Kate Tappenden (Psychologist)

LifeCo Psychology team member Dr Kate Tappenden is the director of Voice Psychology in Palmerston North. Kate uses movement, EMDR, NLP, Trauma Focused-CBT, Art Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy in daily practice. Kate takes a holistic, individualized and evidence-based approach to clinical practice. Kate says, ” I am also a philosopher at heart, and people don’t usually escape without a trip through ancient and modern philosophy and an exploration of how we each view the mind, our thoughts and our belief systems.”

In Palmerston North, Kate is accompanied by a young therapy pup in training (he sleeps in his crate when not needed), and her premises at 151 The Square, Palmerston North, offers an inviting place to make yourself comfortable, drink tea, and meditate in the meditation room. Children are welcome. There is free WIFI and a children’s room with kinetic sand, art materials and big comfy cushions if they are old enough to be left alone. 

Kate’s areas of specialisation are complex trauma and dissociation. She has a special interest in complex regional pain syndrome and has worked with sleep disorders, headaches, mild TBI (concussion), survivors of sexual and physical assault, and is an assessor for ACC’s sensitive claims. She also conducts mental injury assessments following a physical injury. 

Registered Psychologist

BA (Hons) Psych, Philosophy,

MA Philosophy, PGDip Psych Practice, PHD Philosophy

LifeCo Psychology Team Member- Palmerston North