B Sc, M Sc, PG Dip Health Psych.
Before working at Vision Psychology, Paul Carver was running a large primary care mental health service for a population of 177,000 in New Zealand, with 66 contracted Psychologists and Therapists. Paul was responsible for the quality of the mental health service, and also worked as a clinician.
Prior to this he worked as a social worker with children, young people and families, calling on people at home and often working at quite a practical level to find solutions to problems. What this means is that Paul has a very wide range of experience, has been very effective as a clinician, and is focussed on bringing the very best evidence-based treatments to people.
Paul trained in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Auckland University (the home of psychiatry) as a Health Psychologist, so he has a good understanding of the burden that living with a chronic physical condition can bring, and how to live well despite physical limitations. Paul understands the mind-body connection. Distress or stress can have a big impact on our bodies. Paul has developed innovative and integrated treatment processes which can improve both wellness and the management of chronic conditions.
As former head of a mental health service, Paul has had a great deal of experience working with a wide range of mental health conditions (see the list below), and utilises CBT, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapeutic approaches depending on need.
Paul loves working with people. There is incredible magic in therapy: the combination of a good therapeutic relationship, the right treatment, and what the client brings, can shift almost anything. Paul has a flexible collaborative approach, tailored to what the client wants and resonates with.
Here is a list of the areas Paul works in:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or chronic worry;
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD);
- Social anxiety disorder or chronic shyness;
- Panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia);
- Trauma and PTSD;
- Adult ADHD;
- Early onset psychosis;
- Mens Health (erection problems, low libido, interpersonal issues);
- Childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect (often known as ACE or aversive childhood experience);
- Chronic Health Problems;
- Pain management;
- Eating Disorders;
- Older Adults;
- Weight management or reduction.
Articles of Interest by Psychologist Paul Carver
- Adult ADHD
- Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating
- Chronic Illness Management
- From Self Hatred to Self Esteem
- How Mindfulness can Enhance Therapy
- Is Australia in the Grip of an Ice Epidemic?
- Overcome OCD without Medication
- Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired?
- The Challenges of Growing Older
- The Facts about Depression in Australia
- What is Psychological Trauma?
- When Anxiety Attacks …