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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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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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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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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Nicole Robertson

Clinical Social Worker/Family Therapist


It's not always easy, but it's always possible." Kelly G. Wilson

Nicole works alongside people of all ages and cultures to develop new ways of dealing with difficult emotions, thoughts or problems and try new ways of doing things. She uses her clinical skills to support individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, family issues, substance use, grief and loss.   

Nicole is a clinical social worker and family therapist with over 20 years’ experience in child, adolescent, and family mental health in Australia and New Zealand. Nicole's practice approach draws from her training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Triple P, Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), Mindfulness and Family Therapy (Academia di Terapia Familiare, Rome).

Nicole is Australian-Maltese, she moved to Aotearoa in 2003 and lives on a small farm north of Auckland.

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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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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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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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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

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

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

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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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