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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Ally Bijl-Brown

Clinical Psychologist


"He waka eke noa” - this has many different translations and understandings, but one is “a vehicle upon which everyone may embark”

This phrase speaks to me of the need for accessibility of therapy for all, the fact that therapy is a journey, and it is one in which the therapist and the whaiora are on together.

I am passionate about working with people from all walks of life to achieve their goals and to walk with them in their highs and lows. I particularly enjoy working with young people, whānau, and those transitioning into adulthood, as well as those struggling with issues around identity, eating disorders, and traumatic life events.

I am trained as a Clinical Psychologist through the University of Auckland and work one day a week at Waiheke High School. 

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Anmol Chawla

Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist


Mehemea he raruraru kei a koe, me wewete e koe – “If you have troubles, free yourself”

Everyone goes through events that cause disruption to their daily life.

I provide a safe space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions and behaviours that may be impacting your wellbeing. My aim is to work towards achieving whatever goals you may come to the session with.  

We utilise the session space to explore and learn different ways of coping, improving relationships and learning how to manage psychological and physical symptoms. I work with a client-focused, down-to-earth, friendly, and professional manner. I try to help my clients feel as comfortable as possible discussing their difficulties with me, promote motivation and draw on my full range of training and professional experiences. 

The hardest part of seeking help is this part - reaching out and asking. If you are reading this, you have already done well.

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Melissa Cheung

Psychologist


"Give yourself the same care and attention that you give to others and watch yourself bloom" Holly a Bay

Melissa is a Counselling Psychologist who takes a strengths-based and collaborative approach to therapy by integrating different therapeutic practices.

Melissa offers a warm, relaxed, and non-judgemental space to explore effective and healthier ways of coping. She is passionate about supporting people by helping them gain confidence in their abilities to manage distress and to be better equipped to navigate the waves of life.

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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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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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Aimee Houston

Psychologist


"Having difficult thoughts and feelings come with being a human being who cares."

Amiee has worked as a psychologist and behaviour analyst for the past five years and enjoys working with people to help them build skills to cope with the challenges and curveballs of life through emotion coaching, mindfulness and other self-management tools.

Aimee has experience working with children and adolescents and supporting parents to ensure they are receiving the support they require.

Living with her partner in the bush on Auckland's west coast Aimee spends her free time sewing or adding new fabric to her huge stash. 

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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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Kelly Konsten

Family Therapist/Clinical Social Worker


“A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr -

Kelly’s passion is to walk alongside individuals of all ages and families and help to increase wellbeing. She is committed to working mindfully in a culturally inclusive, relaxed and open space.

She aims to enhance psychological flexibility and reflective capacity so her clients can increase their insight and skills to live the values-based life they want to. In her clinical work she draws from her training in ACT, Parent-Child attachment therapies, Group Facilitation and Family Therapy.

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Mathina Mahawadu

Mental Health Practitioner


“There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps.” Peter A. Cohen

My wish is to walk alongside people, offering support, education and empowering them in taking those little steps in their journey. I have a background in Psychology, and enjoy taking a contextual approach to wellbeing.

In my work, I look to meet individuals where they are, and draw upon my training in Psychology, Applied Behaviour Analysis and ACT to support them in where they would like to go.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to and playing music, walks with my puppy and connecting with people near and far.

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Desiree McGhie

Psychologist


"Ma te huruhuru ka rere te manu." Adorn the bird with feathers, so it can fly.

Most of my mahi as a Psychologist has been with the Ministry of Education. This journey provided a pathway that invited engagement with schools, students, whānau and community groups.

My mahi in Fresh Minds with the ESBHS team (Enhanced School-Based Health Service) is much the same as I collaborate with Health Teams in three secondary schools in Auckland.

My practice involves talking therapies that are relevant for our rangatahi today, supported by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solution Focused therapy. 

One of the many favourite aspects of my work is sitting with a student, hearing their stories and then guiding them to navigate their way through the tough challenges that face them. I consider it an honour to be part of that journey in their lives. 

When I am not working I am gyming, swimming, walking, reading, eating. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband as my best friend and a wonderful son who lives nearby our home who is often reminded that he is to look after us in our old age.  

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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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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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Shelley Southgate

Mental Health Practitioner


“Promise me you'll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”. AA Milne

Shelley is a registered occupational therapist with more than 25 years’ experience working in community mental health. She has been able to support people who have experienced anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, trauma, relationship challenges, anxiety at school and in employment.

Shelley offers a variety of approaches that can be tailored to meet the individual’s needs including, ACT, DBT, CBT, Te Whare Tapa Whā and Sensory Modulation. 

Shelley is passionate about working with people using a solution focused approach and supporting others to overcome challenges to live a rich and meaningful life. She believes in the expertise and resilience within all people, that they can acquire the knowledge and learn tools to improve their overall wellbeing.

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Samantha Urgert

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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Cameron Viiga

Occupational Therapist


"My general approach is cruisy, I'm here to support you and help you on your journey."

Cameron is a humble Pacifica/ Palagi man passionate about helping communities to nourish their mind, body and soul. He aims to enable individuals and communities to develop new skills for challenges they face such as high stress, anxiety, depression and  substance use.

Cameron has worked with many diverse communities, cultures, ages and all walks of life. He has worked in the mental wellbeing sector for the past five years with young people, adolescents and adults. 

Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT], Dialectical Behaviour Therapy [DBT], Mindfulness and distress tolerance Cameron also uses a whole bunch of occupational therapy skills to support people in their wellbeing. 

When Cameron isn't at work he enjoys sport, spending time with family and friends, music and walking his Golden Retriever ‘Kobe’.

 

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fresh minds by ProCare.

Fresh Minds is a social enterprise that provides mind, mood and wellbeing services – we are a leading provider for primary mental health, behavioural health and wellbeing and a reputable provider of youth health 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 to live healthier, happier lives.

Over the past 18 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. This allows people to access the support they need, face life’s challenges and to live well.

Our dedicated workforce is made up of Psychologists (Clinical, Health, Counselling, General, Educational), Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, DAPAANZ Counsellors, Health Coaches, administrators, progamme leads & GPs.

Our Fresh Minds Centres provide services which aim to support the health and wellbeing of children, youth, young adults and adults. Across our three sites (North Shore, Ellerslie and Manukau), our clinicians use evidence-based therapy, proven approaches and their personal background to provide patients with the right tools and techniques to guide them on a journey to discovering their mind, body and environment. We offer help for a range of issues from stress, anxiety and depression, drug and alcohol issues, loss and grief, sexual abuse issues and much more.

Vision

Kia puāwai te hauora — thriving mind, body, spirit, and community for all people in Aotearoa.

Purpose

Whakamana ngā tāngata — together we serve and empower people, whānau & communities to lead the equitable, healthy, and well lives they aspire for.

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ProCare Partnerships

Whakarongorau Aotearoa

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

Ko e fiemalie ‘a e ‘atamaí, ‘oku ne paotoloaki ‘a e mo’ui kakato.

fresh minds nz - ProCare and Tū Ora Compass partnership.

ProCare Health Ltd and Tū Ora Compass Health, two leading providers of primary mental health services nationally signed a partnership in August 2019 to align their respective mental health services into a single operating model - Fresh Minds New Zealand - in order to enable a stronger primary mental health service for communities across Aotearoa.

The aim of the aligned national service offering is to ensure our communities have ready access to high value, reliable and quality primary mental health and wellbeing services as and when they need it.

We are working to align services over the next 12 - 18 months, please check back here for updates.

 

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Find out more

Tū Ora Compass

leading primary care in Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti and Wairapara since 1995.

Piki

piki empowers and supports young adults towards better health and wellbeing

Te Tumu Waiora

mental health and addictions support in general practice

 



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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