Therapists

Aimee Hanson

PGDipClinPsyc, MA (Distinction), PGCertFamSystemicTherapies, MNZCCP

Offers EMDR

Aimee has over a decade of experience as a Clinical Psychologist, working to help individuals of all ages make substantial improvements in their mental well-being. She loves working with children and adolescents and is a formally qualified and experienced Family Therapist. She enjoys assisting couples and families to improve relationships and overall family functioning by coming to therapy together. She also sees many clients with anxiety, particularly over-thinking/worrying and OCD.

Aimee is an approved provider for ACC Sensitive Claims and provides therapy, as well as Supported Assessments for other therapists.

Aimee sees children, teenagers and adults.

When not working at The Psychology Hub, Aimee juggles life at home with 3 little ones.

Aimee is not currently accepting new clients.

Brigette Gorman

PhD, PG DipClPs, MNZCCP

Offers EMDR

Brigette has worked in a variety of different areas including research, mental health and health settings. Brigette is passionate about helping people to manage whatever life challenges come their way and to develop resilience. She has worked with adults with depression and anxiety problems, eating disorders, stress, anger, trauma, grief, adults with ADHD, parents of children with ADHD, pain and serious injuries, BRCA positive (and negative) people, cancer and serious health issues. Brigette’s main treatment modalities derive from the cognitive behaviour therapies and she aims to provide supportive and tailored therapy.

Brigette was born in Christchurch/Ōtautahi and comes from a large Irish Catholic family on her father’s side and a Scottish family on her mother’s side. She is also a very busy mother to three wonderful children, and in her limited spare time she frequently works on projects, or dreams up ideas, inspired by Pinterest. Her family have taken to calling her “Projects”.

Brigette is not currently accepting new clients.

Marion Davis

MSc (Psychology), Counselling Psychologist,  NZPsS

Offers EMDR

Marion is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the NZ Psychologists Board, and has practiced here in Christchurch and in Queensland, Australia. In her clinical practice she has specialised in trauma response provision. That ranges from sexual abuse, sudden death and natural disaster work. The focus has been in providing psychological first aid, critical incident support, well-being assessment, the provision of psychological education as well as grief and loss counselling. In addition, Marion provides EAP (Employer Assisted Programmes) support consisting of short-term solution focused therapy for a range of well-being difficulties.

Marion is not accepting new clients at this time.

Marion’s business website is www.aheadpsychology.co.nz

Annabel Ramsay

PGDipClinPsych, MSc, BA (Hons), MNZCCP, EMDRNZ

Offers EMDR

Annabel is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a range of different settings for over ten years. She has a background working in adult community mental health teams within the DHB and in private practice. Annabel works with people over the age of 18 years who are struggling with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma or dealing with intense emotions. She also works with performance anxiety and secondary trauma issues for medical/legal professionals and athletes. Annabel has an interest in sports psychology.

Annabel is empathic and compassionate and works collaboratively to enhance people’s individual strengths and resilience. She uses a range of evidence-based treatment modalities. Annabel is an advanced Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner, and uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She will tailor therapy to suit the needs of the individual. Annabel is an ACC approved provider for Sensitive Claims.

Annabel enjoys living in Christchurch with her family after completing her studies and spending a number of years living in Wellington. She can often be found competing in endurance/multisport events and keeping active in the great outdoors.

Annabel is not currently accepting new clients.

Jo Vallance

PGDipClinPsych, MA (Distinction), BA (Hons), MNZCCP

Offers EMDR

Jo is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has worked at the South Island Eating Disorders Service for the past 10 years. Prior to this, she worked for the University of Otago on a clinical research trial comparing Meta Cognitive Therapy to Cognitive Behaviour therapy for depression.

Jo’s main therapeutic approaches are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Meta Cognitive Therapy and Schema Therapy. She treats a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image concerns, perfectionism, and rumination. Furthermore, Jo is an ACC approved provider for Sensitive Claims. Her values include full self-expression, wellbeing, persistence and courage.  She has three children and continues to work at the CDHB as well as private practice. 

Jo is not currently accepting new clients.

Anna Comins

B.Nursing, PGCert in CBT (High Achievement)

Offers EMDR

Anna is a Registered Nurse who has worked within a range of Mental Health Services for 18 years. Currently she works within the Specialist Mental Health Service as a Nurse Therapist.

Anna is a qualified CBT therapist and has worked with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, stress, managing life transitions, eating disorders and body image issues. Anna focuses on tailoring treatment to fit the needs of the individual and is committed to increasing self-compassion. Additionally, Anna is trained in Schema Therapy.

Anna enjoys time with family, she has two young children and escaping to the quiet of the bush or by the sea.

To make an appointment with Anna contact her on annacominstherapy@gmail.com

Annalise Olsen

B. Nursing, PG Cert in Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Offers EMDR

Annalise is a registered nurse who has worked in specialist mental health services for 17 years, both in New Zealand and the U.K. Annalise also works within a community specialist mental health team in the CDHB. Annalise has worked with a range of age groups and has extensive experience within the adolescent population. Annalise’s treatment modalities include training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, role theory and more recently EMDR for trauma. Annalise is also currently engaged in psychodrama psychotherapy training.

Annalise has worked with a range of problems from interpersonal challenges, life transitions, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma and ADHD. She can also provide role theory clinical supervision. Annalise is passionate about working alongside people, supporting them to achieve wellness based on their individual needs and circumstances.

Annalise has 2 children and enjoys exploring the outdoors, travelling, hiking and yoga. To make an appointment with Annalise contact her at annalise.alignedtherapy@gmail.com

Jo Hutchings

BSW, PGDipHS (endorsed in Mental Health), PGDipSSS, & MPhil (SW)

Offers EMDR

Jo has trained in CBT, IPT, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Strengths-based and Narrative therapies.  She commenced her career as a social worker in 1992 and as a therapist in 1994.  Jo has extensive work experience in the mental health field and working with complex trauma with her specialist areas including adults, young people and alcohol and drug misuse. She has been a registered ACC provider for Sexual Abuse and Mental Injury Caused by Physical Injury since 2005, although has been practicing in this area since 1994. 

Jo enjoys mountain biking, skiing, tramping and yoga.  To make an appointment with Jo, contact her at jo.hutchings@xtra.co.nz

Kishion Dee

Dip Social Work, PGDip In CBT (Distinction), PGCert in Counselling

Offers EMDR

Kishion is a registered Social Worker and CBT therapist. She has worked in a variety of mental health and health settings including a specialist anxiety treatment service and post-
earthquake trauma treatment service. She has also been involved in critical incident support.

Kishion works with adults with various anxiety disorders (particularly OCD), trauma, depression, stress, anger, trichotillomania and life transitions. Kishion’s main approaches are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Meta Cognitive Therapy.

Kishion works collaboratively with people tailoring treatment with where the client is at to meet the individual’s needs.

To make an appointment with Kishion visit her website: http://cbtinchristchurch.co.nz/

Sarah Anticich

PhD., PG Dip Clin Psych., M.Sc(Hons), BA(Hons)., B.Sc., MNZCCP

Offers EMDR

Sarah is an experienced Clinical Psychologist with specialist experience in the areas of anxiety, trauma and mood disorders in children, adolescents and adults, and has worked in both public and private practice across a range of settings in New Zealand and Australia.

She recently became an accredited Strength Switch facilitator, supporting families to develop strength-based parenting tools and strategies.   Sarah says her focus is on returning to the basics of building quality, meaningful relationships, which will act as strengths in the face of stress and anxiety. 

Sarah is also an approved ACC Sensitive Claims  provider and provides therapy, and is able to offer Supported Assessments for other therapists.

Sarah is not currently accepting new referrals.

Helene Zdrenka

BA Hons, PGDipClinPsyc, MA (Distinction), MNZCCP

Offers EMDR

Helene is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in child and adult mental health services including community mental health, medical, youth forensic, and private practice settings. She specialises in working with adolescents and young adults.

Helene is experienced in completing comprehensive mental health assessments, including assessments of intellectual and social functioning. She provides evidence-based interventions for a range of mental health difficulties such as low mood, anxiety issues (for example, social anxiety, health anxiety), trauma, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and adjustment related issues. She utilises treatment approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Meta-cognitive Therapy (MCT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her interventions are tailored to the needs and circumstances of each individual, and she strives to work in a compassionate, culturally sensitive, and approachable manner. Helene is an ACC approved provider for Sensitive Claims support.

Helene is passionate about helping people work through their challenges and improve their general well-being.

Outside of work, Helene loves having adventures with her little ones, catching up with family and friends, a good read, and trips away!

Helene is not currently accepting new referrals.

Gabrielle Evatt

B.Social Work (Hons), PGDip in CBT, Dip in Prof Counselling

Gabrielle is a registered Social Worker and CBT therapist who has worked in a range of Health, Specialist Mental Health and Community services for 19 years. Currently she works in a Specialist Mental Health Service as a Social Work Therapist.

Gabrielle is a qualified CBT therapist and has worked with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, body image issues and managing life transitions. She has a collaborative working style and will aim to tailor therapy to meet the individual needs of the client.

Gabrielle values genuine positive regard for the individual, and has an empathic approach to therapy.

Gabrielle enjoys meeting new people, spending time with her family and being in the outdoors.

To make an appointment with Gabrielle, contact her at: gabrielleevatt.therapy@gmail.com

Octavia Wilson

PGDipClinPsyc, MSc, BA (Hons), MNZCCP

Offers EMDR

Octavia is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in private practice since 2016. Before this she worked for the CDHB. She trained at the University of Canterbury and works mainly using CBT (Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Octavia particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults, as well as having specialist experience in working with new parents and with trauma. Recently she has started offering group EMDR for clients of all genders who have experienced trauma around pregnancy or the birth of their baby. Octavia also has experience in working with mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, perfectionism, chronic health conditions, and earthquake trauma. 

Away from work, Octavia enjoys spending time with her young baby, as well as waka ama, DIY and travelling (when this is permitted!).

More information can be found here: https://resiliencepsychologychristchurch.com/

Octavia is currently not accepting new referrals.

Louise Jenkins

PGDipClinPsych, MA, BSc (First Class Hons)

Louise is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked at the Eating Disorders Service for the last eight years. She enjoys working with individuals over the age of 18 who are struggling with a range of difficulties. This includes depression, anxiety, eating difficulties, body image issues, binge eating, adjustment issues and trauma. Louise works alongside people to guide them to make changes and work towards their goals. Louise uses different therapeutic approaches to best suit the individual such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy and emotion regulation skills.

Louise is an approved provider for ACC sensitive claims.

Outside of work, Louise is a mother of two young children and values spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys keeping active and being outdoors.

To make an appointment with Louise contact her at louisejpsychology@gmail.com

Charis Whitaker

PG Dip Clin Psych., M.Sci (Distinction)., PG Dip Counselling Children and Adolescents (Distinction)., BSocSci(Hons)., MNZCCP, Doctoral Candidate

Charis is a Registered Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about supporting individuals to recognise and utilise their strengths; adjust to life’s challenges; build resilience; and move towards psychological well-being. Charis aims to provide an empathic, collaborative and supportive therapeutic space for clients. She uses a range of evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and techniques such as self-compassion and mindfulness. Therapy is tailored for each client.

Charis has worked in mental health, research, health, and correctional settings. She has experience supporting people with difficulties such as depression, interpersonal difficulties, low self-esteem, grief, anxiety, stress, trauma, ADHD, disordered eating, child behavioural difficulties, and sleep disturbance. Charis has also assisted clients to cope with climate/eco-distress. She has specialist experience in the area of paediatric sleep difficulty.

Charis is a mother of three and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and being outdoors.

Charis sees children, teenagers and adults.

To make an appointment with Charis contact her at chariswhitakerpsychology@gmail.com

Karin Muir

PGDipClinPsyc, MSc, MNZCCP

Offers EMDR

Karin is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a range of community and inpatient settings over the past ten years, both in New Zealand and in the UK. She works with adults aged 18+ who are experiencing depression and anxiety, eating and body image concerns, trauma related stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, life changes, relationship problems, and work stress/difficulties.

While Karin’s initial training was in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she has a particular interest in working with acceptance and mindfulness based approaches as well as Schema Therapy. Karin has completed additional training in Schema Therapy, Mindful Self Compassion, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and is currently in the process of undergoing accreditation in Schema Therapy. Karin generally works in an integrative way, drawing on a number of different treatment modalities to suit each individual. What is most important to her is that therapy offers a safe space where each individual can feel understood, respected and supported while exploring new ways of thinking and being. Karin is an ACC approved provider for Sensitive Claims.

When not working, Karin enjoys making pottery, being outdoors and walking her two dogs, and travel (when permitted!).

More information can be found at www.livewellpsychology.co.nz