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Meet our Executive Board

Our executive committee is responsible for the operational management of ANZACBT.  The executive is made up of a range of mental health professionals who are interested in the promotion and effective practice of CBT, and are elected by ANZACBT members. 


Dr Bev Haarhoff - President

I am an NZ registered clinical psychologist and senior lecturer at Massey University where I have been involved with teaching the postgraduate diploma in CBT for the past 14 years. In addition to my teaching and research interests I maintain a small CBT private practice.


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Ron Chambers - Treasurer & Executive Board Member

I am a Clinical Psychologist and trained at Canterbury University.  CBT remains a core focus in my clinical work. I have over 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist and have worked in both mental health and forensic settings. I currently specialise in the treatment of severe anxiety disorders at the Anxiety Disorders Service, Canterbury District Health Board. I am also the Clinical Leader for Psychology in the Specialist Mental Health Service at Canterbury District Health Board.


ANZA Kirsten 

Dr Kirsten Van Kessel - Executive Board Member

I am a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Auckland University of Technology. I have particular interest and expertise in CBT and its application to mental and physical health problems. My doctoral thesis was a randomised controlled trial assessing the efficacy of CBT for people with multiple sclerosis fatigue. Current research interests include evaluating CBT for psychological and/or physical health issues, as well as the development and evaluation of eHealth interventions.


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Dr Melanie Lake - Executive Board Member

I am a registered clinical psychologist dividing my time between work in public at an adult inpatient mental health unit and private practice specialising in anxiety disorders. I have been in New Zealand for six years, with a background in public hospital, military, and academic practice from overseas.


Janna Gresham - Secretary 

I am a registered Occupational Therapist and obtained my Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour through Otago University. Since 2008, I have worked in Christchurch Primary Care Mental Health offering brief intervention assessment and treatment to adults experiencing psychological distress.  Prior to this, I have worked in a variety of community and hospital psychiatric settings including 17 years in the UK. I returned to NZ in 2001. 




Tibi Csizmadia

I am a Vocationally Registered Psychiatrist and work for Waitemata District Health Board. I have worked for Waitemata DHB in Adult Psychiatry in a variety of settings since 2005. Prior to this I worked in Psychiatry in South Africa and Australia. Currently my interests are in CBT, ECT, Registrar Training and General Adult Psychiatry

I have always had an interest in therapies and completed the PG CBT diploma at Massey University. I continue to teach, supervise and be involved in CBT in my professional roles.

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Faye Hanna

I originally trained as a Psychiatric Nurse in the hospital system and then trained as NZ Reg General Nurse gaining experience in both fields.  Although trained very much in a medical model I was always more drawn to and studied the psychotherapeutic models of care. I am currently employed in Brief Intervention Service in Southland covering 5 rural areas. I completed the CBT Dip in 2010 and am a passionate advocate for CBT using it every day in my work. I try to keep a good balance in life, keep fit and healthy and I believe if you stop loving your work   –  you should do something else.