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.


The Howick Psychology Clinical Team…

John Thickpenny 
 John first entered private practice in 1986 and is a clinical psychologist with wide experience. John works with clients of all ages and utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) in providing collaborative and goal-focussed therapeutic solutions. John specialises  in working with people who are dealing with adjustment issues; including depression, anxiety disorders, stress and trauma.  John guides development of the skills needed to deal with distressing  life events; such as relationship difficulties, issues within employment, or grief and loss.


Dr Kirsten Davis
Dr Kirsten Davis
Kirsten has worked with both adolescents and adults across both public mental health and private sectors for the last two decades. Kirsten is a founding member of DBTNZ and was involved in development, implementation and coordination of the first Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Programme in New Zealand for adolescents and their families.  She has extensive experience in DBT consultation, supervision and training in community outpatient, inpatient, forensic, residential care & protection settings and schools. Kirsten has been a trainer for many Behavioural Tech licensed events, including DBT Intensive Training, and is particulary interested in implementation and development of sustainable DBT programmes across a variety of different settings. In her private practice Kirsten works with clients of all ages and is informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness based approaches. She is competent in dealing with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, chonic painand management of serious illness, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, parenting and general life adjustment.
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.

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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.


Dr 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.  Kathryn utilises Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR – level 1 practitioner only) when working with psychological trauma and is also trained in SOS (Sensory Oral Sequential) Feeding Therapy for young children with feeding challenges. Low mood, anxious thoughts and feelings, grief, coping with chronic pain or illness and stress related disorders can be really challenging. 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.   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.
Dr Kasia Edlin
Dr Kasia Edlin 
Kasia is a clinical psychologist trained in a variety of evidence-based therapy models, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She offers collaborative and strength-based psychological therapy for adults struggling with anxiety, mood disorders, emotion dysregulation, stress, challenging life transitions, and trauma. She is also experienced in supporting individuals with intellectual disability and/or autism.