Cognitive Behavioural / Psychological Therapist
Jock Matthews (M.A.) is a psychological / cognitive behavioural therapist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression / mood disorders, occupational stress and relationship problems secondary to these presenting problems.
He is involved in assessing and helping people understand and cope with: panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive symptoms, generalised anxiety, specific phobias and other stress related difficulties. His area of particular interest is in the treatment of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive disorder), ADHD and group therapies.
He is involved in providing psychological assistance to a range of staff in a number of health settings and large organizations. He has worked in community mental health services and anxiety disorder clinics since moving to Auckland in 1992 from the south island of New Zealand.
Jock has been in his current role of Clinical Director since 1997, where he works with our multi-disciplinary team, assisting in managing psychiatric and psychological treatments across the clinicians within the team. He really enjoys his work and the people he works with. Jock is very approachable and encourages people to contact him to ask any questions about their mental health and the services available at Rojolie Clinic.
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.
Dr Rui Mendel
Dr Rui Mendel is a psychiatrist with over 27 years experience in the field. After graduating in Medicine in Brazil he moved to England to train in psychiatry at the prestigious Institute of Psychiatry, King's College in London. He then went on to train at the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Dunedin before returning to Brazil where he attained the qualification of Specialist in Psychiatry by the Brazilian Psychiatric Association. He is also a Member of the American Psychiatrist Association. Following an invitation to work in Sydney, Australia, he took the opportunity to take on advanced training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Old Age Psychiatry before moving to Melbourne where he worked as Consultation - Liasion Psychiatrist and General Adult Psychiatrist for four years before returning to New Zealand, the country he fell in love with.
Dr Igor Kacer
Dr Igor Kacer brings 20 years of clinical experience in the field of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy overseas and in New Zealand where he has worked for the last 8 years. Originally from Germany he is currently working as Lead Clinician at Cornwall House Community Mental Health Centre in Greenlane Clinical Centre. He is also a Senior Honorary Lecturer at the Auckland University Medical School and in the RANZCP Postgradual training for Psychiatry in the Auckland Region. Igor is specializing in diagnostics and treatment of Depressive Disorders, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). In addition he specializes in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic pschotherapy of depression, PTSD, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders focusing on major conflicts and difficulties, which prevent progression toward goals in life.
Ana Gil was born in Argentina and speaks both Spanish and English fluently.
She trained in psychology in Argentina where she received a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Psychology.
She specialized in New Zealand in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a focus on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. Her area of particular interest is in the treatment of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive disorder) and group therapies. Ana is currently on Sabbatical in Argentina.
Jean Leach is an registered psychologist with over 18 years experience in working with adults, adolescents and children in a range of counselling and therapeutic settings in both South Africa and New Zealand, including private practice, a child abuse organisation, a child and family therapy unit and a university counselling centre.
She works eclectically, using various therapeutic methods which are chosen to suit the needs of the individual including: among others psychodynamic, CBT, play and art therapy. She has specific interest in depression, anxiety, abuse, eating issues, and the management of stress and professional burnout.
Registered clinical social worker (SWRB)
BA MA social work DipSW Dip CBT
Ange is a very experienced therapist. She is a registered clinical social worker, with a MA in social work, and a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
She has worked in mental health settings for the past 20 years with additional experience in corrections and addictions. During this time she has been involved in developing evidence based treatment programs and she is passionate about the effectiveness of talking based therapies both in group and individual settings. Her particular interests lie with the treatment of anxiety, depression, addictions and working with youth.