The Totara Clinic

About me

I initially worked as a secondary school teacher from 1999-2000. This instilled a desire in me to assist children affected by emotional distress. I then moved on to work for 5 years with children and adolescents for The Kid’s Help Foundation as a counsellor from 2001-2006, after which I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Most recently – since 2015 - I have been working for Barnardos supervising counsellors and counselling children, and at two private practices, The Totara Clinic in New Lynn and South Auckland Psychology in Sylvia Park Mall.

How I can help your child

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a practical approach and is the most widely researched therapy with proven success in helping young people affected by a wide range of anxiety and depressive disorders including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, and mild to severe depression. CBT is also a highly effective therapy for problems such as low self-esteem, self-harm and the effects of bullying. CBT is typically a short-term therapy that aims to assist clients to become independent and self-managing.

As a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy I work with children to help them identify the unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that are maintaining their problems. Helping them to feel empowered to cope with or eliminate their problems and to build their self-esteem and confidence.

I am kind and gentle with young people and easily establish a good rapport. Parents have the option of attending the first session or two as a support person and/or to assist information gathering. All treatment programmes are individualised and targeted to your specific needs.

My comfortable and safe environment

At 1 McCrae Way, The Totara Clinic is conveniently located in the Health New Lynn Building, a ‘medical hub’ created in 2013 which includes audiology, cardiology, a dentistry, dermatology, musculoskeletal, ophthalmology, orthodontic, orthopaedic, physiotherapy, podiatry, nutritionist and psychology services all located under one roof.

Our beautiful rooms at The Totara Clinic are on the second level, above the Health New Lynn doctors. The building has its own carpark with internal access to the building and provides two hour free parking for clients.

There is a lovely waiting area with comfortable seats for parents, a café downstairs, and New Lynn Mall next door where you can get any shopping done while you wait.
Anything else you would like mentioned to parents

To discuss how I may help you or your child please call me for a confidential chat. I look forward to meeting with you.