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Lesia Smith

Registered Neuropsychologist

With more than 10-years’ experience working with adults and children, Lesia moved to New Zealand from South Africa in August 2020 and has been with APM ever since. 

Lesia’s compassion and care for her clients and their whānau is at the centre of her neurodiverse and multidisciplinary work.

Lesia can help with: neurodevelopmental disorders (diagnoses, therapeutic intervention, and support), acquired neuropathology in children, adults, and geriatrics (diagnoses, therapeutic intervention, and support), children with behavioural, emotional, and/or social difficulties, highly sensitive persons. Individuals and families/whānau, school support.

Practices include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Applied Behavioural Analysis and Functional Analysis, Neurocognitive Rehabilitation, Neuropsychoanalysis, Play Therapy, Body-Mind Therapies, Brain Working Recursive Therapy

Leslia speaks English and Afrikaans.

Carol Lee

Registered Psychologist

Carol enjoys helping people to find the power within themselves to make life-enhancing changes.

With a master’s degree in psychology and a diploma in counselling, Carol specialises in individual therapy to adults using a strength and skills-based approach.

Carol is currently studying Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and will be able to offer EMDR to future clients.

Carol can help with: diverse mental health problems including Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief and Loss, Relationship Difficulties, Brain Injury and Chronic Pain.
Practices include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Carol speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Stacey-Lee Esterhuizen

Clinical Psychologist

Stacey-Lee has experience with inpatient and community mental health, as well as intensive rehabilitation settings.

This includes conducting neuropsychological assessments and working with clients adjusting to life following acquiring a brain injury.

With a thoughtful and warm approach to therapy, Stacey-Lee aims to assist clients to better their understanding and develop new approaches in navigating difficulties while enjoying a meaningful, value filled life.

Stacey-Lee can help with: mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma and substance related disorders.

Practices include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), individual and group therapy within evidence-based and systems theory frameworks.


Tracy Cliff

Clinical Psychologist

Tracy has over 25 years’ experience working in diverse contexts, working most of her career to date in private practice.

Motivated to provide treatment and training, she works to empower individuals in daily life and in business.

She has done extensive treatment and training on mental health in the workplace for employees and managers. Specifically helping with the management of trauma at work, along with training and coaching of managers and Human Resource personnel.

Tracy has also delivered relationship and marital therapy and has experience in treating adolescents and adults individually and in group formats.

Tracy can help with: mental health conditions, personal and relational difficulties and organisational interventions. She has a special interest in treating trauma and anxiety disorders including - Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, along with Mood, Adjustment and Personality Disorders.

Practices include: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapies, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Imago.

Tracy speaks English and Afrikaans.

Stephen Macartney

Registered Psychologist

Over the past 20 years, Stephen has worked as a registered psychologist across the education, disability and rehabilitation sectors.

Through his educational and developmental psychology work he has supported infants, children, young people and their whanau/families.

He currently works in the rehabilitation sector based in Tauranga, but also working across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.

Stephen has extensive successful experience with Maori and Pasifika clients and their families, and has knowledge of Te Reo and Tikanga. He is working alongside cultural and clinical professional supervisors.

Stephen can help with: pain management, treatment and recovery for people with traumatic brain injury and concussions, training for independence and vocational rehabilitation.

Practices include: extensive experience collaborating with social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, neurologists, and paediatricians to develop plans and achieve outcomes for rehabilitation.

Alicia Myburgh

Clinical Psychologist

Alicia brings nearly a decade of experience providing mental health assessment, support, therapy, and psychoeducation to her role.

She takes a holistic approach to mental health working with clients from different ages, cultural, financial, and religious backgrounds. She specialises in diagnosis and therapy for paediatric clients and their families or caregivers.

During her career in South Africa Alicia developed her skills and specialisations working in government hospitals and psychiatric institutions.

She has worked directly with people who have been incarcerated, people who live with disability (specifically limb difference and paralysis), people who have experienced trauma and sexual violence.

Alicia can help with: neurodevelopmental disorders, paediatric mental health disorders, support for care givers and people with disability, therapy for families, clinical interventions and support for teachers and parents in the public schooling system.

Practices include: Interactional Pattern Analysis (IPA), Systems and Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Play Therapy.

Alicia speaks English and Afrikaans.


Cushla Griffin

Clinical Psychologist

Cushla has treating experience with a diverse range of patients from the Department of Corrections, as well as medical rehabilitation. 

She has worked closely providing treatment and assessment to people living with chronic pain and older persons.

Cushla’s compassion for her clients runs deeply through her approach to treatment. She assists people of all ages to navigate complex mental health and medical issues. Through assessment and treatment, she focuses on delivering the best possible wellness outcomes.

Cushla can help with: treating depression, anxiety and trauma in adults, children and adolescents, with a special interest in relational issues and providing couples therapy.

Practices include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness.

Dr. Lissy George

Clinical Psychologist

With nearly two decades of experience Dr Lissy has an extensive global background, treating patients in the USA, India and New Zealand.

Dr. Lissy has a wealth of clinical expertise and interest in Neuropsychology, Psychodiagnostics and mental health.

She has strong professional capabilities, further characterised by her specialisation in family and couple therapy for clients of Indian origin.

Dr. Lissy can help with: neuropsychological assessments and rehabilitation, Psychodiagnostics and personality assessments, Behaviour Therapy, and the treatment of autism spectrum disorders in children, learning disability assessments and mental health issues.

Practices include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills (DBT).

Dr. Lissy speaks English, Malayalam and Hindi.

Palmerston North

Ilse Beukes

Clinical Psychologist

Ilse joins the New Zealand team after more than a decade of clinical and psychiatric experience in her home country of South Africa.

She has managed community mental health services in regional and culturally diverse areas, including working in inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Through her work appreciates clients’ unique cultural backgrounds and includes their cultural experiences and understanding in the therapeutic process.

Ilse has a keen professional interest in working with people who have been affected by sexual trauma or violence.

Ilse can help with: issues relating to trauma and grief, mental health issues such as depression (including ante- and postnatal depression), Bipolar Disorder, adjustment and attachment difficulties and therapy for transitional life challenges such as parenthood, separation or divorce.

Practices include: Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Integration Therapy (EMI), Motivational Interviewing, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Ilse speaks English and Afrikaans.


Dr Tereska Armstrong

(DPsych (ClinPsych)), (MNZCCP, MACPA)

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Tereska brings many years of experience working in private practice and Adult Community Mental Health to her work at APM.

She enjoys providing psychological support for clients referred to APM’s programmes, including Training for Independence, Concussion and Pain Services.

Her approach with her clients encourages healthy lifestyle and behavioural changes, including support and building resilience while adjusting to different life stages and changes.

Dr. Tereska can help with: depression, anxiety, phobias, sleep problems, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, pain management, work-related stress and anger management. 

Practices include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-focussed Therapy, and Brief Psychotherapy.

Dr. Tereska sees clients 18 and over.


Germaine Ingley-Cook

Clinical Psychologist

Germaine’s professional experiences have led her to specialise in supporting young people.

She has trained and worked internationally in the United Kingdom before moving to New Zealand, where she trained as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist.

Her clinical areas of interest are working with children and adolescents, attachment issues, and complex trauma.

She has specifically trained in the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Theraplay for children and adolescents aged 5 and over.

Germaine can help with: child and adolescent mental health and cognitive assessments – including the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in child and adolescents.

Practices include: Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy/ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Nishal Pinto

Clinical Psychologist

Nishal has a decade of experience in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide spectrum of mental health conditions. He works with clients ranging between the ages of 16 to 80.

Over his career, he has developed a special interest and experience working in the field of Psycho-Neuro-Oncology. 

Outside of his practice, Nishal is enthusiastic about teaching and research. He has taught post graduate students at University level and has supervised psychology students.

He has also published research papers on unfinished needs in cancer patients and has published articles on parenting and managing stress.

Nishal can help with: clinical neuropsychology, assisting individuals, couple and families from diverse backgrounds with psychological assessments and psychotherapy.

Practices include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Exposure and Response Therapy (ERP), Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) in management of different mental disorders. 

Nishal can speak Hindi and Kannada.

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