Paula Dennan


Paula Dennan works as a Registered Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience.   Her career began in Child, Family and Adult Community Mental Health before establishing a Private Practice Consultancy where she developed her specialties including Sport Psychology. 

Paula has been working in the area of Sport Psychology since 2000, consulting for NZ Academy of Sport, then High Performance Sport NZ and she is now a director of Sport Psychology Associates (SPA).  She enjoys working with a wide range of athletes, at developmental to elite levels, assisting them to achieve their goals.  She recognizes the uniqueness that each individual brings and works collaboratively with them to improve their sporting performance and personal wellbeing.  This may include using mental skills training and clinical psychology approaches to support athletes through the various stages and challenges of their career.  She has had the privilege of working with a range of both individual and teams sports including Hockey, Rugby, Cricket, Gymnastics, Cycling, Triathlon, Soccer, Swimming, Surf Life Saving and Sailing.  Paula is a specialist provider for both carded and non-carded athletes, coaches and associated sports professionals. She provides services for NZCPA (NZ Cricket Players Association) and consults for other sporting organizations directly or through referral from doctors/professionals who specialize in Sports Medicine. 

Paula is a member of AASP (Association for Applied Sport Psychology) and APA (American Psychological Association)

With gymnastics being a sport that is just as mental as it is physical, Paula was able to help me train my mind to become mentally tougher in and out of the gym. Learning to deal with any fears or anxiety I may have had about a certain skill or learning how to get through a bad day was essential for me as an athlete if I wanted to be competitive in my sport.