Dr Anna Martin


Child, Adolescent, Adult & Couples Therapist

Dr Anna Martin is a child, adolescent, adult and couples therapist. Anna was awarded her PhD from the University of Auckland. Anna’s focus for her PhD thesis involved undertaking research that explored the parent/child relationship looking particularly at the discipline process. Her thesis also investigated some of the current mainstream discipline methods that are widely used by parents.

Anna found that many of the current discipline methods did not provide the parent with the necessary tools to achieve a productive discipline event outcome that supported the well-being of the child. Without these tools the outcome of the discipline event can increase the level of conflict in the family environment and impact negatively on the parent/child relationship.

As a result of her thesis findings Anna was able to create three new discipline methods to encourage a new discipline paradigm and lower levels of conflict between parent and child. The three discipline methods support the parent and child to work towards a productive outcome and in doing so minimise conflict and help to maintain a secure and attached relationship. These new methods are introduced in her latest book - "Listen to Me - Taking the conflict out of child discipline" released in June '19' and published by Penguin Random House.

Anna has worked in various environments, but has spent the majority of her time consulting in private practice. Anna is also an ACC registered therapist.

Anna works with individuals on a variety of issues (outlined below) and has published articles on areas relating to attachment, behaviour and discipline and the parent/child relationship. Anna has presented at seminars and workshops around the country.

Anna appears weekly on her Drive Thru Therapy segment on The Hits with Stace and Flynny. For a number of years Anna was also on the expert panel for the largest and popular parenting magazine, Littlies, as their child, adolescent and adult therapist. Anna has also been a guest on TVNZ and TV3 where she discussed topics such as sleep and behaviour and published articles on parenting in New Zealand and overseas publications.

Anna utilises a collaborative approach and works with clients on a number of issues ranging from:

  • Couple Related Issues
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression, self-harm, identity and self-esteem issues
  • Step-family issues
  • Infant and child sleep issues
  • Children’s behavioural issues (both at home and at school)
  • Parent/child relationship
  • Attachment
  • ACC registered therapist

Professional qualifications

  • PhD, University of Auckland
  • Master of Counselling, Massey University
  • Specialised Post Graduate paper - Attachment Theory
  • Bachelor of Arts, Victoria University of Wellington
  • ACC registered

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