Madhu Munasinghe | Clinical Psychologist
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Therapy is an opportunity for us to understand our past and change our future.
You might be interested in changing the way you approach life, relationships and willing to understand and improve yourself as a person while overcoming challenges. In that case, therapy might be the way forward for you.
It is challenging to decide to start the journey of engaging in therapy to overcome your difficulties. It is equally challenging to determine who would be able to help you through this journey.
Hopefully, the information below will make it easier for you to decide if I can be your therapist and support you in this journey.
I am originally from Sri Lanka obtained my graduate and post-graduate qualifications from Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
I registered as a Clinical Psychologist registered with the New Zealand Psychologist Board (NZPB) in 2017. Before moving to New Zealand in 2018, I worked as a Clinical Psychologist in Sri Lanka since 2012. I worked for the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) in Sri Lanka for over five years before moving to New Zealand.
As a result, I have over eight years of experience working in the public sector.
In New Zealand, I worked in the public health service with Waikato District Health Board as a Clinical Psychologist for Infant, Child, and Adolescent Mental Health Service (ICAMHS) in Hamilton and the Child Development Centre (CDC).
I also have experience working in the private sector as a Clinical Psychologist to provide support to children, teenagers, couples, and adults with various mental health difficulties. Furthermore, I have developed and conducted numerous workshops related to mental health, contributed toward the development of policies, engaged with individuals from various communities
As a result, I have extensive knowledge and experience working with children, teenagers, adults and families with mental health difficulties.
With my experience in living in various countries and working in the public sector for over eight years, I can incorporate client's interests, culture, religious and spiritual beliefs, and life experiences in treatment planning.
Based on the information provided by the client, the treatment plan will be created to address the client's needs. Treatment will be based on evidence-based approaches using eclectic approaches suitable for clients' individual needs. Therapy will be delivered within the boundaries of professional conduct.
I offer therapy for a range of mental health difficulties. I use an eclectic approach in treatment based on a range of evidence-based treatments to suit each client’s needs.
I deliver therapy using an eclectic model using principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Range of models are used during therapy sessions to help each client reach their individual goals.
People I offer treatment to:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Couple counseling
- Parental guidance and support
- Short-term and long-term therapy
- Face-to-face sessions
- Online therapy
- Supervision for Mental Health Clinicians
- NZ Sign language (Basic)
- Mandarin language (Basic)
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about my services or make an appointment to discuss.
People are experiencing more mental health conditions due to uncertainties they are exposed to due to the global pandemic.
As a result of Covid-19, the way we deliver therapy has changed drastically. While there might be some restrictions in providing all the treatments available, I can offer online sessions to suit your needs.
Please get in touch with me to discuss options available for online therapy.
Statement concerning the coronavirus pandemic
Qualifications and registrations
- MPhil in Clinical Psychology from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012)
- Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) from HELP University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2010)
- Registered with New Zealand Psychologist Board as a Clinical Psychologist (2017)
- The New Zealand Association for EMDR Therapist (EMDRNZ)
- NZ Sign Language (Basic)
- Mandarin (Basic)
Areas of Specialization:
- Clinical Depression
- Anxiety (Fear, Panic, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Stress-related to schooling life, workplace, and daily life
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Eating Disorders
- Trauma, child abuse, and neglect
- Loss, Grief, and mourning processing
- Transition and adjustment difficulties
- Anger and aggressive behaviors
- Emotional dysregulations
- ✓ ACT
- ✓ Career Counselling
- ✓ Child counselling
- ✓ Coaching
- ✓ Cognitive behavioural therapy
- ✓ Counselling
- ✓ Couples counselling
- ✓ EMDR Therapy
- ✓ Family Therapy / Coaching
- ✓ Gestalttherapy
- ✓ Mindfulness
- ✓ Online counselling
- ✓ Psychotherapy
- ✓ Relationship Counselling
- ✓ Supervision
- ✓ Talking therapies
- ✓ Youth Counselling / Coaching
Areas of counselling I can help with
- ✓ Abuse
- ✓ Anger management
- ✓ Anxiety
- ✓ Being a perfectionist
- ✓ Being assertive
- ✓ Bereavement, grief, loss
- ✓ Body image
- ✓ Bullying
- ✓ Burnout
- ✓ Communication
- ✓ Self confidence
- ✓ Covid-19 Anxiety
- ✓ Depression
- ✓ Eating disorders
- ✓ Fear
- ✓ Feeling lonely
- ✓ Hyperventilation
- ✓ Insecurity
- ✓ Jealousy
- ✓ Low self esteem
- ✓ Obsessive compulsive disorder
- ✓ Panic attack
- ✓ Parenting
- ✓ Performance anxiety
- ✓ Phobia
- ✓ Post-traumatic stress disorder
- ✓ Relationship issues
- ✓ Sleep problems
- ✓ Social phobia
- ✓ Stress
- ✓ Trauma
- ✓ Workplace stress
- ✓ Worrying too much
- Initial Consultation and the Comprehensive Assessment:
- Follow-up sessions:
- Cancellation: Please give at least 48-hour notice for cancellation. A cancellation fee of 50% of the fee will be charged otherwise.
Regular sessions last up to 50-60 minutes in duration. Session fees are to be paid via internet banking before the session or after the session. Unable to accept EFTPOS or cash payment at the location.
Sessions can be booked weekly or fortnightly depending on your requirements and discussed with clients individually.
The number of sessions will depend on several factors, such as the severity and complexity of the issue you are experiencing and your ability to apply techniques learned. Initial appointments will be more frequent, and as distress lessens and your progress, sessions will be further apart.
Some also find that having the initial session is enough. I also provide sessions online through zoom if required.
Please get in touch with me to schedule a session or arrange a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit.
Availability (Opening hours)
|Monday||9:00am - 5:30pm|
|Tuesday||9:00am - 5:30pm|
|Wednesday||9:00am - 5:30pm|
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