Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it
— Helen Keller
And seeing a psychologist may help
Psychological therapies can highlight
our existing (and perhaps overlooked or forgotten) strengths and resources,
introduce us to new tools,
and support us to make concrete and meaningful change
toward lives that really matter to us individually.
Fiona Leibrick offers client-focused and evidence-based psychological therapies
to adults, young people, children and couples
out of rooms in the Wellington CBD
conveniently located for transport links and parking.
Fiona holds the following qualifications:
(Post) Grad Dip Clin Psych,
(Post) Grad Dip Applied Psych (Counselling),
Dip. Clinical Hypnosis.
NZPB Registration: 90-06432
Fiona's practice is informed by a range of Cognitive-Behavioural and experiental approaches including:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness-based CBT and Stress Reduction (MBCT & MBSR)
Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
Schema-Focused and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Solution-oriented, Narrative and systemic approaches.
Fiona is also trained in hypnotherapy and Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitisation (EMDR).
She has over 20 years clinical experience in a range of settings including generalist private practice, employee assistance and relationship counselling, community drug and alcohol services, primary health care, and education.
You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. — Joseph Goldstein
Effective, evidence-based therapy methods are used to help people address the issues they struggle with, and help them move toward their own goals.
Issues can include stress, anxiety, depression, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, loss and grief, challenging life transitions, post-trauma adjustment, problematic habits (alcohol and drug use, gambling, hair pullling etc) and skills development (eg assertiveness, communication and social skills).
Services are personalized to suit individual needs,
and collaboratively monitored with clients to ensure they are leading to meaningful change.
Face-to-face, video call and telephone-based sessions are all available.
Did you know? Phone or video-based therapies have been shown by a growing number of researchers to be as effective as face-to-face therapies.
Fridays: 9am - 6pm
Saturdays: 10am - 6pm
Telephone & video call sessions outside these hours may be available by arrangement
Initial sessions are up to 90 minutes long, and involve mapping out your concerns, clarifying your goals, getting to know one another and putting in place initial change planning and strategies. Subsequent sessions are usually up to 60 minutes long.
Face to face sessions are $150, payable by bank transfer, Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Video call and telephone sessions are $120.
Scaled fees may be negotiated for those on low income.
You are welcome to self-refer.
You can expect a respectful, confidential service.
Please be sure to give at least 24 hours notice if you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment. Cancellations within 24 hours of an appointment or non-attendances may be charged in full.
“Psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives.”
American Psychological Association
Fiona is a New Zealand and Australian registered psychologist.
She graduated from the University of Canberra in 1996,
working first as a primary school and generalist counsellor,
then as a clinician in community drug and alcohol services
and then as a university lecturer and researcher in drug and alcohol studies,
while also continuing with part-time clinical work in employee assistance and private practice services.
Fiona has been in full-time private clinical practice (in Australia) since 2006,
working with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan.
She has also provided relationship counselling with Relationships Australia,
and clinical consulting services for remote employee assistance programs and Australian Indigenous community health services.
Family connections in Wellington and the Wairarapa - and a desire to work in education settings again - led Fiona into short-term, part-time work as a psychologist with the Ministry of Education's Supported Learning/Special Education service in the Wairarapa
over the second half of 2016.
She has been providing weekend private practice services in Wellington since late 2016.
Fiona is a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS), the Aotearoa New Zealand Association for CBT, and the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS, Full Member).
GET IN TOUCH
Feel welcome to contact Fiona today to discuss how she may be able to assist, and the types of session options available - face to face, video call and telephone.