About me

If you were reading my blog and wanted to know more before engaging me on a coaching project, or to write for you, or some other endeavour, you’re in the right place.

Here’s the list:

  • I am the Director of Equanimity Limited and sole author of the Complete Coach blog
  • I am a certified Fitness Instructor
  • I am a UK-trained Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist
  • I am a Registered Psychologist in New Zealand and hold a Clinical Scope Of Practice
  • I am Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health at Massey University’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research (in conjunction with GNS Science).
  • I am a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society
  • I am also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and member of the Divisions of Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, and the Special Group in Coaching Psychology
  • I hold two doctoral level degrees in psychology from the University of Cardiff in Wales (PhD), and the University of London – University College London (DClinPsy)
  • I have extensive experience in teaching, research, senior policy advisor, and clinical practitioner capacities in University, Health Care and Government settings in the UK, NZ and Japan
  • In total, I have over 20 years experience working as a psychologist in various realms.
  • I work in a trans-disciplinary way, but I’m most familiar with solution-focused coaching approaches, narrative therapy, ACT, CBT, CAT, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Over the past 12 years, I have managed projects for the NZ Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Youth Development. More recently, I worked as a Private Secretary for the Minister of State for Health in the UK Government. I have advised a number of agencies during the past three years, including CERA, EQC, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Social Development, as well as being on the Advisory Group to the Canterbury based All Right? campaign.

Most recently of all, I was a General Election List Candidate for the NZ Labour Party in 2017. 

You can find out more about my experience here.

I am an experienced runner, and completed numerous half-marathons, 8 international marathons, and 2 ultra-marathons from 2010-2015. I am a certified Leader in Running Fitness, and I am also training to be a Personal Trainer. My most testing experience was training for my first marathon, and then running a marathon on my own three weeks  before the Berlin marathon in 2010 – just to see if I could do it. I did, and I learned a lot about mindfulness during that whole training cycle. I hope I can share some of those insights with you – either on this site, or through a coaching conversation.

I have done extensive media work in NZ e.g. The Press, Stuff, The Dominion Post, the NZ Herald, as well as international media, such as interviews for BBC World News.

I am active online, and tweet regularly as @sarb. You can follow me there – I usually follow back. Get in contact – I’d like to hear from you.