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WHO WE ARE

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.

CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRISTS
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DR PAUL BROWN

Consultant Psychiatrist MB BS, MRCPsych (UK), RANZCP Affiliate

Dr Paul Brown completed his medical and specialist psychiatry training in the UK, where he worked as a consultant psychiatrist for 8 years and as a clinical director in the NHS before moving to New Zealand in 2017 where he works in the public health system.  He has completed training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, group dynamic therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.  He provides specialist assessment and holistic treatment-planning for adults aged over 18 who are experiencing a wide range of mental health problems including psychosis, difficult to treat depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and anxiety disorders.  This includes working with people who have mental health problems complicated by related issues including chronic physical ill-health or a problem with substance use.

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DR SAMANTHA CHOW

Consultant Psychiatrist, MBChb, FRANZCP

Samantha is originally from Malaysia but has lived in New Zealand since 2006. She graduated from the University of Otago and completed her training in psychiatry via the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). She has been involved in mental health work for over 10 years, both in the public and private sector.  Samantha specialises in general adult psychiatry (adults aged 18 and over) and has a special interest in transgender health, ADHD, neurodiversity, anxiety/depression, and existential crises. Her preferred pronoun is ‘she/her’.

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DR LAUREN CROSS

Consultant Psychiatrist, MBChb with Distinction, FRANZCP

Dr Lauren Cross is Consultant Psychiatrist with a broad range of experience in treating adults over 18 years old, in both community and inpatient settings.  Dr Cross provides specialist psychiatric assessment and treatment for a range of psychiatric problems, including mood disorders, psychosis and anxiety.  She completed her medical training at the University of Otago and specialist training in Christchurch. She has an Advanced Training Certificate in Adult Psychiatry and currently also works in the public sector. Dr Cross supervises trainee doctors as part of her clinical role within the public sector, is involved in teaching and as a senior clinical lecturer.

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DR SUE LUTY

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

Dr Sue Luty has been practising as a perinatal psychiatrist for over 20 years and worked as an Associate Professor for the University of Otago in a teaching and research role for over 25 years. 

 

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, perinatal mental health, personality and psychotherapy.

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DR NICHOLAS PASCOE

Consultant Psychiatrist, MB ChB, FRANZCP 

Dr Nic Pascoe trained in medicine then specialised in psychiatry in New Zealand, and has worked in a variety of positions throughout the country, with hospital inpatients and outpatients, both in public and private settings, in person and via telehealth.  He sees a wide variety of patients, including those with mood and anxiety disorders, complex trauma, psychosis, and adult ADHD.  Nic prefers to take a cooperative approach with patients to develop an understanding of the nature of their mental health difficulties, how they got to be where they are today, and with that in mind, how best to move forward with treatment.  Whilst he routinely works with medications, sometimes this is only part of the solution for people – Nic works in collaboration with psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and other medical professionals to improve patient health and wellbeing. Nic is a specialist general adult psychiatrist, seeing people from their late teens up to about retirement age. 

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DR DEBORAH WOOD

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.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS

AMANDA BAIRD 

Amanda Baird - Clinical Psychologist Christchurch
MSc PG Dip ClPs. MNZCCP

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.

As well as seeing clients individually, Amanda is also excited to offer group therapy as an alternative, lower-cost option when seeking psychological input.  Click here to find out more about this.

More information about Amanda is available here.

DR MICHELLE MCCARTHY

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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.

Michelle offers ZOOM appointments for both new and existing clients who are out of town or unable to come into the clinic.

Michelle is currently unable to accept new clients.

NATASHA POMEROY

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MSc PG Dip ClPs. MNZCCP

Natasha Pomeroy is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with more than fourteen years’ experience. She studied at the University of Otago graduating with a Masters of Science (with Distinction) in Psychology, and obtained her Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology from Massey University in 2006. Since then, Natasha has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, in Injury Rehabilitation, and for the last 8 years she has worked in private practice with adolescents and adults in Wellington. Natasha has recently moved back to Christchurch.
 

Currently, Natasha assists people to overcome a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, unresolved grief, trauma, self-harm behaviours, mild and emerging eating disorders, concussion, stress, and adjusting to chronic health conditions. Natasha uses a combination of evidence-based therapies (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialetical Behaviour Therapy) that work for both the main difficulty and also are most likely to fit and work with the individual client. She emphasises the rapport and relationship and focuses on trying to genuinely understand the client as a unique individual to build a safe and trusting relationship so the client feels they can share, discuss, and grow new skills and ways of being that are going to help them.

More information about Natasha is available here

COUNSELLOR

ANN-MARIE HOLLAND

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Counsellor B.Soc Sci(Hons), M. Ed ( Distinction), NZAC

Ann-Marie has been practicing as a counsellor since 2005 and is trained in solution focused counselling which is a brief intervention and based very much on the strengths of the client.  She is a registered member of The New Zealand Association of Counsellors and is bound by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

 

She has worked extensively in the post- earthquake recovery arena and continues to consult for several organisations in this capacity including on site and with private practise consultation around work-based stress.  Although trained primarily in solution focused therapy she has a toolbox of modalities as dictated by the clients presenting issue or preferred style of therapeutic interaction. Her aim is always to assist clients to see the many skills and strengths they possess, and choose to be the best version of themselves they can be.

ADMINISTRATION and RECEPTION
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RIA SCHRODER

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LEIGH JACKSON

 Leigh and Ria are our super nice and highly capable admin and reception team who will arrange your appointments, answer your queries and keep us all organised!

 

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