Dr Jennifer Baxter

Clinical Psychologist

DPhilPsych PGDipClinPsych PDSciPsych BSciPsychEd MNZCCP
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Doctorate of Philosophy (Psychology), Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Education), Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists.

About Jennifer

Jennifer aims to develop a warm and genuine therapeutic relationship with her clients. She takes a client-centred approach in helping individuals work toward their goals. She is passionate about understanding her clients, and providing them with a safe and non-judgemental environment in which they can work together to improve or overcome whatever difficulties they are facing.


Areas of work:

Jennifer works with adults, adolescents, and children experiencing:

  • Generalised anxiety and worry
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic and panic attacks
  • Depression and mood problems
  • Phobias
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Trauma
  • Managing intense emotions
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Self-harm and suicidality
  • Psychosis


Treatment Approaches:

Jennifer has knowledge and experience using the following evidence-based techniques, and can utilise aspects from each to best suit the client’s needs:

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy principles





Background and Experience

Jennifer completed her studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand.  Her doctoral research focused on the topic of social anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has experience working in adolescent and adult community mental health care settings within the public system, where she worked with individuals experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties. She has helped clients with a range of presentations, including trauma, personality disorders, suicidality and self-harm, psychosis, OCD, anxiety, depression, ASD, and cognitive difficulties.

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