MEET OUR PSYCHOLOGISTS
When you experience difficulties in life, it is important to have a warm, caring and non-judgemental space to receive support, and find ways to create the most meaningful and full life possible. I have been privileged to provide this kind of support to a diverse range of people from ages, genders and backgrounds, and worked together with my patients to come to a shared understanding to work through their individual struggles.
Predominantly I work with these approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) involves using mindfulness and exploration of what is really meaningful to each person in the “big picture”, to work towards this despite their challenges
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) helps people who experience very intense emotions to remain grounded, soothe themselves with compassion, and make healthy decisions for their future
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which can help with thoughts, behaviours or relationships that make us feel “stuck” in life. CBT can also be helpful in learning to manage and live with health issues such as sleep and chronic pain.
I have worked across a variety of settings including psychiatric and general hospitals as well as in private practice. I work with adults with emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression; survivors of trauma and abuse; people with health issues such as chronic pain and other diseases; as well as those experiencing grief, loss and adjustment.
I completed my Doctorate of Clinical Psychology through Griffith University. I am registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and am a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists.
Corey joined the GRMC Team in 2018, and graduated from a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2007. He started his career supporting a variety of injured workers (Defence, Government, Private Enterprise and Community) back into the workforce, where he was able to hone my mental health and counselling skills. Having attained a Mental Health Accreditation endorsed by Medicare, he is able to provide subsidised services under a Mental Health Care Plan or Chronic Disease Management Plan (formerly EPC) referred by a General Practitioner, in addition to Private Health Insurance.
As a gay man of Asian heritage, Corey certainly can appreciate some of the unique challenges the LGBTIQ+ and CALD community faces. The statistics for mental health disorders compared to the general population are disturbing, given LGBTIQ+ persons are twice as likely to develop a mental health condition, 6-18 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, twice to 6 times more likely to self-harm, and 5-11 times more likely to commit suicide (Source: The National LGBTI Health Alliance, https://lgbtihealth.org.au/statistics/). He feels humbled to support our more vulnerable populations.
Corey believes that as humans we share similar although unique experiences, and feel it is his role as a therapist to connect with patients, sit with them, their circumstances, and work with them to resolve, manage or move forward in their desired direction. In terms of LGBTIQ+ clientele, He has had affiliations with QuAC as a telephone counsellor, and co-created and facilitated a Gay Asian men’s group, Project Asia.
Patients can expect that Corey will treat them with respect free from judgement, and be a resourceful support to them in their lives.
I was trained in Germany and the UK to Master’s level in Clinical and Forensic Psychology and worked since 1995 in different career grades (Clinical Psychologist, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist) in the NHS till 2005. During this time, I was a member of the BPS and BABCP/UKCP.
After relocation to New Zealand I worked as Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Waikeria DHB and as Senior Psychologist for
the Department of Corrections. I attended training in CBT (to accreditation standard in the UK and Germany) EMDR, Anger management, DBT and Cognitive reprocessing therapy.
My considered clinical interest is adult male mental health
Between April 2008 and June 2013, I worked as Advanced Clinical Psychologist (HP5) for Queensland Health in Brisbane and continue to have high frequent involvement in various private practices ranging from high risk forensic work to work under the umbrella
of Better Access to Mental Health, Work cover claims as well as self-funded clients for self-improvement/self-actualisation.