Fiona Smorag

Fiona Smorag

Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Online Therapy Available
Online Therapy

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nurse/Nurse Therapist-Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Since qualifying in 2012 I have worked within inpatient mental health services (adults aged 18+) and more recently the perinatal community mental health team at WDHB. During that time I have been introducing Interpersonal Psychotherapy to my clients and have found it works really well as a way to treat depression, anxiety and can be adapted for many other mental health conditions. I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT Skills within the work I do. Interpersonal psychotherapy or IPT provides a short term, attachment based psychotherapy that explores your interpersonal relationships and is based on the idea that your mood may also be linked to your relationships. It is based on a Biopsychosocial/cultural/spiritual model of psychological functioning. Asking for help when you are distressed can be really hard, and IPT helps to navigate and improve relationships and social networks, see the link between mood and relationships and encourages a sense of autonomy; asking for help from others when needed. IPT is an evidence based treatment for depression and other mental health issues such as anxiety and eating disorders, it continues to grow as an intervention and can be modified and has evolved over time. IPT can be used as a standalone treatment, or alongside medication. The categories that are explored within IPT are introduced during the initial phase, and a formulation will be agreed together to determine which category is a best fit in terms of what needs to be addressed. These categories include: 1. Grief – Loss of a loved one 2. Role Disputes – Arguments, communication difficulties, strained relationships with one or more people in your life 3. Role Transition – The experience in moving from one role to another, such as moving house, having a baby, changing jobs etc 4. Interpersonal sensitivities – This relates to feelings of isolation, limited social supports and difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships The treatment consists of 3 phases: The first phase Exploration of your interpersonal world, focusing on the here and now. Although past events may require some examination, most of the work is about who is important to you right now. The second phase Closer examination of your relationships, changes you would like to make within them. During this time you will be trying different ways of communicating and see how some of your symptoms may be linked to the relationships you have The third phase Looking towards concluding therapy and reviewing your progress. At this time we may suggest having maintenance sessions in 3-6 months’ time. The treatment is time limited, usually lasting between 6-16 sessions that are scheduled weekly for the best outcomes. I am available for a free 15 min consult if you want to know more and to see if this would be a good fit for you moving forward.


BSc Mental Health Nursing,Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) Facilitator,Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),DBT Essential skills



Client Type

couples, adults

Therapy Type

trauma therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing Therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (act), cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt), online therapy, person centred therapy, Relational Psychotherapy

  • anxiety
  • attachment issues
  • career change
  • burnout
  • communication skills
  • conflict management
  • coping issues
  • emotional control
  • family issues
  • goal setting
  • grief
  • grief and loss
  • loneliness and isolation
  • mental health disorder
  • parenting
  • relationship issues
  • self esteem and confidence
  • sleep issues
  • social anxiety
  • stress
  • trauma
  • work-life balance
  • professional supervision
Individual session online
$150 NZD
Individual Therapy Session
$150 NZD
Professional Supervision
$150 NZD
EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
$150 NZD
Or free if your organisation uses Clearhead to provide wellbeing support
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