associated with the New Zealand Centre for
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Geoff Woodyard

woodyard.jpg (4912 bytes) Director. M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska. Psychologist, Forensic Psychiatry Service, Capital & Coast District Health Board; (prev. Senior Psychologist, Department of Corrections). Advanced Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.

Special interest areas include: Neuropsychology; Intellectual disabilities, Specific learning disabilities, Mental health.


Jenny Nichols

Director. RN, PG Dip.CBT, MN. Child, Adolescent & Family Service, Hawke's Bay District Health Board.

Special interest areas: Mental health, Women and depression, Chronic physical health conditions, Child & adolescent mental health & Clinical supervision.
Froggatt.jpg (6465 bytes) Executive Director.

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Professor Stephen Palmer

Consultant Director.

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Toni Hocquard

Workshop presenter
BSW, MA(Hons)(Rehabilitation), Advanced Cert. REBT. MNZASW.

After graduating with a BSW from Massey University, Toni worked for a time at Palmerston North Hospital, before spending 5 years in Papua New Guinea, an experience which challenged many beliefs. On returning to New Zealand she secured a position at QE Health (formerly Queen Elizabeth Hospital), Rotorua, working in the field of rehabilitation.  Patient education was a particular focus and Toni was instrumental in establishing the Fibromalgia Programme. Toni is a recognized speaker and trainer nationally and has presented many seminars and workshops to health professionals in the field of rehabilitation. Further study has seen Toni graduate with an MA (Hons) (rehabilitation) from Massey University. She holds an Advanced Certificate in REBT. An opportunity to move into education has seen Toni return to her roots, and she is now the Stream Co-ordinator for the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work) at Waiariki Institute of Technology. Toni is a Registered Social Worker and a Full member of ANZASW.

John Turton

Workshop presenter
B.Theol., Dip.Min., MNZAC, Adv.Cert.REBT.

Minister in the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, full member of NZAC. Experience includes EAP support on-site to various industries, mediation interventions for disputes, six years of Internet counselling, and face to face counselling using REBT. Personal life experiences include twelve years in a religious cult and nine years of working out of that concluding with a theological degree from Otago University, majoring in pastoral studies. Presently works in Lower Hutt with two congregations in a larger parish context of diverse theological views. Has developed REBT for Internet counselling online via chatroom and email supported by interactive work by clients in a secure internet environment. He has developed an approach ('REFRAME') which draws together the unique advantages of working online. Website:
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Teresa Ash Workshop presenter
MA (Hons)., PG Dip I/O Psych, PG Cert. Health Science (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).

Teresa is a psychologist with qualifications in organizational and clinical spheres of practice. Teresa specializes in mental health issues in the workplace, in particular, the management of occupational stress and burnout, including cognitive behavioural strategies in promoting positive cognitive functioning and resilient psychological wellbeing. Teresa has an interest in emergent approaches within the cognitive behavioural field, in particular, the schema therapy paradigm. Her e-mail address is:

Shane Stevenson

Workshop & Certificate programme presenter

B.A., M.Ed (Ch.Fam.Psych), PG.Dip.Ch.Fam.Psych., Professional Cert. CBT, Registered Psychologist, Accredited Triple P provider.

Shane Stevenson works for the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service on the West Coast.  He specialises in the treatment of children with a wide range of mental health issues, including, but not limited to, ADHD, OCD, phobias and other anxiety disorders, eating disorders and depression.  As an accredited provider of the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme he has recently spent time in Canada and England training facilitators for this programme.

Jillian Simpson

Workshop presenter

RGON, BN, MN, Dip TT, Dip Yoga T, Prof Cert CBT.

Jillian is a nurse working within the primary care arena. She presently offers lifestyle clinics at The Doctors, Napier, seeing people who have stress, weight management or other lifestyle issues. She also offers Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction courses in the community. She is fascinated by the mind-body connection and enjoys working with people with chronic health problems to improve their health and well-being using an holistic approach. She has a background in nursing education, management and clinical practice.

Kirsty Freeman

Workshop Presenter
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, BSc. (Hons) Psychology, PG Cert in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals

Dr Kirsty Freeman (nee Thorne) is a registered Senior Clinical Psychologist. Her clinical experience for the last 13 years has entailed working with both older adults with mental health issues and adults with chronic and life-limiting physical conditions. This scope of work has spanned psychiatric, acute hospitals, hospice and community settings. Since 2005, she has increasingly used mindfulness-based approaches in her work and conducted research and published in this area.  Kirsty has been trained both professionally and personally in mindfulness through the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, UK. She has a personal practice of mindfulness meditation and has been running 8-week Mindfulness Courses for a range of professionals since 2007. She now works privately offering clinical supervision, mentoring and consultation for those wishing to incorporate mindfulness in their work.
Wilkinson-Tough, M., Bocci, L., Thorne, K., Herlihy, J. (2010). Is mindfulness-based therapy an effective intervention for obsessive intrusive thoughts: A case series. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy  17, 250–268
Cusens, B., Duggan, G., Thorne, K. and Burch, V. (2010). Evaluation of the Breathworks mindfulness-based pain management programme: Effects on well-being and multiple measures of mindfulness. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 17, 1, 63 - 78
Thorne, K., Frith, H. and Tagney, J. With the Heart in Mind: A Pilot Study Exploring Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with People Living with Heart Failure. In preparation as a short report to European Journal of Cardiac Nursing. Presented at the NZCCP Annual Conference 2010