Sarb Johal

Spreading the art and science of useful and useable psychology since 1991.

In order to help you, Sarb can advise you in in the following areas:

Psychologist, Coach and Therapist
Sarb is a qualified clinical and health psychologist, and holds current valid registrations in both NZ and the UK as well as two doctoral level degrees in. Sarb has undertaken intensive training in contextual behavioural therapies over the past 4 years, especially using ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) processes.
Consultant / Trainer / Facilitator
Sarb is very experienced in consulting in sensitive work environments, but is courageous in delivering straight talk where its needed. He has worked in Government, clinical, academic, NGO and commercial settings delivering professional services for over 27 years. Sarb also has a qualification in Management Consulting from the National School of Government in the UK.
Researcher and Writer
Sarb holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health at Massey University in Wellington New Zealand. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, as well as contributing to mainstream media debate in newspapers, magazines and his blog.
Broadcaster / MC
As well as writing and presenting his own show on BBC World Service, Sarb is a regular contributor to Radio New Zealand's parenting slot, other NZ Radio stations and BBC World News TV. Sarb also MC'd TEDxWellington 2014 and 2016 and has been re-engaged for 2017.

It is clear that 4 out of 5 people have experienced a mental health disorder by the time they reach midlife. What do we know about those who don’t?

You might be familiar with the often quoted statistic that 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 people experience mental health difficulties. What you might not be aware of is that is the answer if people are answering about what they are experiencing at that particular point in time. Long-term studies following the same people […]

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Can the news media play a key role in triggering psychological reactions to terrorism?

In July 2011, Anders Breivik killed 77 adults and children in a bombing in Oslo and a subsequent shooting on a nearby island where the Norwegian Labor Party’s youth organisation was having their summer camp. I talk with Dr Bertel Hansen of the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark about […]

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My NZ Fabians Society Seminar: Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand

On Friday 21 July, I gave an invited seminar to the NZ Fabians Society in Wellington. It was entitled, “Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand”. Amongst other issues, in this discussion I provided reminders of the importance of exposure to unfavourable social, economic and environmental […]

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