Kellie Lavender 

BEd. MHSc (Hons.) DipTchg

Director and Founder NZEDC
Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)
Member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP)
Member of Australian New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
Faculty Member of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, USA
Certified Family Based Treatment Therapist and Supervisor
Certified Member of the International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy (IACN)

Kellie has worked in the field of eating disorders for over 17 years with all ages and almost all eating/food related difficulties. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge into her practice as well as the humble understanding about how devastating these disorders can be on individuals and families.

Kellie is passionate about her work and helping people recover and feels confident in the treatment she offers. She also understands that recovery can be very difficult; however, recovery and change is certainly possible.

Kellie works with anorexia, binge eating disorder, bulimia and everything in between, with both adolescents and adults. 

Over the past eight years, Kellie has specialised further in working with adolescents and young adults suffering from anorexia nervosa. She is currently the only clinician in New Zealand certified in providing and supervising Family Based Treatment (FBT) through the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (Stanford, USA).  

She is also formally trained in Adolescent Focussed Therapy (AFT), an evidence based individual approach for treatment of anorexia in adolescents. Kellie is one of two clinicians currently trained in this approach in New Zealand.

Kellie also has expertise in a number of other therapy modalities. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Maudsley Anorexia Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) and Supportive Specialist Clinical Management (SSCM) for the treatment of adults with eating disorders. Depending on diagnosis and presenting issues, she also utilises Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivation Enhancement Therapy (MET), Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a mindfulness based approach to recovery. 

Kellie has worked in the private and the public sector for many years and sees individuals/couples with a range of other mental health and emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, effects of trauma or loss, life transitions, personality issues, self harm, relationship difficulties and adoption.

Kellie also specialises in supervising other clinicians working in the eating disorders field and is an expert at supervising  Family Based Treatment. She is one of the few clinicians trained in AFT and is able to supervise this approach as well.

Due to the constraints of private practice Kellie does not take referrals for clients who are actively suicidal.

Kellie currently practices from the NZEDC office at 36 Pollen Street, Grey Lynn on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Fees:
$300 + GST Assessment (100 mins)
$150 + GST per 50 min session
$100 + GST per hour - consultation/liaison/report writing

Please note that cancellation fees apply for less than 24 hours notice.

If you would like to make an appointment or make a confidential enquiry please email or phone Kellie on:

Phone: 021 172 6291

Email: kelliel@nzedc.co.nz