Adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
I see a wide array of clients and levels of distress, from people wanting help understanding themselves better or struggling in their relationships, to serious mental health disorders and diagnoses.
Hi. My name’s Daniel, and I’m a Hawke’s Bay based counselling psychologist, registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. Simply put, I’m a therapist passionate about helping people understand, untangle and unravel the things that keep them stuck and trapped, and helping them move forwards, finding freedom, life and thriving. A great psychotherapist called Irvin Yalom tried summarised what it is to be a therapist in the simple phrase, “being a fellow traveller”.
I was raised in Norway, though I’m also half British. After leaving school, I lived a few years in California. After working with a couples therapist there, I discovered that I would like to become a therapist myself. So, I moved to London and completed a BSc in Counselling & Psychology, before going on to do a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. My family and I moved to Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, in 2019.
I enjoy working with a wide array of clients, from adolescents to people in their 80s and 90s. I specialise in working with people who haven’t found the forms of psychotherapy most common here in NZ, like CBT, helpful.
I am strong believer in psychotherapy as a key tool in helping people who are experiencing psychological and relational distress. I am trained to work in person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, and pluralistic models, tailoring my approach to my patients' needs. I am also committed to working within an evidence-based practice framework, and with my significant experience as a doctoral researcher, to using current research to inform my practice. My own research interests relate to psychological wellbeing and the role of authenticity in individual mental health.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Counselling Psychologist (NZ)
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- Registered Counselling Psychologist (UK, with HCPC and hold a current practicing licence)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- 1st class Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology & Counselling (University of Roehampton)
- Practitioner Doctorate (PsychD) in Counselling Psychology (University of Roehampton)
Background and Experience
I’ve been a clinician within the mental health field for over a decade, practicing in the UK, Norway and now in New Zealand, working for the national health services in all three countries, as well as for NGOs. I currently run my own practice in Havelock North, and do public speaking on mental health and well-being.