Dr Kess Hunt

I am a registered Clinical Psychologist working part time in private practice in Mt Albert, Auckland. I have been registered since 2014 after completing my Doctor of Clinical Psychology at University of Auckland. I had my sights on a career in psychology since my late teens when I trained as Youthline telephone counsellor but after completing my undergraduate degree I decided to get some real-world experience and found myself working in Human Resources for a NZ-based corporate law firm and then for an international investment bank in London. I continued my voluntary work whilst living in the UK working with Samaritans (telephone counselling) and Headway (brain injury support) before returning to NZ to train in Clinical Psychology as it was clear that it was my passion and my calling. My doctoral research related to family-therapy for traumatic brain injury survivors and their whanau.

Expertise
  • Depression or feeling low
  • Anxiety including worrying a lot, panic attacks, OCD, social anxiety
  • Adjustment following stressful incidents/trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder / Complex Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Emotion regulation problems
  • Self-harm and suicidal behaviour
  • Employment related stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions and personal growth
Therapy approaches
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EDMR)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy informed skills (DBT)
  • My work is also influenced by Interpersonal Neurobiology and Polyvagal Theory
Qualifications
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Employment Relations, with first class honours (BA(hons)), University of
    Auckland
Affiliations
  • Registered psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board
  • ACC registered for sensitive claims
  • Member of New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Member of EMDR Association of Australia
  • Member of The International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

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