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Psychological Services

Assessments of mental health, behavioural, emotional or developmental difficulties.



Assessments of mental health, Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, emotional or developmental difficulties usually involve the following steps:


  1. For adults, 60-90 minutes is usually enough time to get an understanding of a person's main concerns and their needs and goals.

  2. At the end of the session, I will talk about what I have learned and discuss options for going forward.  This may include types of therapy and the number of sessions.  Sometimes more assessment, such as psychometric testing or psychiatric consultation, is recommended.

Examples of assessments include:


  • ​Assessment of childhood or adult trauma, loss, grief, depression, anxiety etc.

  • Diagnostic Assessment of:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults

    • ADHD in adults

    • Intellectual disability



ADHD Assessment

Do you have more trouble planning, organizing or remembering things than most people? Are you always on the go, bored or restless, forgetful and/ or never organised enough to gets things done on time?  These maybe signs that you have ADHD. 

What does assessment for ADHD involve?

Assessment normally involves a 90-minute meeting.  Further assessment meetings may be required depending on the level of complexity of your difficulties.  


As there are a number of different disorders that look like and co-exist with ADHD, the process of an assessment is to establish if there are any other explanations for your symptoms, in addition to getting clear information on what your symptoms are and how they impact you.


If you have a relative or person who knows you well who would be available to attend your appointment with you this is often very helpful, particularly if they were presenting during your childhood.  If someone is not available to attend I can contact them for a brief discussion with your consent.  

If you have school reports or any other information you think is relevant please bring these in. 

Adult ADHD Self Report Screening Scale 

If you think you may have ADHD the following questionnaire can be used as a starting point to help you recognize the signs/symptoms of Adult ADHD.  It is not meant to replace consultation with a trained healthcare professional as an accurate diagnosis can only be made through a clinical evaluation.


Adult ADHD Self-Report Screening Scale for DSM-5 (ASRS-5)

Adult ADHD Assessment Description and Costs

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It can be scary talking about your private life with someone you don’t know. Clinical Psychologists provide a confidential service and will always talk to you about that this means when we first meet. 


A good psychologist will let you talk at a pace that is comfortable for you and regularly check in with you so that you can get the most out therapy.


Annetta is able to offer a range of other therapeutic options including solution focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), behavioural therapy, mindfulness and dialectical behaviour therapy. 


Annetta largely works from a strengths based approach. This focuses on solutions rather than problems and assumes that people are generally resourceful and resilient when faced with difficult situations. 


It is client-led and focuses on uncovering the strengths people bring to a problem or crisis and helps them to use these to manage current difficulties.

The number of sessions people need depends on a number of factors.  Annetta will discuss with you your goals alongside an estimated number of sessions required and a process for reviewing progress.  


It is difficult to be specific about time frames for treatment, particularly for people with cognitive difficulties who often require more time and different ways of presenting information, to support understanding.


Training & Support services

Agencies, Organisations & The Court

The Courts and Legal Issues

Examples of services offered:

  • Expert witness evidence where there is autism (ASD) or other neurodevelopmental/ intellectual disability (ID).

  • Support vulnerable witnesses and the courts.

  • Capacity to consent and PPPR assessments.

Agencies & Organisations

  • Training and support to reduce risk of assaults on staff & improve staff understanding & engagement with intellectually disabiled service users

    • Annetta has a range of training and support packages designed to be easily understood and implemented by support workers and their managers in residential and independent supported living services.

    • Training can be matched up to and/or developed for your organisation's particular needs.  Annetta will talk to you about what training would suit your needs.

Examples of training available:

  • Why Does Behaviour get out of Hand?

  • Understanding the Brain and Behaviour in People with Complex Needs

  • Understanding Intellectual Disability and Support Strategies

  • Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder in People with an Intellectual Disability

  • The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children With Intellectual and Developmental Disability Who Have Experienced Trauma

  • Risk Assessment

    • Including assessment of risk associated with risk-taking behaviours, criminal offending and or sexually inappropriate behaviour

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Professional/Clinical Supervision

Annetta is a highly experienced supervisor who is able to support both psychologists and non psychologists working with people with autism and intellectual disability.

Website of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists
New Zealand Psychologists Board
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