Welcome to iMind Psychological Services
iMind Psychological Services Limited provides a wide range of evidence-based psychological services to adults who are struggling with a wide range of mental health /psychological problems. Dr Sunil Dath, the founder of iMind in New Zealand, has over 25 years of clinical experience in providing psychological interventions.
Dr Dath is a registered Clinical Psychologist in New Zealand. He is professionally qualified to provide evidence-based treatments, including:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
This is considered as a third wave in psychotherapy. The core of ACT is to help you to live a more rich and meaningful life by developing "psychological flexibility". One of the awakening moments in the ACT is coming to terms with acceptance of what is within or outside your personal control, and connecting with what matters to you most. ACT adopts mindfulness and acceptance process, discovering values and helping you to take a fully committed action to live well despite challenges.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
This is a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching clients skills to modify their dysfunctional thinking and behaviour. CBT is a psychotherapy that is based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself. A critical part of CBT is helping clients change their unhelpful thinking and behaviour, leading to a lasting improvement in their mood and functioning. (Beck Institute)
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
Another form of evidence-based psychotherapy. It helps you to develop a range of self-management skills to cope with painful emotions, urges to harmful behaviours including suicidal urges or risks, improves your relationships with others, and help you to minimise crisis in your life. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key modules such as learning about mindfulness which is focused on improving your ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, learn about coping with emotional distress via distress tolerance, the third focus is on emotional regulation which is designed to learn strategies to manage and change intense emotions and lastly learning about better manage your relationships via interpersonal effectiveness module. DBT is usually best suited for personality issues, high-risk behaviours, and volatile emotional struggles.
Schema Focus Therapy (SFT)
A another evidence-based psychotherapeutic model which is an integrative approach to address a wide range of psychological problems. It uses combinations of CBT, Psychoanalytical, Interpersonal and Experiential components to change your negative thought and behaviour patterns, mood issues, and manage longstanding difficulties which you may be experiencing across various domains of your life e.g., personal relationships, work etc.
Trauma-Focused Therapy (TFT)
A specialised CBT based psychological treatment that is designed to manage PTSD, including complex post-trauma issues. This treatment is recommended for a wide range of trauma issues in adults. It involves a variety of coping skills, reprocessing your experiences, facing your fears (prolonged exposure), and developing mindfulness.
Dr Sunil Dath is a thoughtful, practical, up-to-date, experienced and well-trained registered Clinical Psychologist, who has worked in Public Mental Health Services (Counties Manukau District Health Board), and in private practice for over 15 years. He now works through his private practice, providing an array of psychological services to the adult population covering a wide range of psychological problems.
He is compassionate towards others who are struggling with life: whether feeling stuck, feeling lost, feeling trapped. Having a low sense of self-worth, dislike of self or others, trying to cope with painful memories from the past or constantly worrying about the future and what it may hold.
His approach to individual therapy has a strong influence of mindfulness, is value driven, and commitment-oriented. He knows how it "feels" to be in your situation, and the importance of the regaining the purpose and meaning of an individual's life. He is a firm believer in strengthening what you are good at and providing direction to improve your resilience towards life's challenges. Hence, you may expect an action-oriented approach to your concerns.
He has provided supervision for clinical psychology interns, clinical psychologists and consultation to General Practitioners (GPs).
He runs therapeutic groups and is featured from time to time on local radio stations promoting mental health awareness.
His most recent publication is featured in the New Zealand Medical Journal:
THERAPY – Therapies for Individuals, Families, and Groups
iMind can provide both short (time-limited) and long-term therapies.
Therapies are individually-tailored, goal-directed, and evidence-based. They can address a wide range of psychological problems and challenges.
Often, the goal of the therapy is to create a good awareness of your difficulties, reduce the psychological impact on your life, minimise suffering and explore steps to live well.
Evidence-based therapies available include:
Rehabilitation – Working with various ACC claims, including sensitive claims
Assessments – for specific purposes:
Dr Dath provides Psychological Assessments such as Intellectual, memory, cognitive and specific neuropsychological to determine your strengths and weaknesses using advanced psychometric assessment tests.
These may help you in your (work, home, personal) job, studies; determine the level of any (difficulties) deficits you may have.
Psychological assessments could assist you to plan your study, treatment or any rehabilitation. The cost varies depending on the type of assessment you require.
Personality assessments to determine your personality type can help you understand your nature and temperament. This may help you in your job, leadership position, relationships, or with treatment.
We will also provide specific diagnostic assessments for adults to determine if you or a member of your family is struggling with common problems such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) or positioning on the Autistic spectrum to determine the severity and its impact on your life.
Provides consultation for the following:
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. An estimated one in 20 New Zealanders have ADHD, yet is poorly understood and frequently remains undiagnosed, causing distress in family, work and social situations. Those with ADHD have many benefits and generally have a normal intellect; however, they also have a characteristic group of symptoms which, if undiagnosed, may lead to slower development in achievement and social skills. Inattention can cause range of problems at school, work, relationships and sometimes problems with law. In moderate to severe cases medication and psychological interventions could help you to live effectively.
Anger is an entirely normal human emotion; but it is problematic if it gets out of control. Frequent anger episodes are not healthy; this could be occurring in multiple situations (home, work or community) this could lead to problems in work, community or quality of personal relationships. Anger-related issues can be a symptom of other underlying problems (depression, dissatisfaction, helplessness, unhappiness, or substance abuse in some cases) including personality related. Before it gets out of your control and is causing substantial problems in your life - seek support. A wide range of psychological treatment/treatment strategies are available to manage this problem.
Anxiety can be a useful emotion in certain situations, some of the time. However, persistent, frequent experiences of various types of anxiety can affect your quality of life. These may take the form of panic (sudden experiences of intense anxiety), generalised anxiety, situation-specific anxiety, social anxiety, phobia, OCD etc. These can cause significant problems in your life such as being less sociable, not being able to perform well at your work, avoiding situations. You can consult us to find out the many forms of evidence-based psychological treatment that are available for the effective management of anxiety in all its forms.
Further information https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/a-z/resource/40/panic-disorder
Assertiveness and Positive communication
The ability to express your opinions, feelings or ideas in an open, frank, honest and direct way is an important part of establishing and maintaining effective relationships. It recognises one's own rights whilst still respecting the rights of others. An assertive communication style helps us to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions without judging or blaming other people. Opposite to this is either a passive or aggressive communication style. This often creates problems for you and others around you. The underlying cause of being unable to express your own thoughts, feelings, and needs is often due to ones's own internal beliefs (For example - “saying no means being rude”, “they may not like me if I don't say yes to their requests” etc). This problem can be changed or modified using a combination of therapeutic approaches to developing effective communication styles.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Autism is a developmental condition that affects the way people make sense of the world. ASDs are life-long issues/deficits that affect social, communication and general behaviour. Some support services are available in the community, our service provides assessment and individually tailored self-management skills to help with social situations, anxiety management, etc.
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged exposure to stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. Burnout can also cause long-term changes to your body that make you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu. Recently the World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially recognised that burnout is a condition and health hazard. Untreated, eventually, burnout can lead to many health and occupational challenges.
Brain injury /Concussion management
If you have sustained a brain injury at work, home or elsewhere, you may be eligible for full rehabilitation services funded by ACC. Readjusting to normal life after an injury can be very stressful and challenging. You may request a psychological intervention if you are finding it difficult to cope with managing your symptoms.
From time to time we all feel sad, irritable, anxious, moody or low, however, some people experience these feelings quite intensely, for long periods (weeks, months or even years). Sometimes this may have been triggered by an adverse event, or may not have any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health. Visit your GP soon, you may qualify for *funded psychological consultation sessions (*only in certain GP practices which have access to funding).
Sometimes we find ourselves asking the big questions about life, such as the purpose of life, relationships, working, values, spirituality, and why is life going this way right now. At times these challenges are associated with depression as one tends to give up, or have lost sight of the bigger picture. If this is something you can relate to and need our help book an appointment.
Grieving is a natural process of coming to terms with a loss. However, the grieving process can be a very painful and you may encounter intense negative emotions, physical reactions and stress. This can lead to isolation, loss of social connections, and could potentially trigger depression. If you have been experiencing this over several months, then it is worthwhile seeking help.
Guilt / Shame
Sometimes, two words are used interchangeably, sometimes they go together hand in hand; however, from a psychological perspective, they are different experiences. Guilt is often associated with others, and shame relates to how you feel. Often these experiences are part of other challenges e.g., depression, anxiety, low self-worth, addictions, or relationship issues. Evidence-based therapeutic processes do help to address these issues.
Have you been hurt by cheating, or being cheated? This can cause a great deal of hurt, broken relationships, and mistrust. The whole experience can be very painful and unsettling. This can trigger anger, self-worth, doubt, guilt, and even addictions in some cases. It is healthy to talk about it, and to seek support as just try to bury or suppress things will not be helpful in the long run.
Are you struggling with relationship issues with your partner, friends, family, or someone at work? Watch out for questions like, frequent arguments, value differences, falling out of love, jealous, self-conscious, feeling like you have been let down, power struggle, control issues, or any abusive cycle you are going through? If you think there is no way forward and it is affecting your emotional wellbeing, you may well need help to address these problems. If so, then it would be worth consulting us.
Loss of meaning of lifE
This varies from person to person; each life phase brings many levels of challenges which is normal. Are you feeling empty, lost, finding it hard to be motivated, see meaning, or have no real purpose? If, this struggle is quite apparent, persistent over time, you may need help to find ways to break out of this situation. It would be worthwhile consulting us.
Quite often low self-esteem is linked to depression, anxiety, and other common mental health conditions. Often the problem is that we may to dislike ourselves, manage to undermine our efforts, see more flaws than any strengths, to highlight shortfalls, avoid talking to others, avoiding relationships, taking up jobs, socialising, being self-conscious, and suffering emotional struggles like anxiety. Is this sound like you, and it is affecting your emotional wellbeing then it is worthwhile taking sometime to address this.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
This is a common, chronic and long-lasting type of anxiety disorder in which a person finds it difficult to control, reoccurring obsessive thoughts (Obsessions) and compulsive behaviours (Compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over. This is can be very distressing, limiting and time-consuming. Those who struggle with such symptoms find it difficult to break the habit, others (family/friends/ work) find it difficult to understand and provide support, which can cause significant interpersonal problems. Sometimes OCD can be present as part of the other mental conditions (co-occurring conditions). CBT and other treatments have found to be effective in managing these conditions. If you are someone experiencing this, you can consult us for an accurate assessment and available treatment options.
This may vary from person to person. You may often feel that you are under the weather, that you or someone you report to feels you are not at your best and need to address ways to enhance your work performance. Many factors could contribute to this: personal issues, relationship issues, self-worth, loss of motivation, lack of clear goals, burnout or other emotional issues. Before it turns into a bigger problem, it is worth consulting us.
Is your nature, temperament or personality creating problems in your relationships? Is your nature getting in the way of your work? Are you prone to be introverted, anxious temperament or opposite? Do you have dependency traits? Do you fear of abandonment? Are you too emotionally sensitive? Are you being controlled by others? Difficult to attach, relate, and others find it challenging to understand you? Is this causing friction with others, loss of relationships or even costing your job? Assessments and treatments are available for a wide range of personality issues.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur at any time after a person has experienced a traumatic event, such as an assault, or serious accident. The symptoms last for at least a month and include difficulty in relaxing, bad dreams or flashbacks of the incident, and the avoidance of anything related to the event. If you think you or someone you know might have PTSD, it's important to get help. Talk to your GP or health professional. (Ministry of Health, New Zealand). You may qualify for an ACC funded psychological intervention. We do provide evidence-based psychological interventions to support you to manage PTSD.
A Psychological Assessment includes using a wide range of standardised and validated psychometric assessment tools, recording a good case history, and formulations in order to arrive at a professional psychological opinion and selection of treatment options. We can provide intellectual assessments, memory assessments, personality assessments, diagnostic assessments for conditions such as ASD, ADHD or personality assessments for treatment or establishing eligibility for long-term support.
Psychological Trauma (PT)
After experiencing a distressing event, one could develop psychological distress. Trauma often results in a disproportionate amount of stress that exceeds one's capacity to withstand or cope. Such experience could trigger depression, or range of severe anxiety (including panic attacks), self-harm/suicidal thoughts, harmful coping (avoidance, substance use to numbing feelings) You may qualify for an ACC funded psychological intervention. We do provide evidence-based psychological interventions to support you to resolve PT.
Good relationships run smoothly and enable you to enjoy your life, work, and other activities beyond the relationship. You're not always worrying or talking about it. Like a smooth-running car, you don't have to keep repairing it. You may have disagreements and get angry, but you still have goodwill toward one another, talk things over, resolve conflicts, and return to a loving, enjoyable state. If you are experiencing struggles in your relationships it can be helpful to talk these through.
We all need a certain level of stress in- orer to be healthy. It is normal to feel sad, depressed, anxious, tense or afraid. These are common and natural human emotions. But sometimes these feelings can become so overwhelming that coping with day-to-day life, work, leisure, and relationships – becomes difficult or impossible. Stress can cause physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties (The fight or flight response). Once such a situation is passed your body should normally return to a baseline. However, if you are constantly under stress your body stays in a state of high alert, and you may develop stress-induced psycho-physiological symptoms.
(Sourced from mental health foundations NZ)
Whatever is going on for you that has led to how you're feeling right now is unique to you – but having suicidal thoughts is not. You are not alone; lots of people have thought about killing themselves and have found a way to live through that experience and found happiness on the other side.
Having suicidal thoughts can be overwhelming and frightening. It can be tough to know what to do and how to cope. You may feel very depressed or anxious or you may feel terrible and not know what the feelings are.
You may feel like you are useless and not wanted or needed by anyone. You may be feeling hopeless about the future or powerless, as if nothing you do or say can change things for the better. You may be blaming yourself for things that have happened in your life, and you might think it would be easier for others if you weren't here. You may not even know why you feel suicidal, and think that you have no reason to want to kill yourself. Because of this, you may feel guilty and ashamed, and start feeling even worse.
It can feel much worse if no-one knows what you are going through or how bad you feel. You don't need to be alone. Some people are willing, able and available to help you. https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/a-z/resource/50/suicide-coping-with-suicidal-thoughts
In an urgent / crisis situation, you call 111 or local mental health line. If it is non-urgent, then consider visiting your GP. Our service can help you to develop a coping strategy, learn skills to manage such thoughts, find ways to deal with the underlying problems via various psychotherapy, including DBT (create a link from below). If you need you can consult us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why choose iMind?
Q. Who needs therapy?
A. Not restricted to anyone or any one condition… anyone who is struggling with life stress/emotions, relationship issues/ struggle with self-worth, unhelpful ways to cope with life’s struggles and struggling to make headway in life can benefit from therapy.
Q. Why therapy?
A. You don't want to be told to 'get over it', 'toughen up', 'it will be ok', 'you are weak'.
At times it is a challenge to speak to friends or family as they can only do so much. Talking openly to someone and discussing what is going on inside your mind can sometimes be very difficult.
That is when someone with specialist knowledge, training and experience can more effectively guide you towards understanding and managing your problems without having to cost your relationship, health, job or other negative consequences.
You will not be judged or undermined, but appreciated for who you are and what you bring to the therapy.
In return, you will be guided to explore your values, which you may have forgotten or drifted away from, which could bring much-needed meaning and richness into your life.
Q. When is the right time to see a Psychologist?
A. It is the right time to see a psychologist when:
Q. How long does it take and how much does it cost?
Usually, 90 minutes of an initial consultation and subsequent follow up consultations as required of about 60 minutes. Our consultation fee is based on an hourly rate of $195 (GST inclusive).
You may qualify for government funded (financial assistance) Programme such as Wellness Programme, so check with your usual Doctor (GP), ACC, Health Insurance provider (Southern Cross), or Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
Q. Therapy over telephone or Skype possible?
A. Yes, however, only for the follow-ups where it is impossible to meet face to face.
Q. Do I need a referral from my doctor?
A. No, but if your GP is prepared to write a brief referral letter, that will be of value in understanding your needs and planning any treatment you may require.
Q. Are appointments after hours or on the weekend possible?
A. After Hours yes, but not on weekends.