Helping you move to what matters

Who I help

I help anyone who feels stuck. It might be to do with the past, present or future. They might feel like they have no one else to talk to, or like they’ve tried everything else.

What I do

I work with people to figure out what matters to them. Then I help them make a plan, to move in a direction aligned with those values. It’s more about direction than perfection, as their journey continues long after our time together. 

How I work

I have a relaxed and real approach. Although the work we do is tough, I use lightness to create a space where no subject is off limits. I also bring an evidence-based view, which means the therapies I use are proven to be effective.

Areas I work in

I work with people in their individual context rather than focusing on a diagnosis. Common areas they come to me for include anxiety, depression, stress, OCD, trauma, abuse, phobias, anger, or relationship issues.

Therapies I use

I primarily draw from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Who I am

My name is Nathan. I practice as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Hutt Valley, previously working in the public sector and now in private practice. I grew up in Wellington, and after a stint in Auckland and travelling overseas, came back to raise a family. I am married with two kids, play cricket with a passion, and feel honoured and privileged to be helping others in my work.

What affiliations I have

Registered clinical psychologist (Reg. No. 90-03836)
NZ College of Clinical Pyschologists (Member)
EMDR NZ (advanced Training)
ACC Sensitive Claims Provider (16GLNY)
NZDF – LTCDR in the Naval Reserve
NZ representative on the Board for the ANZ ACBS

Where I work

I offer private sessions at Winslow House in Lower Hutt on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I work with individuals, through organisations, and am registered with ACC to provide psychology support through Sensitive Claims and other ACC contracts.

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Where I’ve worked

2016 – 2020
Community Mental Health
Hutt Valley DHB

2011 – 2015
Children and Adolescent team
WellStop Lower Hutt

2007 – 2011
New Zealand Defence Force
Devonport Navy Base & Headquarters Wellington

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What qualifications I have

2013 – 2015
PGDip in Clinical Psychology
Victoria University of Wellington

2005 – 2006
Master of Science
Massey University

2001 – 2004
BA BSc Hons
Victoria University of Wellington

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Training I’ve done

ACT
Focused ACT, Bruce Arroll, 2019
ACT Conference, Canberra 2019
ACT Workshop, Kelly Wilson, Canberra 2019
ACT Intensive Workshop, Melbourne 2018
ACT for Trauma, Russ Harris, Auckland 2018
Intro to ACT, Ben Sedley & Giselle Bahr, 2018
Mastering the Clinical Conversation, Matthieu Villatte, 2018

DBT
Introduction to DBT, Auckland 2016

EMDR
Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR, Dolores Mosquera, 2019
New Zealand EMDR Conference, 2019
Advanced EMDR Training, Tom Flewett & Astrid Katzur, 2019
New Zealand EMDR Conference, 2018
EMDR Weekend 2, Tom Flewett, 2017
EMDR Weekend 1, Tom Flewett, 2016

Trauma
Treating Complex Trauma, Leah Giarratano, 2017
Treating PTSD, Leah Giarratano, 2017

Other
Working with Voices, Ron Coleman & Karen Taylor, 2016
Children with Sexual Behaviour Issues, Jane Gilgun, 2011
How to Effectively Work with Developmental Disorders, Frances Steinberg, 2011

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Frequently Asked Questions 

FAQ's

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Sessions are confidential and information will only be shared with client permission, in supervision, or if there are concerns regarding harm. It’s also good practice for me to update your GP when engaging in therapy. I work in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003), the Health Information Privacy Code (1994), the Privacy Act (1993), and the Code of Ethics for Psychologists Working in Aotearoa/New Zealand (2002). Client information is stored securely using PowerDiary, who comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as shown on their website.
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Sessions are $207 ($180 +GST) for private clients  and $200+GST ($230) through organisations. An invoice with the bank details will be emailed following each session. I request that payments are made within 24hrs of each session.
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I work in (but am not limited to) these areas: Abuse, ACC Sensitive Claims, anger management, anxiety, body related issues, depression, eating related issues, grief and bereavement, health anxiety, identity and gender difficulties, life transition & adjustment issues, OCD, phobias, PTSD, difficulties with voices, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, sexual abuse, trauma, and work stress.
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As a clinical psychologist, the basis of our work is talk therapy. I take notes and am happy to provide copies of the work we do. I also use metaphor, a variety of exercises, and may suggest ‘between session practice’, as these can contribute to the change you’re after.
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There is a 50% cancellation fee where less than 24hrs notice is provided and the full rate applies for missed appointments. Preferably 48hrs notice is given so I can offer this time to someone else. For clients under ACC Sensitive Claims, there are generally four cancellations per 12 months covered by ACC. After those are used an invoice for $57.26 will be sent directly to clients for late notice cancellations.
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) I’m really drawn to the principles and practices of ACT as it helps clients become aware of and accept their emotions and thoughts without struggling against them. This then provides space to focus on and commit to actions based on their values and what they decide is important. I also really value the use of metaphor in ACT. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) I use CBT to help clients make sense of and understand the patterns related to their thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and behaviours. CBT is a highly effective therapy and can help to break down patterns of avoidance, understand the impact of thoughts, and lead to trying new behaviours, which can make a huge difference. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) I have seen some amazing shifts with EMDR. This theory suggests that different beliefs were formed out of past experiences/trauma. I work with clients to process these memories so they are able to talk about their experiences without the level of disturbance previously felt. We also work on preparing for how they’d like things to be in the future.
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I offer 50-60 minute sessions at Winslow House in Lower Hutt on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Sessions start at 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:15pm, or 3:30pm. I try to offer the same time each week or fortnight.

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