Health psychology is a rapidly developing field of psychology that involves understanding human behaviour in the context of health and illness. Like other areas of psychology, health psychology is based on theoretical foundations and is informed by a large body of research.
Health Psychologists working in clinical practice work with a variety of clients. Common areas of focus include helping people:
- cope with illness, e.g. diabetes, cancer, heart disease, asthma
- with conditions such chronic pain, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome
- change health-related behaviours, e.g. diet, exercise, smoking, medication adherence
- make sense of their illness and their reactions to it
- prepare for and cope with medical procedures, e.g. MRI’s, surgery, needle
At Auckland Psychology, Juliet Ireland is a Health Psychologist and Pru Fisher is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in women’s health.
Juliet has experience working with people with a range of physical health complaints, in particular respiratory illness and all forms of cancer. She works with people at all stages of illness, from diagnosis to recovery post-treatment. She has been working at Auckland District Health Board since 2001 in physical health.
- 021 473346
Pru has been a New Zealand registered clinical psychologist since 1992 and she specialises in Women’s Health. She is experienced in working with women with cancer, specialising in working with women who are in the process of the diagnosis, treatment and recovery from gynaecological cancer, such as cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer.
- 021 353 584