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Katarina is compassionate about providing a supportive healing environment, where people can feel comfortable enough to get the help they need, and enjoys working holistically.

She is a firm believer in the notion that to best understand people, and in order to find the best way to help, working together with people is key, whilst keeping in mind their unique context and background.

She works with variety of different concerns, such as stress, anxiety, depression and low mood, grief, relationships, bullying, abuse, health concerns, identity, life transitions, adjustment and more. She predominantly works with adults.

Katarina have a special interest in working with anxiety, and especially anxiety related to performance, social situations, attachment, and relationships. She is very interested in physical health, ill health and disability, and its impact on wellbeing and quality of life. She also has a special interest in supporting people coping with life transitions, adjustment and recovery from abusive relationships.  

Katarina's experience as a psychologist comes from working in a busy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practice and private practice; as well as a psychologist in a university setting, and in an integrated and holistic health setting. 

Prior to becoming a psychologist, however, she enjoyed working with older adults in a care setting, as well as with children and adults diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Katarina spent her earlier years in Norway and moved to New Zealand 18 years ago. She enjoys the outdoors, surfing, and hiking in her spare time, and has an interest in yoga and its mental health benefits.

Training

Katarina is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which is a very skills based approach, which focus on teaching you

the skills to deal with areas of your life you may struggle with,  and with time be able to use these on your own. In other words, empower you with the tools you need to help yourself. She is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), and have some prior training in Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). She enjoys using mindfulness, breathing retraining and relaxation in her sessions, and find these to be valuable tools, which enables people to deal with stress, anxiety and adjustment better.

Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology

  • Master of Health Sciences in Psychology (Hons)

  • Bachelor of Arts with an extended Major in Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with New Zealand Psychologists Board
  • Member of New Zealand Psychological Society
  • Member of the Institute of Counselling Psychology

Contracts

  • National Hauora Coalition (NHC)
  • Work and Income 

Contact

If you have any questions, or you would like to make an appointment, you can contact her on

phone number 021 17 12 142, or send an email to [email protected]

Availability

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Fridays online appointments only

* late appointments available Tuesdays and Wednesdays.