Boutique psychology clinic in the cafe district of Ponsonby.

Malcolm Falconer has over 25 years experience working with clients in mental health settings. At the beginning of his career, he worked with people with intellectual disabilities at IHC. Malcolm then moved into drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, as a therapist in residential facilities and then as a counsellor in community services. Further moving forward, Malcolm began working for a service that provides vocational and recreational rehabilitation for people with mental health problems. Once he was registered as a psychologist he worked for adult mental health services – both in the public sector and for non-governmental providers – on Waiheke Island, the North Shore and in West Auckland. Malcolm consequently moved to the Far North, where he worked as a clinical psychologist. While living in the North, he acquainted himself with Maori (Ngapuhi) culture and values, learning to speak some Te Reo as a result. Returning to Auckland in 2005 he has spent the last 7 years working in a service for GP referred patients with mild-moderate mental health conditions, as the consultant psychologist for ProCare Psychological Services (PPS). During his tenure there, he split his time between holding a position on the management team, clinical supervision and seeing clients. In 2012, when PPS went through a review restructure, he saw this as an opportunity to follow his dream and set up his own practice. And so PSYCH’D was born. Qualifications: Malcolm has a Master of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Auckland. He completed post graduate level papers in clinical neuropsychology, psychotherapy, abnormal psychology and health psychology. Malcolm also has a post graduate qualification in forensic psychiatry. He has continued his professional development with qualifications and training in clinical supervision, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), schema therapy, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Personal: Malcolm was born in Zimbabwe and lived his first 8 years in Natal South Africa. He emigrated to New Zealand with his father in the 60’s where he was raised in Kohimarama and Mairangi Bay. He went to school at Wesley College and then after a brief spell on the hydro –projects in National Park, he became an alternate lifestyler in the Coromandel and Hokianga. Following the highs and lows of a lifestyle in the fashion industry during the heyday of Cook St Market, he reinvented himself as a psychologist and began his study in 1985 at Auckland University. And hasn’t looked back since. He has owned a home and lived on Waiheke Island for the majority of the last 30 years. Malcolm’s journey has included 2 children – a son and a daughter – and while he attended Jewish school as a child, in adulthood he has developed an interest in Eastern religions and meditation.

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“I don’t know if I’ve learned anything yet! I did learn how to have a happy home, but I consider myself fortunate in that regard because I could’ve rolled right by it. Everybody has a superficial side and a deep side, but this culture doesn’t place much value on depth — we don’t have shamans or soothsayers, and depth isn’t encouraged or understood. Surrounded by this shallow, glossy society we develop a shallow side, too, and we become attracted to fluff. That’s reflected in the fact that this culture sets up an addiction to romance based on insecurity — the uncertainty of whether or not you’re truly united with the object of your obsession is the rush people get hooked on. I’ve seen this pattern so much in myself and my friends and some people never get off that line.

But along with developing my superficial side, I always nurtured a deeper longing, so even when I was falling into the trap of that other kind of love, I was hip to what I was doing. I recently read an article in Esquire magazine called ‘The End of Sex,’ that said something that struck me as very true. It said: “If you want endless repetition, see a lot of different people. If you want infinite variety, stay with one.” What happens when you date is you run all your best moves and tell all your best stories — and in a way, that routine is a method for falling in love with yourself over and over.

You can’t do that with a longtime mate because he knows all that old material. With a long relationship, things die then are rekindled, and that shared process of rebirth deepens the love. It’s hard work, though, and a lot of people run at the first sign of trouble. You’re with this person, and suddenly you look like an asshole to them or they look like an asshole to you — it’s unpleasant, but if you can get through it you get closer and you learn a way of loving that’s different from the neurotic love enshrined in movies. It’s warmer and has more padding to it.”

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Worst Things To Say To Someone Suffering From Depression As with many mental health conditions, there are varying degrees of depression which range from clinical depression to depression that comes on because of an external event such as a bereavement or divorce. Either way, if a person is feeling sad or finding it hard to cope, there are good ways and ba...

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[03/21/13]   Inner Peace Happens .....

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones
are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without alcohol,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

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