Mr Quentin Abraham

Registered Psychologist
BSc PGCE MA CPsychol MNZPsS31-web

Mr Abraham is an educational psychologist with 26 years experience in general and educational psychology, family therapy and systemic practice.

In Britain, he held a senior specialist post for challenging behaviour and offered specialist advice to a team of 14 psychologists and special education workers delivering a service to a large metropolitan city. He completed a diploma in Systemic Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in 1997 which included intensive intervention for children, families and the agencies that support them.

He worked for the Ministry of Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand from 2002-2009 providing support for individual children, their families, schools and other agencies. He regularly supervises educational psychologists, Resource Teachers Learning and Behaviour (RTLBs) and specialist teachers.

Prior to becoming a psychologist he worked as a primary school teacher and a residential social worker. This gives him great insight into some of the struggles and complexity faced by children, parents and teachers.

He is a specialist at working with young people and their families as well as adults and organisations. He uses a non-judgmental style to engage with clients especially those struggling with emotional or behavioural problems.

He is an applied psychologist, trained to use psychological techniques to help people fulfill their potential. His main areas of expertise include narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, family therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) among others. He also conducts full assessments when needed, including within the school, home or work environment. He is also interested in restorative practices and dynamic assessment.

Quentin has a level of fluency in Te Reo Māori and is highly skilled in areas of cross-cultural practice.

He was the Practice Advisor for the postgraduate Educational Psychology Course at Victoria University, Wellington and continues to take an active role in the support of newly qualified psychologists. He practices psychological techniques supported by research and experience. He is frequently employed by the Ministry of Education to offer professional supervision to educational psychologists in training alongside his private practice.

He is the outgoing President of the Executive Committee of the New Zealand Psychological Society advising and promoting the use of psychology at a local, national and international level.