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Held Somatic Therapy

Let us support you to truly know your self

Held Somatic Therapy draws on a unique blend of therapeutic approaches to support you in moving towards a fuller life.

You will heal from the history that lives on in your body and guides your life today.

Held Somatic Therapy is the right place for you if you have experienced any of these:

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Irritability

  • People-pleasing/ Unsatisfying

  • Low confidence/esteem

  • Discontentment/Dissatisfaction

  • Indecision/Feeling Numb

  • Hyper-vigilance/ Overwhelm/ Panic

  • Locating intuition/authenticity

  • Gut issues

  • Skin issues

  • Sleep problems/ Exhaustion

  • Addictive patterns

  • Auto-Immune conditions

  • Chronic pain & Illness

  • Unexplained aches/pains

Perhaps you have:

  • Tried many things and there is still a missing piece

  • Been looking for something more 

  • Challenges locating your intuition

  • People pleasing often trumps strong boundaries and self expression

  • The thought that taps on your shoulder "if I am really myself, people may not like me"


We invite you to begin living a life that is thriving and abundant in:

  • A regulated nervous system

  • Fulfilling/deeply connected/stable relationships

  • Access to your essence

  • Ease, peace and contentment

  • True intimacy

  • Being solid in yourself - maintaining boundaries

  • Confidence, decisiveness and certainty

  • Expressing your true authentic self

  • Improved sleep

  • A healthy digestive system

  • Feeling without strategies

  • Knowing your NO and your YES

  • Increased job satisfaction

  • Being IN your body

  • Harmonious family life



I was raised near London and my first career was in the music industry. Managing artists and working with record labels gave me a unique insight into the human condition. 


A much-needed stint in rehab set me on the path to recovery from addictive behaviours and substances in 2006.  That was to become the catalyst for my exploration and study into the human psyche, our relationships and what our experience of being in the world was about.  


I went on to train as a Psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner™, DARe™ practitioner, PACT® couple therapist, NVC mediator and Yoga teacher.

These trainings, coupled with my own experience of depression, addiction, anxiety, eating disorder, toxic relationships and codependency all shape how I work with clients. 

To sit alongside and support someone in their healing is a joyful privilage. The human condition is sometimes a challenge for people and I experience immense satisfaction and awe when I witness people overcoming these challenges by doing this work with them. 


I now love to hang out near but not necessarily on some water - enjoying the storms just as much as the sunshine.I am passionate about good quality tea and love a slow, strong yoga class. On any given weekend you may find me knee deep in some kind of tech quandary!



I was born in Tāmaki-Makaurau (Auckland), Aotearoa (New Zealand) and raised in different parts of both islands. This beautiful and sacred land runs through me whilst I sit in my Pākehā (NZ European) experience.  I continue to learn how to be in relationship in a meaningful way with this land and it’s people.

​Impacted by the challenges we faced socially and environmentally, I began running incubators around the business of social change but was soon on my own journey navigating and then healing from isolation, anxiety, experiences of depression, unhealthy relationship dynamics and burnout.

I inevitably became drawn to supporting others and trained as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner™ , PACT® practitioner (Pyschobiological Approach to Couple Therapy), DARe™ practitioner, Professional Integral Coach, restorative yoga teacher, NVC mediator and co-founding The Social Experiment, Emerge Institute and The Pākehā Project (Pākehā leaders decolonising themselves).

Ever since I began my own journey and then started working with people as a therapist, I have been consistently fascinated, humbled and thrilled by how, with the right support, people can heal, grow and thrive as they heal from their wounds and navigate towards a full experience of life, to the essence of who they already are. 


Outside of this work, I love being close to nature.  That may be in the garden, near expanses of water or in the native bush of Aotearoa. I value close connection with like minded people and collaborating on the next chapter of Held.

The founders, Tui and Simon, have over 25 years of combined experience in the therapy world and have experienced the impact of this work in their own lives leading to big changes in their relationships, families and communities that surround them.
This change is what feeds their desire to support as many souls as possible in their healing journeys. They believe that there is no greater privilege than to witness another's transformation

How is this different?


Your Held Somatic Therapist will bring their own self to your work. They will lend their regulated nervous system so that yours can finally get the support it always needed. They will integrate these scientifically proven techniques with a broad range of highly specialised modalities. 


They will also support you through their Nervous System Program, Emerge, which all Held clients are required to enroll in.  This will amplify the learning and help you fully embody this work from the top down and the bottom up. 


From the start you will have easeful, nourishing, calming, satisfying, soothing & regulating encounters - feeling ‘held’.

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Auckland 0624 
New Zealand


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Somatic Therapy & Couples Therapy | Somatic Experiencing™ | Trauma & The Autonomic Nervous System | Neuroscience | DARe™ (Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience) | PACT™ (Psychobiological approach to couples Therapy).

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