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Alanna Forde
MA PGDip Clin Psych

Registered Clincial Psychologist


"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result”- Mahatma Gandhi




Central Wellington Clinical Psychologist

Welcome and well done - if you've made it this far then you are probably feeling somewhat overwhelmed, feed-up or dissatisfied with something in your life. Here's what could happen next;

  • Make an appointment to see me. We'll spend the first couple of sessions talking about what's bought you along and you'll get an opportunity to see whether I'm a good fit for you.
  • We'll put the information together and make a treatment plan, setting out goals and an idea of how long it may take.

Types of therapy offered

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is time-limited, evidence based therapy that is problem focused and skills based. It aims to develop more adaptive and flexible ways for an individual to behave and respond within their environments. Experts generally consider CBT to be the most effective therapy for many psychological problems. Some of the types of problems CBT is helpful for are;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety/worry, , phobias, obsessions and compulsions
  • Stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, arising from physical trauma, emotional and/or sexual abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Adjusting to changes in life
  • Interpersonal/relationship problems
  • Conflict resolution
  • Problems with alcohol or other drugs

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) can be particularly helpful for teaching an individual strategies to help manage emotional responses, develop alternatives to harming ones self and interact with others more effectively. This therapy aims to develop skills that enable an individual to;

  • Gain some control over intense emotions
  • Learn to tolerate distress more effectively
  • Slow down impulsive responses
  • Communicate more assertively
  • Become more effective in relationships
  • Be present in a current situation (be mindful)

"The skills individuals learn in CBT and DBT are designed to be used by them long after treatment finishes".