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Dr Kumari Valentine

PhD, Registered Clinical Psychologist

Radio Show
"The Conscious Adventurer"

From 20?? - 20?? I produced a radio show called 'The Conscious Adventurer' 
This show was where I talked about being kinder to ourselves, each other and the world.

Fellowship to the New Zealand College of Clinical Psycholgists

In 20?? I was honoured to be awarded Fellowship to the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists.  This award was in recognition of my contribution to Clinical Psychology in New Zealand. 

The Journal of the NZ College of Clinical Psycholgists


Senior Lecturer
Central Queensland University and more recently at the University of Otago 

From 20?? to 200?? I was a senior lecturer at the Central Queensland University and from 200?? to 20?? I held the same position at the University of Otago.

Dr Kumari Valentine (formerly Fernando) is a Dunedin ­based clinical psychologist who specialises in the field of mindfulness and overthinking.

She is a Fellow of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, recognised for her contribution to clinical psychology in New Zealand.

Dr Kumari is both an academic and a practicing clinician. She was a senior lecturer at Central Queensland University and holds the same position at the University of Otago in the Department of Psychological Medicine.


In her own practice, Dr Kumari works with clients on the following types of issues:

● Mood problems (especially depression)

● Anxiety problems (including chronic worry, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder)

● Grief

● Relationship issues

● Eating disorders such as problem­eating and binge­eating

● Body image difficulties

● Recovery from trauma

● Improving self­esteem

● Assertiveness coaching

● Sleep difficulties

● Managing psychologically with physical illness

● Stress

● Sexual identity difficulties and transgender issues.

Kumari’s experience is in working with people in crisis as well as people struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, and other issues that affect their day to day functioning. She is currently focussing primarily on ACC assessments and providing an assessment that feels supportive and empowering.

In her practice she uses schema therapy, acceptance­ commitment therapy, mindfulness, mentalisation and meta­cognitive therapy.

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