Professional Services

Individuals

I work with individuals to help them undertake their journey towards achieving balanced and integrated cognitive and emotional states, including assistance with:

• Mood disorders
• Depression and anxiety
• Addictions
• Relationship Issues
• Sexual abuse assessment and treatment
• Pain management
• Workplace issues and conflict dynamics
• Life path and career issues
• Stress, emotional health and well-being
• Grief
• Rehabilitation Services providing a range of therapies focused on pain management, return to work, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and assisting people’s rehabilitation
• Assessments (Legal, Personality, Return to Work, Reduced Capacity to Earn, Drug and Alcohol etc)

“I have been a client of Lisa Cohen for a complex issue requiring an extensive commitment from her and she has shown herself to be professional and supportive during therapy over an extended period of time. I would have no hesitation in recommending her as an honourable professional psychologist.”

Testimonial - Robyn (Northland)

Students and Study Stress

Most of us spend a decade at school, and often we follow that up with other forms of education; so study is a big part of our life. Some of it is compulsory; but often it’s by choice. Whatever the situation, however, we all know that studying can be pressurising, and it can be stressful. At times it can feel quite over-whelming.

That’s hardly surprising. There’s the challenge of fitting it in with everything else, understanding the subject matter, memorizing it, learning how to apply it, getting the assignments in on time, keeping on the good side of the teacher. There’s exam stress – until we hear those bitter-sweet words, “Pens down!” There’s the wait for the results. And then there’s the next semester. Away we go again!

As students we have our own hopes and dreams, the competitive pressures of our peers, and the expectations of our loved ones. Of course it’s stressful. We can feel exposed, and scrutinised, and inadequate, and quite vulnerable.

Stress is both psychological and physical: it happens in body, mind and spirit, and it can leave you feeling chronically exhausted and disempowered and distracted – unless it is recognised, and then released.

We won’t perform to our own satisfaction without being under some pressure. The secret lies is seeing the bad stresses of life for what they are, and lazily brushing them away whenever they turn up to annoy and distract us. Our hopes and dreams are in our own hands, and we need to manage our feelings, and our choices, like everyone else. The good news is that managing stress is something you can learn. Our clients have found that it takes only three or four sessions for the ‘stressed-out’ student to:

• Differentiate between good stress and distractive anxiety
• Understand anxiety and its on-set
• See that it’s possible to over-ride anxiety
• Identify the underlying influences
• Cross-check your lifestyle for balance
• Begin to de-escalate distress
• Separate fear and anxiety
• Learn Mindfulness skills
• Feel calmer and back in charge.

Sometimes, of course, study stress is just the presenting symptom, and there are other significant life events or mental health issues to consider. If there are, we deal with them as they arise. In general, however, short term interventions are very effective in alleviating exam stress and study anxiety.

 
Adolescents & Families

Adolescence can be a challenging and confusing time, for both a teenager and their family/whanau. With guidance and support from a psychologist, adolescents can feel empowered to make positive decisions, overcome personal challenges, improve communication, create alternative narratives and address problematic behaviour.

 

Couples

I work collaboratively with couples to enrich and strengthen their relationship, acknowledge challenges and establish deepened communication. When frustration or dissatisfaction are replaced with understanding and respect, you can focus on developing a happy and sustainable relationship.

Common issues include:

• Communication
• Infidelity
• Separations
• Lifestyle difference
• Disconnection or loss of intimacy
• Conflict, anger or violence
• Family concerns & merged families

 

Corporate

Organisations are like large families. They have their cultures, their individual personalities, and their webs of relationships – within the organisation and beyond it. Organisations have the additional challenge that they are pursuing a corporate objective, whether for shareholders, or government, or the community. It is hardly surprising that this complex environment can generate distress, or bring pre-existing issues to the surface. When these things happen, and if they are handled appropriately, they can be opportunities for personal healing, and for improved organisational performance.
Examples include:

• Conflict Resolution
• Organisation Issues
• Workplace bullying
• Relationship dynamics
• Managing difficult people or situations

"I’m a late-forties male, married with two kids and working in a professional role. I guess I’m viewed by many as successful and not the type to need a psychologist. However I felt I needed to talk to someone and was referred to Lisa by my GP. I can’t speak to Lisa’s methodologies or the technical side of her approach, but what I can say is that she has helped me a great deal. With Lisa’s help I have been able to gain a whole new perspective of my life and personal relationships. After our initial sessions I still see Lisa on a less frequent but regular basis. I’m a better person as a result."

Testimonial - Ross (Auckland)

 

I have a wealth of experience working with complex personality types. I understand and work with these types well.

Crisis intervention should however be a last resort. Where the appropriate policies and Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are introduced proactively they can anticipate and defuse problems before they escalate and cause further damage.

I work alongside top and middle management to optimise managerial and leadership performance through equipping staff with the necessary cognitive, emotional and interpersonal skills for their workplace. These skills enhance and strengthen the performance of staff on all levels, leading to improved productivity and financial growth and an overall happier and healthier work environment.


Assessments
• Legal
• Personality
• Return to Work
• Drug and Alcohol
• Mental Injury from Physical Injury
• Mental Injury from Sexual Abuse
• Comprehensive Pain Management
• Reduced Capacity to Earn

 

ACC - Sensitive Claims

ACC now fully funds therapy for Sexual Abuse. We have clinics in Ponsonby, Northshore, Hibiscus Coast and Warkworth.           As a supplier to ACC I have a team of experienced providers ensuring  focus is on the individual.                                                   Our team comprises of Clinical Psychologists, Neuro-psychologist, Psychotherapist, Therapists specialising working with Children and Adolescents and Social Worker