Kyle MacDonald BA; MHSc(Hons.)
Registered Psychotherapist
Member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP)

Boards and Professional Roles

  • New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
    • National Council member (Convener of Public Issues) 2013 – 2016
    • Representative on the Sensitive Claims Advisory Group (SCAG) 2010 – 2014
    • Northern Branch Co-convener, 2010 – 2011

Psychotherapy and counselling

Kyle is an experienced psychotherapist who has worked in mental health, addiction, domestic violence and specialist psychotherapy programmes.
Kyle is a co-director of the Robert Street Clinic, established in 2010 as a private psychotherapy and counselling service in Ellerslie, Auckland.
He sees men and women for short term solution focused counseling and longer term intensive psychotherapy. He is trained in both behavioral and psychodynamic therapies, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or “DBT” with a particular focus on Mindfulness based approaches.

Radio Host and Columnist

Kyle is a columnist for the New Zealand Herald, writing a weekly column responding to readers questions about mental health and therapy.  He is also regular expert co-host on Mike King’s long running (and award winning) mental health interview and talk back radio show “The Nutters Club”.

For over two years Kyle was also a regular contributor to the Radio Live show “Sunday Mornings with Mark Sainsbury.
His regular interviews offered helpful advice about how to use the skills of Mindfulness and the research of “positive psychology” to lead a happier and more fulfilling life. To hear Kyle’s past interviews, take a look at his blog “Off the Couch”.

An advocate of public issues

Since 2009 Kyle’s also been an outspoken critic of the changes to the ACC Sensitive Claims process.
This commenced when he initiated an online petition in 2009, signed by over 4000 people in opposition to the new policies. The petition was tabled in parliament by the Labour party and led to the Independent Clinical Review of the Sensitive Claims Treatment Pathway, a process that lead to a re-design of how ACC provided Sensitive Claims treatment.  At the time Kyle was interviewed on breakfast television and since then have spoken numerous times to radio and print about the ongoing review.
This lead to Kyle serving as the NZAP representative to the ACC Sensitive Claims Advisory Group from 2010 until 2014.  He now serves on the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists National Council as convener of Public Issues.

Overcoming Social Anxiety

An online resource dedicated to help overcome social anxiety, social phobia or shyness.
Kyle has recently developed and written an online treatment programme for Social Anxiety, incorporating mindfulness, DBT, ACT and assertiveness training.  The programme uses video sessions, audio exercises, a workbook and ongoing ‘webinars’ to help people overcome their Social Anxiety and shyness.  For more visit www.overcomingsocialanxiety.com.

Psychotherapy and Counselling Services

  • Short Term Therapy/Counselling
  • Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Treatment
  • Long Term Psychotherapy
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Professional Supervision
  • Clinical Consultation

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Robert Street Clinic

“We wanted to create the kind of service we would want to go to; a comfortable environment, with professional experienced clinicians. I’m excited to say we have achieved that.”  

The Robert Street Clinic, co-established by myself in 2010, is a provider of private psychotherapy, psychological counselling and psychiatry in Ellerslie, Auckland.  All clinicians at the Clinic have many years experience in public mental health and addictions services.

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