Meet our team
Dr. Sarah Watson, BA, MA(Hons), DClinPsych, MNZCCP
Founder, Managing Director & Principal Psychologist, (Senior Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist) - Takapuna & Warkworth Clinics
Dr. Sarah Watson is the Founder, Managing Clinic Director and Principal Psychologist at Totally Psyched. A registered Senior Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Sarah has extensive experience as both a clinical psychologist and leader across a variety of settings, all specialising in working with children, adolescents and their families.
Dr. Mirsad Begic, MBChB., FRANZCP (Cert Child & Adol)
Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist - Takapuna Clinic
Dr Mirsad Begic is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with extensive experience working with children, families, adolescents and young adults. He holds senior roles in the clinical leadership team for the District Health Board and sits on boards for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry. Dr Mirsad is passionate about providing excellent care for young people and helping them to successfully navigate through their struggles and get back on track.
Paul Barber, M.Ed. Psych (Hons)., P.G. Dip. Ed. Psych., P.G. Dip. CBT (Dist)., Dip. Teaching (Primary), B.Soc.Sci., and Cert.Mentoring & Supervision
Senior Psychologist (Registered - Educational Scope) - Takapuna Clinic
Paul Barber is an experienced specialist Psychologist in applying assessments and therapies for children and adolescents who experience a variety of psychological and/or learning challenges. With a background in specialist university level cognitive behavioural therapy with children and adolescents, special needs, brain injury and expert learning assessment and interventions Paul has a unique combination of skills.
Dayna Cooper, B.A., M.A. (Hons), MClinPsych, NZCCP
Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist / Clinical Coordinator - Takapuna & Warkworth Clinics
Dayna is a warm, friendly and approachable Clinical Psychologist with over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents and their families across a variety of settings. Dayna’s experience includes working with mild to moderate mental health issues in a youth development organisation, providing specialist neuropsychological assessment in a university clinic, and assessment and treatment of moderate to severe complex psychological concerns for the DHB Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. She is experienced in providing assessment and therapeutic intervention for children, adolescents and young adults who present with a wide range of mental health concerns, including and specialising in emotional dysregulation, eating disorders, trauma and abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety disorders and dissociative disorders.
Ivana (Iva) Draskovic, BSc (Psych), MPsych, MNZPS
Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychologist - TELEHEALTH ONLY
Ivana ("E-va") is a New Zealand registered Clinical Psychologist with a wide range of experience. Specializing in working with children, adolescents and families Iva uses a comprehensive range of therapeutic skills and models to help young people reach their potential and live lives they love. Iva works via telehealth only since returning to Croatia to be with family.
Bruce Holroyd, M.A. (Hons), PGDipClinPsych
Senior Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychologist - Takapuna Clinic
Bruce is a highly experienced clinical psychologist who works with children, young people, families and adults where they are facing a range of difficulties and at times complex needs. Bruce believes in the capacity of individuals, parents and families to utilise the strengths and resources they have available with the support and expertise of someone who is non-judgmental, knowledgeable and sup
Dr Imogen Scott, BSc (Hons), DClinPsych, NZPS
Clinical Psychologist - Takapuna & Warkworth Clinics
Imogen is a Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about working with young people and their families, and prides herself on being friendly and approachable. She has experience in assessments and behavioural therapy, having worked clinically at Totally Psyched for years and prior to that spent time working at Youthline and the Centre for Learning, Integration and Managing Behaviour.
Claire Baynes, GradDipHSc
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist - Takapuna Clinic
Claire is a registered psychotherapist working within the specialism of child and adolescent practice. She is warm and empathetic and creates a non-judgemental and supportive space for young people and their families. Her personal and theoretical philosophy regards the need for people to form strong, healthy connections with one another and primarily, oneself.
Dr Kathryn Rees, BSc (Hons), PGCert Counselling in Education, DChEdPsych
Child and Educational Psychologist - (ON MATERNITY LEAVE)
Dr Kathryn is a Child & Educational Psychologist registered with the New Zealand Psychologist Board. She trained and worked in the UK prior to moving to New Zealand in 2017. She is experienced in working alongside families and educational professionals to complete assessments and develop intervention plans to support children/young people to develop social and emotional skills and reduce barriers to learning. She also has extensive experience enjoying therapeutic work with individual children, small groups of children, and families. Dr Kathryn enjoys working with children/young people with a range of presentations and characteristics, having particular interests in working with those who present with social, emotional and mental health needs and in working alongside parents and families.
Dr Darryl-Lee Prince, BSc Biological Life Science, BSc Med Science, MBBCh
Medical Doctor (Psychiatry) - Takapuna Clinic
Dr Darryl-Lee is a Medical Doctor (Psychiatry) with over 20 years experience working in psychiatry with children and adolescents. Having originally trained in South Africa, Dr Darryl has been practicing in New Zealand since 2002. She has held a broad range of roles, principally in psychiatry including maternal mental health, infant mental health, eating disorders, primary care liaison and general psychiatry but Dr Darryl has a particular interest in psychiatry in children and adolescents. As such, she has spent most of her career working within child and adolescent mental health.
Dr Persy Shroff, MBBS., FRANZCP
Consultant Psychiatrist - Takapuna Clinic
Dr Persy Shroff is a locally trained and qualified to work with adults, children and adolescents, making him the ideal family psychiatrist. As a vocationally trained Consultant Psychiatrist accredited by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP) he cares deeply for the wellbeing of the whole family and as such offers his services across the age ranges (including parents/adults) at Totally Psyched. He provides excellent professional support and is known for having an easy and engaging manner, providing sound medical advice you can rely on.
Patricia Cruz, BSc (Psychology)., PGDipProfPsych, Master of Developmental & Educational Psychology
Pat is a warm and friendly Registered Psychologist who values making a genuine connection through empathy and shared understanding with her clients. She prefers to work collaboratively and is adaptable to the preferences of her clients.
Lee Willman, B.A., Dip. Counselling
Counsellor - Takapuna Clinic
Lee is an NZAC registered counsellor with an undergraduate psychology degree. Lee is warm, friendly and encouraging, and it is her privilege to work collaboratively with her clients to grow strengths and teach skills to enable them to walk with greater ease through their lives.
Frances Neill, BSc (Hons)., MSc (Psych), MClinPsych, MNZCCP
Clinical Psychologist - Warkworth Clinic
Frances is a registered Clinical Psychologist who completed her clinical training at Massey University. She has a warm and open approach, and enjoys working with children, teens and their families who are looking for support with a broad range of difficulties like anxiety, depression, anger, obsessions and compulsive behaviours, panic, sleep issues, toileting, and trauma.
Ruby Freeman, BSc (Hons), MSc (Hons), PGDipHealthSc, NZPB
Intern Counselling Psychologist - Takapuna Clinic
Ruby takes a strengths-based approach and is committed to providing a safe space for children, adolescents, and families to share and explore their concerns. She applies a collaborative and contextual lens to wellbeing acknowledging the impact of societal, cultural, familial, and spiritual factors on mental health with the aim of supporting people to overcome challenges and thrive. She aims to establish a shared understanding of difficulties and develop holistic, compassionate, practical, and effective skills to overcome them.
Jo Hathaway, BHSc (Hons), MHSc (Psych), NZPB
Intern Counselling Psychologist - Warkworth Clinic
Jo is a warm and friendly Intern Counselling Psychologist. She loves working with children, teens and their families, enabling and empowering them to develop tools to enhance their personal, social and educational functioning.
Matthew Peacock , BAc (Hons), DClinPsych (in progress), MNZCCP (Student), NZPB
Intern Clinical Psychologist - Takapuna & Warkworth Clinics
Matt is a friendly and fun Intern Psychologist who is passionate about working with young people and their families. He prides himself on a collaborative, strengths-based, and compassionate approach to his practice. Matt has over five years of experience working with children and adolescents, across therapeutic, neuropsychological and academic settings. He practices principally from a Cognitive-Behavioural model, though also draws on narrative and systems theories. He also provides neuropsychological assessment.
Courtney Pito, BA, PG Dip Teaching (Secondary), PG Dip Counselling, MNZAC
Counsellor - Takapuna Clinic
Courtney is a fully registered counsellor with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, and has extensive experience working with older children and adolescents. Courtney has worked as a counsellor spanning three different schools, including leading the Counselling Team at a local Auckland secondary school. She is passionate about working with young people and takes a therapeutic stance of curiosity, respect and collaboration.
Hannah Eriksen-Gowing, B.A. (Psych), PGDipCAT, MAAT (Clinical) Hons
Creative Arts Therapist (Clinical) - Takapuna Clinic
Hannah brings a sense of warmth, openness, and curiosity to help others co-create fertile soil and grounds for their own growth. Hannah is motivated and passionate about nature-connected arts therapy, valuing somatic body-connected work and holistic healing. She takes a strengths-based, client-centred approach and is passionate about helping children, teenagers and their families cultivate tools that will empower them to heal and grow.
Nathan Ramsey, BHS, Dip. Arts Therapy
Counsellor - Warkworth Clinic
Nathan is a mental health counsellor who has worked with children, adolescents and family’s experiencing a wide variety of challenges with emotion and behaviour. Nathan is trained as a person-centred therapist which draws on humanistic theory and belief that every person has within them the capacity for growth and to realise one’s potential. Within his therapeutic practice Nathan enjoys coming alongside individuals and families in creative ways to see what support is needed and to collaboratively find and explore ways to realise these goals and aspirations.
Hannah Mills – B.A Counselling, Cert Clinician Supervision, NZAC (Full Member)
Senior Counsellor - Takapuna Clinic
Hannah is a highly skilled counsellor who has been practicing for over a decade. She is friendly, empathic, playful and her ability to connect with others allows her to be able to support families who are experiencing life difficulties. Hannah is eager to help build a pathway to resolution for you and your family with your innate wisdom and her clinical knowledge.
Rosie Curwen, BA (Psychology), PGDipEdPsychPrac
Educational Psychologist & Therapist- Takapuna & Warkworth Clinics
Rosie is a warm and compassionate psychologist with a drive for supporting people to understand challenges and respond with empathy. Rosie adopts a collaborative approach to problem-solve and empower others to lead positive and fulfilled lives.
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