Following her training, at Auckland University, Megan worked for Waitemata, and Nelson Marlborough District Health Boards in a variety of settings including Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Maternal Mental Health, the Child Development, and Child Rehabilitation (Wilson Centre) Services, and for community rehabilitation providers. She commenced her private practice in 2005.
Megan is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board, and holds the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act (2003) Clinical, and Neuropsychological Scopes of Practice.
Megan is a full member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS), and the Institute of Clinical Psychology (ICP). She is a member of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and the American Psychological Society (APA).
Megan maintains continuous professional development through regular training, reading and supervision and abides by the ethical guidelines of her professional body, the New Zealand Psychological Society.
The first session is used to get to know each other, find out about your presenting problems or concerns, and to gather relevant background information. From this we will be able to discuss options for a plan going forward, to best meet you and/or child’s needs.
This will depend on the circumstances, but many clients report benefits from 3 to 6 sessions. However, there are always exceptions to this where some people are seen once or twice only, and others for much longer.
I work with children and young people up to the age of 25. Whilst treatment may be on an individual, family or parental basis, I generally work more with parents when their child is younger, and do more individual work with older children.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure your child feels comfortable and safe when coming to see me, there are other ways to help children when they are unwilling to engage with a psychologist. Often time’s change can be facilitated by working directly with parents without their child’s involvement.
No, I am not registered to work as a Family Court Psychologist. Despite this, however, I often work with separated families, when a child is having trouble adjusting to changes in family situations. In these cases, I require the permission of both parents to work with their child.
Yes, definitely! There is evidence that the rates of anxiety in children have increased in recent years. However, the good news is that early intervention can lead to positive outcomes, and prevent the development of chronic anxiety disorders.
Yes, anxiety (see above!). A significant number of young people I work with suffer from anxiety. This is a very treatable condition and it is very rewarding to see the positive changes in my clients, when they learn the skills to manage their anxiety.
I am also fascinated by the brain, and am trained as a paediatric neuropsychologist. I love teaching children how important it is to understand their brains, and how this amazing organ effects their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
No, but I certainly take a playful approach in working with children!
Please contact Megan below for appointments or further information.