As a team we pride ourselves on combining our clinical expertise with our dedication to supporting and enhancing wellbeing. Each clinician also has their own specialist skills and interests.  Please scroll down to see who might best fit your needs.




Amanda Baird is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with more than fifteen years experience. She studied at the University of Otago graduating with a Masters of Science (with Distinction) in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 2004. Since then, Amanda has worked in criminal justice psychology and in adult mental health, in both the public and private health sectors. 

Currently, Amanda assists people to overcome a range of difficulties, predominately depression and anxiety, but also relationship difficulties, stress management, eating disorders, psychosis and personality traits which cause difficulties. Amanda has particular expertise in treating depression having worked on clinical research trials at the University of Otago. Amanda selects from a number of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to best meet the needs of the individual client.

More information about Amanda is available here.


MA(distinction), PG Dip Clin Psych. MNZCCP, Registered Clinical Psychologist

Steve has been practising as a Clinical Psychologist since 2002. In addition to working in justice and correctional settings, Steve has worked extensively with chronic pain and health psychology.


He has expertise working with mood, anxiety and stress issues and special interests in working with worry, social anxiety, adjusting to changed life circumstances and with post-traumatic stress. Steve specialises in working with people using an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, a leading-edge Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He works with people 18 years of age and over.


DClinPsy. MNZCCP, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Penny Mansell has been a Registered Clinical Psychologist for over 10 years and has worked in Mental Health for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2011. She has worked in Primary Health Care providing brief psychological intervention and has worked in various DHB settings with clients with severe mental health difficulties.

Penny works with people with a wide range of difficulties and specialises in working with people who, because of difficult life events or trauma struggle to manage their emotions and behavious, and achieve satisfying relationships. She also specialises in working alongside people with complex PTSD and personality difficulties.

Penny offers short-term therapy focused on resolving specific issues through supportive coaching, skills teaching and problem solving; and longer-term therapy to assist clients to achieve a deeper understanding and connection with themselves. Penny selects from a number of treatment models including Mentalisation Based Treatment, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and psychotherapy to best meet the needs of the individual client. She is also a qualified Mindfulness teacher.



B.Sc (hons), D.Clin. Psych. MNZCCP, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Michelle McCarthy is a Clinical Psychologist with almost 20 years experience working in general mental health services as well as a specialist service treating women in the pre and postnatal period with anxiety and depression. She has also lectured, provided psychoeducation to community groups and written psychological reports for the Ministry of Justice.

Michelle now works in private practice specialising in anxiety problems including generalised anxiety, obsessive compulsive, social anxiety and health anxiety. She also specializes in working with women who are pregnant or in the postnatal period.


Michelle has also worked part-time for over 20 years running leadership programs and providing executive coaching for multinational organisations in NZ, USA, Australia, and the UK. She has a particular interest in helping people with work-related stress and burnout.


BA Hons MSc PG Dip Clin Psych MNZCCP, Registered Clinical Psychologist

Helen has been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist since 2002. She has worked in the areas of mental health with those with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and psychosis, and criminal justice assessing and treating both men and women whose behaviour has caused harm to others. Helen has expertise in working with anger, mood, anxiety and adjustment issues (loss, changes due to life events) and she has a particular interest in working with clients who may at times be scared of their own thoughts and/or behaviours and be fearful that they could engage in sexual or physical harm towards others. Helen trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Canterbury.



Consultant Psychiatrist, MBChb, FCPsych ( SA), FRANZCP, Dip. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Deborah has recently joined PsychMed after many years as a consultant psychiatrist in the public hospital system here in Christchurch. She is from South Africa originally, having completed her medical degree and psychiatric specialist training in Cape Town. She has been in New Zealand since 2001. Through her work in the public hospital system she has gained a great deal of experience in assessing and treating a wide array of different mental health problems ranging from psychotic illness to treatment resistant depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety and substance use problems. Deborah has also trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and is currently training part time as a Jungian psychoanalyst in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition she is trained in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Rehabilitation), a form of treatment that is helpful for a wide range problems, especially post traumatic difficulties.


Consultant Psychiatrist BM, BS, BMed Sci, FRANZCP, PhD

Dr Sue Luty has been practising as a psychiatrist for 20 years and works as an Associate Professor for the University of Otago in a teaching (formerly research) role and the Mothers and Babies Perinatal Mental Health Service. 


She convenes training in psychotherapy for psychiatric registrars and is an expert trainer and supervisor of interpersonal psychotherapy. 


She sees adults aged 18 years and over and has expertise in mood (especially bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, eating disorders, perinatal mental health, personality and psychotherapy.


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