BA; BA (Hons); MA Clin Psych
169 Don Street
Helen has been a psychologist for 20 years. She enjoys working with people across the lifespan from early years to post-retirement. Helen works in Invercargill completing assessments and may travel if required.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jane travels from Wellington to Invercargill to conduct supported assessments for ACC Sensitive Claims (adults over 20 years); therefore, she does not take on any referrals for treatment.
Currently not taking any new referrals
Phone: 027 305 0177
27 Tarbert St (upstairs via Deel St)
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.
Ka tangi te titi, Ka tangi te kaka, Ka tangi hoki ko ahau. Tihei Mauri Ora!
Kia Ora Koutou
Ko Jakobs Kop tōku māunga
Ko Vaal tōku awa
Ko Cathay Pacific tōku waka
Ko Pākehā tōku iwi
Ko afriki te tonga tōku hapū
I te tahi o tōku matua
Ko Elizabeth tōku kuia
Ko Jack tōku koroua
Ko Peter rāua ko Virginia ōku mātua
He huatahi au.
Ko Kim tōku ingoa
No Kirikiroa ahau
Ko Paul tōku hoa tane.
Ko Tipene taku tama
Ko Felicia taku kotiro
Mahi ahau hei tohunga hinengaro.
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
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.
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
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.