Dr Melanie Lake
Melanie Lake (D Litt et Phil) is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in assessment and therapy. Seeking help is a courageous step and Melanie strives to make it understandable and effective, explaining what she does and why. She believes that a good “fit” between client and therapist is key, and will happily discuss this.
Melanie trained in South Africa and has worked in Auckland since 2008, now sharing her time between Rojolie and her DHB post. She has worked in public, military, hospital, and community mental health settings, as well as lecturing in psychology at the University of Johannesburg and AUT Auckland. Melanie has a particular interest in PTSD, anxiety, and intimate relationships, and authored Uni textbook chapters on Anxiety Disorders, and Sex & Gender Identity Disorders (ISBN10: 0195998375). Her Doctorate developed a therapy, for individuals, to address self-defeating partner selection patterns. Melanie is committed to “what works” in psychology and regularly trains in evidence-based approaches.
She primarily uses CBT, as well as interpersonal / motivational / mindfulness / positive psychology / ACT methods when appropriate. Melanie works with anxiety and depression, loss and grief, stress and post-trauma reactions, coping with illness and cognitive deficits, relationship problems, and issues for older adults. Melanie is English first language, but also fluent in Afrikaans.