Rachel Massey

Psychologist

 

My approach combines professionalism, warmth and honesty, without judgement.
For appointments, please call 022 652 9710

 

Life can be tough at times. It can throw us curve balls, stopping us in our tracks unsure how to move forward, or finding ourselves going down the wrong path. This can leave us feeling a range of unpleasant thoughts, feelings and sensations that affect how we feel about ourselves, each other, and our relationships. As a result, we can find it hard to cope and enjoy life.

It is a brave decision to seek counselling, and it is completely normal to feel anxious and unsure of what to expect. It is my job to make you feel safe and supported by providing a comfortable and trusting environment, enabling us to work through the issues and achieve your goals.

 

I work with adolescents and adults, and am experienced in the following areas:

  • Depression and mood related issues
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Grief and loss
  • Sexuality
  • Self esteem and confidence
  • IVF and infertility
  • Maternal mental health

 

My Approach

During the first session, I will spend time getting to know you and what has brought you to counselling. We will then identify what the goals of therapy will be, and together, build a strong relationship in order to help you achieve these. I will take into consideration who you are as a person, what your needs are and tailor an individual approach.

I draw on a range of therapy approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed Therapy, and most recently EMDR Therapy.

I like to take a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing, exploring lifestyle and health, as well as emotional factors. I aim to provide you with the tools to make positive changes, to tackle your issues through self discovery and reflection, and to feel more empowered. I strive to help people discover or reconnect with their passions, and support them to live life to the fullest, whilst being able to make room and cope with unpleasant emotions when they arise. After all, they are part of life.

 

About Rachel

From a very young age I knew I wanted to be a psychologist, and I remain passionate about what I do. Hailing from Aotearoa, I have been counselling for more than twelve years in a variety of settings; private, company, and schools. I have extensive experience working with both adolescents and adults, and enjoy drawing from a wide range of psychological approaches.

I have lived in New Zealand, Dublin, London, Melbourne and Singapore, having returned to New Zealand permanently in late 2017. My passion for different cultures, food, people and experiences, has given me the ability to relate to people from all walks of life, diverse cultures and backgrounds.

The psychology field is an exciting one. It is constantly evolving with new skills, approaches and research on offer. I am dedicated to ongoing professional development, staying abreast of research and participating in regular peer and professional supervision. This ensures my skills and knowledge remain up to date so I can deliver the best to my clients.

 

FAQs

Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Psychologist

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & English, Otago University
- Honours Degree, Psychology, Victoria University

Q Appointments

- Monday 8.30am -3.30pm
- Tuesday 8-1pm
- Wednesday 9-2pm
- Saturday 8.30 -12.30pm

Q Fees

- Each session is 50 minutes in duration at a cost of $190 per session
- Payments of cash and bank transfers accepted
- Alternatively, you may be able to claim through your private health insurance. Contact your provider to see whether you are covered.
- Concession rates are available for those experiencing financial difficulties

Q Cancellations

- 48 hours notice is required where possible to change appointments.
- If less than 24 hours notice is given, the full session rate will be changed (exclusion of illness/emergencies).