Psychology / Assessment - Southland

Diane Gillespie - 027 246 8437

Registered Psychologist

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill & 62 Wigan Street Gore (and will also travel)

[email protected]

Info to come

Tess Preininger 

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BA; BA (Hons); MA Clin Psych MNZCCP

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill

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Tess has worked in public and private health care settings in South Africa and New Zealand over the past 12 years. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults of all ages, who are seeking to improve their emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Tess predominantly uses a client-centred, systemic approach, which allows for intervention to be tailored to each client's unique needs and situation. Special areas of interest are providing treatment for depression and anxiety, adjustment difficulties and trauma.

Tess is a registered assessor and treatment provider for ACC Sensitive Claims and also works as a health assessor for the Ministry of Justice. Tess speaks English, Afrikaans, and German.

Dr Latesha Murphy-Edwards -021 295 9207

Registered Clinical Psychologist

70 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill

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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.

Dr Matthew McDonald - 021 0880 4248

Registered Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (with Distinction), Bachelor of Science with Honours (First Class)

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill 

[email protected]

Matt is a seventh generation Southlander who enjoys working with adults of all ages, young people, and their parents, all seeking to make positive change in their lives. His special interests include rural mental health, anxiety, depression, grief, loss and trauma, and he is ACC registered.

Over the years he has been employed in child and adolescent mental health, community health, corrections and palliative care. Matt believes that in therapy,”one size does not fit all” and it is important to take time to talk with his clients and come up with a plan together to ensure that it works for them.

Matt is trained in various therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brain-based and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which ensures tailored treatment based on client needs.

He researched psychometrics and neuro-psychological functioning in older people for his PhD and uses these principles in his practice to help diagnose neurodevelopmental conditions such as Intellectual Disability and Autism.

Matt says that he spent far too many years training at the University of Otago, and is enjoying being back home in Southland, being involved in the local community and spending time on the family farm.

He is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) and New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) Institute of Clinical Psychologists. 

Mind Your Head Psychology Ltd

https://mind-your-head-psychology-ltd.business.site/?_target?m=true

Dr Kay McKenzie - 027 228 9747

Registered Counselling Psychologist

13 Esk Street, Invercargill

[email protected]

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.

Invercargill Child & Family Centre

http://www.icfc.co.nz/

Tony Mfumu-Nsuka - 020 4165 7000

Intern Psychologist

123 Tweed Street, Invercargill

[email protected]

Info to come

Psychology / Assessment - Otago

Joy Rogers - 027 305 0177

Registered Clinical Psychologist

27 Tarbert St (upstairs via Deel St), Alexandra 9320

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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.

Kristy Howard - 027 947 8474

Registered Psychologist

BA (Psych), Hons (Psych), MSBH, MNZPsS

Lawrence & Dunedin

[email protected]

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.

Dr Shelley Taylor 

Registered Clinical Psychologist

Dunedin & Southland 

[email protected]

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.

Theresa Parker - 022 384 7175

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BMus, DipGrad(Psych), GradDipTchg, MSc (Distinction in Psychology), PGDipCIPs

Dunedin & Southland

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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.

Penny Walker 

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BA, BSc (Psych), MSc (Distinction in Psych), PGDipClPs

Otago & Southland

Penny is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals. She is a Registered Clinical Psychologist originally from Southland and 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).

Dr Andrea Chin 

Registered Clinical Psychologist

PhD, PGDipClPs, BA(Hons), BA

Dunedin

[email protected]

Andrea is currently accepting private referrals only


Andrea is passionate about helping people build resilience to live a meaningful life. She is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and has gained experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in the community. She works using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance-Commitment Therapy approaches but believes in tailoring the therapy plan based on one’s needs and circumstances.

She studied at the University of Otago where she achieved her Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClPs) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Andrea’s special interests include anxiety and mood disorders as well as mental health among the LGBT community and Asian ethnic minority groups. Her doctoral research was on the relationships among culture, resilience, mental health, and well-being.

She was born and raised in Singapore but has called New Zealand home for the past decade. Being Singaporean Chinese, she understands the impact of cultural influences on mental health and the difficulties that can come with living in different cultures.

She is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP).

Andrea is not registered with ACC and is therefore only taking private clients. 

Psychology / Assessment - Canterbury

Paula Cannan - 027 380 7392

Registered Clinical Psychologist

MSc (Dist), PG Dip ClPs, BA (Hons) 

Community House, 44 Cass Street, Ashburton

[email protected]

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 Blackmore - 027 292 9042

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BSC, MSc, Dip Clin Psych

Ashburton (and will travel)

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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.

Mid Canterbury Psychology

http://www.midcanterburypsychology.co.nz/

Katrina Stanley 

Registered Clinical Psychologist

MA PG Dip Clin Psych

Timaru and will travel

[email protected]

Katrina is a registered clinical psychologist who has skills working with children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of experience include trauma, anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, autism and ADHD. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient units and community mental health services. Katrina uses a variety of therapeutic approaches which are guided by a formulation and influenced by client preferences. She has skills in CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness based therapy, Schema Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.

Alice McClintock - 027 345 7104

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BSc with Honours (Psych), MSc (Distinction in Psych), PGDipClinPsych

Timaru and can travel to nearby towns

[email protected]

Alice is a fully qualified and registered Clinical Psychologist working in the Timaru district and available for ACC clients.

Alice has experience working with a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. She offers a compassionate, safe, and confidential environment for you to share your difficulties and to work together on the things you would like to change.

Alice is experienced in psychological assessment and evidence-based therapeutic approaches including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Schema therapy, and Trauma-focused therapy.

Her special interests and areas of experience include trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, eating difficulties, self-esteem, and sleep issues.

Alice is a full member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.

Christine Macfarlane - 021 284 3040

Clinical Counsellor

BA Counselling, PG Cert Professional Supervision, PG Cert Child & Adolescent Mental Health

56 Bank Street, Timaru

[email protected]

Christine provides ACC sensitive claims assessment services in South Canterbury. She has worked as a counsellor for the past 20 years working with children, adolescents, adults & families. Her experience includes working in Mental Health & Addiction, Rape Crisis & Family Violence, Relationship Services, Family Court and counselling within schools.

She is a person-centred counsellor working from a strengths base with a focus of family therapy, mindfulness, creative therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy & motivational interviewing. She works with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship difficulties, trauma and problems stemming from childhood abuse, work stress and self worth issues.

She offers mindfulness and other effective evidence-based interventions for individuals and families, supervision, as well as facilitating Mindfulness and Compassion focused groups in Timaru. Her focus is to encourage people to live their life with courage, compassion and connection.

Mindful Me

http://www.mindfulme.nz/

Psychology / Assessment - Nelson

Dr Helen Rathore - 021 126 8630

Registered Clinical Psychologist

Nelson and will travel

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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 Nelson and may travel if required.

Psychology / Assessment - North Island

Kim Bunyan - 027 274 4336

Registered Psychologist

Hamilton & Gisborne

[email protected]

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Kia Ora Koutou

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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.