Clinical Consulting
Clinical Consulting

Clinical Consulting

I mostly work with adults and young adults. In today’s ‘urban jungle’ anxiety prevails as the epidemic. I specialise in working to help people overcome anxiety and depression. The anxiety of the ‘Facebook’ world and brand advertising and social images of perfection, do take their toll on youth. Read More

Corporate Training
Corporate Training

Corporate Training

My programmes are specifically tailored for the needs of the organisation. They have a Cognitive Behavioural foundation, as this methodology provides the most practical strategies and outcomes from short learning interventions. Read More

Speaking and Lecturing
Speaking and Lecturing

Speaking and Lecturing

I am a very experienced speaker and lecturer on all topics, from serious material or humorous entertainment to rugby clubs and lecture halls. Your audience members will go home with the inspiration, motivation, ideas and skills to do, be and achieve more. Read More

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Self Diagnosis

A number of you have asked me for my thoughts on self-diagnosis. Here are some of the reasons I am fundamentally against it. This brilliant book highlight the complex nature of the diagnosis of psychological problems. She points out that not only do physical illnesses have depression as part of the symptom profile. A number of the psychological/psychia...

Social Anxiety - A Tutoral

Many of you ask questions about “Social Anxiety”. So let me tell you about my understanding. Initially when I heard about it I thought, “Oh, no! don’t tell me psychiatry has come up with a diagnosis for shyness.” But the more I studied I realised it wasn’t that. People can be shy, or introverted and and not have social anxiety. Because ...
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Breast Support: If You or Someone You Love Has Breast Cancer – You Need This Book

[Large Print] [Paperback]  When Gwendoline Smith chanced to have a breast examination at a mobile unit in 2009, little did she know where it might lead. Sure, she lived with the knowledge of her mother’s breast cancer years before, but could it really happen to her too? The realisation dawned only when the medical evidence could not be questioned, and ...

“Depression Explained”

" I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people would perceive as ugly , I can usually see something of beauty in it"
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Media Exposure

As a respected psychologist I was interviewed for and quoted in this TIME International magazine article about depression. I have been involved ...

Dont worry, be happy

Gwendoline writes for LawTalk, the monthly publication of the New Zealand Law Society.
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Is It Grief or Depression?

A major loss, such as the death of a family member, can trigger feelings of grief. But being clinically depressed is different. So, how can you tell which is which? Grief can last from six weeks to eight weeks before you begin to feel better. Depression typically doesn't improve with time. Feelings of depression can begin to interfere with daily ...

Stigma Keeps Employees From Admitting to a Mental Illness: Study

Many workers say they wouldn't tell their manager if they had a mental health problem, a Canadian survey finds. The Centre for Addiction and ...

Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds

A new study finds that treating depression with antidepressants may have an added bonus: reducing heart risks.   Read about that here: ...