Wellness Support Team

The Wellness Support Team supports ETHC patients in the management of stress and coping with life's challenges.

Team members

 
The Wellness Support Team works with GP registrars in the three-year programme of advanced training in primary mental health. The registrars work with the team one day a week, running medical clinics for people with mental health issues who would benefit from an extended appointment (first appointment 50 to 60 minutes, follow-up 20 to 30 minutes) with a GP with special training in mental health issues. The rest of their week they work as a GP in the clinics.
 
Dr David Codyre
Consultant psychiatrist
MBChB (Uni Akld 1980), FRANZCP(1989)
 
David is a psychiatrist with more than 30 years’ experience in public mental health sector, including senior clinical leadership roles. He established New Zealand’s first primary mental health programme at ProCare Health. He left ProCare in early 2012 to join the team at East Tamaki Healthcare (ETHC) to support further development of the ETHC primary mental health programme. David provides clinics in all the larger ETHC practices. He provides telephone consultation advice to GPs, face-to-face consultation assessments and limited follow-up, for patients with more complex mental health issues. He also oversees the GP Registar Advanced Competencies in Primary Mental Health Programme at ETHC. 
 
Elaine Allison
Psychologist (NZ registered)
BA, PGDip Social Work, MSc, PGDip Neurology, PGCert Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
 
Elaine previously worked in health, education and social services within the UK and New Zealand. She is skilled in working with children and families, and also supporting people with depression, anxiety, stress, grief, eating disorders, life changes and many other mental health issues. She uses a range of therapies to fit her clients' needs, interests and goals. Therapies include: cognitive behavioural therapy, drawing therapy, mindfulness, play therapy, art therapy, family therapy and parenting skills. Elaine works to support individuals to believe in themselves, their strengths and that positive long term change can occur in their lives.

Child and adolescent therapist
BSc (Psychology), MSc Therapeutic Counseling
 
Rebecca has a passion for being a voice and advocate for young people and their emotional wellbeing. She has worked as a child and adolescent counsellor to primary aged children in their schools and as a children and young people’s practitioner for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a UK based charity. Rebecca is a member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists and the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand. She helps young people and their families make positive changes to their own emotional and physical health and to learn about their culture and identity. 
 
Nicholas Cao
Health psychologist (NZ registered) & Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) educator
BA (Psychology), MSc, PGDip Health Psychology
 
Nic has worked as a youth worker and returned to postgraduate study in 2011, specialising in health psychology. For three years and throughout his postgraduate study he worked for Barnados as a counsellor for the children’s telephone helpline 0800What’sUp. He is dedicated to getting to know people from all walks of life who face a variety of issues with the aim of encouraging people to become better self-managers using cognitive behavioural therapy. Nic is skilled in helping people with: depression and low mood, developing self-esteem, improving communication, managing stress, anxiety and panic, adjusting to and coping with physical health problems, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
 
Leona Didsbury
Senior health psychologist (NZ registered)
BA, MSc (Hons), PGDip Health Psychology

Leona is a trainer in the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme, Diabetes Self-Management Programme and Chronic Pain Self-Management Programme. She has worked as a psychologist in primary care mental health for eight years and is a member of the NZ Psychological Society. Leona has done further training in self-management programmes at Stanford University in California. She specialises in providing self-management strategies and therapies which aim to increase a person’s confidence to manage the impact of illness on their lives, including management of long-term conditions. She is also skilled in assisting people struggling through grief, loss, family issues, medical problems, burn out, work issues as well as mood problems.

Senior specialist therapist, Mindfulness educator & interfaith chaplain
BA (Psych. Hons), MA (Couns. Psych), M.Div, MNZAC
 
Lila’s post-graduate work includes training for healthcare professionals in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Drs Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the Omega Institute in Texas. Since 1998, Lila has worked as a professional hospice and hospital chaplain, as a specialist therapist, and as an adult educator and clinical supervisor. She has taught the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme since 2001. Lila has expertise in helping with stress, anxiety and depression, challenging emotional habits, relationship difficulties, with pain, chronic and life-limiting illness and grief and loss. Lila provides therapy for adults and couples in Ranui and facilitates the Mindfulness & Awareness Aotearoa, Stress Reduction Programme. 
 
Munira Haidermota
Clinical psychologist (NZ registered)
Masters in Clinical Psychology
 
Munira is a registered specialist clinical psychologist and is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society and its Institute of Clinical Psychologists. She has extensive experience working with mental health issues for children and their families and adults. Munira has trained as a family therapist in New Zealand. Munira has specialist knowledge about the diagnosis and management of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and facilitates psycho educational sessions for families and caregivers. Her areas of specialisation include: anxiety, stress, worry, depression, loss and grief, work related stress, anger management, psychometric assessments, relationship difficulties, marital counselling, parenting challenges and family therapy.
 
Health psychologist (NZ registered) & Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) educator
BSc conj. BA (Psychology), MHealthPsych (Hons), PGDip Health Psychology
 
Amy undertook her Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology at the University of Auckland, following the completion of her Master’s thesis which explored the links between emotions and smoking behaviours. Amy is passionate about empowering clients to manage their health, and increasing clients’ confidence to cope with the stress in their lives. Amy’s areas of interest include helping people with long-term conditions including chronic pain and chronic fatigue, as well as mood difficulties such as anxiety and depression. She also has a strong interest in self-compassion and acceptance and commitment therapies.

Sue Lawrie
Senior psychologist, sex and relationship therapist
RN, BSc, MSc (Hons), PGDipPsychPrac. MNZPsS
 
Sue has worked in acute inpatient, addiction services and primary mental health. She uses a range of therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy to empower individuals, couples and families. Sue likes to support people to recognise their strengths and existing coping skills and improve their self-confidence to manage ongoing challenges. Her special interest is in the dynamics of relationships and she specialises in sexual and couple therapy. She has completed sex therapy training with Sex Therapy New Zealand and three years of training in emotion focused therapy for couples. She values feedback from her clients to assist her to help them.
 
BProp/BCom conjoint, University of Auckland, Msci in Psychotherapy, AUT
PGDip in Health Science in Psychotherapy, AUT New Zealand registered NZAC

Jamie has worked with child and adolescent NGO services in West Auckland and North Shore, as well as working as an adult therapist in WDHB Community Mental Health and Auckland University of Technology’s psychotherapy clinic. He uses a wide range of therapies to fit client preferences including: Maori health models, relational therapy, mindfulness, CBT, anger management art therapy, psychodrama, emotional regulation techniques, and identity work. Jamie is also happy to lend a non-judgmental ear for clients to off load their worries and concerns in a confidential setting. He supports clients to make changes that increase confidence and self-esteem, as well as improving relationships with their significant others. 

Pam Low
Senior health psychologist (NZ registered) & Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) master trainer & educator
BA, MSc (Hons), PGDip Health Psychology, GradDip Theology
 
Pam has been working as a psychologist for more than 10 years and is experienced in working with adults with issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, work stress, family and relationship problems, and health problems. She can help people cope with the challenges of having a long-term health. Pam helps run self-management education courses at ETHC and trains those who want to facilitate the programmes. She is a member of the NZ Psychological Society, the Institute of Health Psychology and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Pam is enthusiastic about helping people take better care of their own health and well-being.
 
Josephine Rose Orejana
Health psychologist (NZ registered) & Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) educator
BSc Psychology; MSc, PGDip Health Psychology (University of Auckland)

Josephine is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society, including the Institute of Health Psychology, and an affiliate member of the association for contextual and behavioural science. She has previously volunteered as a support person for Anxiety New Zealand Trust’s 24 hour phone-line. She has also worked for several research labs including the Memory Lab and the Early Learning Lab at the University of Auckland. Josephine has always been fascinated with how the mind, beliefs and perceptions influence our physical bodies and environment. She believes in the philosophy of mindfulness, self-compassion, and values-based living, and hopes to assist others to apply these concepts to their lives.
 
Charlene Pretorius
Health psychologist & T-Trainer (Stanford CDSMP, chronic pain, diabetes, positive self-management for HIV) Accredited Licensed Trainer of Trainers (Flinders Chronic Condition Integrated Program)
Cert (Treaty of Waitangi Studies), BSc, MSc (Hons), MBS (Health Management), PGDip Health Services Management, PGDip Psychological Practice, PGDip Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, FSMLT (Haematology)
 
Charlene is a NZ registered psychologist with a special interest in mental health, long-term condition self-management, health promotion and workplace health. She divides her time between clinical practice, training and consulting. Charlene delivers cognitive behaviour therapy and other evidence-based treatments to adult clients with a range of emotional, behavioural and adjustment problems. She applies her experience and compassion with clients as they begin to address issues that will help them improve their quality of life. Charlene is a member of the NZ Psychological Society, the Institute of Health Psychology, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the Australian College of Health Service Executives.