Dr. Gina Sembrano-Yearley

Hi, I'm Gina, a Clinical Psychologist based in Wellington CBD and Porirua City, New Zealand.

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About me

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.

Education and Memberships


  • Advance Post Graduate Studies in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Adolescents

    HUMANITAS, Rome, Italy - 2009
  • Master's Degreein Psychology

    Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy - 2004
  • M.A. in Religious Sciences

    Pontificium Institutum "Regina Mundi", Rome, Italy - 1998
  • B.S. in Educational Sciences

    Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy - 2001
  • B.S. in Agriculture (Agricultural Chemistry)

    Visayas State College of Agriculture, Philippines - 1983

Present Memberships

  • New Zealand Psychologists Board – Registration n. 90-04861 Scope of practice: Clinical Psychologist
  • New Zealand Psychological Society
  • BPS – British Psychological Society – Clinical Division

Past Memberships

  • Albo degli Psicologi del Lazio (Psychologists Board – Lazio Region) 2010 – 2012
  • A.L.Æ.F. - Associazione di Logoterapia e Analisi Esistenziale Frankliana (Association of Franklian Logotherapy and Existential Analysis)
  • SITCC - Società Italiana di Terapia Comportamentale e Cognitiva (Italian Society of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)


Training & Certificate

  • Clinical Supervision: A competence-Based Approach; Clinical Supervision: “You Said What?”, presented by Dr. Carol Falender, USA, 25-26 February 2016, 169 Willis Street, Wellington.
  • "Northern Primary Forum: Youth Co-Existing Problems (Mental Health - ICAMHS/AOD)", 24 September, The University of Auckland-Tamaki Campus, Auckland.
  • Webinar on "Working with survivors of sexual violence in the context of refugee trauma", 2 September 2015, STARTTS in: www.psychevisual.com.
  • Webinar on: “Understanding Violence and Refugee Trauma: Clinical Implications and Interventions”, by Yaya de Andrade, PhD, 9 September 2014, STARTTS, 152-168 The Horsley Drive, Carramar NSW in: www.psychevisual.com.
  • Webinar on: “Domestic Violence and the Refugee Experience: Clinical Implications”, by Tajana Opacic, 9 September 2014, STARTTS, 152-168 The Horsley Drive, Carramar NSW in: www.psychevisual.com.
  • "Brain Talk: Integrated therapy that includes a discussion about the brain with the client", by Dr. John Arden, 11-12 May 2015, Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • The Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) 5th National Conference 2015: Consolidating Our Expertise, 17-20 February 2015, Cypress Lakes Resort, Hunter Valley NSW.
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Training relative to Alcohol and Drug Abuse, by RAS, 28-29 February 2015, Kakariki House, 293 Grey Street, Hamilton.
  • Webinar on “Healing Trauma: Emotional Transformation through Sand Play Therapy”, 16 June 2014, STARTTS, in: www.psychevisual.com.
  • Workshop on “Vicarious Trauma”, by Kerry Gibson PhD, 25 June 2014, RASNZ-RYAN, 1224 Dominion Road, Mt. Roskill, Auckland.
  • Seminar on “Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients”, Clifton Mitchell, PhD, 26-27 May, 2014, Oaks in Market, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Certificate in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Online course in: http://tfcbt.musc.edu
  • Seminar on “Sudden Traumatic Events: Managing the Effects, Facilitation Recovery”, by Dr. Eva Alisic, 3 September 2013, Mission Estate Winery, Napier.
  • “Metacognitive Therapy Workshop”, by Dr. Jennifer Jordan, 20 February, 2013, Havelock North Community Center, Hastings.
  • EIT Professional Lecture Series: "Exploring the Relationships between Experiences of Loss, Spirituality, and Post Traumatic Growth" by Peter Bray, 10 October 2012, EIT Hawke's Bay Campus, Taradale, Napier.
  • One-day Course on “Peer Supervision Skills”, New Zealand Coaching and Mentoring Center, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Hastings.
  • British Psychological Society 2011 Annual Conference, 4-6 May 2011, Marriott Hotel, Glasgow City Centre, Scotland.
  • Experiencial Workshop on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)” by Steven Hayes and Jacqueline Pistorello, Accademia Cusanus, Bressanone, 28 giugno-1 luglio 2007.
  • “L’intervento abilitativo nell’autismo: La valutazione e la programmazione secondo il modello Denver, il parent training” by Sally Rogers, Centro Studi Serapide, Pozzuoli, Napoli, Italy, May 15-16, 2007.
  • Intensive personal formation and training. Behaviour therapy: Self experience in groups. Theory and practice held by Christine Butschen and Rudolf Marx, June 30- July 1, 2006, Brixen, Italy.
  • Workshop on “Techniques for Working Negative Cognitions in Depression” by Keith Dobson, l’Università IULM, Via Carlo Bo, 8, Milan, Italy, March 31, 2006.

What I do


  • Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Comprehensive psychological assessment
  • Supervision

Areas of interest

  • Psychotherapy/Counselling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD and stress related disorders
  • Trauma
  • Loss and grief
  • Relationships

When to consult a Psychologist?

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.

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There are no strict guidelines when to seek professional help. The following are indications that consulting a mental health practitioner might be helpful:

  • A situation or experience causes a significant distress in your life. You feel overwhelmed by the situation and feeling unable to cope such that your normal daily routine is affected and you are unable to perform your tasks as you generally do. Your sleep pattern is affected and you wake up tired, not wanting to do anything and feeling anxious without knowing why. You stop doing the things you enjoy and shy away from friends and even from family members.
  • When you are stuck on something, and cannot find a solution to your problem no matter how you tried.
  • When you are about to make a life-changing choice and unable to come up to a decision.
  • When you want to enhance your performance.

What to expect?

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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.

1 Thorndon Quay
Level 3, Wellington

Pember House
Level 4
16 Hagley Street
Porirua City
Email: gina@workingthrough.net Phone: +64 27 965 7644
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