Our People

North Shore – Glenfield

Lynn Berresford

M.Ed (Hons), Dip Teaching (Distinction), Registered Psychologist with over 40 years of experience of working with children, teenagers and adults with exceptional needs. Lynn has developed extensive and practical knowledge of these individuals who learn differently.

Lynn has acted as the Gifted Education Centre consultant psychologist ever since the establishment of the centre in 1995. She was one of the ‘ask an expert’ on the Ministry of Education TKI website (Gifted and Talented Community Parent and Whanau).

She is a life member of the N.Z. Psychological Society, N.Z. Counsellors Association, N.Z. Gifted Children Association and she is a life member of SPELD (N.Z. Federation of Specific Learning Difficulties).
Lynn is a dedicated, experienced and skilled advocate for individuals who have behaviours reflecting Giftedness, Dyslexia, Attention Deficits, Dyspraxia, Aspergers etc.
Lynn has worked in both clinical and educational settings.

Emrie De Vaal

Emrie is a New Zealand Registered Psychologist with a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. Growing up with a sibling with Dyslexia and ADHD she understands the family dynamics surrounding children with learning difficulties. She is skilled in assessing cognitive abilities as well as specific learning needs associated with dyslexia and attention difficulties. Emrie is dedicated to finding strategies and help that will enable children to reach their full potential and is committed to support children and their families on this interesting journey.

Emrie has a special interest in the needs of gifted individuals, particularly gifted students with specific learning difficulties i.e. twice exceptional students. She is a member of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children as well as a member of SPELD.

Prakash Grover (Also South Auckland – Flat Bush)
Registered Psychologist & Speech Language Therapist

Prakash is a strongly motivated Registered Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in both clinical and educational settings. Masters degree in Psychology, in Sociology, Post graduate qualification in guidance and counselling and a degree in speech language therapy make Prakash a well qualified professional. He is a member of the NZ Psychological Society, NZ Psychology Board, NZ speech therapists association and member of SPELD (he is an approved SPELD tutor and assessor]. He works in close collaboration with Lynn Berresford.

Prakash is a passionate professional with the desire to assess and support people with learning and behaviour issues. His advanced training in positive behaviour support and positive parenting add to his skills. Prakash also offers a unique client support programme to enhance clients organisation and study outcomes.

He is a dedicated, skilled advocate for individuals who have behaviours reflecting Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention deficits, Autism/Aspergers, self esteem issues and other learning issues.

Prakash with a strong pedagogic framework and an intense desire to make a positive difference to people believes in the power of simple and kindness. To find what you seek in the road of life (Edward Bulwer Lytton) – leave no stone unturned.

Elaine West

Elaine is a New Zealand Registered Psychologist and a member of the NZ Psychological Society. Elaine also has a Dip Teaching (Distinction) which was obtained in New Zealand where she taught at the primary level for three years before moving to Australia.

Elaine trained and qualified as a psychologist in Australia where she worked with children and adolescents with educational, behavioural and/or emotional challenges. She also worked with the parents and schools to provide them with strategies and skills to manage and support the children and young people.

Since arriving back in New Zealand Elaine has worked as a psychologist with the Ministry of Education (Intensive Wraparound Service) and as a Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). This work has provided her with valuable experience of, and insight into, the New Zealand primary and secondary educational systems.

Elaine has experience working with children and adolescents experiencing learning difficulties (such as dyslexia and dyscalculia), behavioural difficulties (such as aggression, school refusal and oppositionality), developmental disorders (such as ADHD) and emotional disorders (such as anxiety, low mood, and low self-esteem). She can provide psycho-educational assessments and therapy. Elaine is also a member of the NZ Association for Gifted Children.

Elaine is passionate in her desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children and adolescents (and their parents) who are experiencing challenges in school, home or the community.

Stewart D’Silva

Stewart is an honest and charismatic young man with a Masters degree in Cognitive Psychology and an Honors degree in Counselling Psychology. Past practice has seen him work extensively with young people with visual impairment, learning disabilities and also carry out extensive research into cancer fatigue and management.

He is always empathetic and relatable; happiest when in a supportive role, working with teenagers and young adults to build on individual strengths and talents, while encouraging the importance of study at both secondary and tertiary levels and future employability.

Stewart is also a diligent advocate for gifted individuals, working with young men and women to develop CVs, practical and technical skills, time management strategies and effective study patterns. His study and practice have left him passionate about helping individuals that want and need help initiating and actively practicing healthy changes in their lives, by focussing on both the well-being of the individual and their environment every day.

Heather Vickery

Heather has an MEd Psych., and DipEd, as well as being a NZ registered teacher and Psychologist. She has worked in education for over 30 years, both in NZ and overseas. Throughout her teaching career she has worked with students in the mainstream, mainly at preschool and primary level. As a result of her many years working with children, their families and their learning environments she has a comprehensive understanding of how children learn, and the environments that are more likely to result in success. She recognises the differences that can cause learning to be challenging for many children, and strongly advocates for a holistic approach to providing support and developing interventions.

Heather has been working in international schools in Bangkok and Dubai for the last 11 years. She has been responsible for identifying and supporting children with a range of needs including Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Sensory Integration, and other processing disorders. She also worked extensively with gifted students, with a focus on those who were underachieving and those with specific learning difficulties. She was a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) on the North Shore for six years prior to going overseas. Heather’s work in schools over the last 17 years has equipped her with excellent skills to support teachers and teaching assistants to more successfully meet the needs of children who learn and behave differently. She is committed to promoting the sharing of knowledge and development of strategies that make a difference for children and young people following assessment.

Heather recognises the importance of a child’s emotional well-being as an essential factor in successful learning. For this reason it is important for her to know a child’s strengths and she values input from parents as part of her assessment. Her ultimate goal is to help parents and teachers to provide the support and create the environment that enables a child to become an independent, motivated, successful learner.

Marta Turner

Currently working as a New Zealand registered psychologist, Marta is originally from Poland, where she gained her Master’s degree in Psychology. Through her study & training she specialized in Educational Psychology and earned her Diploma in Educational Psychology with Teachers Credentials.

Following her degree, Marta worked for many years as a special needs educational psychologist in the County Center for the Psychological and Methodological Assessment and Counseling. The center specialized in diagnosing children with learning difficulties and the behavioral or emotional problems associated with them. The role entailed in depth analysis and working closely with children, their families and their schools to establish programs and systems, something she always been passionate about.

Marta is an avid sailor and sailing instructor. She has spent summers running and instructing at school camps for children and youth. She was selected as skipper & captain of a Polish yacht in a round the world yacht match race in a two up, all female crew. She has completed a circumnavigation of the world, which brought her to New Zealand, where she has now settled and lives with her husband.

Marta aspires to help children and their families in New Zealand who are experiencing psychological difficulties.