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Epenesa Olo-Whaanga

Registered Clinical Psychologist. MA (Hons), PGDipClinPsych.

Epenesa Olo-Whaanga is a clinical psychologist of Samoan descent, often describing herself as a Savai’an. She is currently managing Takanga a Fohe, Pacific Mental Health and Addictions Service, Waitemata District Health Board since 2013.

Epenesa worked at the Kari Centre, a mainstream child, youth and family mental health service in Auckland for eleven years. She held various roles there including running the Pasifika Parenting Support Group, helping establish the Riding the Wave Dialectical Behaviour Therapy programme for adolescents and their parents/caregivers, providing supervision, setting up a liaison role for professionals working with primary school aged children, and establishing a new infant mental health service.

Epenesa also works in private practice, Psychology on Broadway. There she sees children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, and provides professional supervision. She also contracts to a variety of agencies including the New Zealand Police, Department of Corrections, Department of Child, Youth and Family. She has also been a visiting specialist to the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and would like to increase that time.  She also writes from time to time for Oh Baby! Magazine. Epenesa is passionate about psychology and keeps up with professional development.