Areas of specialty
I principally work with adults and also adolescents.
BA (University of Canterbury)
MA (Clinical Psychology) (University of Canterbury)
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (University of Canterbury)
I am registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board in the Clinical Scope of Practice
Fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (FNZCCP).
I was awarded the Fellowship in 2007 by the NZCCP for “significant and pre-eminent contribution to the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists or the Psychology profession in general”.
Experience and current work environments
I have practised clinical psychology for thirty-three years, initially for some years within the public health system both in Auckland and in Christchurch. For the past eighteen years I have been in private practice at the Cashmere Clinic, Christchurch. Professor Roger Mulder, consultant psychiatrist, also works from Cashmere Clinic and provides psychiatric consultations.
Over the years I have worked in a variety of clinical settings. In the mid-1980s I was appointed Senior Clinical Psychologist-in-Charge at Auckland Hospital.
Overall, the major foci of my clinical work have been, and continue to be, in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and sexual therapy, trauma-related issues, and working with clients presenting with long-standing self-defeating patterns (using medium to longer-term psychotherapeutic interventions).
I have also worked in Emergency Psychiatric Services settings in Auckland and in Christchurch.
I consult to a variety of national and local government organisations, and other non-government and corporate organisations.
I supervise clinicians from a variety of disciplines.
I was one of the members of the founding committee of the NZCCP, and for several years held the education/training portfolio for the Canterbury branch of the College.
Approach to the work
Like most New Zealand-trained clinical psychologists, the cognitive behaviour therapy model formed the initial foundation of my training. Over time I have incorporated several other models (in particular, the psychodynamic, interpersonal, and systemic models) into my practice. I believe you cannot “fit” a person into a particular therapeutic model; our “psychological makeup” is complex and unique, and this requires the clinician to be flexible in approach to both the assessment/diagnostic and the treatment components of the client-clinician relationship.
Peer supervision is an integral part of the practice of clinical psychology, and regular supervision is a requirement of the NZCCP.
As clinical psychology is an ever-evolving science, I regularly attend professional development and training courses in my areas of special interest, both here in New Zealand and overseas.
Fees and services
Please enquire about fees at the time of first contact.
I am available Monday and Tuesday 8am – 6pm, and Wednesday to Friday 8am – 5pm.
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14-18 Athelstan Street
PO Box 33-005
Telephone: (03) 332-9186
Fax: (03) 332-8562