Meet Paul Barber

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 has been a Psychologist for over eight years and registered as a teacher before that in 2000. This makes for a unique set of skills, as Paul understands the demands made on children and adolescents both psychologically in the world and in terms of their learning demands. Paul is an expert therapist with university level skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural therapy and more.

During Paul's almost 20 year professional career, Paul has successfully worked using his psychological expertise with ACC supporting children who have suffered traumatic brain injury to psychologically rehabilitate back into life. Paul is trained to work clinically with children and adolescents with all forms of anxiety, low mood, separation anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorders among other challenges.

Paul's background as a specialist psychologist with the Ministry of Education: Special Education, as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Special Needs Teacher, and classroom teacher across all primary levels means he has expert ability to provide targeted plans and interventions that support a child's psychological health and specific learning needs in conjunction, and at a specialist level.

Paul is also able to utilise a range of specialised psychological assessments to provide insight into thinking and reasoning; intellectual & academic potential and achievement; giftedness; barriers to learning; diagnosis of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). He can (in collaboration with parents and schools) design and implement tailored education programmes, assist schools to make special education and Special Assessment Condition applications.