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Access the support you need:

  • Commitment to making therapy more accessible

  • Offering brief therapeutic interventions

  • Tailored to your unique needs and preferences

Kia ora, so great to meet you!

I'm Lisa Gibson, a registered psychologist based in Palmerston North. I specialise in helping adults, teens, and couples cope with life’s challenges.

I'm acutely aware of the barriers that exist, making it hard for people to access the support they need. Drawing from years of research and experience, I have created mental health tools and resources to help bridge this gap.

I’m on a mission to help kids, teens, and couples thrive beyond the therapy room.

In the realm of relationships, my aim is proactive. Rather than waiting for storms to rage, I equip couples with the tools they need to thrive.

So, together, let's rewrite the narrative. Let's build a world where understanding, connection, and resilience are the norm. Together, we can change the world—one conversation at a time.

Connect with Palmerston North Psychologist Lisa Gibson

Talking about what matters

Life and relationships can introduce challenges that can disrupt our sense of well-being and hinder us from living the life we desire. Whether you're grappling with anxiety, navigating relationship difficulties, or seeking clarity, therapy offers a supportive space for growth and healing.

I work with adults, teens, and couples

I find that most individuals and couples require between 6 to 12 sessions

I offer sessions online and in person in Palmerston North

Healthy Communication

Unlock the power of healthy communication. Palmerston North Psychologist, Lisa Gibson has created evidence-based tools to help nurture empathy, validation, and understanding to help kids, teens, and couples talk about the things that matter.

From fostering emotional intelligence in kids and making it easier for teens to talk about their mental health to empowering couples with a self-guided tool to strengthen their relationship and enhance their communication.

Who will benefit?

  • Children struggling to express their emotions and articulate their needs.

  • Adolescents navigating low mood, panic attacks, anxiety, or other mental health challenges.

  • Couples dedicated to maintaining a healthy relationship, aiming to deepen their connection and enhance their communication.

  • Engaged or newlywed couples proactively seeking to lay a solid foundation for their future.

  • Professionals seeking fresh and innovative ways to engage with their clients.

  • Parents dedicated to fostering an environment where their children feel empowered to express their emotions and engage in open discussions about their mental health.

In essence, we aim to help individuals and families engage in open and meaningful conversations, where emotions are understood and validated, mental health is prioritized, and relationships flourish.

Join us in building a future where understanding, connection, and resilience are the norm. Together, we can change the world—one conversation at a time.

“The best way to open people’s minds isn’t to argue with them. It’s to listen to them. When people feel understood, they become less defensive and more reflective—and develop less extreme, more nuanced views. Productive disagreements begin with curiosity, not persuasion.” — Adam Grant

Palmerston North Psychologist  Lisa Gibson facilitating workshop

Healthy Relationships

Relationships are journeys filled with twists, turns, and unexpected detours. Working with a Counselling Psychologist can provide you with the tailored support and evidence-based tools to cultivate a healthy relationship.

Drawing from extensive research and expertise, we provide tailored support to help couples cultivate healthy relationships.

Discover a path to:

  • Increased awareness: Gain a deeper understanding of your relationship dynamics. Understand relationship patterns so you can pave a new path forward.

  • Enhanced communication: Learn evidence-based techniques to enhance your communication from active listening to conflict resolution.

  • Cultivating empathy: Foster an environment where both partners feel acknowledged, valued, and understood, leading to emotional intimacy.

  • Courageous conversations: From sensitive topics like sex and intimacy to differing perspectives, we provide a safe space for open, vulnerable, and honest conversations.

  • Implementing new strategies: Identify and replace old habits, defences, and coping strategies to strengthen your relationship.

  • Celebrating wins: While therapy often focuses on challenges, we also recognize and celebrate the strengths and resilience within your relationship. From shared goals to mutual support, we highlight and build on what’s going well.

  • Deepen intimacy: Rediscover your spark. Bring joy back into your relationship and feel more connected to your partner.

At Healthy Love, our goal is to provide you with the tools, support, and guidance needed to build a relationship that thrives. Whether you're facing challenges or simply want to strengthen your bond, we're here to help you on your journey towards a healthier, more connected relationship.

Mental Health

As a counselling psychologist, I'm dedicated to helping individuals navigate life's challenges and live more in alignment with their values. Through therapy, we can work together to develop helpful coping strategies, foster self-compassion, and cultivate greater self-awareness.

What I offer:

  • A personalised approach: I tailor my approach to your unique needs and goals, creating a safe space for exploration.

  • Evidence-based techniques: Using a scientific practitioner model psychology is both an art and a science. I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

  • Addressing a wide range of concerns: I offer support for anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, stress management, and more.

Benefits of therapy:

  • Gain clarity on your thoughts and feelings

  • Develop effective coping strategies

  • Enhance communication and relationships

  • Build resilience and self-confidence

  • Manage stress and anxiety

  • Cultivate greater self-compassion

Therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution; rather it’s a collaborative journey. You don't have to face these challenges alone. By investing in your mental health, you're investing in a more fulfilling life, with greater clarity, resilience, and stronger relationships.

Ready to take the first step? Simply fill out the referral form and we will be in contact.

Therapy Services

Based in Palmerston North, I specialise in helping individuals and couples cope with life’s challenges. With a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, I aim to help people live more in alignment with their values.

Tailoring my approach to your unique needs, I draw from various therapeutic modalities:

Therapeutic Approaches

  • Sex and Relationship Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Mental Health Expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Depression and low mood

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Social anxiety

  • Perfectionism 

  • Low self-esteem

  • Grief and loss

  • Suicidal thinking

  • Trauma 

  • Stress and burnout


  • Communication

  • Sex and intimacy

  • Emotional distance

  • Attachment patterns

  • Setting healthy boundaries

  • Rebuilding trust

  • Parenting

  • Adjusting to change

  • Relationship maintenance

Communication Tools

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