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ALL ABOUT WELLBEING

Psychological Services

Dr Rebecca Parkes - Clinical Psychologist

 

NOUN

wellbeing (noun) the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.

"Wellness refers to diverse and interconnected dimensions of physical, mental, and social well-being that extend beyond the traditional definition of health. It includes choices and activities aimed at achieving physical vitality, mental alacrity, social satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, and personal fulfillment"

Naci & Ioannidis (2015)

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MY PHILOSOPHY AND HOW I WORK

I see therapy as a safe space where you can work through whatever is causing you stress or distress in your life. Therapy can allow you to explore your thoughts, emotions and behaviours, learn different ways of coping, process grief and traumatic experiences, improve relationship dynamics, and learn to manage psychological and physical symptoms.

I work in a down-to-earth, friendly, and professional manner. I try to help my clients feel as comfortable as possible discussing their difficulties with me, and draw on both my full range of training and professional experience when working with someone.

My aim working with any client is to help them to achieve whatever goals they come to therapy with - through improving understanding of self and patterns of thought and behaviour, learning new ways to communicate and manage emotions, through to specialised work in coping with mental and physical health symptoms. I use CBT, ACT, DBT, and EMDR therapies when working with clients. 

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GET TO KNOW ME

Hi! I'm Bex! I live on the North Shore with my partner and our toddler. I retrained as a psychologist in my late 20's and early 30's after a career in music and health food retail management. Slight change of trajectory! I became a psychologist because I love helping people to improve their lives and wellbeing, and making sense of what is going on for someone (putting together the puzzle pieces). I'm really down to earth in my practice which you'll notice in the way I communicate - I think it's really important that we are all on the same level (I just have some extra training and knowledge that might be helpful).

My work experience as a psychologist includes DHB roles in both adolescent and adult mental health (early intervention) and physical health (women's health and pain teams), and private work with children and adolescents. I have experience working with highly complex presentations and significant trauma. I also worked in the addictions sector prior to training as a psychologist. 

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MY CREDENTIALS

 

DOCTORATE IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

I completed my internship in 2016 at EPIT CMDHB, and handed in my thesis in mid 2017 while working at Kari Centre, ADHB. My thesis topic was: The Journeys of Complainant Witnesses for Sexual Violence in the NZ Court System.

BACHELOR OF ARTS (FIRST CLASS HONS) MAJORING IN PSYCHOLOGY)

My honours dissertation topic was: Emotional Prosody in Parkinsons Patients

REGISTERED WITH NZ PSYCHOLOGISTS BOARD

I am registered with the NZ Psychologists Board and have a current Annual Practicing Certificate

MEMBER OF NZ PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

I am a full member of the NZ Psychological Society.

MEMBER OF NZ PAIN SOCIETY

I am a full member of the NZ Pain Society, and a member of the Abdomino-Pelvic Pain Special Interest Group.

MEMBER OF EMDR NZ ASSOCIATION

I am a member of the EMDR NZ Association.

EMDR TRAINING

I have completed Basic Training (weekends one and two) in EMDR practice with EMDR NZ. I have been using EMDR for four years. I have also completed additional training and workshops in using EMDR with children and adolescents, chronic pain presentations, and complex presentations. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

I have worked in the following roles both during and since my training: 

2016 Intern Psychologist at EPIT (Early Psychosis Intervention Team) Counties Manukau DHB. 2017 - 2019 Clinical Psychologist at Hapai Ora Early Intervention Service, ADHB. 2019 - 2020 Clinical Psychologist at Women's Health/Gynaecology Service, ADHB. 2019-2020 Private Practice The Child Psychology Service. 2020 Jan - August Maternity Leave. 2020 - 2021 Private Practice, All About Wellbeing and The Child Psychology Service. 

OFFICE HOURS

I AM CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. I will reopen my waitlist in August. I work Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at my clinic in Albany during office hours. I work on Tuesdays at Illumen Clinic in Grey Lynn. 

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FAQS

 

HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?

Each session is 50 minutes long. 

DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?

Yes. For students with valid/current ID and WINZ beneficiaries I can offer a slightly reduced rate - please contact me to discuss. 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST APPOINTMENT? 

The first appointment is an assessment session. I will ask questions to help understand what is going on for you currently, what in your past might be contributing to the issue, and what you would like to get out of the therapy process. The last few minutes of the appointment will be spent making a plan together. The therapy process starts from the second appointment. 

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE MY APPOINTMENT 

You can cancel or reschedule your appointment free of charge as long as you give at least 24 hours notice. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% charge, and a no-show will incur full charge for the appointment. If you are unwell but would still like to have your appointment I can convert to online appointment with 24 hours notice (timing may change slightly). I am unable to extend appointments if you are running late due to the impact this has on other appointments. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? 

I charge $180 incl GST per session. This is payable either by eftpos (I take credit cards) or bank transfer. I can invoice in certain circumstances, please enquire if you require invoicing.

WHAT ARE YOUR COVID PROTOCOLS?

At Level 1, I work normally face to face. At Level 2 I work face to face with mask wearing - we are unable to open windows to ventilate the space so masks are necessary. At Level 3 (Step 1-3) I work online, or I am able to offer an outdoor, socially distanced and masked option depending on the weather. At Level 4 I work online only.

DO YOU TAKE SOUTHERN CROSS HEALTH INSURANCE? 

Yes! I am an Easy Claim Partner with Southern Cross. This means that if your plan covers clinical psychology, I put through the claim for you and you don't need to do anything (unless there's a co-pay as part of your plan). You can send me your customer number before we start working together and I can check to make sure you are covered. Please not I am NOT an affiliated provider. 

WHAT AGE RANGE DO YOU SEE?

I see adults from age 18 upwards (no upper limit). I no longer see adolescents in private practice unless they are coming to see me in regards to chronic pain/chronic illness/pelvic pain. Please contact The Child Psychology Service or BeChange for child and adolescent referrals.

ARE YOU COVID VACCINATED/WHAT IS YOUR VACCINATION POLICY?

I am fully vaccinated. For online or outdoor appointments, I do not require you to be vaccinated. Once we are able to work face to face in the office again, I will require clients to be fully vaccinated if they would like to use this option. For unvaccinated clients, I will continue to offer online appointments.

ARE YOU AN ACC SENSITIVE CLAIMS THERAPIST?

I am not currently a sensitive claims therapist (May 2022), however I am in the process of becoming registered. I’ll update this section once I am registered to provide sensitive claims assessment and therapy. 

CONTACT ME

Contact me today via the form below. I will respond via email. I am usually unable to manage phone calls as I am either in session with a client or looking after my child. I will get back to you within 48 hours.

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