Paul Carver has previously run a large primary care mental health service for a population of 177,000 in New Zealand, with 66 contracted Psychologists and Therapists. Paul was responsible for the quality of the mental health service, and also worked as a clinician.
Prior to this he worked as a social worker with children, young people and families, calling on people at home and often working at quite a practical level to find solutions to problems. What this means is that Paul has a very wide range of experience, has been very effective as a clinician, and is focussed on bringing the very best evidence-based treatments to people.
Paul trained in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Auckland University (the home of psychiatry) as a Health Psychologist, so he has a good understanding of the burden that living with a chronic physical condition can bring, and how to live well despite physical limitations. Paul understands the mind-body connection. Distress or stress can have a big impact on our bodies. Paul has developed innovative and integrated treatment processes for physical conditions where there may be a psychological component, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Paul loves working with people. There is incredible magic in therapy: the combination of a good therapeutic relationship, the right treatment, and what the client brings, can shift almost anything. Paul has a flexible collaborative approach, tailored to what the client wants and resonates with.
Here is a list of the areas Paul works in:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or chronic worry;
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD);
- Social anxiety disorder or chronic shyness;
- Panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia);
- Trauma and PTSD;
- Adult ADHD;
- Early onset psychosis;
- Mens Health (erection problems, low libido, interpersonal issues);
- Childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect (often known as ACE or aversive childhood experience);
- Chronic Health Problems;
- Pain management;
- Eating Disorders;
- Older Adults;
- Weight management or reduction.