Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Mental Health and Counselling

The New Zealand government has allocated NZ$1.9 Billion for improving mental health outcomes for the population.
A study just released states that the 20 District Health Boards have 268 vacancies for Psychologists and 671 Psychologists are required for the private sector.

New Zealand Opportunities has vacancies for Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists from one end of the country to the other.   

Many roles with our clients include the opportunity for research, continuing skills development and clinical skills specialisation or leadership and management development. 

All of our clients are happy to recruit overseas, some have substantial relocation assistance packages available.

Apart from your specialist discipline, the better way to describe the sector is by employer - 

These are public hospitals, private hospitals, private clinics, large medical entities supporting private and public hospitals and clinics, and a huge number of both social and governmental agencies dealing with mental health.

It is very diverse.

The main prerequisite for gaining a role in New Zealand is registration with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.  Practitioner’s Qualification’s gained overseas in a prescribed country (includes UK, Australia, South Africa, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland) are accepted, with other countries needing further assessment.  It is a paper based and online process and normally takes 8 to 12 weeks to achieve.  You would then apply for an annual practice certificate to practice under one (or more) vocational scopes of practice – Psychologist, Clinical, Educational, Counselling, Neuropsychologist.


You may also join collegial/membership organisations (e.g, the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, or the New Zealand Psychological Society or New Zealand Special Interest Group in Neuropsychology).

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Sally leads the Psychology and Mental Health Recruitment Practice

She has 13 years experience in the health sector and has a degree in Social Health and Well-Being (majoring in Mental Health and Addictions).  Sally works as an Alcohol and Drug clinician providing One on One and Group Counselling.

enjoys the aspects of life coaching, offering psycho-education interventions, using mindfulness and Reiki and counselling to adult individuals and groups with substance use disorders and co-existing problems.

Sally Donovan



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