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Kim Coldham-Fussell

Registered Clinical Psychologist

UNFORTUNATELY, I AM NOT TAKING ON NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME

Professional, ethical and competent practise - whether you require comprehensive assessment and treatment, or an opportunity to consider old problems in a new way. 

Every psychologist gradually develops over time areas of special interest or expertise. Below is the work I like to do. However, feel free to give me a call and I will be happy to talk with you about your concerns and what you need, and whether I am the right person to help you.  

Assessment of children (2 - 12)

  • ADHD
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Cognitive differences (intellectual disability, giftedness)

A good assessment of your child may involve psychometric testing, observation of them in other settings (eg school/home), and talking with others involved in their life eg teachers, relatives. After an initial consult with you, we can discuss how I can best obtain the information I need to get a good understanding of what is going on for your child and how we can best help.

Assessment of teenagers

  • Cognitive assessment including intellectual disability
  • ADHD
  • Autism spectrum assessment
  • Special Assessment Conditions (NZQA) 

Assessment of adults

  • Expertise in the assessment of ADHD
  • Expertise in the assessment of autism spectrum disorder
  • Intellectual disability assessment
  • Assessment and formulation (psychological explanation for behaviour, where it started and what maintains it) of emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Diagnosis if applicable of all psychological disorders

Therapy for adults

  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties such as anxiety, avoidance, depression, low self-esteem, addictive behaviours, toxic relationships, anger, burnout, ASD, ADHD.
  • Essentially, for when you are struggling with your feelings and getting stuck or off track with unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. 

Advice/support

  • For those affected by others with personality disorders/mental illness.
  • Age appropriate shared care parenting plans.

Reports

  • Cognitive and psychological reports that may be necessary to access to funding and services
  • Immigration-related reports

Liaison and Referrals

  • Liaison with others eg agencies, schools, GP, family members
  • Referrals to other agencies, such as Life Unlimited (needs assessment agency), DHBs, GPs, psychiatrists, pediatricians, and other specialists.
  • Referral to other psychologists or counsellors if indicated.

WHAT I DON'T DO:

  • provide therapy to teenagers - "Adolescence is a foreign country; they do things differently there"! Some people really have a knack for that age-group - I don't, and I think working to your strengths is important.
  • individual therapy for children. I am able to assess the needs of children and the meaning of their behaviour and make recommendations and referrals from there.
  • ACC work, sensitive claims etc. I am not ACC-registered.
  • s133 or s178 reports for the Family Court.  
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