Monarch Psychology

Clinicians at Monarch Psychology

James Cunningham Monarch Psychology Principal – MA. (Hons) P.G. Dip. Clin. Psych. M.N.Z.P.S

James is a Neuropsychologist and registered Clinical Psychologist with 10 years experience in public and private sectors.

He completed training in the original Concussion Clinic, Starship Hospital and Auckland Hospital head injury and rehabilitation departments.

He has acted as a consultant on traumatic brain injury for government and non-government organisations. He gained his qualifications at Auckland University. James’ thesis was on severe TBI recovery at 2 years. James is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society and the International Neuropsychology Society.

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Dr Hinemoa Elder

Dr Hinemoa Elder is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

She is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent. Dr Elder is a Visiting Associate Professor in Indigneous Research (post doctoral fellow) at Te Whare Wānanga O Awanuiārangi.

Dr Elder has been an ACC provider of neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury since 2006.

She has a PhD (Massey University) that developed theory and intervention for young Māori with traumatic brain injury, their whānau and professionals. She also provides psychiatric assessment and treatment for complex cases.

Since 2007 Dr Elder has worked in the area of Youth Forensic Psychiatry in the Waikato, Auckland and Northland regions. Dr Elder served on the Ministry of Health external reference group for youth forensic service development in 2012.

Dr Elder has also served on Ministry of Health committees tackling issues of Conduct Disorder and suicide prevention. Dr Elder was a member of the expert advisory group of Blueprint II, which articulated the framework for New Zealand Mental Health service funding for the next 10 years.

She is a deputy psychiatrist member of the NZ Mental Health Review Tribunal and on the list of Specialist Assessors/Medical Consultants for assessment under the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003.

Dr Elder is also an invited Research Associate of the Person Centred Research Centre and at the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at AUT.

She is also a member of the Māori Advisory Committee of the Centre for Brain Research.

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Nicole Cope MsocSci(Hons), PG DipClinPsych

Nicole is a registered Clinical Psychologist with 13 years’ experience in the fields of mental health and addictions. She completed her Masters in Social Science at Waikato University, with a thesis in Psychosocial Outcome after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. She completed her Post-Graduate clinical training at The University of Auckland.

She is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Registration Board, holding a Clinical Psychologist Scope of Practice. She is a full member of the New Zealand Psychological Society and the New Zealand Institute of Clinical Psychology. Nicole is also registered with the Addiction Practitioners’ Association, Aotearoa-New Zealand.

In addition to her work at Monarch Psychology, Nicole works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Waitemata District Health Board’s Community Alcohol and Drug Services. She has specialised in the area of adult mental health and addictions, and works with a broad range of difficulties.

She has a particular interest in; recovery from serious medical and physical illness, substance abuse, anxiety and depressive disorders. Her main model of practice is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, along with mindfulness-based modalities including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.


Balance Psychology – Dr Leanne Taylor-Miller

Leanne completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Auckland, and previously completed a BA from the University of Otago. Leanne predominantly works from a cognitive behavioural therapy model (CBT), but uses a range of psychological models (including acceptance and commitment therapy and narrative therapy) depending on her clients needs.

Leanne offers a professional, warm and non-judgmental approach, and is committed to helping people to move forward in their lives. Leanne works collaboratively to ensure that the therapy suits each individual client, and that progress is both balanced and sustainable.

  • Doctor in Clinical Psychology – The University of Auckland
  • Registered with the New Zealand Psychologist Board (Clinical Scope)
  • Member of New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP)



Malcolm Falconer MA(Hons), MNZPsS


Malcolm Falconer has over 25 years experience working with clients in mental health settings. At the beginning of his career, he worked with people with intellectual disabilities at IHC. Malcolm then moved into drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, as a therapist in residential facilities and then as a counsellor in community services. Further moving forward, Malcolm  began working for a service that provides vocational and recreational rehabilitation for people with mental health problems. Once he was registered as a psychologist he worked for adult mental health services – both in the public sector and for non-governmental providers – on Waiheke Island, the North Shore and in West Auckland. Malcolm consequently moved to the Far North, where he worked as a clinical psychologist. While living in the North, he acquainted himself with Maori (Ngapuhi) culture and values, learning to speak some Te Reo as a result. Returning to Auckland in 2005 he has spent the last 7 years working in a service for GP referred patients with mild-moderate mental health conditions, as the consultant psychologist for ProCare Psychological Services (PPS). During his tenure there, he split his time between holding a position on the management team, clinical supervision and seeing clients. In 2012, when PPS went through a review restructure, he saw this as an opportunity to follow his dream and set up his own practice. And so PSYCH’D was born.

Malcolm has a Master of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Auckland. He completed post graduate level papers in clinical neuropsychology, psychotherapy, abnormal psychology and health psychology. Malcolm also has a post graduate qualification in forensic psychiatry.

He has continued his professional development with qualifications and training in clinical supervision, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), schema therapy, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.


Dr Malcolm Stewart PhD PGDipClinPsych DipMgt FNZCCP

Malcolm is a registered Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in the physical and mental health services. He completed his PhD and clinical training at the University of Otago.

He has particular interests in assisting people with a wide range of physical and mental health issues and in helping well-functioning people to feel happier, more effective, and more satisfied in their lives. He also provides couple therapy.

He is passionate about supporting the development of individuals and organisations within New Zealand to ensure that we as individuals and as a society are as successful and as physically, mentally, and socially healthy as we can be.

His approach to therapy is a broadly informed cognitive behavioural therapy approach that draws on experience of a wide range of other therapies to meet the needs and personal style of the people he works with.

Malcolm has previously been the Professional Leader-Psychology (Head Psychologist) at Counties Manukau DHB and Waikato DHB and a Senior Lecturer in the Auckland University School of Medical and Health Sciences. He was awarded a Ministry of Health / Like Minds Respect Award and the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists John Bushnell Medal for Leadership in Clinical Psychology.

Malcolm can be contacted at or by phoning (021) 792 804