Eric Houghton

Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ) and Counsellor working with individuals and couples.

BA Psychology/MA Gestalt Therapy 


Council Member Gestalt Australia New Zealand, GANZ

Member International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, IAAGT

I am pleased to be a foundng therapist of Terrace Counselling & Therapy. Our strength is in having a group of skilled practitioners who bring a huge amount of complementary experience and passion for helping people reach their true potential. In my own journey I have been fortunate to work with, and learn alongside, caring and authentic people who have supported my own desire to be more aware and accessible to my clients. 


I first came to Aotearoa / New Zealand at the age of 8 and have lived in Dunedin, Kāpiti, the Tasman Region and Wellington. Apart from a few years working overseas, and five years in the rural parts of Nelson/Tasman, Wellington has been home for my adult life. We have challenges here, though I cannot imagine finding a better place to live, work and raise a family. 


Prior to joining the therapeutic field, I worked in various roles in the field of communications, broadcasting, film and television. My interest in psychotherapy began with me engaging in my own personal therapeutic work. After first-hand experience of the transformative effects of psychotherapy, I became motivated to offer this to others. I began by completing a bachelor degree in psychology at Victoria University and followed this by attending training workshops in various aspects of mental health treatment. In 2018, I completed a Masters degree in Gestalt Therapy in Australia. This follows four years of experiential psychotherapy training with the Gestalt Institute of New Zealand. This training is fully accredited by the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) and the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ).


I am a registered psychotherapist and member of professional organisations in the psychotherapy field. I have completed a number of trainings in group facilitation, and have trained other facilitators in how to work with various groups. I am currently Co-Chair of International Relations on the Gestalt Australia New Zealand (GANZ) council. Previously I was a representative member on the board of the Gestalt Institute of New Zealand (GINZ) and a student member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP).  In addition to seeing private clients on The Terrace, I previously worked as a guidance counsellor at a local college. I have also facilitated groups in parenting through separation, adolescent resilience and grief by suicide. In my role as a facilitator-trainer I have worked in various locations around New Zealand. 


If you feel like you need someone to assist you on your journey, I am available in central Wellington to see you one to one. I also work with couples in a relational style to assist with communication and emotional understanding of each other. I welcome diverse gender and sexual orientated peoples and relationships to my practice.


Please feel free to contact me directly on 021 661 565 or via the enquire now page on this website.