Counselling / Psychotherapy
Counselling / Social Work
Gore & Invercargill
Sandra is currently working as a case worker for Women’s Refuge and has been for the past 18 years. Sandra’s passion is working with people of all ages and from all aspects of life to empower everyone.
Sandra works with compassion and warmth and walks along side to help guide and nurture people to make positive change. Sandra is a member of ANZASW since 2009, continued with professional development with child protection and CBT.
Wendy is an experienced registered Addiction Practitioner and trained DBT therapist. She incorporates a strength based approach and a holistic perspective - spiritual, emotional, social and psychological elements when working with clients. Wendy’s counselling studies formally began in 2005. She has worked with diverse range of people from youth to seniors since beginning her career. She has a passion for assisting and empowering individuals achieve their select goals. She enjoys outdoor activities including horse riding - horses have always been her soul food. She is married and have 2 adult sons and enjoys getting together with her whanau and extended whanau.
Natalie is a Registered Clinical Psychologist working in the Canterbury and South Canterbury area. Her work includes Assessment and Treatment for ACC sensitive claims; as well as her own general private practice.
Natalie currently specialises in working with children, adolescents and adults, with a focus on trauma; and can also do Neuropsychological assessments. Natalie has nearly 10 years’ experience working in primary and secondary health care services, as well as at the Department of Corrections. More recently Natalie has moved into private practice in the Mid Canterbury region. Natalie is comfortable working with a broad range of psychological issues and has a special interest in working with attachment difficulties, trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, eating difficulties, stress, relationship stress, self esteem and general mental health. Natalie works primarily with cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness-based, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy treatment models.
Natalie is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and Rural Health Alliance Aoteroa New Zealand.
92 Spey Street
Janet has 14 years’ experience working within Mental Health services. She has worked with people who have experienced a range of mental health issues, and who come from a range of backgrounds, including children, teenagers, older adults and people of various ethnicities. Whilst working within Mental Health services she has provided therapy and support.
She has education, training and experience in a range of therapy models.
Janet is ACC Registered Counsellor to work with those who have experienced sexual trauma and she is also a Registered Social Worker.
Janet is committed and passionate about working with people to help them work through the emotional difficulties they are experiencing. She tailors her therapy to suit each person she is working with.
Dr Latesha Murphy-Edwards
Dr Latesha Murphy-Edwards is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing since 1996. She worked for the Southern District Health Board until 2015, and has 20 years’ experience treating young people with mental illness. Latesha has also worked with adult mental health clients and as a clinical supervisor, an academic tutor, and a consultant report writer for the Youth Court. Since leaving the SDHB and developing her private practice, Latesha has worked with ACC clients with physical injuries and sexual trauma. She enjoys working with people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, and offers individual and family-based therapies. Latesha trained primarily in cognitive-behavioural therapy and is also interested in using various other interventions including mindfulness-based therapies in her work. She is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (Institute of Clinical Psychologists) and a member of the New Zealand Pain Society.
Kate’s heartbeat for life is all about the environment in which we live – the outside and the inside. Always seeking balance and harmony. For Kate, her work is a natural extension, an easy step from personal journey to assisting others seeking change and personal growth.
With over 15 years’ experience as a career coach, life coach and counsellor, Kate assists clients to better manage a wide range of personal challenges including negative emotions, troublesome habits, relationship tensions and confidence / self-esteem levels.
Kate enjoys working with people of all ages. Kate is intuitive, caring and sensitive, her mission being to help women, men and children connect with self – enabling them to move from stuck positions to enriched life experiences by discovering, accessing and using their pool of personal resources.
Kate enjoys living and working in Invercargill, New Zealand, making sure she gets regular breaks in beautiful Arrowtown with her husband John and two ‘fur kids’ Ruby and Emma.
She loves meeting with people in the open, relaxed and parklike offices at 70 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill but is equally happy to work over Skype.
Lawrence & Dunedin
BA (Psych), Hons (Psych), MSBH, MNZPsS
Phone: 027 947 8474
Tuesday - Thursday only
Kristy has worked as a psychologist for over 15 years, specialising in supporting people who have been affected by traumatic events. Kristy has worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds including those with a refugee background, young people struggling to find a place to belong, those that are grieving loved ones, people struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, coping with chronic pain, stress, and adjusting to difficult life challenges. She has also provided professional supervision.
Kristy is deeply committed to providing a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space within which you can explore yourself. Her role is to be “present”, listen deeply, share observations, offer strategies or explanations that might be useful, and most importantly, provide a framework in which you can grow. She is skilled at providing guidance for developing mindfulness techniques for helping individuals develop greater compassion for, and understanding of, themselves as well as for coping with difficult experiences.
Kristy has been trained in a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches (including ACT, CBT, Person-Centred, Biofeedback, Multi-modal Trauma Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Mindfulness, Relational Psychology) and integrates this training with her warm, approachable manner to deliver best practice for meeting client’s needs. She will integrate her knowledge of these approaches with an understanding of your unique troubles, concerns, hopes, and goals to deliver a tailored approach for your growth. Life is perfectly messy – therapy is the space to contemplate, sit with, and makes sense of it.
Kristy is a member of the NZ Psychology Society and is ACC approved for Sensitive Claims and Pain Management. Her base is in Lawrence, however can travel to Dunedin and Milton/Balclutha upon request.
Her other interests include nutrition and the impact of diet on mental health, supporting mums with the job of raising little ones, exploring the therapeutic value of spending time amongst nature, and somehow balancing all of this with being a mum. She is also a traveller, wife, mother of twins under the age of five, gardener, environmentalist. She also like goats.
Mindfullness for Wellbeing
Katie has a love of working with and supporting people to face life challenges, overcome difficulties, and heal from trauma. Helping clients to find a sense of wellbeing and inner-peace that allows them to lead their life according to their values is important to her. She feels privileged to be part of someone else’s journey of increasing self-discovery and awareness and believes it is through awareness that meaningful positive change happens.
Katie enjoys working in a holistic, sensitive and caring way with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. She has 18 years’ experience in mindfulness and counselling. Importantly, Katie believes that through cultivating a safe nurturing space other can explore their difficulties with curiosity and compassion, which can lead to greater clarity and freedom. She worked as a Guidance Counsellor at a local college and now works in private practice. Katie originally trained in Hakomi psychotherapy but has continued to study and develop skills in a number of areas having completing trainings in DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, IDT (Interactive Drawing Therapy), MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and other mindfulness approaches. Her interest areas include: stress, anxiety, depression, grief, anger and conflict issues, trauma, sexual abuse and relationship issues.
Katie is an ACC registered counsellor, a member of the New Zealand Counselling Association and is a trained mindfulness teacher. She has taught the children’s Pause, Breathe and Smile mindfulness programme for the Mental Health Foundation and runs 8-week MBSR programmes regularly in the community.
Katie finds deep satisfaction in the sacred and feels privileged to travel with others on their faith journey as a Spiritual Companion. She is currently training with Ignatian Spirituality NZ as a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian Tradition. While Katie comes out of a Christian tradition she has a special love of Celtic spirituality, a heartfelt respect for Buddhism, and a curiosity and reverence of other faiths. She has attended and run numbers of retreats in New Zealand.
Katie has a wealth of life and career experience to bring to her work as a counsellor, teacher and supervisor.
Currently not taking any new referrals
BA, BSc (Psych),
MSc (Distinction in Psych), PGDipClPs
Balclutha and can travel
Penny is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals. She is a Registered Clinical Psychologist originally from Southland, based in Balclutha of NZ European and Māori descent.
Penny’s special interests include mental health among rural and farming communities, relationships, trauma, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She utilises knowledge and skills from a broad base of therapies to help improve wellbeing and functioning. Penny has gained clinical experience working with forensic adults in an impatient setting, as well as adults, adolescents and children in the community.
Penny studied at the University of Otago where she gained a Master of Science (MSc) with Distinction in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClPs), Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology (BSc) and Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Indigenous Development and Japanese (BA).
She is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP).
Penny is available for ACC clients.
I am a qualified Counsellor registered with NZAC. I have an educational background in psychology and then later holistic counselling.I have spent the last 6 years working at Lincoln University's Student Health Services as their only counsellor. As such, I've had the pleasure and experience of working with a diverse range of clients and issues they've confronted. I also run a small private practice through word of mouth.I am particularly interested in working with young adult survivors of sexual assault and have therefore recently joined ACC as a provider, whilst continuing my work at the University.
Currently not taking any new referrals
Phone: 027 305 0177
27 Tarbert St (upstairs via Deel St)
I am a Clinical Psychologist based in Alexandra. I also work half time for the Southern DHB at the local community mental health team, where I have also trained as a Duly Authorised Officer under the Mental Health Act.
I have always worked in both private and public settings since I graduated from Canterbury University in 1992. I really enjoy the variety of people and presentations this brings.
I like to take a compassionate, collaborative approach in my work with clients who may come with complex anxiety, depression, eating disorders, complex trauma, emotional dysregulation, identity / existential issues, adjustment and grief.
I use a variety of frameworks configured to suit the individual. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, mindfulness and meditation, trauma-informed approaches and brain-based perspectives. A developmental view is also useful.
Staying open, curious, and a commitment to life-long self-development and learning are strongly held values of mine, along with old-fashioned kindness.
This year, I would like to attend a workshop to learn more about Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprogramming (EMDR) for trauma.
I was raised here in Alexandra and after a nine year hiatus in early adulthood, I returned here. I have two adult daughters who live elsewhere and I am currently out-numbered at home 3-1, by two dogs and a cat.
Dr Kay McKenzie
Phone: 027 22 89 747
13 Esk Street
Invercargill Child & Family Centre
Kay is passionate about working with children and families, and also sought after for couples and individual adult therapy. She is well-trained and experienced in parent-child assessments and therapy. She has an impressive play room for play therapy with children and their parents.
Kay is popular with several Employee Assistance Programmes. She provides consultation, specialist services and supervision to several government and non-government organisations.
Phone: 027 670 0695
03 308 2642
220 Walnut Avenue
Linda’s life experiences led her to professional development with an interest in family dynamics. She is a trained addictions counsellor who incorporates a holistic perspective including mental, emotional, social and spiritual elements. Linda is passionate about empowering and supporting people to make positive changes in their lives.
Jo has a wealth of experience working with people. She has worked with male prisoners, migrants, the armed forces, families and children in a variety of settings.
She has experience across many areas of mental health and has worked in a number of different settings including secure government facilities, outreach services, schools, prisons, youth speciality services as well as a variety of community health settings.
Jo uses a range of therapeutic approaches that are guided by psychoanalytic formulation and influenced by client preferences. She has skill in many evidence based therapies. Jo aims to develop a sound therapeutic relationship with her clients and to empower them to make positive changes in their lives.
Phone: 027 380 7392
44 Cass Street
Assessment and treatment in Canterbury including incapacity assessment for ACC sensitive claims.
Paula is a registered clinical psychologist who currently specialises in working with individuals aged 18 years and older. Paula has 10 years’ experience working in primary and secondary health care services and more recently private practice in the Mid Canterbury region. Paula is comfortable working with a broad range of psychological issues and has a special interest in working with trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety (panic attacks, worry, phobias, social anxiety, healthy anxiety, obsessive-compulsive anxiety), stress / adjustment problems, grief and loss, assertiveness and self-esteem issues. Paula works primarily from cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based, and dialectical behaviour therapy treatment models.
Her personal development goals for this year include training in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, an effective psychological intervention for treating trauma.
Paula is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.
Phone: 027 688 2044
56 Bank Street
Sue is qualified counsellor registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Sue has worked as a therapist in the Timaru community for around 18 years and has wide ranging experience in working with people through traumatizing events. Sue believes in the value of a relational style of counselling that supports people to carefully engage with and move through the impact of painful life events, to understand who they are now and where to from here. Sue has a lot of experience working with Anger as well as holding a certificate in addiction work. Her work is Client focused and CBT based with ongoing training in trauma treatment modalities. Sue works with women and men 18 years and over.
Dr Jane Freeman-Brown
Dr Jane Freeman-Brown has been a registered clinical psychologist since 2004 based in Wellington. Jane has experience in private and public settings, working with adults with a wide range of mental health issues. She is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. She travels from Wellington to Invercargill to conduct supported assessments for ACC Sensitive Claims (adults over 20 years).
Phone: 027 296 7477
I am a qualified Counsellor registered with NZASW. I am ACC accredited, and my fundamental training is in historical sexual abuse, addictions, relationships and family dysfunction.
I work with both Men and Women from all cultures and ethnicities. I am a fully trained functional family therapist and have worked as a relationship counsellor for 20 years for Family Court, and Rape Crisis for 15 years, as a counsellor. I am flexible with my session times and can provide counselling through skype.
I’ve enabled my clients to make healthier choices in their lives, and supported them to learn and develop better ways to handle life’s difficulties.
Contact me today and begin the journey of recovery.
92 Spey Street
Gore Community Connections
Lori is a registered Social Worker, trained at Curtin University in Perth. She graduated in 1991, and since then has worked in a variety of roles mainly around Western Australia, and mostly with survivors of abuse. Lori works from an empowerment perspective, supporting clients to recover their confidence and sense of control after abuse. Lori uses a variety of interventions tailored to each person’s needs. She has been in Invercargill since 2013.
Emily has worked in government agencies, but more recently, in the NGO sector for eight years working with youth, young parents, families and children.
She worked as a Practice Leader and supervisor in a high-risk residential setting with clients experiencing mental health, substance abuse, violence and sexual abuse, intellectual disabilities, ex-prisoners.
Emily works from a strengths-based approach that is client led and solution focussed.
She is a Registered Social Worker with SWRBNZ and ACC accredited counsellor
MBA, MinstD, PGCert, BSc
Phone: 027 589 9921
Southland Community House
46 Kelvin Street
works across Southland and Otago.
He has recently become a grandfather for the first time, so may have medals of babymilk on his shirt and photos of his granddaughter at any time.
Shane has been a counsellor and psychiatric nurse for 30 years, and has a strong background in addictions.
Phone: 027 713 1255
Justine Holland is an experienced social worker. She has worked in youth justice and with youth and their families in both statutory and non-statutory roles. Justine has a passion for empowering individuals to realise their full potential and being supported to do this. She works from a strengths based perspective and incorporates psychosocial and solution focussed frameworks into her work with clients.
Justine considers Southland home, moving to Invercargill in the mid 90’s and raising her family here.
Justine is a fully registered social worker (SWRB) and member of ANZASW. She is an ACC accredited counsellor providing counselling and her own practice providing supervision for social workers and those working within social service settings.
Phone: 027 351 5121
I am a self employed counsellor with a Counselling degree and NZAC registration. I specialise in healing and recovery from trauma with a focus on being connected to and agentic with our own WELLBEING. My area of expertise is from a Creative Therapies perspective that eclectically draws from Psychodynamic and Contemporary Theories including but not limited to Narrative, CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness alongside ARTS and PLAY based therapies.
I work with children and adults across all genders and cultures.
I enjoy life. I am a mother and a recently new grandmother. I have 2 dogs, practise yoga and love walking in the glorious landscapes of Central Otago and Aotearoa.
Phone: 021 119 8038
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Nancy works with compassion and warmth and walks alongside people to guide and nurture and to empower. She works with a mind-body connection always taking into account spirituality and one’s head, heart and hands.
I am a registered clinical psychologist who has experience working with adolescents and adults. I love working with people and sharing their journeys.
I have supported clients with trauma, anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar and personality disorders.
I have over 13 years’ experience working in acute and rehabilitation mental health wards. I use various therapeutic interventions and approaches that are chosen based on formulations and client preferences, including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
I am a full member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.
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I am a South African trained clinical psychologist who has worked mainly in New Zealand. I initially lived in Gore in Southland and then the lovely Invercargill and Oraka Aparima, now I have a home in Tairawhiti and in Hamilton.
I have been fortunate enough to work in various settings. I have had the opportunity to work with many different people since I moved to Aotearoa in 1996.
My clinical experience includes children, adolescents, adults and people with physical disability and developmental delay.
Taking referrals from 30th July 2019
Anne is proficient in DBT skills, mindfulness, CBT, ACT and
Rogerian therapies, and has experience in working with people from diverse
cultures, teens and adults, and a variety of mental health presentations.
Anne has experience working with sexual abuse in her past role within a rape crisis centre providing counselling for people presenting with sexual abuse and rape and their effects. This may suit clients that don’t qualify for ACC referrals.
She is happy work with clients teaching them skills and assisting them to apply skills and strategies into their everyday lives.
Anne is undertaking her counselling internship with South Coast Psychology. She welcomes non-ACC private referrals for counselling / therapy.
BMus, DipGrad(Psych), GradDipTchg, MSc (Distinction in Psychology), PGDipCIPs
Phone: 022 384 7175
Theresa is a Registered Clinical Psychologist working in Dunedin and Southland. Her work includes Assessment and Treatment for ACC sensitive claims as well as working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health issues. Theresa also works half time for the Intellectual Disability Service with the Southern District Health Board.
Theresa is motivated to work collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals and a life that is meaningful for them. Theresa strongly believes that positive change is attainable for all individuals. In the past, Theresa gained clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in a Community setting, as well as forensic clients with Intellectual Disabilities in an Inpatient Setting. Her areas or interest and experience include trauma, anxiety, depression, psychosis, autism, and learning disabilities.
Her knowledge and skills are across a wide range of therapies. Her primary interests are in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), trauma-focused therapy, and Mindfulness based therapies. Theresa also has specialist assessment skills in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Theresa studied at the University of Otago where she gained a Master of Science (MSc) with Distinction in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipCIPS), and Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) in Psychology. Prior to training in Psychology, Theresa completed a Bachelor of Music (BMus), Graduate Diploma in Secondary School Teaching (GradDipTchg).
Theresa is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. Theresa is available for ACC clients
Dr Matthew McDonald
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (with Distinction), Bachelor of Science with Honours (First Class)
169 Don Street
Mind Your Head Psychology Ltd
Phone: 021 777 732
169 Don Street
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Degree in Community and Social Work,
PGDip in Social Work (with Distinction),
200 hr Registered Yoga teacher,
Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher
Phone: 020 418 44747
Kate is a social worker who has experience in the fields of mental health, addictions, social work supervision and family work she has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness and somatic (body) therapy to support wellbeing. She believes the combination of talk therapy and somatic therapy offers a holistic approach to healing. Kate acknowledges that seeking support can be scary and can cause us to feel vulnerable however, seeking support also shows courage and strength.