Consultant Clinical Psychologist
New Zealand Psychologists Board #90-04410
Mindfulness Training Institute: Australia & New Zealand
MA (Hons) Clinical Psychology
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (ADIP)
UK Council for Psychotherapy registered Psychotherapist (UKCP reg.) #07159199
My clinical psychology training was psychodynamic. I later also completed training in Integrative Psychotherapy (focusing on Gestalt and Existential Psychotherapy), and I am a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered psychotherapist since 2007. I also use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for alleviating distress associated with trauma, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in my clinical work. I provide psychological therapy to individuals, families and groups, and supervision to clinicians and teams.
I work as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland District Health Board (ADHB). I have a limited number of spaces for private clients.
Mindfulness became part of my life in 1995 when I attended a ten-day silent Vipassana (by Goenka) meditation retreat at Dharmsala, India. In the following few years, I completed another residential retreat in India and 30 days mindfulness course in Nepal.
Over the past eight years, I initiated and led a mindfulness project that involves a sustainable implementation of Mindfulness at ADHB Mental Health Services. This project includes delivering Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to staff working in Mental Health Services to support their wellbeing and enhance their clinical skills; leading a Mindfulness Implementation Steering Group of Senior Managers that completed the MBSR training with me; leading a Mindfulness Champions Group (working group) of staff that completed the MBSR and roll out an annual mindfulness related project across ADHB Mental Health Services. The Mindfulness Champions also attend a yearly weekend mindfulness retreat that I lead to support their learning and embodiment of Mindfulness so that they can support their services appropriately in their role; I supervise staff who completed the MBSR programme at ADHB and are continuing to train as Mindfulness Based Programme teachers and I supported establishing the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for clients at ADHB Mental Health Services.
I am a Certified Teacher and approved supervisor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
I am Co-Director of the Mindfulness Training Institute: Australia & New Zealand (MTI). This internationally recognised not-for-profit organisation trains and certifies MBSR and MBCT teachers in our part of the world (https://www.mtia.org.au).
Most importantly in my life, I am the father of a wonderful 15-year-old teenage girl.