Meet Tarisha

Auckland couples therapist  Tarisha Tourok

My qualifications:

* Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from Massey University
* Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Auckland University of Technology
* Graduate of Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy 2-year professional training
* Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT) levels 1 & 2 professional trainings
* Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals (EFIT) levels 1 & 2
* Somatic Approaches to Trauma professional training
* Certified BioDynamic Breathwork practitioner
* Certified Feminine Power coach

I work online and in my office in Westmere, Auckland. I also lead couple's intensives and couples and women's retreats.

I have a particular interest in working with couples who want more sexual fulfilment, experience sexual difficulties and/or have a history of unwanted sexual experiences. I'm trained in supporting clients with sexual trauma as well as using tantric arts to bring more joy into couple's sex life.

Whether you've been feeling dissatisfied in your relationship for years, have just experienced a breakdown in trust or starting a new relationship, it all comes down to (re)creating a solid emotional connection with your partner that can withstand life's ups and downs.

I offer an evidence-based approach of Emotionally Focused Therapy that has been proven to consistently show excellent follow-up results, and some studies show that significant progress continues after therapy.

EFT is the only model of couple intervention that uses a systematic empirically validated theory of adult bonding as the basis for understanding and alleviating relationship problems. EFT has been proven to be successful across different kinds of clients and couples facing co-morbidities such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In brief, EFT works very well, results last, and it works across different populations and problems (

In our work together I will...

... guide you to identify the painful communication cycle you and your partner inadvertently engage in...

... show you how to change your negative cycle into a positive one that creates more connection and understanding...

... help you share with your partner what you need in a way that they can hear and respond to positively...

... help you find a way to bring a deep emotional connection with your partner...

... show you how to update your communication so you can understand each other better...

... help you create exciting and satisfying sex life...

... show you how to resolve long-standing disagreements so you're not constantly arguing about the same issues...

... encourage you to nurture your relationship so that your relationship nurtures you.

Of course, I can't promise you that your relationship will work out. Sometimes we are just not meant to be together and things don't work out no matter what we do. But I can promise that you will gain clarity, understand each other better, and more importantly you will understand how you work and what you contribute to the difficulties so you don't have to repeat painful relational dynamics.

I'd love to hear from you,


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