Ph:04 473 4722 Fax:04 472 8620

Your mental health clinic

        Psychiatry with Compassion, Evidence & Care  


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. Adult ADD/ADHD is a significant part of our work. 

We only work with people from age 16 - 70 years. 

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 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. If you are late to pay Deb will send you a friendly reminder before any action is taken. 

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.

Find us

COVID has caused us to change the way we work. We all now work mainly remotely, so we can now take referrals from across New Zealand.  We are mainly based in Wellington and from time to time you could be seen face to face there. Dr Collings can also see people in person in Central Otago or Auckland from time to time. You can expect that regardless of location, many or all of your consultations will be done remotely. 

We must have a referral letter from your GP, psychologist or counsellor before we can agree to provide care for you. Due to the demand, we cannot guarantee to accept you into our service unfortunately. 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

Urgent help

Our wait time to be seen is always several months and sometimes longer. 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. 


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