Kellie Lavender 

Co-Director and Founder NZEDC

BEd. MHSc (Hons.) DipTchg

Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ)  
Member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) 
Certified Family Based Treatment (FBT)  
Therapist and Supervisor Faculty member of Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders

Kellie has worked in the field of eating disorders for over 15 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 but that 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 five years Kellie has specialised further in working with adolescents and young adults suffering from anorexia nervosa. She is currently one of only two clinicians in New Zealand certified in providing and supervising Family Based Treatment (FBT) and is a faculty member of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. 

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 has expertise in a number of therapy modalities . These include Family Based Treatment (FBT) or the “Maudsley Approach”, Adolescent Focussed Therapy (AFT) for treatment of adolescents and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Maudsley Anorexia Treatment for Adults (MANTRA), Supportive Specialist Clinical Management (SSCM) for adults. 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), 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.

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

Kellie currently practices from Robert Street Clinic on 37 Robert Street, Ellerslie.

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

Phone: 021 172 6291

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