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Dr Kevin Austin

Registered Clinical Psychologist

BA · MA (Hons) · DClinPsych
Member of: NZ Psychological Society

Kevin is a registered clinical psychologist with experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Youth Offending, Trauma and Child Development. He has previously worked for the Department of Corrections, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and the Child Development Team. Kevin now provides assessment and therapy primarily for children and adolescents with a focus on youth offending and trauma. The majority of his practice centres on offence-focused treatment for youth offenders, report writing for the Youth Court and comprehensive assessments for ACC. He is also experienced in providing treatment for mental health difficulties commonly experienced by young people.

Kevin accepts self-referrals and referrals from agencies, including the Youth Court, Police, ACC, The Ministry for Children - Oranga Tamariki and district health boards.

Prior to his training in clinical psychology, Kevin held public service roles with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board and the Ministry of Youth Development. These roles involved health promotion, project management, community engagement, contract monitoring, and the provision of advice for community agencies and central government.

Kevin went on to complete his postgraduate clinical psychology study in 2012. This included a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with Massey University. Kevin was awarded a vice-chancellor’s scholarship to carry out research into combining motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy for offenders. Kevin subsequently worked as a clinical psychologist for the Department of Corrections and later Infant, Child, and Adolescent Mental Health Services before moving into private practice. Kevin now runs a full-time private practice in Rotorua and across the Bay of Plenty.

Kevin enjoys sailing, kayaking, mountain biking and spending time with family.

Specialties

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

  • The range of mental health and developmental conditions relevant to children and adolescents.

Trauma

  • Emotional and behavioural problems arising from experience of traumatic and stressful events.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • A developmental disorder that affects communication, social skills, and behaviour.

Neurodevelopmental Disorders

  • A group of disorders in which the development of the central nervous system is disturbed and result in impaired motor function, learning, language or non-verbal communication.

Intellectual Disability

  • Characterised by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior.