About Lize

Practice address:

12/386 Richmond Road in Grey Lynn, Auckland.  

I am a clinical psychologist with a special interest in eating disorders. I also work extensively with clients experiencing depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties. I work with individuals, groups and families . I am available on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Background

I completed my MA (Clin Psych) Cum Laude at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2001. After graduating I combined a private practice with lecturing psychology at the Bond University Campus in Sandton, Johannesburg. and later at the University of Pretoria.

In 2005, I became Head of the Eating Disorder Unit at Crescent Clinic a private psychiatric hospital in Johannesburg until 2007 when my partner and I shifted to New Zealand.

I was Clinical Coordinator for the Marinoto West Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team and then took up a position as Eating Disorder Liaison Clinician for the Waitemata District Heath Board.

Areas of Interest

  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Family discord
  • Adjustment to immigration (I am fluent in Afrikaans )
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Child and adolescent mental health

Treatment Approach

My training at the University of Pretoria included both a systemic and psychodynamic approach to therapy. I have a firm understanding of both the fundamental principles of psychology and the post modern approaches that have been developed more recently in the field.

At its core however therapy is a relationship based on trust, honesty and mutual respect. I regard myself as one of many people in a client’s life who can support them in making choices that enable them to live the life they want to. The treatment approach needs to fit the client and not the other way around.

Networking with other professionals in my field is vital. I maintain a wide network of practitioners particularly in the area of eating disorders. I am a member of the Eating Disorders Community Coalition (EDCC).