About and Appointments

Welcome! My name is Octavia Wilson, and I’m a Clinical Psychologist.

At the moment, I am not taking referrals for therapy clients.


The 2023 cost of private appointments is $195 including GST, per 50 minute appointment. Please note that cancellations within 24 hours incur the full appointment cost. If clients are unwell (with cold and flu symptoms etc) I am very happy to offer video or phone appointments instead of in-person. I use doxy.me for video appointments.


I have a particular interest in working with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I am also trained in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Meta-Cognitive Therapy. I co-facilitate Group EMDR treatment in Christchurch.


I have a wide range of experience in working with different psychological difficulties, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety including chronic worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, and phobias
  • trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • psychosis and bipolar disorder
  • emotional dysregulation
  • self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • grief
  • work stress
  • peri- and post-natal depression and anxiety
  • psychological difficulties resulting from chronic health conditions such as renal failure, cancer, endometriosis
  • gender issues and gender readiness assessments
  • perfectionism
  • earthquake anxiety

I am an approved ACC Sensitive Claims provider.

Education and Experience

I completed a Bachelors of Arts with First-Class Honours, majoring in Psychology, at the University of Canterbury. I then went on to complete my Masters of Science in Psychology, undertaking an independent research project focused on the experiences of stay-at-home fathers with young children. At the same time I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology at the University of Canterbury, which included two part-time and one full-time years of supervised clinical practice. I “jumped in the deep end” and started my internship with the Canterbury District Health Board the week after the February 2011 earthquakes, and from 2012 to July 2017 I worked in several roles in the CDHB, often combining two part-time roles to get an even broader range of experience.

I am a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychology.

Social media policy

As a health care professional I cannot ethically reveal information about my clients, even to the point of neither confirming nor denying whether a person was ever my client. I am always willing to discuss clients’ reactions to our work together with them in person, whether favorable or negative. Confidentiality boundaries ensure that I cannot respond to reviews or comments on social media. For verified testimonials of my work, please refer to non-confidential recommendations on my Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/octavia-wilson