Hello, kia ora, 你好.
My name is Anna, I use the pronouns she and her. I am a registered Clinical Psychologist with seven years of experience working with adults in mental health. I am passionate about providing respectful, empowering, empathetic and helpful assessment, therapy and professional supervision.
I can help out with a wide range of mental health issues, life struggles and ‘stuck’ feelings, and am particularly interested in men’s mental health, Asian mental health, trauma-focused work, and difficulties with emotions, depression, anxiety, or identity. Please contact me if you have any questions about what I could help you out with, or whether psychology is right for you.
My qualifications and experience: I have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsyc) from the University of Auckland (Waipapa Taumata Rau) and a BSc in psychology with first-class honours from Victoria University of Wellington (Te Herenga Waka). I have worked in the public mental health service since 2014, for Counties Manukau and Hutt Valley DHBs.
I am registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board, in the clinical scope of practice. I am a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy, and the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy.
I offer a range of assessment and therapy options. My base training had a focus on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). However, since finishing my university training, I have also undertaken training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). I usually use ACT as my main model for therapy and supervision, integrating aspects from other therapies, however I am happy to ‘do what works’ if another model would work better for you. Don’t worry if these terms don’t mean anything to you- I am happy to talk them through, or to make a suggestion as to what might fit best with your particular style and issue.
I have also completed training on Maori, Pacific and Asian models of mental health and recovery, supervision, trauma-focused work, suicide and risk management, gender and sexuality, autism, ‘personality disorders’, and working with psychosis, among others.