Denis Lacey

Session Type

  • Face to face
  • Online
  • Phone



The counselling therapy Denis is drawn to and provide, respects the client’s life perspectives, and offers other potentially helpful and more workable alternatives – which may have got overlooked in navigating life’s journey. Aiming to broaden the range of possibilities open to people, by supporting Client Insights – that serves them to their best well-being.

Denis has extensive knowledge and skills in a number of therapeutic tools after working in Mental Health for the last 20 years from Acute Services to GP settings. He primarily includes, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Denis has his own private practice in Wellington Central, Overthinking Therapy.

Denis also draws on ‘Radical Acceptance Therapy’ as a way to open up to life’s difficulties as opposed to closing down to them – which the latter can lead to unhelpful avoidant behaviours.  ‘Embracing Your Demons’ – so to speak.  Opening up to – rather than struggling and resisting. Denis endeavours to support you to find ways of what seems unworkable to more workable ways. He appreciates how brutal the mind can be, therefore, he also integrates ‘Self Compassion Therapy’ to work more with the mind, then against it.

Professional Body Membership

  • Occupational Therapy Board NZ
  • Association for Contextual Behavioural Science/ Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Areas of Expertise

  • ACT
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Career Guidance / Development
  • CBT
  • Grief & Loss
  • Trauma & Stress Disorder
  • Workplace performance and relationships
  • Youth (13 -18 years)

Qualifications / Training

  • Post Graduate Diploma – Occupational Therapy
  • Post Graduate Certificate – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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