Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety (including panic, social phobia, OCD, phobias and perfectionism). Eating difficulties & body image. Depression. Trauma & PTSD. Somatic concerns, medically unexplained symptoms, and chronic fatigue. Stress management and burnout.
As a therapist, Rachael provide a warm, relaxed, and genuine approach. Rachael offers initial assessments and individual face-to-face psychological therapy.
Following a comprehensive assessment, Rachael provides a hypothesis to help understand a persons psychological difficulties and recommends an evidence-based treatment plan. Rachael helps people to identify specific therapy goals that they would like support with, which ensures that therapy is targeted to a persons individual needs and moving in the right direction.
Rachael uses a range of evidence-based treatment approaches and is committed to “what works” in psychology. Therapy helps people to understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, helps people to make sense of their experiences and relationships, and to develop new coping skills. Rachael draws from peoples individual strengths, resources and values to help them live a more happier, fulfilling, and meaningful life.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Family Based Therapy for Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa
- Trauma focused CBT
- Enhanced CBT for Eating Disorders
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- United Kingdom Health Care and Professionals Council
- Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Auckland
- Honors in Psychology (First Class), from the University of Auckland
- Bachelor of Science (Human Biology and Psychology) from the University of Otago
Background and Experience
Rachael has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, across a variety of public and private health settings in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Doctoral Thesis: Examining the relationship between adversive childhood events and attention deficit and disruptive behavioral disorders. Published in Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma 10(3), March 2017.
Honors Dissertation: Important variables to consider in the development of a questionnaire examining the psychosocial wellbeing of adolescent survivors of childhood cancer.
I am available for clinical supervision in the Auckland region for psychologists and other registered professionals who practice evidence-based therapies.