David grew up on the West Coast of the South Island and loves hiking in the bush, beach walks and nature in general. He has worked in many different jobs, including: truck driver, English teacher (in Thailand), field administrator for a voluntary medical organisation in Thailand, United Nations officer in charge of a large refugee camp, house parent for the IHC, drug and alcohol counsellor, and High School counsellor.
David has a cross-cultural marriage (since 1983) with 2 adult sons. He loves learning about different cultures and languages. He has many years’ experience working with Caucasian (Pakeha) clients, Maori clients, and clients from all over the world. This includes people from Polynesia, India, China, South East Asia, South America, the Middle East, and many Africa countries.
David has been a psychologist since 1991. This includes 12 years working in South Auckland for the Ministry of Education, with children with special needs and children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. David served for many years on the Ministry of Education Traumatic Incident Team and for 3 years as Lead Practitioner for psychologists in Manukau GSE. For the last 10 years, he has been working with survivors of abuse and trauma (including sexual abuse), and also (on occasion) with clients who have persistent pain issues.
David has been doing Supported Assessments for ACC since 2015. He feels comfortable working with both men and women, but will only work with women if they are 100% comfortable with a male psychologist. Since late 2016, David has been working 2 days a week with clients who have persistent pain issues.
In sum, David has a great depth of training and experience. He works comfortably with adults, teenagers and children, from a huge range of different cultures, across almost all mental health challenges. He is friendly and respectful to everyone and always does his best to help clients feel safe, relaxed and happy.