Illumen are a growing team of Clinical Psychologists and mental health specialists. We combine science, theory, and clinical experience to help people with issues that are getting in the way of living.
We work with adolescents, adults, individuals, and couples. We provide assessments and evidence-based treatments across a broad range of issues and experiences, including depression and anxiety.
Our mission is to be a centre of excellence in supporting people through their difficulties. By providing specialist treatments supporting growth and positive change, we’ll get you back to living the life you value, as soon as possible.
Kathryn is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about helping people grow and get more out of life. She works with people to pinpoint areas for change, identifying the roots of unhelpful patterns and what drives these, utilizes a person’s strengths, and teaches practical strategies to overcome difficulties and emotional pain. Kathryn uses a combination of evidence-based therapies aimed at reducing distress and improving quality of life. Integrating science, theory, and a breadth of clinical experience, Kathryn hopes to make therapy as brief as it needs to be, helping people get back to living the life they value as soon as possible.
Areas of speciality
Originally trained in New Zealand, Kathryn then lived and practiced in Sydney for ten years working in community mental health and private practice. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in diverse settings including specialised services for youth, mental health rehabilitation, adult community mental health, inpatient mental health units, and in private practice where she has been since 2013.
Kathryn specialises in mood and anxiety disorders, which includes the full spectrum of mood issues and anxiety difficulties, including panic, generalised anxiety, OCD, and social anxiety. Her special interests are in panic disorder, specific phobias (particularly using virtual reality), and trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD).
She also has a particular interest in women’s health and parenting, being a mum to two young children herself. This Includes pre and post-natal issues, and returning to work and balancing career and family life after having children.
Kathryn also has expertise in working with emotion regulation issues, particularly in young women, and psychosis and perceptual disturbances (such as hearing voices).
Kathryn has been involved in teaching and training mental health clinicians, and provision of clinical supervision to colleagues and intern Psychologists from Sydney-based Universities. Kathryn also participates in regular peer supervision and professional workshops to continue developing her knowledge, skills, and techniques.
Kathryn is at Illumen on Monday through to Thursday.
Amy is client centred and collaborative in her approach to therapy. Using evidence-based practices, each session will be tailored to your specific concerns and presenting issues. Engaging in therapy can feel like a daunting task. Her aim is to create a safe and supportive environment to progress towards your therapy goals, whether you want brief therapy and to the point strategies, or you need space for more long-term support and processing. Amy is a Grey Lynn native and values the diversity and vibrancy in our community, she has a genuine interest and respect for each person’s unique perspective, experience and culture.
Amy has experience working in hospital, community, primary care and corporate settings. Amy has most recently been working at a Primary Health Organisation on the North Shore and previously trained at Counties Manukau District Health Board in both community and inpatient adult mental health teams. Amy has experience working with adults experiencing a range of presenting concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, grief, adjustment, trauma, disordered eating, women’s health, aging and illness.
Areas of Speciality
Having experienced anxiety herself, Amy has a high level of empathy and understands the challenges anxious patterns of thinking can create. Amy has worked successfully with clients using evidence-based practices to build confidence and overcome anxious avoidance in panic attacks, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, specific phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Amy’s doctoral research investigated the affects of a low intensity mindfulness-based phone app intervention on measures of stress, well-being and emotion reactivity. Her research investigated the active components of mindfulness underlying observed clinical benefits.
Amy works Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Illumen.
Stephen works in a collaborative goal focused manner utilising a variety of therapeutic approaches to help his clients gain mastery and peace with the issues they are facing in life. Therapies include Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) ,Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT).
Sessions with Stephen will help you gain a deeper insight into what is causing you to feel and act the way you do and to gain coping skills and strategies to manage the difficulties you are experiencing so you can have a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
Sessions are worked through at your own pace in order for you to get the absolute most out of the time we spend together.
Areas of Specialty
Stephen works with people experiencing issues such as:
- Low and Depressed Mood
- Worry and Anxiety
- Motivational Problems
- Medically Unexplained Symptoms
- Men’s issues (including Pornography Addictions, Midlife crises)
- Spirituality or Existential Issues
- Chronic Health Issues
- The challenges and struggles of everyday life
- Sports Performance
Stephen is at Illumen on Thursdays and Fridays.
Ondria applies a collaborative, non-judgemental and holistic approach to her work, and strives to provide a warm, welcoming and safe therapy environment. Using evidence-based therapies, sessions will be specific to your overarching therapy goals and needs, with the flexibility to address issues as they arise. Ondria will be able to cater to skills based learning and shorter durations of therapy, as well as longer process driven work. She is passionate about supporting her clients to develop more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Areas of Specialty
Ondria has been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. She has worked in hospital and community based settings with children and adolescents, and with adults. Her work has ranged from the North Shore of Auckland to West Auckland. Her training involved working with children in central Auckland, and with outpatient Adult Mental Health. Ondria has experience within child and adolescent settings around behavioural difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Selective Mutism, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Parenting and the parent-child relationship, Interpersonal Difficulties – both within schools and families, and drug and alcohol use. Within adult settings, she has experience in working with Depression and Anxiety, Trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder and OCD.
Ondria’s doctoral research investigated the experiences of women who took antidepressants long term for the treatment of depression, and their experiences of recovery.
Ondria works on Fridays at Illumen.
Charlotte has an empathic and non-judgmental style which creates a safe space for clients to be open regarding their difficulties. Charlotte works collaboratively with her clients to help them better understand their challenging thoughts, feelings, and experiences and develop new ways to manage these. She utilises a range of evidence-based interventions and tailors treatment to best suit her client’s individual needs, supporting long-term and meaningful change.
Areas of Specialty
Charlotte has experience working with adults and adolescents in community, specialized, and private mental health settings. She has completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness. She is currently completing further training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).
Charlotte has expertise in providing interventions for the following experiences:
- Depression and mood difficulties
- Anxiety (including excessive worry, panic, phobias, OCD, trauma-related stress, and social anxiety)
- Emotion regulation difficulties
- Interpersonal and relationship stressors
- Communication and assertiveness difficulties
- Work related stress and burnout
- Life transitions and personal growth
- Alcohol and substance misuse
Charlotte is at Illumen on Tuesday and Thursdays.
She teaches an Awareness Based style of meditation influenced by the Vedic traditions and a process called Gentle Inquiry. She is currently completing a year-long program in Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Mate. Her teaching has also been heavily influenced by Michael Brown, Graham Mead and Eckhart Tolle.
Claire runs group courses and one-on-one meditation sessions. She also coaches students in their meditation practice helping them deepen their experience and consolidate the habit. She’s also the founder of social change initiative No Beers? Who Cares! She runs a 12-week program called The Reset - helping people reset their relationship with alcohol using meditation, self-awareness techniques and Gentle Inquiry.
Previously employed as a Clinical Social Worker in Australia and New Zealand, Carmel has experience working across a diverse demographic, delivering person centred and strengths based interventions within multi-trauma orthopaedic, acquired brain injury, private orthopaedic and amputee rehabilitation allied health teams.