Staff

The team at the Centre for Psychology, Albany, Auckland, includes consultant and senior clinical psychologists, intern psychologists, clinical doctorate placement students, and postgraduate diploma trainees.

Clinical psychologists

Director – Clifford Van Ommen

Clifford van Ommen

Academic qualifications: BSc Wits, MA(ClinPsych) RAU, DLitt et Phil UNISA, MNZPsS
Professional qualifications: NZ Registered Psychologist (Clinical Scope)
Specialisations: Cognitive assessment, neuropsychology, assessment supervision
Experience: Registered in clinical scope (HPCSA) since 1996, full member of SACNA (Neuropsychology) since 2004.

Senior Clinical Psychologist - Natasha De Faria

Natasha De Faria

Academic qualifications: MA, PGDipClinPsych Massey, MNZCCPsych
Professional qualifications: NZ Registered Psychologist (Clinical Scope)
Specialisations: Adult mental health and works with a broad range of presenting difficulties
Experience: Natasha worked for six years as a Clinical Psychologist for Counties Manukau District Health Board. She is also experienced in the provision of Clinical Supervision for practicing clinicians.
Areas of interest: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness-based interventions
Days available: Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Senior Clinical Psychologist - Kirsty Furness

Academic qualifications: BA Massey, PG Dip Bus, Auckland, BA (Hons), DClinPsych Massey
Professional qualifications: 
NZ Registered Psychologist (Clinical Scope)
Specialisations: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based interventions
Experience: Compassionate and non-judgmental evidence based psychotherapy for individuals and groups.
Areas of interest: Kirsty has a special interest in resilience and brings this into her work. She works with clients experiencing anxiety, stress, depressed mood, anger, and sleep difficulties/insomnia. She also provides personal coaching and assists with managing health issues such as pain, adjusting to retirement difficulties, and the challenges adjusting to pregnancy and becoming a parent.
Days available: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Intern Clinical Psychologist - Kate Hebenton

Academic qualifications: BA(Hons), PG Cert., MA.
Professional student memberships: NZPsS, NZCCP
Experience: Kate is in her final year of training towards the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Massey University.
Areas of interest: Kate’s doctoral research involves working to understand the experiences of preschool children engaged in an intergenerational programme.
Days available: Monday to Thursday

Intern Clinical Psychologist - Ella Kroch

Academic qualifications: BSc Victoria, BSc(Hons) Massey
Professional student memberships NZCCP, NZPsS
Experience: Ella is in her final year of training towards the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Massey University
Areas of interest: Ella’s doctoral research explores clients’ experiences and understandings of chronic and persistent forms of depression
Days available: Monday to Thursday

Clinical Psychologists

Pixie Armstrong-Barrington

Academic qualifications: BAppSc, BSc(Hons)
Professional student memberships: NZPsS, NZCCP
Experience: Pixie completed her internship at the Centre for Psychology in 2016. She is currently completing her research towards the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Massey University.
Areas of interest: Adult mental health working with a range of presenting difficulties using CBT and mindfulness-based interventions. Pixie’s doctoral research explores treatment barriers for Māori with social anxiety using a Māori-centred approach.
Days available: Mondays

Eve Yee Han Graham

Academic qualifications:  DipClinPsych, MA (Clin Psych), PGDipBusAdmin, BA (Psych & Education).
Professional qualification:  NZ Registered Psychologist (Clinical Scope)
Specialisations: Evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution focused therapy and Mindfulness for adults. Her specialty is cross cultural work, dealing with migrants' adjustment; adaptation; integration; identity and wellness.
Experience:  Having lived in New Zealand for nearly 40 years, she has worked therapeutically in English, Cantonese and Mandarin with clients across the life span for over 15 years in government health boards and community settings.
Areas of interest:  Eve works with individuals and couples experiencing a range of emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, work stress, relationship issues and grief. She uses Strength Model, Compassion and Positive Psychology.
Days available: Wednesdays and Thursdays 

Beverly Haarhoff

Bev Haarhoff

Academic qualifications: MSocSc(ClinPsych) Natal, PhD Massey, MNZCCPsych
Professional qualifications: NZ Registered Psychologist (Clinical Scope)
Specialisations: CBT
Experience: Bev is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of clinical experience.
Areas of interest: Anxiety Disorders
Days available: Limited – Please enquire

Phil Howard

Academic qualifications:  BSc (Hons), DClinPsych Massey
Professional qualifications:
NZ Registered Psychologist (Clinical Scope)
Specialisations: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as other mindfulness based interventions
Experience: Compassionate evidence-based psychology services which include assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for adults and older adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Areas of interest: Phil also is a practicing Neuropsychologist and his research interest’s fall within this scope.
Days available: Mondays

Emma Miller

Emma Miller

Academic qualifications: BA(Hons)
Professional student memberships: NZPsS, NZCCP
Experience: Emma has completed her clinical internship and is now awaiting graduation.
Areas of interest: Emma’s doctoral research explores clinical perfectionism. She has developed a web-based treatment programme to reduce the negative aspects of perfectionism and associated issues.
Days available: Thursday

Snezana Mitrovic-Tosovic

Academic qualifications: BPhil(Hons) Belgrade, PGDip(CBT), PGDip(Neuroassess), MA Massey, MNZPsS
Professional qualifications: NZ Registered Psychologist (Clinical Scope)
Specialisations: Clinical neuropsychology, CBT, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Experience: She has over 30 years’ experience working in a variety of community and inpatient services.
Areas of interest: Snezana specialises in neuropsychological/cognitive assessment of children, adults, and older adults. She provides diagnostic clarification and advises on appropriate management.
Days available: Fridays

Amy Montagu

Amy Montagu

Academic qualifications: BA(Hons), BSc, GradDipSci, DClinPsych Massey, MNZCCPsych
Professional qualifications: NZ Registered Psychologist (Clinical Scope)
Specialisations: Adult and older adult mental health and works with a broad range of presenting difficulties
Experience: Amy has worked as a Clinical Psychologist at WDHB for three years and at the Centre for two years. She completed her doctoral internship at the Centre for Psychology in 2014.
Areas of interest: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based interventions
Days available: Flexible


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