Helen Bush
Registered Clinical Psychologist

Work modalities

While Helen has a strong background in cognitive behaviour therapy (an effective talking treatment for those suffering from stress, anxiety and low mood), she uses a variety of evidence based approaches and goal focused therapies, tailoring them to the individual needs and preferences of each client. She is trained and experienced in the following modalities; Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy, EMDR for trauma (advanced), CBT, Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. 

Style and background

Helen works in an inclusive and respectful manner. She considers the fundamental component of her work to be empathic attunement. Her approach has been influenced by the wisdom, experience and interpersonal style of a number of valued teachers from several cultures and covering various perspectives, both secular and spiritual.

For much of her career Helen has worked overseas, in clinics specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Services, Eating Disorders, Psychiatric and Psychological Services, Family Services, Employee Assistance Services and, since returning to New Zealand, in Private Practice.

In particular, she specialises in:

  • Stress
  • Self esteem
  • Low mood
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Postnatal adjustment
  • Relationships
  • Couple counselling
  • Trauma
  • Earthquake related stress and adjustment (free earthquake counselling available)
  • Anxiety (including general, social or panic related, obsessive-compulsive issues, phobias)

Helen is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists and is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

Contact Information

Helen is based at The Bealey Centre, 110 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch.
To find out more or make an appointment, please call 03 377 1967 or email helenabush@gmail.com.