1855259Biography of Dr Kumari Valentine (PhD, Registered Clinical Psychologist) 

Dr Kumari Fernando Valentine is a Dunedin-based clinical psychologist who specialises in the field of mindfulness and overthinking. Dr Kumari has a radio show “The Conscious Adventurer” which is about being kinder to ourselves, each other, and the world.

She was awarded Fellowship of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists in recognition of her contribution to clinical psychology in New Zealand. Dr Kumari is the editor of the Journal of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists. Dr Kumari is both an academic and a practicing clinician.

She was a senior lecturer at Central Queensland University and holds the same position at the University of Otago.
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Contact details

Phone: 022 321 4123
YouTube: Kumari Valentine

Published Articles

Articles written by Dr Kumari
Finding the language to talk about birth-related loss – Natural Parent magazine (online), June 2016

Stories are powerful vehicles for creating meaning. In my work as a clinical psychologist, one of my tasks is helping people create meaning out of experiences that are beyond comprehension. READ MORE>>>

Articles written about Dr Kumari by others
Doctor lauds treatment for self-harm – Otago Daily Times, 4 May 2011

Admitting people when they are well rather than sick has been key to reducing admissions at Dunedin Hospital’s acute mental health ward for those who harm themselves, clinical psychologist and primary investigator Dr Kumari Fernando says. READ MORE>>>
Student voice heard, staff recognised – CQ University Australia website, 6 December, 2012

Dr Kumari Valentine wins the Distance Educator of the Year award as voted by her students. READ MORE>>>

Videos By Dr Kumari 

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I am passionate about therapy, teaching and research! I also believe in clinical psychology as a profession and contribute to my professional body. I am on the National Council for the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (see and am the Editor of our Professional Journal. I’ve previously been the chairperson of the Otago/Southland Branch of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. I believe in trying to improve things for the better.

I am a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists and registered with the New Zealand Board of Clinical Psychologists as well as the Australialian Psychologists Board. I abide by the Code of Ethics of these Boards.

In 2015, I was honoured to have my contribution to clinical psychology in NZ recognised by the award of Fellowship from the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists.


Things People Might see me For….
mood problems (especially depression), anxiety problems (including chronic worry, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder), grief, relationship issues, eating disorders, problem-eating, binge-eating, body image difficulties, recovering from trauma, improving self esteem,  assertiveness, coaching, sleep difficulties, managing psychologically with physical illness, stress, sexual identity difficulties, transgender issues. Please note that in 2013, I am only seeing a very small number of clients.
I Also Complete Assessments
I have an interest and background in working with people with an intellectual disability who may have a dual diagnosis (e.g., Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Personality Disorder, Trauma). I also complete risk assessments for sexual offending with people with an intellectual disability.
I complete ACC sensitive claim assessments.
Types of Therapy
In my practice I use schema therapy, acceptance-commitment therapy, mindfulness, mentalisation and meta-cognitive therapy. I am deepening my knowledge of dialectical behaviour therapy and meridian tapping/emotional freedom technique. As an academic with the Department of Psychological Medicine (University of Otago), I believe strongly in keeping up to date with the literature and in constantly learning.