Meet the Empowerment Psychology Team

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Dr Wolfman — Clinical Psychologist

I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to New Zealand when I was 10 years old. I'm a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the New Zealand Psychologist Board. I did my PhD and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology training at Victoria University of Wellington. I have 10 years of undergraduate and postgraduate training and qualifications in Psychology, nearly 18 years of experience in counselling and mental health setting, and 6 years as a fully registered Clinical Psychologist. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults in diverse settings including in private practice, Child, Youth & Family’s secure Care & Protection, and Youth Justice residences, in a high security prison, and Children & Adult Community Mental Health Service (Waitemata DHB). I am available for clinical supervision in person or online.


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PhD in Psychology



Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology



Bachelor of Science (Honours)



Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Health Science Conjoint


What I Offer

Depression Therapy

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Couples Counseling

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Photos From Classes

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“I would like to express my gratitude to Dr Wolfman for helping me work through the trauma I suffered during the birth of my daughter in 2022 and resulting PTSD. After complications leading up to her birth, an induction and close to 40 hours of labour which ended up in an emergency c-section, I felt like I had no control over the birth. Every aspect of what I thought should have been a magical experience was taken away from me. As a result, I really struggled with the first few months of new motherhood. I was living with constant flashbacks of the birth, couldn’t go to basic medical appointments without being taken back to the experience, and was racked with guilt for having no connection with my daughter. After struggling to get any help through the public health system, Missy took me as a patient immediately and recommended EMDR therapy. Applying EMDR therapy with absolute professionalism, a kind hearted attitude, wisdom and sensitivity, Missy quickly empowered me to improve my PTSD on a profound level. For the first time in months since the birth, I was able to gain a sense of control back over my life, the flashbacks I had been riddled with, and truly form a connection with my daughter. Through EMDR therapy, I can now proudly say that I feel empowered by my traumatic experience. I am extremely grateful for Missy’s help, and hope that many more people - whether they be Mum’s or otherwise - can experience improved lives with her invaluable assistance.”
Dr Missy Wolfman
Mother of one

Charlotte Lawson (Registered Psychologist)

I am a registered Psychologist with six years’ experience in mental health and wellbeing settings, including in leadership, consulting, training, and supervisory roles, working in multidisciplinary teams, and providing therapy in community settings. I specialise in applied mental health, providing therapy for people of all ages, particularly supporting parents with mental health challenges and/or their children to cope with the complexity of family life when impacted by mental illness. I believe strongly in mental health and wellbeing support that is person-centred, strengths-based, and holistic. I am also passionate about equitable access to care and mental health prevention work. I am committed to ongoing professional development and access regular supervision with senior clinical, counselling, and neuropsychologists to ensure that I am offering you the best support, based on up-to-date psychological knowledge. I am a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (MNZPsS), and the New Zealand Special Interest Group for Neuropsychology (MNZSIGN).

I work within an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frame, facilitating self-awareness and personal growth with a focus on your personal strengths and self-compassion, while incorporating elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and person-centred therapies. I have broad therapeutic experience including trauma, adjustment including to injury, cognitive rehabilitation and recovery from brain injury, life transitions, stress, anxiety and mood challenges, communication and interpersonal effectiveness, and work-life conflict or workplace issues. I have experience working with children and adults with ADHD diagnoses and with parents whose children have been diagnosed with ADHD, ASD, and other neurodevelopmental conditions