Dr Philippa Croy

MINDTalk - Specialist psychological support for people affected by cancer

MINDTalk is the Wellington-based private practice of Dr Philippa Croy, consultant clinical psychologist. Philippa is an experienced clinician who provides specialist psychological support to patients and their whānau throughout their cancer journey.


What is Psycho-Oncology?

Psycho-oncology is a part of cancer care that focuses on the specific psychological, behavioural, emotional and social needs of people with cancer, and their whānau.

Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or know someone who has, you will know that cancer doesn’t just affect the body. Cancer can have a huge impact on how you feel, how you think, what you do, and perhaps even what you believe. It can also have a huge impact on loved ones.

Family and friends can be really important sources of support, but it’s not always easy sharing difficult things with those you care about.  Sometimes talking to someone else can be helpful.  Accessing psychological support or counselling can give you a safe space to talk about the difficulties you are experiencing.


I can help with many different cancer related difficulties:

  • Coping with uncertainty
  • Feelings of loss of control​
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Stress
  • Depression or low mood
  • Sleep
  • Fatigue/low energy
  • Motivation
  • Grief & loss
  • Fear about the future
  • Intimacy issues
  • Communicating with children
  • Communicating with partner & whānau
  • Concerns about b​ody image
  • Coping with the side effects of cancer treatment
  • Trauma relating to the diagnosis/treatment
  • Changes in roles/family dynamics
  • Adjustment to life after treatment
  • Finding a ‘new normal’


My Approach

To me, it’s important to provide a comfortable and safe space for you to talk about the difficulties you are experiencing; and to build a supportive and collaborative partnership so that we can work together on what is important to you.

My approach is informed by my training in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). I use different skills and techniques from these therapies, tailoring your sessions to meet your needs and goals.


About Me

I am a consultant clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience in psycho-oncology (psychology & cancer).

My work in this field began in London. After completing my Masters in Psychology at Otago University, I travelled to England and worked for 4 years as a research fellow for a national cancer charity. I then returned to New Zealand to do my clinical psychology training, doing my doctoral research in cancer.

Since becoming qualified, I have worked within hospitals across the Wellington Region. I have helped young children, adolescents and young adults adjust to life after childhood cancer; and most recently, I have supported adults and their whānau with challenges relating to their cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Member NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (MNZCCP)
- Member of Psycho-social Oncology New Zealand (PONZ)
- Member of EMDR New Zealand (EMDRNZ)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Otago University
- Master of Science (Psychology), Otago University
- Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Massey University

Q Appointments

- I currently have availability.
- I work Mondays and Wednesdays.
- If you would like to discuss whether my service is right for you, or to arrange an appointment, I can be contacted via email or phone.

Q Fees

- 60 min session = $200 (GST inclusive).
- Payment required at the end of each session.
- A subsidy may be available for those on Income Support from WINZ.
- Some people may also be eligible for a contribution by external services (e.g., insurers).

- payment can be made by Cash or eftpos (not credit).
- Payment by internet banking is possible with prior arrangement.