Nutters Club: Sports, Stigma and Mental Health

On the 28th of February Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We took calls and talked about mental health stigma, how talking about mental health as “genetic” is harmful.  We talked sports, mental health and the impact of sports stars, like Ronda Rousey, coming out with their own struggles. To Read more

This is the first of my regular weekly columns in the New Zealand Herald.  Click here for the original article…   “I’m taking anti-depressants and I’m not sure if they’re working should I see a therapist as well?” Unsure, Wellington I’m a fan of what works: medication, therapy, acupuncture, meditation, climbing mountains or going to Read more

Answering your questions about mental health

This article appeared in the New Zealand Herald on Thursday the 18th of February, 2016.  Click here for the original… Meet the Herald Life & Style’s new columnist, psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald, here to answer your queries and concerns about mental health. Kyle MacDonald has rapidly become one of the country’s most prominent psychotherapists – a Read more

The Shaken Generation

This post first appeared as a guest post on the Public Address website.  Click here to see the original post… Children are empathic sponges.  The environment they find themselves in, soaking up and feeling what those around them feel, unavoidably affects them.  This is no truer than with anxiety, and now five years on from Read more

Nutters Club: Gemma Graveson on Self Harm and Trauma

On the 15th of February Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We talked with Gemma Graveson.  After years of trying her damndest to die Gemma Graveson is doing her best to live. She talked with us about loss and sexual abuse at 12 that set off depression, substance abuse and Read more

Mental Health Funding Cuts: Double blow for Canterbury

Press release New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists 16th February, 2016   In the last 24 hours we have seen reports of both the Canterbury District Health Board being forced to reduce spending on public mental health services, despite already falling behind national average spending levels, and it being revealed that the Canterbury funding for earthquake Read more

Malakai Fekitoa is a great man for admitting anger issues

This post first appeared as an opinion piece in the New Zealand Hearld.  Click here to see the original There is little doubt Malakai Fekitoa is an explosive presence on the rugby field. As a lifelong Blues fan I’m still annoyed we lost him to the Highlanders. His running is that rare combination of silky Read more

Financial Abuse

Many people rightly assume that “domestic violence”, or “intimate partner violence” as we now tend to call it, is defined by physical assault.  But as anyone who has worked in this field knows that is only one of the many ways that is is possible to exert power and control over your intimate partner, and Read more

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