Dr Jennifer Liu

Clinical Psychologist

Ko te Moana ki te Tonga o Haina tōku moana.
Ko Hongipua tōku rohe.
Ko Tāmaki Makaurau tōku kāinga.
Ko Kaimātai Hinengaro tōku tūranga mahi.
Ko Jennifer Wai Hei tōku ingoa.

Kia ora, my name is Jennifer and I am a Clinical Psychologist. I provide clinical psychological services for children/adolescents and adults, working with both individuals and families.

My goal is to create a kind space where we can work on your goals for therapy and make changes you want in your life. Whether there is one person or multiple family members in the room, this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh sums up our task together: “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun.” The task of therapy is to figure out what happens that gets in the way of your path and find ways to improve on these issues and move forward. We work as a team on the overarching aim of thriving which is defined by you.

I was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Auckland from age five, with variable levels of fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin maintained throughout the years. I am learning some beginner Te Reo Māori (by self-learning at the moment) as well. I have an interest in the richness of cultures (such as the language/metaphors from your culture) as a reservoir of information or resources for supporting a person’s wellbeing.

Areas of Interest/Focus:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family relationships
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment issues
  • Burnout (e.g. carer, work, parental)
  • Perfectionism
  • Procrastination
  • Cultural or cross-cultural difficulties
  • Impact of social media, discrimination and/or stigma

Please note that I am unable to offer the appropriate level of support to clients with current suicidal risk or acute medical risk to one’s physical health associated with eating disorders. If you are struggling with these difficulties, I would advise that you consider seeking out your GP or local community mental health services.

Therapy Approach

I work from a perspective of what works according to the person I am working with. This means the most important person in my approach is you and your feedback on our process.

I am interested in your strengths that come through from your individual, family and/or cultural history as part as understanding where you have come from as well as how your difficulties came to be. I also strive to keep the current family/whānau, social/occupational and iwi/community environment in mind, especially for those from culturally diverse or marginalised backgrounds.

For children, teenagers or other dependents, the work I offer will almost always involve working with parents/families as a young person’s most important support system. For adults, the approach can much more likely be individual therapy but can involve family therapy as well.

My approach is grounded most consistently in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, family/systemic and attachment work. I draw flexibly from a variety of ideas across the therapy field, including emotional, cognitive, behavioural, attachment, developmental, cultural, critical, and systemic theories. Therapy approaches that I also typically draw on include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

FAQs

Q LOCATION

I offer appointments online, in Albany, or Parnell.

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, therapy sessions are offered online unless by individual case-by-case arrangement. I do still offer face-to-face sessions if there is reason to view it will be clinically more beneficial. I am only able to offer online appointments to clients who are not vaccinated or currently presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 due to health risks.

Q APPOINTMENTS AND FEES

If you would like to speak to me before considering making any bookings, you are welcome to reach out for a phone conversation at no cost or obligation to you, You can message me through Talking Works and I will respond to arrange a time for a phone call with you. It can be helpful to have a conversation about what you are looking for and answer any questions about how I work.

I generally recommend that you limit the personal information you send by text and/or email. (If you proceed with a first appointment you will be guided on the secure communications to use.)

Session charges:
$140 for 50 minutes for individual sessions (adults) - online or Albany
$160 for 50 minutes for child/adolescent, parents or family sessions - online or Albany

$150 for 50 minutes for individual sessions (adults) - Parnell
$170 for 50 minutes for child/adolescent, parents or family sessions - Parnell
Please note Parnell bookings are priced slightly higher to reflect the extra travel involved.

Payment information:
I accept payment by direct banking (preferred) or cash. I do not have an EFTPOS machine on site. Payment is expected to be made within 7 days following the appointment/invoice unless agreed otherwise.
If you wish to pay by card, an online card payment option is available however this will have an additional 2.9% + 30¢ processing fee.

Please consider getting in touch if you are experiencing financial hardship as a barrier to therapy, as I do offer a small number of low-cost sessions and/or sliding scale fee structures as part of my commitment to a more equitable practice.

While it is my aim to make access to psychological services is as affordable as possible, prices and policies regarding cancellations may be adjusted if they fall out of balance of my practice costs or affect my ability to provide quality work. Thank you for your understanding.

Q CANCELLATIONS

If you need to cancel a face to face appointment, please notify me 48 hours prior so that I can then cancel the room booking within a reasonable timeframe. A late cancellation charge could apply to cover the costs of room hire ($23) for face to face appointments or contribute to software cost ($7) for online appointments.

Shifting a therapy session from face to face to telehealth at late notice does not incur any extra cost.

If you are presenting with COVID-19 symptoms on the day of a face to face appointment, I ask that you contact me to discuss potential other arrangements.

Q REGISTRATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

- Registered Clinical Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists' Board
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology (University of Auckland)
- Member of New Zealand Psychologist Society
- Member of Association for Contextual Behavioural Science

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