About Dr. Kelly Kerrisk


Kelly (she/her)has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Auckland. Previously she completed an Honours degree and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. She is also a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) and a member of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa (PADA) and Psychosocial Oncology New Zealand (PONZ).

Kelly has worked in a range of settings including Starship Hospital,  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Perinatal Mental Health services, and within the General Surgery Breast Clinic team at Auckland District Health Board . She also has experience in NGO settings providing counselling for young people, group facilitation, training, and family violence intervention.

Kelly has a warm, empathic, and engaging style, and believes in tailoring her approach to the unique needs of each person and/or family, while considering the wider family, social, and cultural factors that impact on their wellbeing. She works collaboratively with clients to support them in making sense of the challenges they are facing, working through 'stuck' points, identifying resources and solutions, and achieving meaningful and sustained change. She draws on a range of evidence-based assessment and therapy approaches including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Family & Systemic Work
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Kelly specialises in working with people who are experiencing a range of challenges including depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), grief and adjustment, parenting and family issues, emotion regulation difficulties, trauma, and attachment and behavioural problems. She also has a special interest in supporting people with issues relating to breast cancer and also in perinatal mental health issues such as ante/post-natal anxiety, and depression, issues relating to IVF, miscarriage,grief, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Kelly is committed to ongoing professional development, self reflective practice, and keeping up to date with advances in clinical practice, so that she can offer her clients the best support and interventions possible. She also participates in ongoing professional supervision.

Publications & Conference Presentations

Gibson, K., Cartwright, C., Kerrisk, K., Campbell, J., & Seymour, F. (2016). What young people want: A qualitative study of adolescents’ priorities for engagement across psychological services. Journal of Child and Family Studies25(4), 1057-1065.

Kerrisk, K. L. (2014). Narrative, Identity, and Meaning Making: Young People’s Experiences of Psychotherapy (Doctoral dissertation, ResearchSpace@ Auckland).

Kerrisk, K. (2013). Young people's experiences of Psychotherapy. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia. 

Kerrisk, K. (2013). Young people talk about their experiences of psychological services. Paper presented at the NZ Psychological Society Conference, Auckland, NZ.

Barker-Collo, S. L., Thomas, K., Riddick, E., & de Jager, A. (2011). A New Zealand regression formula for premorbid estimation using the National Adult Reading Test. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 40(2).

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