Registered Occupational Therapist
Is a New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist with 16 years of clinical experience in the mental health field. Originally from the windy city of Wellington, Diana gained her Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from Otago Polytechnic in 2001. It was during her student placements that she discovered her passion for mental health and has never looked back.
Diana has worked in both inpatient and community settings for a number of District Health Boards and is excited to now be working in private practice. Diana prides herself on treating each client as an individual, taking into consideration their personal values, cultural and religious beliefs. She has a great passion for working alongside people of all ages to achieve their goals and to live well in the presence or absence of mental illness.
Diana draws on a range of occupational therapy and psychological models to inform her treatment recommendations. As well as working with individuals, Diana is an excellent group facilitator. The focus of her individual and group sessions can include: overcoming social anxiety, living with a cognitive impairment, goal setting, motivation, structure and routine planning, self-esteem, assertiveness, communication skills, and developing a coping kete. Diana also specialises in teaching sensory modulation skills and strategies for self-regulation and managing anxiety.