Meet the the people behind MSSW

Please get in touch with us if you have any question or need any information about MSSW.


Mike Holloway/Peer Support


Manager, bossman and all round good guy. Does the dishes and talks to people. Makes sure the place runs and we don’t all become homeless.

Peer Support

Stewart (Stew) Best

Client Liaison

Stewart brings many years experience of social work and counseling for blokes to his role with Male Support Services Waikato.

He is a keen fisherman and spends his spare time mucking about with an old house and spending time with family.


Lawrence Harris

Client Liaison

Lawrence is from the Waikato and his expertise is in supporting clients through some of  life’s greatest barriers. As a client liaison Lawrence is responsible for the contacting and supporting clients to help them achieve their goals. 

  • Help connect clients to the right providers
  • Whanau support (if required)
  • Ongoing support for our survivors

Lawrence’s experience is mainly in the community,  working alongside clients to achieve their goals. 10 years of community based work and another 6 years of working alongside people with disabilities and mental health. 

LAWRENCE:”I wanted to be in a job that was helpful to the community and to people. My ultimate goal is to be able to do what I do for FREE”

He aha te mea nui ao

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata te ao

(Translation: What is the most important thing in the world, its the people, its the people, its the people.)

Groups Facilitator

Steve Rickard/Peer Support

Groups Facilitator

I’m in my late fifties, self-employed tradie. I have had a lifelong personal journey dealing with a wide variety of challenges. From very low self-esteem and confidence, failed relationships, isolation and loneliness, identity issues (who am I and where do I fit?), chronic depression and everything else in-between.

I have a strong passion to support men of all ages. To use my own experiences and to help and bring hope wherever it is needed. 

Administration Team


Clare Barkley

Office Manager

Being part of an organization that helps people is especially meaningful.  I look after the accounts, HR, contracts, support the team, and overall, contribute towards the smooth running of a busy environment.  Working with such an open, friendly, and caring team makes every day a great day!


Ben Walker

Administrative Coordinator

I have only recently joined the Male Support Services Waikato Team and am loving it. I have spent most of my life in Thames-Coromandel area enjoying the fishing, hunting and general outdoors. I can usually be found in reception or in the kitchen baking scones.  


Alice Phillips

Client Coordinator


Bruce Montgomery

Counsellor Bay Of Plenty - ACC registered

Bruce is a full
member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). Bruce is also an ACC
registered counsellor providing trauma recovery therapy. He facilitates
positive change by taking a systemic view of the dynamic being demonstrated
between Family/whanau, intimate partner and individual relationships. Like many
of the other providers at Male Support Services he loves to go fishing!

Bruce believes;
The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They
either help us to become to best version of ourselves or encourage us to become
lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends. No man becomes great
on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around us help to
make us great. We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind
us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the best version of

Bruce Montgomery MNZAC

Registered with NZAC 

ACC Provider 

and Accountable

Bryce Diprose

Counsellor - ACC registered

B. Counselling (Applied), PGCert. Supervision, MNZAC, ACC Registered

Bryce is an experienced Counsellor, a father to three adult children. Bryce enjoyed a career in the farming industry prior to training as a counsellor. Bryce is passionate about working with people who have experiences of trauma.

Bryce is patient and kind, he is skilled and able to work with issues in a variety of ways using skills acquired over many years of counselling. Relationships issues and depression are of special interest to Bryce. 

Glenn Walker

Counsellor - ACC registered

Glenn has worked as Counsellor since 2002. He has worked with Taumarunui counselling, Otorohanga counselling services, in schools, general counselling and sensitive claims, abuse etc. Glenn has worked with three Dual Diagnosis client support agencies over the past 16 years with a 6-month appointment as a Service Delivery Manager in a dual diagnosis. His interests professionally are wellness for personal, community, and growth. Glenn’s practice is underpinned with a Client Centred/Te Whare Tapa Wha approach with a focus on working alongside people in their endeavours to become who they really want to become. Glenn uses therapies such as sand tray and puppets, EFT and IDT when appropriate, assisting clients to focus more deeply on their personal requirements for growth. Cognitive Behavioural, Solution focused, and Gestalt therapy, combined with deepening therapies are the overriding approaches for matching the client to their needs are implemented when and where they are of use to clients growth and/or understanding.

Respect for individuality is paramount in his practice. Glenn works with all people of all ages from all walks of life, genders and cultures with an approach which treasures “unconditional positive regard”. Some of the issues Glenn works with are depression, anxiety, grief and loss, self-exploration, trauma, all forms of abuse, anger, self-esteem, life coaching, and alcohol and drug assessment with treatment planning focus as well as an understanding of how to work with clients with pervasive disorders. Personal Growth is his primary objective for his clients. Glenn’s approach is all clients will be assisted to the best of his ability. Glenn is happy to refer to other professionals as maybe necessary for clients’ well-being. As trauma and abuse are often driving clients difficulties Glenn has a major interest in the therapy required in this field to assist people to live more comfortably with the past; being able to move toward a productive happy future more readily.


  • Dip Counselling WINTEC.
  • Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences WINTEC (Counselling).
  • Advanced Cert.
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs WELTEC.
  • Cert N.L.P.
  • A.H.T.I. (Auckland). Dual diagnosis
  • Training (CLT Hamilton).
  • Intellectual disability training (CLT Hamilton).
  • Idea services training. IDT; 1 & 2, Cert; Family Therapy 123, cert Abuse & Recovery HD&T, Meditation; HD&T.
  • Weight management & Body images; Judy Lightstone

As well as several short courses in understanding and coping with diagnosable mental health difficulties. Level 2 support cert plus multiple short courses in supporting people with impeding disabilities Registered with EAP services and Victim support.

Professional Affiliation:

  • Glenn is a full Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). 

Kim Fluhler

Counsellor - ACC registered

My early years as a child were in the Horowhenua region where my Father was the youth aid officer for the Police. My love of the beach and the river as a child are still with me today where I love to swim and fish. I now live in Hamilton, have three adult children and four grandchildren. I have been counselling for 5 years and hold a Bachelor of Counselling and ACC accreditation and am a victim support counsellor. Abuse and trauma change the way the brain functions and I am committed to ongoing training and research so I can best support those in pain.

My foundational belief is in the power of relationship to heal, “sexual abuse happens in isolation and healing happens in relationship”. My passion is to walk with survivors on their journey creating a collaborative approach where they feel safe, accepted, listened to and supported. 

Moalia (Mo) Lattimore

Counsellor - ACC registered

A recent graduate of the University of Waikato Master of Counselling programme, Mo has been with us since 2015. Initially within an administration co-ordination role. In 2016, Mo has taken up working alongside some of our clients in the counselling role as one of our non-ACC counsellors. 

David Watson


Kia Ora whānau, I’m David, a recent graduate of the Master of Counselling programme at the University of Waikato and a provisional member of the NZ Association of Counsellors.  

I was born in the Waikato but needed to travel around a bit before realising how special Aotearoa really is. I walk my own journey towards mental health and wellbeing and have spent much of my adult life walking alongside others on their journey.   

Learning to re-story my own experiences of this world has made me passionate about having these conversations with others. When I’m not counselling here at MSSW or in high school, I’m hanging out with my kids or out on my motorcycle.    


David Watson|Counsellor

Male Support Services Waikato

Provisional Member Registered with NZAC


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Pete Westbury

Counselling, coaching and consultancy

I would describe myself a fairly typical kiwi guy; have always been into sports, music, outdoor stuff, and ‘toys’. I am a father, a son, a brother, and a mate, who recognises that sometimes we just need to acknowledge some of the crap that we go through.

Through my own life experiences, and since beginning my counselling training in the mid ’90s, I have recognised the distinct lack of professional help tailored specifically for men. Added to that was the challenge for guys to open up and talk about stuff, which just wasn’t considered cool.

We see time and again the results of ‘real men’ who bottle stuff up until it explodes – or implodes. Violence, depression, drugs, and stress; it’s not easy keeping some of this stuff hidden away.

Seeking professional help is not an easy thing to do either when you’re a bloke but getting through those dark times is something made so much easier with the help of a therapist. And where does a bloke find such a service For more info refer to my site: 

Ron Cronin-Lampe

Counsellor/Assesor - ACC registered

Ron is an experienced and skilled counsellor, mediator, supervisor, trainer and celebrant with an established private practice in Hamilton. He has over 20 years’ experience assisting people to make meaning of their personal and relational issues.

Ron has specialised in the area of family and relationship conflict, ACC counseling, mediation and dispute resolution work. He has trained and practiced in areas such as education, government agencies, corporate and private workplaces, neighborhood’s and in broader community contexts.

Ron is an Associate and Mediation member of AMINZ. He is also a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). He brings together a unique blend of professional skills with passion, perception and warmth. Respect for those he works with and determination to assist people find solutions to the problems that render them powerless, underpin Ron’s motivation as a counsellor/trainer/ mediator. 

Shelley Walker

Counsellor - ACC registered

I have been working in the Social Service Sector for nearly fifteen years. My current work includes managing the Central Hub for Autism New Zealand and I also have a part time Counselling Practice.

My counselling work includes working with people through trauma, depression, stress, anxiety, change, goal setting, anger, self-esteem, grief/loss, communication and motivation.

I am also on the Membership Committee for the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. We meet every quarter and help support the association with necessary changes moving forward. This includes policies and procedures, the processes for membership and any other concerns internally and externally connected to the association.

In my practice I use a mix of counselling modalities to meet the needs of my client. It is an honour to walk someone’s personal journey with them and provide support through a difficult time in their life.


Ri Griffiths

Counsellor - ACC registered

Life can be tough, those times where your back is against the wall, there’s nowhere to go, and no one to turn to. That’s when you need someone you can lean into, who will walk alongside.   Together we can work on many issues.  I specialise in supporting individuals and families who are struggling with anxiety, grief and loss, depression  relationship issues, trauma and drug addictions.  The more your heart heals, the happier you and those around you will be.  Your healing creates an environment of well being and happiness for yourself, your friends and family.  Let’s do this together.



Leanne Bellamy

Counsellor - ACC registered

I am passionate about helping people feel empowered to discover their value and purpose in life, while exploring and discussing challenging issues. I am a fully registered counsellor, ACC Sensitive Claims counsellor and Primary School Teacher. I counsel both male and female individuals from the ages of 7 to adult. Counselling on a range of subjects including family, stress, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, grief, addiction, spirituality, career, self harm and eating disorders. My modalities of choice include Person Centred, CBT, Narrative and Strengths Based Therapy. However, I am flexible to meet the needs of the person. I have experience working with a wide range of people including children through my experience in the workplace, charity work, with youth and travel. I am a mother of three school aged children and married. I enjoy running, swimming, music and reading.


Maria Reynolds

Counsellor - ACC registered

My Whakapapa is Ngati Mahanga Hourua Waikato Tainui.  Born in Raglan/Whaingaroa , but grew up in Hamilton/ Kirikiriroa.  Lived on the East side of town with paternal Grandparents and later returned to Parents and 7 siblings (6 sisters and a brother) on the West side of town where I currently reside today. 

Left home at 17, had my son at 19 and was on the Domestic Purposes Benefit until I graduated with a Social Science degree in Psychology, and started the Masters of Counselling degree at Waikato University.

I started my Counselling career with Presbyterian Support Services in Liverpool Street, where I was introduced to Family Therapy and Narrative Therapy by David Epston and Johnella Bird. Four years later I was employed as the Maori Counsellor for students at Waikato University.

Abuse and Trauma is what I have experienced growing up in Waikato where loss of land and language impacted on my identity for much of my younger adult life. University was where I learned about the effects of colonisation and psychology about the behaviour of people. These two together inform my practice and how I work with Maori.

“People are priceless, problems are costly” and that’s my position and statement on what counselling means to me.


  • Masters of Counselling (Waikato)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  • Family Court Accredited
  • ACC Registered


 Membership Affiliations:


  • Justice of the Peace – Royal Federation of New Zealand

Ngarongo Ormsby

Counsellor - ACC registered

Ngarongo historical footprints are Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Ranginui. His speciality is historical intergenerational mental health trauma with a focus on interpersonal relationship conflicts with self, significant-other, family and community. Ngarongo has a clinical background with a focual lense on tikanga Māori. He is a registered counsellor, registered ACC sensitive claims counsellor, registered family dispute resolution mediator, Supervisor/Mentor/Coach. He is a member of ANZaCBT, NZAC, MĀADRO, AMINZ.

Scott Henry

Counsellor/Assesor - ACC registered

Scott works as a counsellor, supervisor and provides supported assessments

He has over 24 years experience working with all age groups and peoples. 

His experience includes counselling/therapeutic work with adults, elderly, adolescent and children

Scott has had vast experience with Maori, Pacific Island and Asian Cultures.

Most of his work has involved assisting clients with issues including:

Sexual Abuse, Other Traumas, Other forms of Abuse, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Suicide Thoughts and Behaviors and many other areas.

Scott has undergone and is registered as an ACFED eating disorders counsellor.

ACC registered counsellor for Sexual Abuse


Tiimoti Harris

Counsellor - ACC registered

Tēnā koutou katoa


Tiimoti grew up on a dairy farm below his beloved Maunga Taupiri, nestled beside his nurturing and sustaining Te Awa Waikato. His childhood years were spent in English and Maori homes settings. Tiimoti, with his wife Lesleigh, have a large whaanau. Tiimoti himself is a whaangai child with limiited knowledge of his ancestral family.


Tiimoti learned and lived across two worlds, forming his strong commitment to the dual cultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. His professional journey has shared the luxury, the treasures and the obligations contained within this dual citizenship as a partner to Te Tiriti O Waitangi. A lifetime in educational service in roles include Primary and Secondary teaching, University and Wānanga Lecturing [17 years], Secondary School Principal, Principal and Leadership Appraiser, Counsellor, Treaty Educator for University and District Health Boards, and being an experienced facilitator creating genuinely inclusive learning environments.

Tiimoti is a qualified and registered counsellor with NZAC. With thirty-five years of counselling experience, Tiimoti is currently working within both personal and workplace contexts with both individuals and groups, using face to face and also online methods. Significant foci include, but are not limited to: identity, grief, change, trauma and wellbeing and mindfulness. His approach is a narrative one; story and the place of sharing, retelling and re-storying are all central to his counselling approach.

 He has been an Education Advisor in Specialised Educational Programming, Restorative Practices and developed environments focused on developing and strengthening Cultures Of Care. Currently Tīmoti is Managing Director of his own business “Empowering Change Kia Tupu Te Toi” which focuses on Principal and Leadership Appraisal, Treaty Education, application of the principles of The Treaty of Waitangi in all work places, Trauma Counselling and centrally funded Ministry PLD focused on implementing culturally responsive and relational pedagogy.

Tiimoti’s life work and family has been located within Waikato Tainui, Ngaati Maniapoto and of more recent times also in the Western Bay of Plenty and Taamaki Makaurau/Auckland.

Whiria Te Tangta Weave the people together

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Kahu Haru Pereka

Counsellor - ACC registered

I am 61 years young and of Maori/pakeha descent I pride myself as a Maori first and foremost. I come with life experience especially in terms of Domestic Violence, sexual abuse and child neglect.  Through those experiences, they have helped shape who I am today and doing what I love doing. Supporting those survivors coming through. Married 3 times , I pride myself in the fact that I am not a victim of circumstance but a survivor of life’s past challenges that has given me the opportunity to learn and evolve into the best version of me.  

Maree Masters

Counsellor - ACC registered

I am Maree – ‘mature’ in chronological years, ‘young’ in counselling years (5 years, Dip Counselling – Vision College, Registered as a Provisional member of NZAC and ACC). I’ve counselled family members and patients through Hospice Waikato as well as parents / carers / grandparents through C.A.R.E Services Trust which is a community outreach of Conductive Education Waikato, supporting families of children with disabilities – individually as well as group facilitation.

I am Maree – wife of one husband, miraculously for a very long time; mother of four stunning young men; mother-in-law of three beautiful young daughters-in-law and one beautiful significant other; ‘Granmaree’ to eight fun, funny and gorgeous grandchildren.

I am Maree – swimmer, ex-runner because my joints protested, now a walker, do-er of Pilates, reader, writer, crossword/sudoku puzzler, gardener, musician and so much more.

I am Maree – simply a lover of people and a lover of God – who happens to be a Counsellor.

Robert Jenkinson

Counsellor/Assesor - ACC registered

I have been counselling for over 20 years and I have worked in many agencies in Hamilton. I am currently in private practice seeing clients, supervising other counsellors and tutoring at Vision College on trauma and abuse.

I began working with men who were survivors of sexual abuse when I was the coordinator of a sex offender rehabilitation programme and there I realised that there were virtually no services for men. I am about to start working with men who have been sexually abused who are currently in prison.

I believe that socially seeing men only as offenders and not victims has hugely hidden much abuse of men both by other men as well as women. Also my experience has shown that behind much imprisonment of men are hidden issues of abuse which often they have told no-one about. My passion is to see that all men who have been abused get the support they need and to live active and fulfilled lives.

Professional Qualifications:

  • M.Ed. (Counselling) B.Ed. (Hons),
  • Teaching Diploma, Advan. Cert. in Professional Supervision ,
  • Cert. In Child Protection Studies,
  • Cert. Grief Care, Further Prof., Studies Cert. Education.
  • MNZAC.
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Joanne Newman

Counsellor - ACC registered


Mondays – Thursdays 8 am – 4.30 pm

Email for appointments to:

Wheelchair access

Joanne is a mature woman and a mother of adult children. She has worked as a Counsellor since 2003. Joanne’s life experience includes a former career as a Registered Nurse. Joanne values people and believes each person has the resources within for change.  Her passion is listening and exploring together to tap into this potential to live a fulling life.  Joanne also has a special interest in working with adults, depression, anxiety, grief, relationships and trauma.  Throughout Joanne’s counselling experience she has worked with people from other ethnic groups particularly Maori and Pacific Islanders and adults with disabilities.                                                  

Joanne offers counselling in the following areas:

  • Relationships, including couples
  • Parenting
  • Depression, anxiety and self-esteem
  • Women’s issues
  • Trauma
  • Physical ill health
  • Anger management
  • Stress and work/life balance
  • Work issues
  • Life Changes
  • Spiritual

Joanne has special skills in the following areas:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Trauma

Joanne’s Qualifications and Memberships are as follows:

  • Diploma Counselling (BCNZ)
  • Supervision Post Graduate

Personal Note: 

Joanne has interest in music, reading and movies.  Keeping a balanced life with exercise and diet is a priority for her life.   

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Linda Wikeepa

Counsellor - ACC registered


E whai ake nei ko toku pepeha o aku tamariki Wikeepa

Ko Mataatua te waka,

Ko Putauaki te maunga

Ko Rangataiki te awa

Ko Ngati Awa te iwi

Ko Ngati Pukeko te hapu

Ko Mapau te marae


E whai ake nei ko toku pepeha Pakeha

Ko Waterman te waka

Ko Tangi te Keu ti Maunga

Ko Heretaunga te awa

Ko Ngati LDS te iwi

Ko LDS Temple te marae

Ko Linda Wikeepa ahau no Poneke


Kia ora, I am Linda Wikeepa, from windy Wellington. I have lived in the Waikato and now Bay of Plenty areas since 1997. The most important things to me are God, whanau, people and nature. I am passionate about supporting people who struggle with personal challenges.

My work experience includes 4 years as a social worker with Child Youth & Family Services, Department of Families (Queensland, Australia), and Rostrevor House (supporting families whose children present with challenging behaviours). I also have 4 years’ experience working with “At-Risk” youth at Hamilton’s Fraser High School and at City West Activity Centre.

I began my Psychology degree part-time at Victoria University in 1984 but have spent most of my adult years committed to raising my 8 children. My work as a counsellor began in 2008 working for Corrections in a residential treatment programme for violent offenders. From there I completed further studies in the social sciences, majoring in Maori Counselling. I have since worked as a counsellor for Family Works, Women’s Wellness, LDS Family Services, Midlands Health, Department of Corrections, ACC, and have been in private practice since 2011. I use a holistic approach to counselling which has been enhanced by my studies at the Institute of Healing Arts, USA in 2017, where I gained valuable skills in Emotional Release Therapy and energy work.

Currently, my preferred work is in prisons working with people who have experienced severe trauma. 


Ngaa mihi, 


Linda Wikeepa

Counsellor / Therapist

Mob: 0277230505


BA Psyc,  BSocSci Psyc (Hons),

BAppSocSci Maori Counselling, 

MNZAC, ACC registered (ISSC)



Catherine Swimwinga

Counsellor - ACC registered

As a former nurse with thirty three years experience, Catherine brings a wealth of understanding about the grief, anxiety, stress and uncertainties that an ailment can bring to an individual and to their community. Catherine aims to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for exploring clients’ stories of struggle, pain, resilience and triumph. She works in collaboration with clients in identifying problematic stories that clients tell and retell about themselves and re-authoring a preferred story of identity.

She is empathetic and passionate about assisting with client’s journey to health and well-being. Catherine has experience working with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds and in a variety of sectors including hospital, church, prison and community settings. Some of the presenting issues, Catherine has experience working with include, post incarceration anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues , life transitions due to migration and incarceration.

Catherine’s therapeutic approach is informed by Narrative therapy , Solution Focused Therapy, Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, tailoring her approach to each client.

Counselling Qualifications

Masters of Counselling (MCouns)- University of Waikato

Diploma in Crisis Counselling (DipCouns)- Institute of Counselling – Glasgow

Other Qualifications

Diploma in Nursing

PgCert Midwifery



Sandra Van De Pas

Counsellor - ACC registered

Sandra works with both Men and Women, Youth and their families, and does some couple work as well;

Sandra enjoys helping people resource themselves, address their blocks in order to enhance vitality, and process unresolved conflict or trauma.

Her modalities or treatment models are [but not limited to] EMDR, Transactional Analysis and  REBT; Sandra does both private  and ACC work, takes referrals from the Cancer Society, as well has a contract with Victim support,

When shes not working, you will find her out mountain biking or when time allows, watching a Sci-fi or action movie;



Toia Chase

Counsellor - ACC registered


Ko Tuwharetoa me Ngati Whitikaupeka. Ko Toia Chase ahau. I have been working as a counsellor for 20 years. I have always enjoyed working with people, especially youth/rangatahi, beginning my journey as a youth worker when i was 18 years old. I focus on practical tools that you can use to connect to your mauri/wairua and to break down barriers that get in the way of living a meaningful life.  My hope is that through counselling you might discover your potential, gifts/talents and your value individually and as part of the wider community.



Toia Chase

Counsellor / Supervisor / Youth Worker


Isobel Suter

Counsellor - ACC registered

I grew up in East Africa by the sea and came to New Zealand in the 1970s.  I love Aotearoa and it is my home.  I have four adult sons and six grandchildren spread around the world.

I have spent the last 30 years working in the social services as both a social worker and a counsellor and now focus on my ACC sensitive claims counselling and working with individuals and couples from the perspective of enabling them to release the trauma they carry. I work from a trauma informed and somatic practice with the ability to integrate psychoeducation and cognitive therapy where necessary.  I bring yoga for trauma and mindfulness into my practice when appropriate.

I love the outdoors, the beach, tramping and fishing and I am a trained yoga instructor.  I believe that our connection with the outdoors is a critical component in healing and that finding peace and joy comes from the ability to connect with ourselves.

I work with all ages and as an older woman enjoy the energy of teenagers and have a particular interest and skill in working in the LGBTQIA community.


Clinical Psychologist

Matthew Manderson

Clinical Psychologist - ACC registered

Matthew is a clinical psychologist and the director of Talkingpoint, a clinical psychology practice located in New Plymouth New Zealand.

Since 2009 Matthew has been involved in the assessment of mental injury arising from both physical accidents. He is an avid follower of research in these areas and is conducting his own research into how best to assess mental injury in a reliable, valid and consistent manner.

Outside of work Matthew enjoys golf, running, gardening and the odd bit of DIY. 

Byron Seiuli

Clinical Psychologist - ACC registered

Dr Byron Seiuli is Samoan and has a private practice in Hamilton. Byron has worked in the trauma and recovery space since 2003 with a wide range of clients from different nationalities, gender, and background. He is an approved ACC Assessor to both Waikeria and Springhill Prisons.

Outside of work, Byron is married and has seven children and four grandchildren. He is passionate about his family and is involved with humanitarian efforts in NZ, the Pacific and other places of the world.

Luis Vechi

Clinical Psychologist - ACC registered

I am a senior registered clinical psychologist full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists; researcher at the Personality Studies Laboratory (LEP/Psychology Institute/ at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil); clinical supervisor in long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy for trainees of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and clinical psychologist at Henry Bennett Centre, Waikato District Health Board, as well as in private practice.

I am registered with ACC for assessment & treatment of sexual abuse (sensitive claim), psychological problems due to a physical injury, chronic pain and training for independence. 

Over 23 years as a psychologist, I have been supporting people to manage and overcome their difficulties and to fulfill their potentials and vocation in life. I am experienced in delivering psychological services for the following clinical issues: ptsd, anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, autism, trauma, loss & bereavement, interpersonal problems, adjustment to change, life & professional coaching and family & couple difficulties.

My approach is grounded in evidence-based practice and integrates different streams of thoughts in Psychology in order to meet clients’ needs and preferences. The Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Systemic Therapy and EMDR models are among the ones I ground my clinical work. Collaborative practice with clients, transparency and commitment are the main values that guide my practice.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Warm Regards,

Luis Gustavo Vechi, PhD

Zoe Lander

Clinical Psychologist - ACC registered

Hi, my name is Zoë.  I’m a clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience with people who face challenging life experiences.  I have a lot of different tools (like EMDR and CBT for trauma) for people to use to change their lives in a way that they want so that they can heal.

I have experience with abuse, trauma, depression, anger, grief, sexual problems, drug and alcohol problems and many other difficulties. 

I have worked with children and adults of all ages, some who live with their families, and some where families have broken apart. 

I listen and do my best to work with people to get the help that suits them, to change their lives in a way that they want.


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Leah MacTavish

Clinical Psychologist - ACC registered

Kia ora, my name is Leah and I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist and a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. I am of Māori/Pakeha descent and have been born and raised in the Waikato. I have a passion for helping and uplifting others through client-centered, evidence-based therapy approaches. I have found it so rewarding to be a part of people’s healing journey and love to see people make positive changes in their lives!



Social work service providers


Hoana Harris

Social work service provider ACC registered

Ko wai au?   Ko Hoana Harris au.

If you ask me ‘what is the greatest thing in the world?’ I will reply ‘It is people, it is people, it is people!’

I have worked in the social work sector for twenty plus years, both Statutory and Non-Government Organisations, and I have a passion for working alongside whanau/families and individuals, regardless of gender and culture. 


Bachelor Applied Social Services (Social Work)

Social Work Registered 

ACC Registered

ANZASW Member 

Post Grad Dip (Bi-cultural Supervision)

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Linda Dickson

Social Worker

Bio –

  • Lynda Dickson Social Worker– Located in Hamilton, able to travel if needed and have availability.
  • I am passionate about being confident in my own judgement and decisions and calling things as it is.
  • My favourite quote – If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!
  • Registered social worker with over 20 years’ experience

5 yrs working ACC Sensitive Claims, Training for independence, Pain contract, Brain injury and recently working as part of the ACC Escalated Care Plan Pilot.

Previously worked as a Social Worker in Schools based in Tokoroa

Dip. Social Work, Dip. Child Protection, Professional Supervision trained


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Sue Simister

Social work service provider ACC registered

I have worked as a Social Worker for the past 18 years, mostly in relation to mental and physical health.

My mantra that has grown from my experience of walking alongside many individuals and families over these years is that when we come up against difficult times – This is not where your story ends. Lets see what we can do together to make life better.

Dip Social Work

Grad Dip Supervision

Cert Child Protection