Garjana Claudia Kosanke

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Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 8010


Physical Address:
AUT University (Room AR122)
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand
Postal Address:
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


Assessor Jur., Grad. Dipl. Psychosocial Studies, Postgrad. Cert. in Health Science, Master of Psychotherapy (Hons. First Class)

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Garjana Kosanke has specialised in working with trauma and sexual abuse.  She is currently a lecturer and Programme Leader with the AUT University Psychotherapy Department, after having been a staff member, supervisor and team leader at Family Action, a community organisation who provides counselling for those affected by family and sexual violence, abuse or trauma.  She has a private practice in Titirangi where she is offering Clinical Supervision, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Sandplay Therapy, and Integrative Gestalt Therapy, as well as ACC Sensitive Claim Support and Assessments to adult clients depending on their presentation and needs. Garjana has experience working with individual clients, couples, families and groups of various ages, cultures and social backgrounds in New Zealand and Germany. 

Teaching Areas:

Clinical Supervision
Academic Supervision

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Garjana is enrolled in the DHSc, in which she will explore ‘The psychotherapist’s experience of curiosity in the therapeutic dyad’, utilising a heuristic methodology.


Kosanke, G.C., Puls, B., Feather, J. & Smith, J. (2016). Minimising intense relational dynamics to enhance safety: A thematic analysis of literature on sandtray work with adult trauma survivors. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 32(4), 502-516.

Kosanke, G. C., Puls, B., & Feather, J. (2015). Sandtray work with adult trauma clients: Creating safety, facilitating communication and fostering healing. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy, 10(1), 59-65.

Kosanke, G. C., Puls, B., & Feather, J. (2013). Sandtray approaches in psychotherapeutic work with adult trauma survivors: A new clinical model (working paper). In R. Scherman (Ed.), Walking the talk: The 2013 collection of oral presentations from the AUT School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies (pp. 205-224). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology