Balanced Minds takes a strengths-based approach to therapy to support clients in achieving their therapeutic goals. 

 


What does strengths-based mean? Therapy focuses on client strengths, resources, values and hopes as opposed to weaknesses, risks, and regrets to facilitate a more balanced understanding of the human experience. 

Balanced Minds helps adolescents, adults and their families with many types of difficulties and concerns. Balanced Minds fundamental approach is to help clients understand themselves better, and to help clients find their own path to solve their difficulties. Personal empowerment, autonomy and independence are paramount.


The Team

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Bridget McNamara | Registered Psychologist / Yoga Teacher / Owner
bridget@balancedminds.co.nz

Bridget is a registered psychologist, yoga teacher and meditation teacher who is passionate about working with people to help them achieve a healthy and balanced life.   

Bridget believes that living a healthy, meaningful and fulfilling life should be at the core of human existence. She is holistic in her approach – providing support services that strive to enhance and maintain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. 

Her main goal is to educate, support and empower everyone she works with. She is committed to helping people realise their own potential and achieve vibrant health!

Bridget's approach is eclectic, predominantly based on the following therapeutic modalities: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). 

Qualifications               

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice

  • Master of Arts (First Class Hons)

  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons)

  • Yoga Teacher (200YT)

  • National Certificate in Youth Work (Level 4)

  • iRest Level 1 trainer

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychologist

  • Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS)

  • ACC Registered


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Joanna Madsen | Counsellor
jo@balancedminds.co.nz

Joanna has been working in the health sector for nearly ten years. She started her career supporting people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness who have faced trauma. She has worked with people of all ages and has recently been focusing on working with young people in the last two years. Additionally, she has been working in management in social organisations alongside her counselling practice.

Registrations and Professional Memberships             

  • Provisionally Registered Counsellor

  • Member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)

Qualifications                                                           

  • Bachelor of Counselling