Paola Montanaro holds a NZ Master in Clinical Psychology, she is a registered NZAC counsellor, a registered FEAP psychotherapist in Spain, and she is based in private practice in Blenheim. She has worked for 20 years in New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain, England and Germany.

After finishing her academic training in her native Italy, Paola has trained is Systemic Therapy in Spain and most recently her area of expertise has been in the treatment of Trauma. She has extensively trained in Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR) and is now an accredited EMDR therapist. She is now training in the IFS modality.

Before that, she has been working in protection and Social Services settings, Relationship Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in Psychiatric and General Private Practice, providing assessments, psychotherapy, and Family court reports.

Paola provides her therapeutic services also for several NZ governmental and private agencies such as ACC sensitive claim, WINZ, Victim Support, the NZ Air Force, and the local Health Services. She provides supervision for different students and mental health workers from several NZ University Institutes.

During the session, Paola counts with the help of her dog Leon, a young and energetic border collie who is undergoing professional training to become a Facility Dog. Leon has a genuine passion for our clients and he is always ready to provide them with his unconditional emotional support.


Qualifications and Registrations:

NZQA Master in Clinical Psychology

MNZAC Counsellor.

Certified EMDR therapist

Acrredited for ACC sensitive claims..

FEAP registered Psychotherapist in Spain since 2009.


Member of the The New Zealand EMDR Association

Associate Member of the AEI+DTF (Spanish National Association for the research and development of Family therapy).