Richmond Psychology

Richmond Psychology is a Counselling Psychology practice located in Ponsonby. We aim to provide a compassionate and holistic approach to wellbeing.

At Richmond Psychology we focus on providing a compassionate and holistic approach to wellbeing, and work with range of psychological concerns, including but not limited to: Stress Life transitions and quality of life Adjusting to change Depression and sadness Grief and loss Anxiety, worry, fear and panic Self-esteem and assertiveness Trauma and abuse Relationship concerns Anger and behavioural concerns Gambling Pain We are located on 137 Richmond Road, in the central city suburb of Grey Lynn, a few minutes walk from Ponsonby. We also offer appointments in West Auckland. We are open Monday to Friday and every second Saturday with with some evening appointments available. Please message to inquire further about hours and fees.

Major changes, be it positive or negative, requires us to adjust. And adjustment can often feel like stress in our body and mind. Be kind to yourself as we’re slowly adjusting to a different level of the “new normal”.

We need to talk about REINTEGRATION ANXIETY.

I found walking down The Terrace and Lambton Quay in Wellington yesterday to do a few tasks overwhelming and super tiring… the sounds, the smells, the amount of cars and people around… it felt like a lot.

On research, I found out there’s a psychological term for it: “reintegration anxiety” (also called “reverse culture-shock” and “re-entry syndrome”)

A coaching client said she was feeling similarly, so I made these tips to help 🙂

#reintegrationanxiety #wellbeing #mentalhealth #anxiety #coaching #adaptability #intentionalgenerations


If you are unsafe at home and you need help immediately, you can leave your home to seek help. If you're in Auckland you can now come to Shine’s office in Kingsland, Auckland, Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm (except stat holidays). If you are questioned by Police about why you are not at home, you can explain that you are going to Shine for help with personal safety issues. This is allowed for under government rules about lockdown, because safety is an essential need, and Shine is providing an essential service.

[04/12/20]   The rise in family violence is a sad consequence of the current lockdown situation. It’s now more important than ever, to keep an eye out for your friends, your family, your neighbours and your community.

Here are some of the numbers and support services that are available if you, or someone you know needs help, as published in today’s Herald.

Sending lots of warm thoughts and compassion to you all today ♥️

We are all in this together.

Support services available:

• 211 Helpline (0800 211 211) – for help finding, and direct transfer to, community-based health and social support services in your area.

• Find your Local Women's Refuge by calling 0800 743 843 (0800 REFUGE) to be linked up with an advocate in your area.

• Victim Support – call 0800 842 846. 24-hour service for all victims of serious crime.
• Victim Information Line/Victim Centre – call 0800 650 654 or email [email protected].

• Shine domestic abuse services – free call 0508 744 633 (9am to 11pm) if you're experiencing domestic abuse, or want to know how to help someone else.

• Family violence information line – call 0800 456 450 to find out about local services or how to help someone near you.

• Elder Abuse Helpline – call 0800 32 668 65 (0800 EA NOT OK) - a 24-hour service answered by registered nurses who can connect to local elder abuse specialist providers.

• Tu Wahine Trust – call 09 838 8700 for kaupapa Māori counselling, therapy and support for survivors of sexual harm (mahi tukino) and violence within whānau.

• Shakti New Zealand – call 0800 742 584 for culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin who have experienced domestic violence.

• Safe to Talk – sexual harm helpline. Call 0800 044 334, text 4334 or email [email protected].

• Rape Crisis Centres – call 0800 88 3300 for contact details of your local centre. Provides support for survivors of sexual abuse, their families, friends and whānau.

• Male Survivors Aotearoa New Zealand – call 0800 044 344. Offers one-to-one, peer and support groups for male survivors of sexual abuse and their significant others.

• Tu Wahine Trust – call 09 838 8700 for kaupapa Māori counselling, therapy and support for survivors of sexual harm (mahi tukino) and violence within whānau.

• ACC Sensitive Claims Unit – call 0800 735 566 for access to services related to sexual abuse or sexual assault.

• Hey Bro helpline – call 0800 HeyBro (0800 439 276). 24/7 help for men who feel they're going to harm a loved one or whānau member.

• Korowai Tumanoko – text or call 022 474 7044 for a kaupapa Māori service for those with concerning or harmful sexual behaviour.

• Stop – support for concerning or harmful sexual behaviour.

• Need to Talk? 1737 – free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

• Youthline – call 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email [email protected].

• Kidsline – call 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age (24-hour service).

• Skylight– call 0800 299 100 helping children, young people and their families and whānau through tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief.

• Oranga Tamariki – call 0508 325 459 (0508 FAMILY) or email [email protected] for concerns about children and young people.

Source: New Zealand Herald.

Self-Compassion: Mission Critical in Kiwi Lock Down

Wonderful read by our lovely colleague Dr. Anna Friis 🌸 Self-compassion will be mission critical for the weeks ahead – because if we don’t take care of ourselves, we won’t last the distance, and it’s going to be a marathon not a sprint. That means treating ourselves like we would treat someone we love, particularly when we find ourselves struggli...

Ways to cope with Covid-19 anxiety There are currently COVID-19 outbreaks both overseas and here in Aotearoa-New Zealand. You can find everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place, learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread here: Unite against COVID-19

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety

A great resource! Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety aims to be a place where you can learn how to take care of your mental health, get support, and find calm—with new resources added on a daily basis.

Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the Christchurch tragedy ♥️

A good little read 😊

Did you know that your mood is strongly affected by the food that you consume? Get the inside scoop on the foods that we class as ‘mood boosters’ on our blog ➜

New Zealand Wellness Association

During Mental Health Awareness Week, we're bringing together a team of experts for an evening of education and inspiration on how nutrition impacts our mental health. From the health of our soil, to gut health, to key nutrients that support mental wellness - you'll leave armed with practical information on how you can take charge of your mental wellness with what you eat.

Many organisations are doing excellent work throughout New Zealand to get people talking more about their mental health, and encouraging the use of meditation, mindfulness and physical activity. However, one area that is largely being overlooked, is the critical role of nutrition in improving and maintaining mental health.

This is going to be a powerful evening that will change the way you think about your mental health.

We'll make our first speaker announcement next week, and we'll be sharing more details with you over the coming weeks!

Some wise words on a Saturday morning. Have a lovely weekend 😊


Thoughts are not the truth, and ultimately they are not even yours. They are only voices, sounds, suggestions, opinions of the mind, coming and going all the time, like a flock of birds singing, every bird singing a different tune; a different opinion, suggestion, perspective. You are not the birds; you are the wide open space in which the birds can sing, the awareness that holds the birds, the silence underneath and inbetween.

Do not try to silence the birds (for that makes them sing even louder) or destroy them (for they are only parts of yourself longing for love) but allow them to sing, and fly, for that is your power, and your freedom. The "I am a failure" bird can sing, and the "I am a waste of space" bird can sing, and the "I am the most wonderful bird" bird can sing, and all their inbetween friends can sing, and you are a giant nest of awareness, a bird sanctuary, never defined by the chorus of opinions, nor at war with it, the great I AM, undefinable.

- Jeff Foster

Holistic Medical Centre

Feeling stressed? Have a read 😊 A great article written by one of our psychologists.

Tired and stressed? We have all felt that way but it can be managed naturally through simple techniques such as breathing and challenging the way we think about stress.

Our psychologist Grace talks about stress and provides some simple tips on how to manage it.

Self-Compassion: The Mindful Way Through Grief, Loss & Heartbreak

Be kind to yourself throughout hard times ❤️ A great little read and exercise. Wishing you all a peaceful weekend. Rather than shutting down, struggling or numbing out when we are hurting, self-compassion offers us a way to develop courage, kindness and awareness. Here is the guide for how to do the practice below as well as a recorded version of the meditation for you to download!


Come back to the present.

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Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is ‘Nature is Key’. Nature can be a key element in helping us feel happier and more optimistic, reducing stress and improving life satisfaction. If you did have something on your mind and would like to talk to someone about anything, our psychologists are available ➜

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Feeling low in the winter? Have a wee read 😊

Do the winter months seem to affect your mood? Head over to our website for our new blog on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and discover ways to deal with the winter blues.

Happy Matariki everyone

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The lovely team at The Holistic Medical Centre that we're so fortunate to be a part of.

What does an integrative approach to medicine really mean? We caught up with the Holistic Medical Centre team earlier this year at NZ’s largest sustainable lifestyle show, the Go Green NZ Expo to find out.

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Need someone to talk to? Recently joined members of the Holistic Medical Centre, Richmond Psychology focus on providing a compassionate and holistic approach to wellbeing, and work on a range of psychological concerns including stress and self-esteem issues. Discover more about the team’s key areas of expertise on our website ➜

Richmond psychology is now located at the Holistic Medical Centre at Ponsonby road. We look forward to welcoming new and old clients to our new premises, and to work with such a great team of integrative practitioners.

We are very pleased to welcome Richmond Psychology to the Holistic Medical Centre. Grace and Katarina, a team of two counselling psychologists, take a holistic approach to their work, empowering their clients to create a more enjoyable and fulfilling life.

Find out more about the team on our website ➜

"Surf Therapy" and Being in the Ocean Can Alleviate PTSD

An interesting read about the grounding effects and benefits of surfing 🏄. Enjoy ! An interview with Josh Izenberg about his PTSD documentary “Resurface.”

World Health Organization (WHO)

Depression is sometimes referred to as the "Black Dog". Just like a real dog, it needs to be embraced, understood, taught new tricks and ultimately brought to heel.
If you are in difficulty, never be afraid to ask for help. There is absolutely no shame in doing so.

[12/24/16]   Best wishes for a lovely and peaceful holiday season❤️ Arohanui

Richmond Psychology's cover photo

Psychology Week 2016 - Living Life Well

A great event free to attend for anyone interested 😊 Psychology Week 2016 - Living Life Well, Psychology Week 2016 "Living life well" Public ..., AUT City Campus, Auckland, Auckland, 26 November 2016,


Start your day mindfully with this little exercise 🌺

Dedicate this moment to simply being. Notice how your body feels, when offered a chance to relax and be present. No doing. Just breathe, and be. #DailyCalm


When we experience strong emotion, it may be so forceful or unnerving that it throws us off and breaks our practice. Use the breath to keep you rooted, as though you had the strength of a tree. When a tree is caught in a storm, it’s branches and leaves may thrash around wildly but the trunk remains rooted and strong. Allow the breath and your core to help keep you rooted in that same way. #DailyCalm

A huge thank you to Evolu Skincare for these thoughtful gift bags!
Please take time for yourself and enjoy their bathing beauties, available free at your next visit to Richmond Psychology & Self.

35 of Life’s Simple Pleasures to Cherish Everyday - Goodnet “The most simple things can bring the most happiness.”


[05/01/16]   Richmond Psychology have now moved. We look forward to welcoming our clients to our new space at 51 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn😊

5 Ways to Overcome Mental Exhaustion

Great little article! 3. Give yourself permission to relax (and mean it).

Something to think about on a rainy Sunday😊

"All experience is now. Now never ends." - Deepak Chopra

Locke opens up on depression and suicide

Depression does not discriminate. Sadly, it can affect anyone, but the stigma can make it hard to seek help. Good to see Locke help reducing this stigma.

Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 Numbers of NZ rugby league players seeking mental health counselling triple in two years.

Vivendo com depressão (Legendado)

A really insightful video about depression, and dealing with the black dog.
We are here to help. Original:

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a safe and peaceful holiday season.

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