About Sarah Hensley

Sarah Hensley is a professionally trained and qualified clinical psychologist with a special interest in women’s health. She works with clients using evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy and couples therapy using the Gottman model. Sarah uses a compassionate and effective approach to restore calm and certainty to her clients’ lives.

Sarah Hensley
QUALIFICATIONS: Master of Psychology (Clinical), B.A., Grad Dip Psychology (Hons), Grad Dip Psychotherapy and Counselling, Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy. MNZCCP.

From time to time changes and transitions in life can present us with challenges that require adjusting our perspective. At these times it can be helpful to talk to someone who is trained to help you develop the skills to resolve the problems of modern life such as depression, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, trauma recovery, grief and loss, divorce, work and relationship difficulties.

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."

Norman Vincent Peale

Clinical psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental illness, abnormal behavior, and psychiatric problems. This field integrates the science of psychology with the treatment of complex human problems. Clinical Psychologists will hold a Master’s degree or Doctorate and studied and undergone supervised training for eight years prior to registration. Clinical Psychologists are skilled in diagnosing mental health problems and providing evidence-based treatment methods.


Frequently asked questions about seeing a psychologist:

Are my sessions confidential?

Yes. I am bound by the Code of Ethics for the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. As part of providing my services to you I will need to collect and record personal information that is relevant to your situation. I uphold the principle of confidentiality by making sure my files are kept secure and locked, and case discussion only taking place within professional supervision. Your personal information will not be revealed to anyone without your written consent except when:
1) It is subpoenaed by a court or

2) Failure to disclose the information would place you or another at risk. .

How are my details kept private?

Records are kept in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. Your file is stored in a locked filing cabinet in a locked room and destroyed after ten years.

How long is an appointment?

Individual sessions are for 50 minutes.

What is the cost of an appointment?

$170 for individuals and $220 for couples (including GST).

How can I pay for my appointment?

You can pay with EFTPOS or cash.

Full payment is required at time of consultation.

Outstanding fees must be paid before further appointments are made. If outstanding fees are not paid within 30 days of the consultation you will be held liable for any debt collection costs incurred.

Please be aware attending appointments is your responsibility. Reminder texts or emails are sent 48 hours prior to your appointment. Please notify me within 24 hours to cancel your appointment or a cancellation fee of the full appointment cost will be charged.

What if I can’t make my appointment or if I need to cancel it?

Please give 24 hours notice of a cancellation or if you need to reschedule or you may be charged the full fee. It is understandable that emergencies do happen and this will be taken into consideration. What is important is your level of commitment to making change happen by attending your session. Cancelling or not turning up for your appointment may indicate your level of commitment.

How often should I attend?

Everyone has different needs, so the length of therapy is something you decide as the process unfolds. Some issues are open to relatively brief treatments, at other times clients may decide they would like to take longer.

I recommend clients come weekly initially and then fortnightly. When sessions are spaced out monthly or three weekly, each session can feel as if you are beginning over each time you attend.

Are my sessions covered by ACC?

I am not yet registered with ACC.

I’ve started coming to see you. Can I bring my partner along?

From time to time it can be a good idea for your partner to join us. This is not couples therapy but a way of helping your partner understand what you are going through and to find ways you can support each other.

How do I contact you?

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How do I get help immediately?

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About Evidence-based treatment

"Things do not change, we change." - Henry Thoreau

Psychotherapy is the treatment of emotional, behavioral and mental difficulties in the relationship between a therapist and a client. The techniques that a therapist uses will vary but they are based on guided conversations that allow the client to gain new perspectives on their issues and learn new ways of being. In my practice I work in a number of modalities with a preference for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness.

"There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so." - Hamlet
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The premise of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is that what people think affects how they feel emotionally and how they behave. During times of emotional distress the way a person sees and judges themselves may become more negative. In CBT I aim to work jointly with the client to help them begin see the link between unhelpful thinking styles and mood. This may empower a person to have more control over negative emotion and to bring about changes in unhelpful behaviour. It can be particularly effective for stress related conditions, anxiety, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and depression.

"The first priority of the well-ordered mind is to be able to pause and linger within itself." - Seneca

The practice of mindfulness works to make a distinction between who we are and what we think. So often what we think is going to happen, what we think other people are thinking and our own inner judgements and criticisms make life seem more stressful than it really is.

Mindfulness uses techniques for breathing and observing our thoughts that allow new perspectives and fresh solutions. By learning to live in the present many clients find they are able to release negativity about the past and fear of the future.

"Experience is the teacher of all things." - Julius Caesar
Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy is an integrative approach to treatment that combines the best aspects of cognitive-behavioral, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one unified model. Schema Therapy has shown remarkable results in helping people to change negative patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful.

Schema-Focused Therapy consists of three stages. First is the assessment phase, in which schemas are identified during the initial sessions. Questionnaires may be used as well to get a clear picture of the various patterns involved. Next comes the emotional awareness and experiential phase, wherein patients get in touch with these schemas and learn how to spot them when they are operating in their day-to-day life. Thirdly, the behavioral change stage becomes the focus, during which the client is actively involved in replacing negative, habitual thoughts and behaviors with new, healthy cognitive and behavioral options.

"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Gottman Method Couples Therapy helps couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships. Through research-based interventions and exercises, it is a structured, goal-oriented, scientifically-based therapy. Intervention strategies are based upon empirical data from Dr. Gottman’s study of more than 3,000 couples. This research shows what actually works to help couples achieve a long-term healthy relationship.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy was developed out of this research to help partners:
  • Increase respect, affection, and closeness
  • Break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck
  • Generate greater understanding between partners
  • Keep conflict discussions calm


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Suggested Reading

I believe in a multi-factor approach to mental, physical and emotional well-being. While my clients are engaged in their work with me I also recommend they read widely and pay attention to the many lifestyle decisions that are part of long-term good health. In this section I recommend books, articles, workshops, websites and products that I have found useful and interesting.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Staying Calm

Staying Calm

Don't be so hard on yourself

Don't be so hard on yourself

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

Lies we tell ourselves

Lies we tell ourselves

Stress-proof brain

Stress-proof brain



Live longer

Live longer



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Book 1


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Book 7


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  • LIFELINE: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
  • YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633
  • NEED TO TALK? Free call or text 1737 (available 24/7)
  • KIDSLINE: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
  • WHATSUP: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
  • DEPRESSION HELPLINE: 0800 111 757​
  • SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)

WHERE TO GET HELP NOW: If you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.