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Julie Densem

Julie Densem

Psychologist, Family Therapist & Supervisor

The Clinic

I am a registered, experienced Clinical Psychologist and a Family Therapist. Because life often does not go as expected, we are pushed out of our comfort zone and at the same time given vital wisdom about our self-limiting beliefs. Expert help to navigate these life shifts is extremely useful.
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Contact Julie

M. 027 326 6022
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Practice Locations

The Clinic
112 Edgeware Road
St Albans
Christchurch
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Online therapy available.
 

Transport and Parking

There is ample parking in the street outside and some parks available at the rear of the clinic. There is also ample room for cycles. The Orange Line (bus route 28) travels down Cranford Street to the intersection of Edgware Road.

Appointments

Face to face: Tuesday afternoons, Thursdays late afternoon and evenings.

Online: Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mornings and Thursdays.

Languages

English / Anglais 
Francais / French

Fees

Each session is booked for 50 minutes and costs $150 including GST
 

Payment Options

Payments can be made by cash or direct debit/internet banking (details provided at appointment).
 

Cancellations

Please note, a full session fee will apply if an appointment is cancelled within 24 hours (excludes emergencies)
 


Client Types

Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families.

 

Areas of Special Interest

Stress, anxiety, child behaviour problems, parenting, self-esteem, couples counselling, depressive disorders, grief, frozen feelings, miscarriage, loss of a child, work/life balance, family relationships, PTSD, phobias, bedwetting/soiling, bullying.

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

Our wellbeing is deeply affected by issues such as anxiety, grief, and conflict in relationships. It is hugely important to be accompanied as we try to change our lives. Talking with an experienced therapist can help clarify the next steps towards having a more connected and peaceful life.

One of the keys to being able to make positive changes (as shown by the research) is having a good relationship with a therapist. This not only helps us make progress, but also reduces the risk of giving up if new steps feel too hard. Having someone kind to listen carefully to issues, fears and emotional pain is deeply reassuring, and once these are out in the open they are much easier to solve. Because of the importance of the therapeutic relationship, the first, and most important step, is choosing a therapist based on how comfortable we are in their presence.

Therapy helps us reconnect with ourselves and our key relationships. It facilitates identifying and shifting the beliefs that organise our inner emotional worlds (often developed by overwhelming experiences in childhood). When we are more comfortable in ourselves, relationships, and life in general, flow.

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

I use several different approaches, which have been established as being effective through research. These include EMDR, for trauma, anxiety and phobias, and cognitive behavioural techniques for difficulties with self-esteem, major depressive disorder and parenting. With child behaviour problems (such as sleep, eating, tantrums and soiling), I work with both the child/youth and the families/parents. It is important that parents learn to work together as a team and inconsistent or different approaches to problem behaviour can be contributing to difficulties.

  

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Member NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (MNZCCP)
  • Victim Support Registered Counsellor
 

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts
  • Diploma in Clinical Psychology
  • Diploma in Teaching.
 

Background and Experience

I started working as a Clinical Psychologist in 1986. Initially, I worked with adults, many of whom were suffering from anxiety and stress. I then began working with children, youth and their families who were referred for a huge range of difficulties. Much of this was part time as I parented my own children. I have had experience working in the Family Court and most recently was working in Canterbury University, supervising and teaching trainee Child and Family Psychologists.

 

Supervision Services

I have training in supervision following the SIT model, and have taught supervision workshops. I enjoy supporting clinicians to clarify their thinking or issues with clients and also, their workplace issues. Supervision is an important part of helping prevent therapists from suffering from burnout.