Hamish McIntosh


Hamish is a psychologist who acknowledges the inter-related nature of physical and psychological well-being. A graduate of the University of Auckland’s Health Psychology programme, Hamish has worked for the DHB system in inpatient (intensive care unit) and outpatient (chronic pain rehabilitation) settings. Additionally, Hamish works alongside athletes in their pursuit of excellence, inside and outside the sporting arena. 

Hamish has worked alongside national and grassroots sports teams and individually with international as well as up-and-coming athletes. He works across sports and particularly enjoys working with athletes in individual sports, everything from golf, to lawn bowls, to boxing. Individual sports require a specific dedication to training and a special skillset to reach peak performance with no teammates to depend on. Hamish believes that developing the ability to thrive in these conditions is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. Hamish’s experience makes him well suited to supporting injured athletes’ through their rehabilitation as well as those wanting to achieve an optimal level of performance. 

When I first made the Black Sticks, I really struggled with anxiety. It became a constant companion of mine and had a huge impact on aspects of everyday life. I was having hour long anxiety attacks; I was emotional and lacked a lot of self-confidence. Seeing Paula was one of the best decisions I could have made,

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