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

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!

To make an appointment with Helene, email her at: helene.zdrenka@gmail.com

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

Jessie Gwynne

PGDipClinPsyc (Distinction), MSc (Hons), MNZCCP

Offers EMDR

Jessie is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has experience working in child and adolescent mental health services providing assessment and intervention for a wide range of mental health difficulties. Jessie enjoys working with people of all ages and has experience supporting gender diverse young people and their families.

Jessie aims to provide a compassionate and supportive environment where individuals and families can explore their difficulties and build skills to achieve meaningful change in their lives. She uses a range of evidence-based interventions, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

If you’d like to arrange an appointment with Jessie, contact her at jessiegwynnepsychology@gmail.com

Emily Baird

B.A (Psych) M.Ed. (ChFamPsych)., PGDip (ChFamPsych)

Offers EMDR

Emily is an experienced Child and Family Psychologist who has worked in a variety of settings across New Zealand and Queensland, Australia over the past 15 years. She has a
background working in community mental health, school-based settings, not for profit organisations, clinical research, and private practice.

In her clinical practice she uses a variety of evidenced based therapies and specializes in in the treatment of anxiety, depression, behavioural, learning and relationship problems in
children, young people, and their families. Emily is also experienced in providing ADHD and ASD assessments.

In addition, Emily provides EAP (Employer Assisted Programmes) support which consists of short-term solution focused therapy for a range of well-being difficulties and is a
contributing author of the Home Therapist Book which is a practical self-help guide for everyday psychological problems.

Emily enjoys living back in Christchurch after her time in Australia. She loves the outdoors and spending time at the beach, sailing in the Abel Tasman, or being in the mountains with her family and 3 dogs.