Coach Profile

Meet Serena Walker 

Serena has been a Counselling Psychologist for over a decade, working in the not-for-profit sector and private practice for the majority of her career. She offers both psychological therapy and professional supervision in her private practice. She has also worked as a Lecturer and Clinical Educator for the Postgraduate Counselling Psychology programme at AUT. She is a passionate therapist who is well regarded for her compassionate and caring approach to therapy. In her previous career, Serena worked in professional services, including recruitment services as a Practice Manager and advertising agencies as a Senior Account Manager.

Serena Walker

Associate Psychologist

Serena believes that every person has the power within to make the changes they want to see in their lives. It is just that sometimes they need help finding that power. Her goal is to assist clients to find their own way to living a rich, full and meaningful life whilst acknowledging that there are going to be times when this is very difficult and times of pain and suffering. She believes therapy can be a little like this also, sometimes it is vibrant, rich and full and at other times charged with uncomfortable feelings, such as sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, loneliness and helplessness. However, research has shown that therapy can have significant benefits for those that engage in it.

She is experienced in working with clients who have a history of trauma and abuse and/or are having issues with depression, anxiety, worry, grief and loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, phobias, or relationship difficulties. She works with adults and couples using a range of therapeutic modalities, in particular Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Summary of Roles

  • Private practice – Counselling Psychologist (2014-present)
  • Family Action – Intern Counselling Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist (2013-2016)
  • Ministry for Social Development – Triple P parenting interviewer (2012-2013)

Qualifications, Certifications & Affiliations

  • Current Memberships:
    New Zealand Psychologists Board
  • New Zealand Psychological Society Institute of Counselling Psychology
  • Qualifications:      
  • Auckland University of Technology  
    Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (2013)
  • Master of Health Science (Counselling Psychology), First class honours (2012)              
  • University of Canterbury
    Master of Arts with Merit 2:1 (Psychology) (1998)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (1994)
  • Additional trainings:                       
  • Schema therapy  
    Dancing with the Detached Protector, Dr. Robert Brockman (2023)                                
  • Schema therapy introductory training
    Dr. Chris Hayes and Dr. Robert Brockman (2022)               
  • Heart of Act training 
    Dr. Robyn Walser (2022)            
  • Mauri ora, the metrics of flourishing
    Dr. Mason Durie (2021)               
  • SHAPE model for supervision
    Dr. Eric Morris (2020)              
  • Nutritional therapies
    Dr. Julia Rucklidge (2019)                
  • Somatic experiencing
    Dr. Peter Levine (2019)              
  • ACT advanced training Bootcamp
    ANZACBS (2018)                            
  • ACT for trauma
    Dr. Russ Harris (2018)                  
  • Compassion focused therapy
    Dr. James Bennett-Levy, Dr. Tobyn Bell (2018)           
  • Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
    Prof. Paul Gilbert (2017)        
  • Individual therapy in DBT
    Prof. Paul Gilbert (2017)                 

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