Dr Sara Poananga
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.