Dr Vicky Bostock

Registered Clinical Psychologist, MNZCCP

A (Hons) (Natural Science- Psychology; Cambridge University), MA (Social Science- Psychological Anthropology; University of Chicago), DClinPsy (University College London), PG Dip (Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Sheffield Hallam University).

Background
I have over 10 years of experience working as a psychologist in the UK and NZ. I have worked across a variety of mental health and physical health settings providing psychological assessment and evidence-based psychological therapies. This has provided me with substantial experience of working with people with complex mental health difficulties as well as those with moderate and mild presentations. I work with adults and have a special interest in working with adults of older age.

Areas of Specialisation
I work with people presenting with a range of difficulties including:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Stress related difficulties
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Trauma
  • Adaptation to significant change
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship / interpersonal difficulties
  • Physical health issues and pain
  • Eating related difficulties

For many people, they may not know exactly what the problem is, but they know that something is not quite right.

Approach
My aim is to help people to maximise their quality of life and wellbeing. Psychological therapy can assist with this by giving us greater insight into our difficulties and it can help us learn new ways of coping and adapting. Therapy is a collaborative endeavour and is not always easy but, with commitment and willingness, there can be significant change.

I tailor my approach to each individual. At the forefront of this is developing a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship to allow people to talk freely about their difficulties. I utilise a number of evidence-based therapeutic models, the choice of which is guided by best practice guidelines in conjunction with client preference.

The therapy models I draw most heavily upon are:

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Schema Focussed Therapy (SFT)

I often work with people on a short to medium term basis (e.g. between 4 and 24 sessions), assisting them to make the changes they wish to see. However, for some people the journey and process of change takes more time and I am able to work with people on a longer term basis or provide booster/follow-up sessions as needed.

Fees
$195 for a 50 minute session.

A limited number of reduced fee places are available for those who are unable to afford the full fee. Please contact me for more details. Partial funding through WINZ is accepted.

Cancellations within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Non-attendance without prior notification will result in the full fee being charged.

Appointments
I am available Tuesday afternoons until 7pm and Friday mornings.

Contact
Please call me directly on 022 350 5226. I am often unable to answer calls immediately therefore please leave a voice message and I will get back to you. Alternatively, you can contact me via email.