additional training in Online Counselling, Inclusion & Diversity and Evaluation & Research in Art Psychotherapy.
My experience ranges in working with adults and children one-to-one, groups in community and charity settings, children and adolescents’ in public and independent schools and in a behavioural services. As a culture enthusiast, I have travelled and been passionately involved community development programs, charity and projects for over 8 years, including supporting international development projects in Brazil and in various parts of Japan.
Art Therapy is similar to talking psychotherapy, except with the added benefits of using art materials to express, process and understand your emotions, issues and sense of self. Clients do not need to always to make art in sessions and do not need to have any experience with art making.
Using art to put negative ‘stuff’ onto something outside of you can be very healing and can deepen our work together. Art therapy taps into parts of the brain that are not controlled and managed by conscious thought, reading and talking. This creative side of the brain can access pre-verbal memory and areas where difficult, suppressed and hidden problems and memories lie, allowing us to safely explore and resolve them together. Art therapy can also be adapted to use during online counselling.
Art therapy has shown to be very effective in treating many mental health and life issues such as:
- Anxiety and general anxiety disorders
- Feeling Sad
- Child-related issues
- Panic disorders
Art therapy has also shown to work well with:
- Relationship and family issues
- Loss and grief
- Personality disorders
It evokes mindfulness, healing, presence and stillness, self-reflection and self-discovery, safety, creativity and resilience, self-esteem building, bonding and processing or resolving past traumas such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment and difficult or loss of relationships.
Working with ‘difference’
‘’I don’t feel like my friends or family understand me’’
‘’People get tired of hearing me complain about race.’’
‘’I feel like I’m different from everyone else …’’
Don’t worry, there is space for you here.
As a registered member of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) with a specialist interest in diversity, cross-cultural issues and psychosocial power dynamics in Western society, I have a great deal of experience working with culturally & ethnically diverse individuals who feel ‘different’, such as internal conflicts with one's own race, Christianity, Islam or other religious teachings and practices, and have also worked with members of the LGBTQIA community. Our time together is aimed to create a safe space for you bring the awkward, the uncomfortable and the difficult issues that are too heavy to explore outside of therapy.
- What is counselling online?
Online counselling consists of live video chat, video phone call, counselling email, live messenger chat in ‘real time’ at our arranged appointment time.
- What software do you use?
There are different data confidentialty compliment softwares we can use. I use Zoom or VSee. These two are both free and the best software to use. They offer IM, video and voice-only software with secure end-to-end encryption services for complete online privacy and confidentiality. Additionally, we can screen share, or add images to our video or voice call if you’d like to include some pre-made artwork or make art in the session.
- Can I also do art therapy online?
Yes, we will arrange how we can incorporate art therapy into your session.
- A few examples would be: You can make the artwork during, before or after the session and we discuss it together during our scheduled time. We can screen share if you'd like to make art digital on your computer. We can also use found objects, imagery and metaphor creatively online.
- Who is online counselling for?
I usually work online with adult clients one-to-one. Counselling online has its additional benefits such as eliminating location restrictions, accessible for mobility issues and disabilities and eliminates travel time.
Due to licensing restrictions, I do not work with clients online from the U.S and Canada.
If you have been diagnosed with a Personality Disorder, suicide ideation or a substance and/or alcohol addiction, online counselling may not be the most appropriate or effective method of therapy for you.
SpecialtiesAnxiety, Codependency, Trauma / PTSD, Women’s Issues
Age Group FocusChildren, Adolescents, Adults
Treatment ApproachesArt Therapy, Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Existential, Expressive Arts, Family / Marital, Feminist, Integrative, Interpersonal, Intervention, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Multicultural, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, Relational, Sand Play, Somatic, Transpersonal, Trauma Focused
IssuesAcademic issues, Addiction, Adoption, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Antisocial Personality, Behavior Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Caregiver Stress, Child or Adolescent, Coping Skills, Coping With Medical Issues, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, Faith Transition, Family Conflict, Grief, Introversion, Leadership, Men’s Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality