Our Philosophy

In our service we work with a holistic philosophy where we believe that wellbeing is about being healthy physically, mentally, spiritually, and having loving and supportive family relationships.
This means we understand the impact that physical or spiritual illness can have on mental wellbeing, and will be able to adjust therapy accordingly. We are available to work with people from all ethnicities, faiths, sexual orientations, ages, and disabilities.


Dr Celia Falchi

Celia is a registered psychologist, a full member of the New Zealand Psychological Society, and an accredited service provider for ACC.  She is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Celia has 10 years of experience in working with families specialising with parenting and child behaviour using the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program.

Celia has special interest in Motor Stereotypies Disorder, Autism, ADHD,  and attachment between parents and their children. She works with teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum and assists them to work through issues that arise with 'neurotypicals' in environments such as school, work and in relationships.

Her specialist areas include:

  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Child behaviour
  • Assisting families how to cope and manage children's behaviours when they have ADHD, Autism, Trauma, Anxiety, or Depression
  • Motor Stereotypies Disorder and symptom reduction.
  • Trauma (including grief, adjustment disorder, and PTSD)
  • Anxiety, related disorders and stress
  • Depression

Qualifications & Membership:
BA (Hons) in psychology
Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology - Massey University
Postgraduate Diploma of Psychological Practice - Massey University
Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society
Member of the Australasian Association for Solution Focused Brief Therapy


Dr Maria Ulloa
Intern Psychologist

Maria is a registered intern psychologist with more than 20 years of experience working with vulnerable and severed traumatised children and adolescents using trauma based psychodynamic approaches combined with evidence based on neuroscience, brain research and neuroplasticity. Maria specialises in attachment based therapies, early intervention approaches, infant-parent mental health interventions, emotional regulation for children and adults, psychotherapy and play therapy.

Maria has special interest in working with children and adults using mentalisation based psychotherapy, psychodynamic, attachment based therapeutic modalities and solution focused therapy approaches.

Her specialist areas include:

  • Therapeutic interventions to improve emotional regulation in infants, children, adolescents and adults
  • Relationships and interpersonal growth
  • Emotion focused child behavioural and impulse control management interventions
  • Trauma (including relational trauma)
  • Anxiety, grief, depression, PTSD, ADHD, borderline personality disorders.
  • Stress management, holistic wellbeing and resilience
  • Effective parenting strategies using interpersonal neurobiological approaches

Qualifications & Membership:
BSc (Hons) in Psychology
MA Therapeutic Child Care (University of Reading, UK)
PGDipclin Psychoanalytic Studies (Tavistock Clinic, London, UK)
Dip Psychology (Open University, UK)
PGdip Child Development (Open University, UK)
Graduate Dip Early Childhood Education (University of Reading, UK)
Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) - Massey University
Cert in clinical supervision
Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society

Maria is currently undertaking her Postgraduate Diploma of Psychological Practice - Massey University