Dr Margot Solomon

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Postgraduate Programme Leader - Post Qual Advanced Psychotherapy Practice. Senior Lecturer

Phone: 64+ 9 921 9999 Ext 7191

Email: margot.solomon@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room AR232

AUT University

North Shore Campus

90 Akoranga Drive

Northcote, Auckland 0627

New Zealand

Postal Address:

Department of Psychotherapy, Mail Code A12

Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences

AUT University, North Shore Campus

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1142

New Zealand


DHSc, MA (Hons), BA, NZIPP

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Margot is an educator, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and a group analytic therapist. Her areas of interest include teaching and learning, psychoanalytic theory, group psychotherapy, clinical supervision and qualitative research especially hermeneutic phenomenology. Margot has a small private psychoanalytic practice working with individuals and groups for psychotherapy and supervision.

Teaching Areas:

Theory and practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Group Psychotherapy , (Small and Large groups), ethics, Dissertation, Academic Supervision at Masters and Doctoral level.

Research Areas:

Qualitative research: hermeneutic phenomenology and heuristic research.
Topics of current interest are:  How do we learn? Teaching and learning as relating;
The use of reverie and reflection in practice, (Including container/contained, negative capability);
Body countertransference as a resource in psychotherapy;
Boundary issues and ethics in psychotherapy and supervision.
Large groups and their application for social change (Community Kōrero at AUT).

Current Research Projects:

Teaching as relating in psychotherapy and other helping professions.
Reverie and reflection, container and contained, negative capability in psychotherapy education and in practice
Group Analysis and the Community Kōrero: Uncomfortable allies.
A clinical supervision model.
The Mindbody Psychotherapy approach in chronic spontaneous urticaria unresponsive to medical therapy. (AUT and Auckland City Hospital).


Solomon, M. (2017). Teaching and learning as relating: A
transformational experience. (Doctor of Health Science), AUT, Auckland, NZ.
(Doctoral Thesis, AUT, Auckland, New Zealand).

Lindsay, K., Goulding, J., Solomon, M., & Broom, B. (2017). P90: EXPERIENCE IN USE
SPONTANEOUS URTICARIA. Internal Medicine Journal , 47 , 31.

Solomon, M., Edmond, V., Garland, A., Holdem, L., Hunter, B., Land, C., Lilian, F., Morgaine, J., Virtue, C. (2016).
Mind body spirit in the groups at the 2016 NZAP conference. Ata: Journal of
Psychotherapy Aotearoa New Zealand, 20(1), 57-72. doi:10.9791/ajpanz.2016.06

Lindsay,, K., Goulding, J., Solomon, M., & Broom, B. (2015). Treating chronic
spontaneous urticaria using a brief 'whole person' treatment approach. A qualitative
proof-of-concept study. Clinical and Translational Allergy , 5 (40).

Solomon, M., & Sommaruga Howard, T. (2014). Is it a tablecloth or a mattress cover:
A workshop on encountering different worlds. In Symposium Book: Art meets science:
Exploring challenges and changes: 16th European Symposium in Group Analysis .
Lisbon, Portugal: The Group Analytic Society International. Retrieved from

Solomon, M. (2014). Reverie and reflection: Thinking in the marrowbone. ATA , 18 (1),
11-21. DOI: 10.9791/ajpanz.2014.02

Solomon, M. P. (2013). Being Janus faced: Reflecting between facing the patient while
simultaneously facing oneself as a psychotherapist in practice. In R. Scherman, C. Krageloh, & S. Nayar (Eds.),
Walking the Talk: The 2012 Collection of Oral Presentations from the AUT School of Public Health
and Psychosocial Studies  (pp. 103-107). Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

Tudor, K., Cockburn, G., Daniels, J., Goulding, J., Hubbard, P., Larsen, S., Levian, B., Milton, C., Morgaine, J., Palmer, H., Solomon, M., Stuthridge, J. (2013). Reflexive theory: Critical reflections on Western psychotherapy. Ata: Journal of Psychotherapy Aotearoa New Zealand , 17 (1), 27-54.

Solomon, M. P., & Goulding, J. (2013). Unsettling a way of being: Therapeutic
interventions with patients with CSU. In H. Wiseman (Ed.), Book of abstracts: Society
for Psychotherapy Research 44th International Annual Meeting . Brisbane,
Queensland, Australia.

Solomon, M. and Goulding, J. (2011) An interpretative phenomenological exploration of MindBody therapy with patients with chronic urticaria (to be published by AUT School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies and edited by Rhoda Scherman).

Solomon, M. P, & Duncan, A. (2011, August 29). Oedipal issues in co-conducting a group.  In J. Schlapobersky, & K. Power (Eds.), Cultures, Conflict and Creativity: 15th European Symposium in Group Analysis. London: Group Analytic Society, London.

Solomon, M. (2009). The use of large groups to address cultural differences in the psychotherapy community in Aotearoa New Zealand. Forum: Journal of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes, 3.

Solomon, M. (2006). The large group as a transformational space, Forum. The Journal of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists, 12, 49-60.