South Auckland Psychology


Barry Kirker
// Principle

Barry Kirker is a Clinical Psychologist with fifteen years experience working with a diverse range of persons in various roles in the public, community and private sectors in New Zealand and overseas. Organisations Barry has worked for include Department of Corrections, Counties Manukau District Health Board, ACC, Procare Health, National Sporting Bodies, University of Sydney, Médecins Sans Frontières, Refugees as Survivors, and PPC Worldwide. Residing in South Auckland Barry is focused on serving the local community with beneficial psychological assessments and treatments.

Barry is a Registered Clinical Psychologist in both New Zealand and Australia. He is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society and Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists. Barry has held management positions and supervised the work of other psychologists. He has published journal articles and authored a book chapter. Outside of his clinical work he has been involved in various political, community, and social groups and he has served on various committees and associations. He is currently working on a book covering a topic close to his heart. His full CV is available upon request. Clients working with Barry comment on his engaging and down to earth style, making people feel comfortable and complex issues easier to understand.


Dr Sara Poananga
// Associate

Before moving into private practice Sara worked as a Clinical Psychologist for an adult community mental health team. She is able to provide psychological assessment, diagnosis and evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health and emotional difficulties, including Depression, Worry/Stress/Anxiety, Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress, Panic, Compulsions and Obsessions, Loss and Grief, and Interpersonal Relationship Difficulties. Sara is an ACC approved provider for sexual abuse therapy.

Sara's approach to therapy is guided primarily by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, though she also incorporates other evidence-based therapy modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. She focuses on work collaboratively with the client to ensure a shared understanding of their difficulties, and the learning of new skills and strategies to help move forward. Sara is a member of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.

Dr Mark Sinclair
// Associate

Mark has over 20 years experience in clinical psychology in New Zealand and Canada. He has worked in a variety of mental health services within the public and private sectors, specializing in developmental disorders and challenging behaviour. He is a registered psychologist (clinical scope) and a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society.

He currently works with children and adolescents assessing developmental and educational difficulties, using psychometric testing where appropriate. This includes assessment of ADHD, ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders), Intellectual Disability and Dyslexia. Mark provides CBT to children (eg., for anxiety, OCD), and parent management training, as well as working with adults on a range of clinical issues.

Munira Haidermota
// Associate

Munira completed her training in Clinical Psychology in 1992. She is registered as a Clinical Psychologist under the New Zealand Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act (2003) and is a full member of the New Zealand Psychological Society and their Institute of Clinical Psychologists. Munira has worked in a variety of settings including the public health service with a District Health Board, Disability Services, Non-governmental Organizations, as well as in Human Resources. She has experience working with a variety of cultural ethnicities and working in different countries being India, the Middle East, and New Zealand.

Munira works with mental health issues for Adults, Couples, as well as Children and their families. She is approved as a Family Court Counsellor and is trained in offering mediation services to parents regarding child care issues. A specialized area of work for Munira is the diagnosis and management of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Munira also has particular knowledge and experience in assisting clients who are Muslim. Munira can conduct sessions in English, Hindi, Gujrati or Urdu.

Dr. Rachel Hallas
// Associate

Rachel’s career in mental health began providing youth counselling in 2001 with the Kids' Help Foundation Trust. Rachel subsequently completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology through Massey University. The basis of her therapy approach is Cognitive-Behavioural which, in line with research, she finds to be a particularly effective treatment for both anxiety and depression.

Rachel works with both young people and adults at South Auckland Psychology. She also works for Barnardos, a non-governmental organisation that assists children and adolescents. She has past experience working in the public health service for the District Health Board, working with adults with chronic and acute mental health issues. Rachel is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and is a member of The New Zealand Psychological Society.