Dr. Gina Sembrano-Yearley

Hi, I'm Gina, a Clinical Psychologist based in Wellington CBD, New Zealand.

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About me

Hi, I'm Gina, a Clinical Psychologist and Child Psychologist based in Wellington CBD. I came to New Zealand from Italy in 2012. I worked for two years as clinical psychologist at Child Adolescent and Family Service (CAFS), Hawke's Bay District Health Board.

Since 2014 until October 2018, I worked with nongovernment organizations specialized in meeting the mental health needs of clients with refugee background, first in Auckland, and then in Wellington. The work consisted of delivering mental health services to former refugee from various ethnic groups and nationalities (e.g. Burmese, Afghans, Iraqi, Ethiopians, Syrians, Eritreans, etc.). I dealt with clients of different cultural and religious backgrounds such as Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus. The majority of them have traumatic experiences caused by torture, war, oppressive regimes and ethnic, religious and/or political persecutions. Sessions with clients are usually done with the use of interpreters.

I am currently employed as clinical psychologist of Health Pasifika, a mental health service of the Capital and Coast District Health Board which caters the mental health needs of Pacific Island people living in the Wellington area.

I work part time as a private practitioner. I am an ACC registered clinical psychologist for Sensitive Claims. This means that I provide assessment and psychotherapy to clients who are victims of sexual abuse.

I am of Filipino origin. I obtained my degrees in Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Theology in Rome, where I lived for more than 20 years. I practiced the profession in Rome for a number of years before coming to New Zealand.

I have extensive knowledge and experience in treating various disorders such as Mood, Anxiety,and Developmental Disorders in both children and adults. I have particular competence in assessing and treating Stress and Stress Related Disorders such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder in all age range.

I do psychological interventions that are culturally sensitive and safe. Whilst I specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I employ other treatment models such as Client Centered Therapy, Schema Therapy, ACT, Mindfulness, brain-based therapy, etc. I believe that the human mind is too complex to be understood and treated by one single model.

I favor an integrated approach of therapy that takes into consideration the various aspects of of your life like: the physical, the mental, the social, and the spiritual dimension. I do therapy in different languages: English, Italian, Pilipino, and Cebuano. I am also experienced in doing therapy with an interpreter.

Education and Memberships


  • Advance Post Graduate Studies in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Adolescents (with Highest Honours)

    HUMANITAS, Rome, Italy - 2009
  • Master's Degreein Psychology (Summa cum Laude)

    Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy - 2004
  • M.A. in Religious Sciences (Summa cum Laude)

    Pontificium Institutum "Regina Mundi", Rome, Italy - 1998
  • B.S. in Educational Sciences (Magna cum Laude)

    Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy - 2001
  • B.S. in Agriculture (Agricultural Chemistry)

    Visayas State College of Agriculture, Philippines - 1983

Present Memberships

  • New Zealand Psychologists Board – Registration n. 90-04861 Scope of practice: Clinical Psychologist
  • New Zealand Psychological Society
  • BPS – British Psychological Society – Clinical Division

Past Memberships

  • Albo degli Psicologi del Lazio (Psychologists Board – Lazio Region) 2010 – 2012
  • A.L.Æ.F. - Associazione di Logoterapia e Analisi Esistenziale Frankliana (Association of Franklian Logotherapy and Existential Analysis)
  • SITCC - Società Italiana di Terapia Comportamentale e Cognitiva (Italian Society of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Major trainings and conferences

  • Workshop on Schema Therapy: The Model, Methods and Techniques, by Dr. Robert Brockman of the International Institute of Schema Therapy, 7-9 March 2018, 545 Parnell Road, Auckland.
  • An introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) by Dr. Allyson Waite and Dr. Nicola Crook, 13-14 November 2017, Wellington Hospital, Wellington.
  • CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) in Everyday Practice, 29 August 2017. Te Papa Porirua.
  • Annual Conference of the New Zealand Psychological Society, 1-4 September 2016, Massey University, Wellington.
  • Clinical Supervision: A competence-Based Approach; Clinical Supervision: “You Said What?”, presented by Dr. Carol Falender, USA, 25-26 February 2016, 169 Willis Street, Wellington.
  • "Northern Primary Forum: Youth Co-Existing Problems (Mental Health - ICAMHS/AOD)", 24 September, The University of Auckland-Tamaki Campus, Auckland.
  • "Brain Talk: Integrated therapy that includes a discussion about the brain with the client", by Dr. John Arden, 11-12 May 2015, Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • The Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) 5th National Conference 2015: Consolidating Our Expertise, 17-20 February 2015, Cypress Lakes Resort, Hunter Valley NSW.
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Training relative to Alcohol and Drug Abuse, by RAS, 28-29 February 2015, Kakariki House, 293 Grey Street, Hamilton.
  • Webinar on “Healing Trauma: Emotional Transformation through Sand Play Therapy”, 16 June 2014, STARTTS, in: www.psychevisual.com.
  • Workshop on “Vicarious Trauma”, by Kerry Gibson PhD, 25 June 2014, RASNZ-RYAN, 1224 Dominion Road, Mt. Roskill, Auckland.
  • Seminar on “Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients”, Clifton Mitchell, PhD, 26-27 May, 2014, Oaks in Market, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Certificate in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Online course in: http://tfcbt.musc.edu
  • Seminar on “Sudden Traumatic Events: Managing the Effects, Facilitation Recovery”, by Dr. Eva Alisic, 3 September 2013, Mission Estate Winery, Napier.
  • “Metacognitive Therapy Workshop”, by Dr. Jennifer Jordan, 20 February, 2013, Havelock North Community Center, Hastings.
  • EIT Professional Lecture Series: "Exploring the Relationships between Experiences of Loss, Spirituality, and Post Traumatic Growth" by Peter Bray, 10 October 2012, EIT Hawke's Bay Campus, Taradale, Napier.
  • Experiencial Workshop on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)” by Steven Hayes and Jacqueline Pistorello, Accademia Cusanus, Bressanone, 28 giugno-1 luglio 2007.

What I do


  • Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Comprehensive psychological assessment
  • Supervision

Areas of interest

  • Psychotherapy/Counselling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD and stress related disorders
  • Trauma
  • Loss and grief
  • Relationships

When to consult a Psychologist?

Life is full of challenges. They come at different times and circumstances in the most unexpected way. Some people cope well after the initial impact and get on to life as if nothing happened. Others instead struggle to move on and are unable to find solution to their problems.

Even happy events like marriage or birth of a child can make us loss our balance and sense of wellbeing. Each lived experience is subjective. Everyone of us has different levels of tolerance to stress and to changes in life circumstances.

There are no strict guidelines when to seek professional help. The following are indications that consulting a mental health practitioner might be helpful:

  • A situation or experience causes a significant distress in your life. You feel overwhelmed by the situation and feeling unable to cope such that your normal daily routine is affected and you are unable to perform your tasks as you generally do.
  • Your sleep pattern is affected and you wake up tired, not wanting to do anything and feeling anxious without knowing why.
  • You stop doing the things you enjoy and shy away from friends and even from family members.
  • When you are stuck on something, and cannot find a solution to your problem no matter how you tried.
  • When you are about to make a life-changing choice and unable to come up to a decision.
  • When you want to enhance your performance.

What to expect?

Engaging in psychotherapy, means having regular therapy sessions (usually weekly) for a period of time. Each session lasts 50-55 minutes.

As a mental health service consumer, you will be treated with respect and dignity. Your privacy will be respected and safeguarded.

Any information gathered during our meetings are held confidential. Confidentiality might be broken if there are safety concerns such as self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, and intents to harm others.

You have the right to informed consent, and will be consulted throughout the assessment and treatment process. I make effort to assure that interventions are culturally safe, and your religious and cultural beliefs and practices are respected and taken into consideration.

The standard cost per session is $180.00 (incl GST), which can be negotiated if you are in financial difficulty. You will be charged the full price if you fail to attend the meeting without notice. Cancelling an appointment is without penalty if done 24 hours before the appointment time.

Tramways Building
Level 3, 1 Thorndon Quay
6011, Wellington
Email: gina@workingthrough.net Phone: +64 27 4478975
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