Sarah De Wattignar

SPA Associate
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Sarah de Wattignar has been a Registered Clinical Psychologist since 2010. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology BSc (Honours) in 2012.  She has worked in Community Mental Health and at the Regional Forensic Service. In 2016 she began working in private practice with Sports Psychology Associates with athletes from a range of sports and in 2017 she began working at High Performance Sport New Zealand. She is trained in evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has an on ongoing interest in the therapeutic relationship, the common factors that promote change and process orientated group work.

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.