Hi, I'm Gina, a Clinical Psychologist based in Wellington CBD and Porirua City, New Zealand.
Hi, I'm Gina, a Clinical Psychologist and Child Psychologist based in Wellington CBD and Porirua City. I came to New Zealand in 2012, and worked for two years as clinical psychologist at Child Adolescent and Family Service (CAFS), Hawke's Bay District Health Board. Since 2014, I've been working with clients with refugee background, first in Auckland, and currently in Wellington.
I work part time as a private practitioner. I am an ACC registered clinical psychologist.
I am of Filipino origin. I obtained my degrees in Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Theology in Rome, where I lived for more than 20 years, and practiced the profession for a number of years before coming to New Zealand.
I have extensive knowledge and experience in assessing and treating Stress and Stress Related Disorders such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder in children, adolescents, and adults.
I do psychological interventions that are culturally sensitive and safe. Whilst I specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I employ other treatment models depending on your need. I favor an integrated approach of therapy that takes into consideration the various aspects of of your life like: the physical, the mental, the social, and the spiritual dimension. I do therapy in different languages: English, Italian, Pilipino, and Cebuano. I am also experienced in doing therapy with an interpreter.
I believe that underneath the symptoms and pathology,there is an inner self waiting to heal, grow and flourish. It is my task to assist and accompany you as you work through your past and present experiences to discover and rediscover your gifts and inner strength that you may lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Life is full of challenges. They come at different times and circumstances in the most unexpected way. Some people cope well after the initial impact and get on to life as if nothing happened. Others instead struggle to move on and are unable to find solution to their problems.
Even happy events like marriage or birth of a child can make us loss our balance and sense of wellbeing. Each lived experience is subjective. Everyone of us has different levels of tolerance to stress and to changes in life circumstances.
There are no strict guidelines when to seek professional help. The following are indications that consulting a mental health practitioner might be helpful:
Engaging in psychotherapy, means having regular therapy sessions (usually weekly) for a period of time. Each session lasts 50-55 minutes.
As a mental health service consumer, you will be treated with respect and dignity. Your privacy will be respected and safeguarded.
Any information gathered during our meetings are held confidential. Confidentiality might be broken if there are safety concerns such as self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, and intents to harm others.
You have the right to informed consent, and will be consulted throughout the assessment and treatment process. I make effort to assure that interventions are culturally safe, and your religious and cultural beliefs and practices are respected and taken into consideration.
The standard cost per session is $150.00 (incl GST), which can be negotiated if you are in financial difficulty. You will be charged the full price if you fail to attend the meeting without notice. Cancelling an appointment is without penalty if done 24 hours before the appointment time.