About me

Dr. Heidi Douglass is an American-trained Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological assessment and treatment services for adults, children and couples in Hamilton, New Zealand. Dr. Douglass provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) along with other evidence-based therapeutic approaches (skills from Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, & Mindfulness) depending on the needs of the person.

Dr. Douglass has experience treating a wide range of problems including obesity and weight management, binge eating and Bulimia, addiction, anxiety (stress, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), depression and trauma. Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) is one of her specialities.

As a registered psychologist with a doctorate degree, Dr. Douglass has the highest level of training for a mental health professional recognized by the government. Dr. Douglass only uses evidence based therapeutic techniques; those are treatments that have been rigorously tested & published in the scientific literature.

Over the years, Heidi has held clinical and research positions at some of the most prestigious American Institutions including: Harvard University, Columbia University, Boston University, Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC, Brown University in Providence RI and 3 Hospitals of the American Veterans Administration, and within New Zealand at Otago Medical School. For two and a half years, she worked as an obesity expert for the Waikato DHB in Hamilton. She resigned from this position to return to private work in August 2013.

Most recently, Heidi has become very interested in the scientific literature regarding the health outcomes of a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet (WFPBD). In March 2014, she completed a certificate program through Cornell University in the USA on plant-based nutrition.

Heidi immigrated to New Zealand from the Boston area of Massachusetts in 2010. She is married to a man from Dunedin named Mark and they have two children. When she is not working Heidi enjoys travel, yoga, meditation, hiking and organic gardening.

Heidi welcomes clients representing any sexual orientation (LGBT friendly), race, ethnicity and class background. Heidi is knowledgeable about the topic of chemical sensitivity and avoids use of artificial fragrances on her person or in her work environment.

Additonal Services
Heidi is available for professional supervision.

Credentials

Ph.D. in Adult Clinical Psychology from Boston University. 2000
Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University in New York City.1989
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College, 1988.
Harvard University internship located within the hospitals of the United States Veteran’s Administration system in the Boston area.
Two years of training in DBT at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Two years of training at The Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University with Drs. Barlow & Sketetee.

Research Publications

Heidi stopped writing articles for the scientific literature when her first child was born in 2000. She shifted her focus from research to the more flexible life of a Clinician to raise her family.

Steketee, G., Frost, R., Wincze, J., Greene, K., & Douglass, H. (2000). Group and Individual Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding: A Pilot Study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. 28: 259 - 268.

Douglass, H., McGee, R., & Williams, S. (1998) Are young adults checking their skin for melanoma? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 22: 5, 562 - 567.

Douglass, H., McGee, R., & Williams, S. (1997). Sun behavior and perceptions of risk for melanoma among 21 year old New Zealanders. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 21: 329 - 334.

Douglass, H., Moffitt, T., Dar, R., McGee, R.,& Silva, P. (1995), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in a birth cohort of 18 year olds: Prevalence and Predictors. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 34:11, 1424 -1431.

Romans, S., Douglass, H. & Martin, J. (1995), Child Sexual Abuse. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 7: 405 - 409.