Vicki Breen

Vicki joined WPA in 1994 with a background in general mental health, acute psychiatric assessment, eating disorders, chronic pain, maternal mental health and medical psychology. She works with adults with a broad range of issues and is experienced in various evidence-based modalities. Typically, assessment determines the course of therapy, which can range from brief interventions to longer-term psychotherapy aimed at changing longstanding patterns of behaviour.

Vicki is skilled at assisting people with mood and anxiety disorders, stress-related problems, relationship issues (with an interest in intergenerational relationships) and problematic behaviours.

Qualifications: MA (Applied) Clin & Comm Psych, MNZCCP

Gerry Dowse

Gerry Dowse qualified as a clinical psychologist from Victoria University in 1993. She is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board, and is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. Gerry's work spans both the public and private sectors and she is skilled in providing interventions for a wide range of presentations including stress, anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders and interpersonal difficulties. 

Gerry has a particular interest in the area of health psychology, specifically coping with medical conditions, and health risk and resilience behaviour and the relationship to physical well-being.

She also works closely with a number of organisations nationwide to provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) when staff have been involved in critical/traumatic incidents.

Qualifications: MA (Applied) Clin & Comm Psych (Dist.), MNZCCP

Shirley Corkill

Shirley specialises in assessment and therapy of children, adolescents and their families, whether their problems are emotionally based or a result of development problems, specific learning problems or trauma.

She has a special interest in children and adolescents whose difficulties are secondary to medical illness or head injury. Appropriate referrals include behavioural problems in preschool children (including eating, sleeping, toileting and tantrums), developmental assessments, primary school children and adolescents with emotional, educational or developmental problems. The management of disability or chronic illness could also be a reason for referral.

Qualifications: MA (Applied) Clin & Comm Psych, MNZCCP, MBPS

Marion Kirker 

Marion currently works with teenagers, young adults and the general adult population. She is experienced in both short and longer term therapy for issues including distress, depression, anxiety, relating to others, trauma, and food and body problems.  She also assists people who wish to develop different aspects of identity (sexual, gender, cultural), and their personal agency. She aims to figure out with her clients meaningful and practical approaches to change taking into account their strengths, vulnerabilities, and current life situation. 

Marion registered as a Clinical Psychologist in 1997 and is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists.  She has experience in trauma, development and attachment related work in the field of child protection, and more recently with a wide range of mental health and developmental issues in a tertiary education setting. She also has experience in supervision and training.

Qualifications: MA(Hons), PG Dip Clin Psych, MNZCCP

Bindy Baker 

Bindy graduated from the University of Otago as a Clinical Psychologist in 1992. She worked as a psychologist in Dunedin until late 2016 when she moved to the Coolest Little Capital in the world.

Bindy is trained in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and schema therapy. She works collaboratively with clients to help them identify negative life patterns and make positive change. She works predominately with adults and those in their late teens,  and has experience in providing both short and long-term therapy for issues including anxiety, depression, stress, grief, trauma, and managing long-term health issues. She also has a special interest in executive coaching and professional supervision assisting clients to maximise work and life satisfaction. 

Bindy has also provided well-being education sessions, consultancy and advice to a range of organisations including schools and workplaces.

Qualifications: MSc, PG Dip Clin Psych, MNZCCP  

 

Heidi Snelson

Heidi specialises in assessment and therapy for children aged 0-12 and their families who are struggling with: feeding, toileting, separation, anxiety, anger, sadness, difficult behaviours, transitions to childcare and school.

She has interests also in supporting parents and children with the difficulties they face as a result of ill health, disability, learning difficulties, loss and change.

Heidi qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at Victoria University of Wellington and has been registered with the New Zealand Psychologist Board since 1996. Heidi has worked both overseas and in Wellington for the past 18 years in Child Adolescent Mental Health Services and most recently in Parent-Infant Mental health.

Qualifications: MA (Applied in Clin and Comm Psyc), MNZCCP

Wendy Pearse

Wendy specialises in assessment and therapy for children and adolescents with developmental, emotional and behavioural difficulties, working with children aged between 3 and 13 years.

Her specialist area is the assessment of ADHD, learning difficulties, developmental assessments and working with Primary School children with emotional, educational or developmental problems.

Qualifications:
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (UK), MNZCCP

Bennett Friedmann

Bennett has recently retired and is no longer practicing as a Clinical Psychologist.