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Alanna Forde
MA PGDip Clin Psych

Registered Clincial Psychologist



What is a Clinical Psychologist?

We’re expert therapists who help people overcome problems with their emotions, thoughts, relationships, or behaviour. One of the best reasons to see a Clinical Psychologist is that we base our treatments on scientific evidence. There are strict training requirements for a Clinical Psychologist, which involves conducting your own research while also doing the practical, ethical/legal, and psychological theory training for becoming a therapist. The training takes between 6-9 years at university.

To work in NZ, Clinical Psychologists must be registered with the New Zealand Psychology Board. One requirement of this means we’re legally required to stay up to date with the latest scientific psychological research in areas of my practice. This is reassuring and important because Clinical Psychologists use the research we read to provide effective therapy for people.

About me

I’ve worked as Clinical Psychologist and supervisor for a number of years. I’m trained in both CBT and DBT and have an active interest in keeping up to date with evidence based treatments. I work full-time in private practice having left several years working with adults in the public health system. Both settings have provided extensive opportunity to work with a diverse range of presentations and severity of problems.

Prior to this I lived in London, working in specialist addiction services where I worked with adults with alcohol and drug problems and those who required help with both problems of addiction and mental health. I have also spent time in London and New Zealand working with adults with an Intellectual Disability and those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome).

I completed my training at the University of Otago, School of Psychology, Clinical Psychology programme. My research was completing a Master of Arts examining the impact of the classroom and teacher characteristics on the presentation of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Following this I worked briefly with children and adolescents.

I’m a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists and registered with the New Zealand Psychology Board.

"I really enjoy working as a Clinical Psychologist and endeavour to ensure the right therapeutic approach is matched to an individual’s need".