The Clinical Psychologists within our team…


  • Are committed to providing professional and friendly services to achieve the best outcomes possible.
  • Work with individuals (children, adolescents , adults), families and couples who may be experiencing difficulties with mood, relationships, parenting, stress and other issues relating to personal or interpersonal adjustment.
  • Work collaboratively with a focus on our client’s goals and best interests.
  • Utilise a range of research based therapy interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and/or Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Are registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and have professional membership with the NZ Psychological Society or NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.

John Thickpenny

John first entered private practice as a psychologist in 1986. He is a clinical psychologist with wide experience and enjoys working with clients of all ages. John utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) in providing collaborative and goal-focussed therapeutic solutions. He  has considerable  experience assisting people who are dealing with adjustment issues; such as depression, anxiety disorders, stress, trauma and coping with stressful life events, relationship difficulties, grief and loss.

Dr Kirsten Davis

Dr Kirsten Davis

Kirsten is competent in dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress, as well as difficulties in interpersonal relationships, parenting and general life adjustment. Kirsten’s clinical specialisation is in neuropsychology. Her doctoral research focused on memory rehabilitation for adults following brain injury and working with families who have experienced adjustment difficulties consequential to a family member suffering traumatic brain injury. Kirsten is an authorised trainer of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and is taking a lead role in researching the value of this therapeutic model within the New Zealand context.


Dr Sunil Dath

Sunil firmly believes in strengthening an individual’s innate capacity and resilience to address a range of psychological challenges, like depression, anxiety, self-worth, OCD, interpersonal adjustment, high-risk behaviours, and deep-seated complex emotional issues (anger/shame/guilt). He is well versed in providing a wide range of evidence based psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. Sunil also provides psychological and neuropsychological assessments. He has the advantage of cross-cultural knowledge which helps him to address psychological issues from diverse cultural perspectives.

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Dr Maia Eremin

Maia is skilled in psychological assessment and treatment of adults and older adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, adjustment to stressful life events, relationship problems, grief and bereavement etc. In her practice as clinical psychologist, Maia draws on Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Cognitive Analytic (CAT), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) and other mindfulness-based treatment approaches assisting clients and their families to achieve positive change. Maia’s subspecialty is psychological assessment and treatment of older adults.


Linda Hows

Linda qualified in 2008 and is trained in a range of empirically supported therapies, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She offers individual therapy for adolescents and adults, and professional supervision for other health professionals. Areas of special interest include psychosis, emotional dysregulation, and anxiety disorders.

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Dr Loshni Rogers

Loshni works with individuals experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, burnout and relationship issues. Her focus is to provide consistent support and empathy, while enhancing a client’s understanding of their problems. This combined with the skills clients learn in therapy assists them to achieve more positive wellbeing. Loshni uses a range of evidence based therapies which are tailored to clients needs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy(ACT). She is also competent at providing forensic assessments and treatment, and specialized reports for the Court and New Zealand Parole Board.


Shelly Hindle

Shelly has experience in treating a broad range of problems including Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trauma (including Sexual Abuse and PTSD), Depression, Complex Grief, Eating disorders, Emotion Regulation problems and Behavioural problems.  Shelly has training and experience in working with high risk clients (suicide/deliberate self-harm), and with children and young people (alongside parents) on a broad range of presenting difficulties. Shelly utilises a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach but also has extensive experience in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and draws strategies from this as well as various other evidence based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family Based Treatment (FBT or the ‘Maudsley’ approach for work with adolescents who have eating disorders). She is also skilled in using Mindfulness, Behaviourism and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

Dr Stacey Lim

Dr Stacey Lim

Stacey has a warm and collaborative treatment style and is committed to helping her clients work towards meaningful change in their lives. Stacey is skilled in treating adults with a range of difficulties and life stressors including Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Eating Disorders, Psychosis, Complex Grief and Emotion Dysregulation.  She draws from a range of evidence based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy.   Stacey is passionate about treating individuals who are struggling to adjust after traumatic and difficult life events.

Kathryn Russell

Kathryn Russell

Kathryn has worked for many years with adults, families, children and teens, within both community and hospital based settings. She is trained to assess and treat a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties.  Kathryn is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and also finds Acceptance and Commitment Therapy useful and fun.  Low mood, anxious thoughts and feelings, grief, coping with chronic pain or illness and stress related disorders can be really challenging. Kathryn also utilises Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR – level 1 practitioner only) when working with psychological trauma. Kathryn works collaboratively with clients to make sense of current difficulties, in the context of their history, experiences and relationships. Kathryn aims to help her clients take actions that are life enriching, and will guide clients in their learning of important psychological skills. Kathryn is also trained in SOS (Sensory Oral Sequential) Feeding Therapy for young children with feeding challenges.  When working with children Kathryn likes the parents to do the serious work, and thinks that therapy for children should be fun.

Dr Tessa Brudevold-Iversen

Dr Tessa Brudevold-Iversen

Tessa specialises in working with adolescents, adults, and families who are experiencing a variety of challenges; including depression, anxiety, trauma, emotion regulation problems, self-harm, suicidality, relationship problems, family difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, body image difficulties, and managing stress and difficult transitions throughout life.  She uses evidence-based models of therapy, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Maudsley Family Based Treatment (FBT), and Prolonged Exposure. Tessa has worked in both the public and private sectors, and has completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Seattle, Washington, working partly with Dr Marsha Linehan who developed Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.  She has been a main contributor on several initiatives, including a review of effective treatment for depression for adolescents, a treatment development study for adolescents using DBT to treat eating disorders, and the implementation of the Family Connections programme for family members of people who experience emotional dysregulation.

Fraser Cross

Fraser Cross

Fraser has worked since 2010 with adults in a range of settings, including community mental health and regional specialist teams. He is trained in the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and also draws from other therapy models to deliver treatment approaches tailored to the specific needs of each client. Fraser has experience in treating adults with a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, emotion dysregulation, self-harm, and trauma. He also offers professional supervision to other health professionals, and has specialised experience in working with adults with autism and/or intellectual disability.