Jessica Andrews-Smith

Psychologist

 

Life can be challenging at times, and sometimes our problems can seem overwhelming. However, taking time out to get support in a non-judgmental and accepting environment, with a trained professional, can be an important step forward towards greater wellbeing.

 

Areas of Special Interest

  • Low mood/depression
  • Anxiety (generalised, social, health, panic, perfectionism)
  • Stress management & burnout
  • Significant life transitions
  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Medically unexplained symptoms and coping with chronic health issues

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

As a therapist Jessica provides a warm, relaxed and genuine approach, and she believes that the therapeutic relationship is essential to a good outcome. Jessica’s goal is to support you in developing effective ways of coping, while exploring and addressing underlying issues that may be contributing to your current life struggles, emotional distress or interpersonal problems.

The initial meeting is generally 75 minutes long, and involves getting to know you, and your life experience and needs, in order to identify specific therapy goals that you would like support with. While also drawing from your unique strengths and values, her aim is to help you move towards a happier, and more fulfilling life.

Jessica provides psychological support for individuals, 18 years and older, with difficulties ranging from everyday problems – to mild to moderate mental health problems. She is available for both short and long term therapy.

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

Her focus in treatment is client centred and collaborative – to help each individual to reach new understandings and possibilities within themselves and in their lives, while helping to enhance personal strengths, and build confidence to overcome barriers to happiness. Jessica uses concepts from a variety of evidence-based therapies including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Compassion Focused Therapy and different mindfulness processes depending on the individuals need.

 

Background and Experience

Jessica is a registered psychologist in the Auckland region. She has worked in the public health sector in both inpatient and outpatient settings in the DHB. Including working with individuals from a variety of different cultural backgrounds and ages, from young adults to older adults, with a variety of different physical health and mental health conditions. Alongside her private practice, she also works in a busy Auckland clinic which specialises in Anxiety disorders and Depression.

 

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychologist
- Member of NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- Member of the Institute of Health Psychologists (IHP)
- Member of the New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS)

Q Qualifications

- Post Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology, The University of Auckland
- Master of Health Psychology (Hons), The University of Auckland
- Graduate Diploma of Arts (Psychology), The University of Auckland
- Bachelor of Arts, The University of Auckland

Q Appointments

- Tuesday 10-6 pm
- Wednesday 10-6 pm
- Thursday 10-6 pm

Q Fees

- First appointment (75 mins) $175 (incl GST)
- Subsequent appointments (50-60 mins) $160 (incl GST)
- Low income clients and students, may also be eligible for funding from WINZ or Study Link, please enquire with Jessica.

Q Payment Options

Payment can be made by online banking at the time of appointment, or cash.

Q Cancellations

A 50% fee may be charged if cancellation is made less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment.