Meet the Team
I arrived in Wellington during 2017, fresh from South Africa. But as the saying goes “go big or go home”! We immigrated with 3 kids, 2 dogs and a professor. I love Wellington and her people as it‘s relaxed mood, vibrance and authenticity resonates with parts of my being.
My approach could be coined as systemic, which entails looking at a client’s whole system – focusing on the family, work, relationships, the environment, spiritual and even cultural systems. We are what people say we are and it is important to look at how the stories of our lives took on certain themes.
Born and raised in Africa, I immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 with my husband and our three children. I completed my training in health psychology through the University of Auckland. I enjoy working collaboratively with people to help them manage difficulties and make meaningful changes in their lives. I primarily use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Both use proven scientific methods to manage anxiety and mood related problems.
I work to obtain the best result for clients’ psychological health utilising time efficient methods, whilst ensuring a comfortable experience. I’m passionate about the psychological mechanisms of our human minds and quick to offer insights and strategies which may assist in breaking the bonds of a negative cycle in someone’s life. I have an appreciation of research and always have a few fun psychological facts and figures up my sleeve.
Clinic Support Coordinator
Hi, I’m Hannah, I am the Clinic Support Coordinator. Originally from the United States, I moved to Wellington with my partner at the start of 2018. I’m based on reception and here to greet our clients by phone and in person. I organise all booking needs/requirements to make arrangements as easy as possible for our clients and clinicians. I strive to create a relaxed and light atmosphere for all clients and staff.
I am the Clinic Manager at Wellington Anxiety Specialists. Along with Momo our office dog I am here to welcome clients, keep the office running smoothly and support our fantastic clinicians so they can best assist our clients. I want to keep working to provide quality services for our clients and a positive working environment for our staff. I also cover reception from time to time. I work hard to give great customer service and love the opportunity to interact with new and current clients of ours. You may see me on the front desk or hear me on the phone when you call up. My job is to make sure WAS provides a positive work environment that encourages and supports healthy mental practices. I always love to hear how people are finding our service and it is great to have feedback on anything that could improve our service.
Executive Assistant to Clinic Manager
I work at the clinic 2 days a week as Executive Assistant to the Clinic Manager Becky Burrows. I love working in the family business and will help out Michael Burrows from time to time with his clients as a therapy dog. My main role as assistant is to be part of the welcoming committee. I love to make sure clients feel welcomed when they enter the office.