What we offer
Our philosophy is to provide evidence informed compassionate care, to support you to get well and stay well. Your mental and emotional wellbeing is a worthwhile investment, just as for physical health. Our clinicians will support you to make informed and considered choices about specific treatment options as well as general mental health promotion strategies.
We offer specialist psychiatry diagnostic assessment, treatment planning and mental health management across the full spectrum of mental health problems and mental illness. This includes mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, psychosis, PTSD and symptoms related to trauma, and ADD/ADHD. We also work with people who have problems with gender dysphoria and offer support and reports that may be required to navigate the gender reassignment process. We usually work with people from age 16 upwards. We sometimes work with those aged 14-15, and over 70, by arrangement.
Third party assessments and reports can be provided for immigration, employers, lawyers, ACC, and police for example. Please note there is a charge for these services based on the cost of providing them.
Our team of five
Ms Anastasia Elkina is our Office Manager. She will help you with enquiries by phone or email, manage bookings and take EFTPOS payments.
Dr Sunny Collings is the Clinical Lead. She is a Consultant Psychiatrist of 25 years standing in both public and private practice, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Dr Shaystah Dean is a Clinical Psychologist who works with people of all ages and backgrounds, with a special interest in adolescent mental health. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are her most commonly used therapeutic approaches. She also provides EMDR.
Mr Dion Howard is a Mental Health Nurse with experience across the life span and particular experience with young people. Dion has postgraduate training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with adults, experience in the Early Intervention Service for young people, and in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Ms Deb West is our book-keeper. You will hear from Deb via Xero if you are paying by invoice, or if you are on a payment plan. If you are late to pay Deb will send you a friendly reminder.
We are all registered with our NZ professional body and undertake continuing professional development to ensure we can offer the best compassionate, evidence informed care and treatment.
We can all work remotely, so we can take referrals from across New Zealand. We can all see people face to face in Wellington and Dr Collings can also see a small number of people in person in Central Otago from time to time. You can expect that regardless of location, some consultations will be done remotely.
We no longer take self referrals. We must have a referral letter from your GP, psychologist or counsellor before we can agree to provide care for you. Appointments cannot be booked unless we have a referral letter. If the preliminary information or our initial assessment suggests that we may not be the best service for your needs, we will tell you and suggest alternatives where we can.
If you have any questions about being accepted in to our service please contact us by email at email@example.com
If you are in need of emergency help, please contact your GP or local mental health service.
For the greater Wellington region, the mental health triage service, Te Haika, is available 24 hours a day to assist with the Crisis Resolution Service, or with referral to a local, government-funded, mental health or addiction service. Te Haika can be contacted on 0800 745 477, or via Wellington Hospital on 04 385 5999.
In other parts of New Zealand please contact your local government funded mental health emergency service.