our team.

Fresh Minds employs registered health professionals, including psychologists, counsellors and nurse specialists. Our team come from a variety of personal backgrounds, cultures and professional experience.

Our therapists follow evidence-based therapy, using proven approaches and techniques. With flexibility across online and in-person services, together we design a mind health approach that works for you. Mind, body and environment – it’s your journey, we’re simply the guides.

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Nicola Rae

Health Psychologist


“Often, overcoming difficulties requires the willingness and courage to ask for help. Once you’ve taken that first step, my role is to help you continue to move in the direction that matters to you.”

As a registered health psychologist, Nicola's focus has been on helping people to cope with chronic health conditions and to adjust to major life changes.  She has worked with individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions, depression, post tramatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress, grief and loss.  

Nicola's approach is to tailor therapy to individual needs and she uses her clinical expertise in cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, relaxation therapy and patient centred counselling to help people greatly improve their wellbeing.  

Before joining Fresh Minds Nicola worked at the Auckland Regional Pain Service where she taught self-management strategies to individuals, as well as facilitated group sessions on a three week pain management programme.

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Claire Komatas

Registered Psychologist


“Tērā te rā e whiti ana kei tua atu o tāwauwau - there is light at the end of the tunnel, there are better times ahead.”

Claire brings a warm, non-judgmental approach to working with her clients and helps them work towards goals using their unique strengths so they can enjoy life. Claire understands that life can be confusing and it is easy to feel trapped or stuck but she believes with the right help people can always move forward.

Claire works with a wide range of clients but has a special interest in helping people with managing their mind, mood and wellbeing when they are affected by stress, depression and anxiety. 

Before joining the Fresh Minds team Claire spent time providing counselling and therapy for the National Telehealth Service, Homecare Medical, Lifeline and student counselling services.

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Rachel Massey

Psychologist


“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, where we can work through the issues and achieve your goals. My approach combines professionalism, honesty and warmth, without judgement.”

Rachel is a psychologist who started with Fresh Minds when she returned to NZ after living overseas. Rachel has a background working both in private practice and schools, and equally enjoys working with both adolescents and adults.  Counselling is her passion, and she loves helping support people in achieving their goals and living a fulfilling life.

Rachel is experienced in a number of areas including anxiety, depression, stress and relationships issues. She tailors an individual approach, based on the client’s needs, drawing on various therapies, including ACT, CBT and Solution Focussed Therapy.   

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Anel Kieser

Health Psychologist


“The greatest wealth is health.”

I am passionate about working alongside people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to support them through any difficulties or challenges they may be facing. I see each person as a unique individual, who is the expert of their own experiences.

I enjoy working with people to help them overcome stress, anxiety, depression, health and behavioural issues. 

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Allison Li

Psychologist


“A pearl is formed around a grain of sand that is an irritant. Therefore it is possible to overcome and develop from difficult experiences we go through in life. Working together we can utilise your strengths and adversity as a foundation to create changes you choose and build the life you desire to lead.”

As a registered psychologist, Allison has experience in working with adults who have been affected by depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, and relationship difficulties. Allison believes in person-centred care while drawing on a range of therapies to inform her psychological practice and meet the needs of those she works with.

Prior to joining Fresh Minds Allison worked for the national telehealth service in mental health and addictions as well as a domestic violence support agency.

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Louise Barber

Registered Psychologist


“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new - Socrates.”

Louise is a registered psychologist, specialising in child, adolescent and family. She assists individuals who have challenges around anxiety, stress, depression, managing emotions and with issues related to being a child or teenager. 

Louise also provides parenting and family therapy to help manage these problems. Louise is ACC registered.

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Isabel Randell

Clinical Psychologist


“I see my job as a psychologist to support people to understand themselves better and create changes that are meaningful for them.”

Isabel is a clinical pscyhologist who works with young people, adults and families. She is passionate about adolescent mental health.  She has experience working with anxiety, obsessive complusive disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress and self-harm.

Isabel uses a range of psychological approaches tailored to each individual and the life experiences that they bring with them.  She is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Isabel understands that it can be nerve-wracking or uncomfortable to meet with a psychologist for the first time so you can expect a warm and friendly approach.

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Joanna MacFarlane

Clinical Psychologist


“Fear, anxiety, stress and panic, all these are basic evolutionary expression of the human brain. They are part of normal human condition - Abhijit Naskar”

Joanna is a clinical psychologist who works with adults, from young to old. She is passionate about older adults’ mental health and has experienced working with depression and suicidality, anxiety, difficulties with adjustment, grief and stress.

Joanna tailors her psychological approach to each individual and likes to work as a team with her clients to bring about an improvement to their mental wellbeing. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Joanna aims to provide a supportive and practical experience for each individual she works with.

 


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Rose Tobin

Health Psychologist


“Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness. Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu”

Rose Tobin is a Health Psychologist. She has worked in medical and mental health settings, including Auckland and Counties Manukau District Health Boards and she has been with Fresh Minds since 2016.

Rose’s areas of interest include anxiety disorders, depression, maternal mental health, coping with chronic and acute health conditions, stress management and adjusting to major life change. Rose has expertise in a range of therapies and she has a strong interest in self-compassion

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Laura Barkwill

Clinical Services Manager and Clinical Psychologist


“I truly believe that everyone has their own skills and strengths. Sometimes it's just having someone who can walk alongside and help you to recognise them. ”

Laura is a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively with families, adolescents and pregnant women. She is particularly passionate about service leadership, mentoring, coaching and walking alongside young people and adults.

Laura's special areas of interest are youth and family issues as well as helping people who may be self harming or working through personality difficulties.  In addition Laura has worked extensively with people experiencing anxiety and depression.




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Alysha Simonsen

Health Psychologist


“He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.”

Alysha is a health psychologist who works with people of all ages and backgrounds.  She's skilled at working in a time efficient manner and able to provide effective therapy in shortened sessions.  

Alysha cares deeply about sustainability and loves to surf, eat delicious food and listen to music.

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Paul Gregory

Clinical Psychologist


“Sometimes in life we can fall into holes we can't climb out of by ourselves.”

Paul is a Senior Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working in Mental Health services in NZ and the UK.  

He works with clients experiencing a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties. He has specialist expertise in therapy with individuals experiencing substance and alcohol abuse problems.  Paul has also worked in Corporate Advisory Services for a major international consulting firm.

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Robyn Gedye

Psychologist


“I'm truly enjoying the opportunity to work in the area of innovation in mental health care and the development of a new model of care known as Te Tumu Waiora. So that more people get the help they need, when they need it most.”

Robyn is an experienced psychologist. Outside of work Robyn's passion is for conservation and she can often be found maintaining and replanting land on the banks of the Waikato River as well as tending to her Angus cattle. 

Areas of Clinical Practice include adult mental health issues, as well as working as a Health Improvement Practitioner in Primary Care.

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Dr Balveer Sikh

Psychologist


“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. – Henri Bergson”

Balveer is a psychologist experienced in working with adults who experience both mild and extreme mental health challenges.

He specialises in mindfulness based psychological interventions and uses a variety of approaches to help people overcome stress, anxiety, mood disorders, psychological trauma and dis-associative and personality disorders.

Balveer speaks Hindi, Punjabi and English. 

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Sandra Davies

Mental Health Nurse Specialist/Therapist


“Without change there would be no butterflies.”

Sandra loves working with people in the community and spent many years as a community mental health nurse in the UK and New Zealand. 

Sandra is a trained cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) who also specialises in ACT, mindfulness, DBT and distress tolerance.

Sandra loves spending time with her two puppies and going for long walks as well as listening to music.

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Linda Gow

Clinical Psychologist


“Growth can be painful, change can be painful but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong. Let me help you to get unstuck and start living not simply surviving.”

Linda has over 30 years experience as a qualified Clinical Psychologist working in New Zealand and England. 

She has a broad range of experience of psychological issues across the life span and has a passion for working with children, couples and families. Additional areas of specific expertise include being a provider for ACC Sensitive Claims with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced personal trauma in their lives. Linda also has experience working with autism, alcohol and drug related issues and offending.  

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Gabi Fifield

Child and Family Psychologist


“What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.”

Gabi primarily works with children and youth (infancy to aged 21) with a variety of challenges.  She is accredited in Standard Trip P Parenting Programme and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Gabi has previous experience implementing a bed-wetting behaviour programme for children and adolescents.

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Deanna Sanders

Psychologist


“You cant stop the waves but you can learn to surf. Jon Kabbat-Zinn”

Deanna is a experience Health Psychologist who is skilled at working with those managing physical health issues and how they impact on psychological wellbeing. 

Deanna works with people to help manage depression, anxiety and stress management using a combination of therapy techniques such as CBT, ACT and mindfulness.  Deanna is trained in the Triple P parenting programme and enjoys working with parents and families.

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Joe Guse

Clinical Psychologist
Doctor of Psychology


“Although we are confronted by grief, change and loss, I also believe we have choices as to how we are going to respond to these things. I strive to help others incorporate humour into the way we make these emotional choices.”

Two people in this world truly understand human nature, psychologists and comedians. As a former comic, Joe bridges these disciplines, using humour and positive psychology with his clients.

Specialising in anxiety, depression, grief, adult ADHD and issues experienced by older people – Joe believes in working together to foster healthy coping and resilience. Therapy is not a one-stop-shop, so emphasises the use of mind health tools outside of sessions.

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Samantha Urgert

Registered Psychologist


“You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. Jon Kabat-Zinn”

Samantha's passion is to empower individuals of all ages with the resources and tools they need to walk towards their goals and improve their wellbeing. She provides an environment and therapy that is relaxed, client lead and based on a shared understanding of reaching the goals that are most meaningful to an individual.

Samantha is skilled at working with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and suicidality. She also enjoys helping young people with behavioural challenges.

Using a range of psychological approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness Samantha can tailor therapy to suit individual needs.

 


 

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Dr Sheryl Metheney

Clinical Psychologist


“People are more resilient than they realise; it’s my job to help people come to this realisation and to help them become stronger and more confident in their own abilities.”

Sherryl loves working with children, youth and adults and uses a variety of solution focused therapies to help people move forward.

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fresh minds by ProCare.

Fresh Minds is a social enterprise that provides mind, mood and wellbeing services. We believe that everyone has the right to live well and as an organisation and team, this is at the heart of everything we do. Fresh Minds is brought to you by ProCare which is New Zealand’s largest network of general practice teams, helping over 800,000 kiwis live healthier, happier lives.

Over the past 15 years, we have supported thousands of people by providing tools and techniques that help people to connect their dots in relation to how they think, feel and act in their lives. This deep experience has enabled us to develop a range of programmes, backed by clinical expertise and empathy, which allow people to access the support they need, face life’s challenges and to live well.

Fresh Minds, as a ProCare service, is supported by comprehensive clinical governance, expertise and rigorous systems to ensure our support is of the highest quality. Our clinical expertise is matched by our focus on delivering a healthcare experience with empathy and humanity.

With a focus on equity of outcomes and access, we strive to ensure those in our community with the greatest need are able to receive the help they require, with funded pathways for Māori and Pacific people. Our team receive dedicated cultural advice and guidance to ensure that the support they provide is culturally safe and responsive.

Fresh Minds sits alongside ProCare health and partners to deliver innovative programmes and services that cater to at-risk communities, youth and family wellbeing.

 

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ProCare Partnerships

HomeCare Medical

the National Telehealth Service

Te Tumu Waiora

an innovative Mental Health and Addictions support programme in Primary Care

Ready, Steady, Quit

the largest smoking cessation service in New Zealand

Enhanced School Based Services

in 12 schools in the Auckland District Health Board area

The Positive Parenting Programme

to help parents adopt effective strategies



To find out more about the work we are doing in this space, please visit the ProCare website.

ProCare

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careers.

working with fresh minds.

We believe every New Zealander has the right to live well. We are leaders in the field of delivering mind health and wellness services in the primary care sector. In the face of a changing New Zealand, we are innovating how care is provided to people of all ages and stages of life. We believe in delivering our services with humanity and compassion.

career opportunities.

We're always on the lookout for individuals to help us achieve our vision. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to work with skilled colleagues on a range of new and innovative programs. We are committed to offering leadership and career development pathways to our clinicians, actively supporting professional development.

If you would like to discuss a career opportunity at Fresh Minds, please contact us through the site.

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