Bernadette Berry

Brian Dixon

Terry Ebeling

Level 6, John Wickliffe House
Exchange, Dunedin
03 474 5155

ACC Sensitive Claims Now Fully Funded - 10th Apr 2015

Delta psychologists can now treat sensitive claims under ACC for no surcharge. If your claim is accepted by ACC, treatment is now fully funded. No third party referral is required, you can just ring and make an appointment. 474 5155 or 477 1623. Remember Delta Psychology is centrally located on convenient bus routes with plenty of public parking in the vicinity. 

More Psychologists grace the Exchange - 19th Apr 2012

A hearty welcome to (the other) Psychology Associates who have moved from their cottage in Musselburgh Rise to their impressive new digs in Water St (between the one-way street systems). As long-term residents of the Exchange area, Delta Psychology can recommend the precinct as a highly social one with great cafes, bars and other essential services.

Psychology Associates are Dunedin's longest running psychology house offering a wide range of services across some 13 full and part-time clinical psychologists.

Position available with Delta Psychology - 26th Feb 2012

Delta Psychology welcomes expressions of interest from psychologists or similar therapists who wish to work one day a week in a busy, friendly and centrally based practice. (That day is Wednesday). Please apply to

Farewell Anne Dawson - 23rd Feb 2012

We are sad to advise that Anne Dawson is leaving Delta for a more leisurely and rural lifestyle; we wish her all the best for the future and will miss her sunny presence around the office.

Good news for the New year, Coffee Drinkers. - 11th Jan 2012

Welcome to the New Year. Many people take this time to make new year resolutions, many of which are unrealistic and can't be achieved. A lot of these are associated with health, I should drink less, eat less rubbish, exercise more.... often good ideas in and of themselves but the regimes we set ourselves are often based on popular belief rather than good scientific fact. I often hear people say "I must drink less coffee". Any of you who set themselves this task and are not convinced they can achieve it might like to know about some of the latest research coming out of Harvard Medical School. Over 50,000 woman were followed over a period of ten years examining their levels of depression and their use of anti-depressant medication. A very clear negative correlation was found between caffeine consumption and depression in that those drinking four or more cups of coffee/day were 20% less likely than those who drank 1 or fewer cups/week to experience clinical depression. Those drinking 2-3 cups /day were 15% less likely. Decaffeinated coffee had no significant effect upon depression levels. So unless there is a clear medical reason why you should not be having caffeine; forget that resolution and visit your favourite barrista as often as you like.

Holiday hours and contacts - 9th Dec 2011

Delta Psychology offices will be closed from 20th December to 9th January. Bermadette and Terry resume on the 9th and Brian on the 17th. You can leave a message on our answerphone (474-5155); we'll check this from time to time and if you contact us through this website we'll make sure your enquiry gets through to the right person.

In other great news, Anne Dawson will be rejoining us in the new year after a long stint in recovery from illness. We're looking forward to having Anne's infectious smile around the office again!

Have a merry and stress-free holiday season, from Mike, Bernadette, Terry, Brian and Anne.

New carpet and other news. - 31st May 2011

 Well, it's been 12 years or more of wear and tear on the original fit-out. Up comes the old blue carpet and down goes our new hard-wearing designer carpet squares. Apologies for the disruption; but it will be short and sharp. The carpet outside the lifts is being replaced too, an all-round 6th floor spruce up.

The Water Street entrance to the building has been completely overhauled with better doors and brighter lighting - all good stuff, considering this is the disabled persons' entrance.

The other good news is that Anne Dawson will be back at Delta from 1st August, fully recovered - it will be lovely to have her smiling face back in the office!

Take advantage of the beautiful late autumn weather and get outside in the garden or seek out one of the many beautiful walks orbike-rides around Dunedin - fresh air and exercise is the best hedge against the winter blues!

Donít Make the Mistake of Assigning Your Own Motivations to Those with ADD - 4th May 2010

An article by Bernadette Berry, published by the Hallowell Center in the USA

It is important to alert non-ADD spouses and parents to the idea that because the ADD brain functions quite differently from the non-ADD brain, it is wrong to assign their personal motivations to their partner’s or child’s behavior. For example, it is frequent that non-ADD people believe:
  •  that their ADD partner does not care about them when they do not arrive at an important date on time.
  • that their ADD child is being lazy when they step over things lying in the room rather than pick them up.
  • that their ADD partner is "lying" when they make up stories to fit events for which they have no other explanation or patently did not occur.
  • that their ADD child’s frequent interruptions are the result of the need for instant gratification or just plain poor manners
These assumptions assign a moral shortcoming to the ADD person, which is both incorrect and hurtful. To make these assumptions would be to miss important facts about how the ADD brain works. Russell Barkley argued in 2003 that inattention is likely the result of working memory, rather than poor attention, per se. As I work with people with ADD, I see that this manifests itself in a number of ways. Take the adult who blurts out the first thing that comes to their mind. This may make a person very funny, but it can also make them tactless. This blurting out has to do with an inability to inhibit their responses. Family members must learn that this is not intentionally hurtful behavior as all concerned work to get it under control.

Children with ADD often cut into conversations. But I don’t see this as the result of needing instant gratification. I believe it is better explained by one of the difficulties with working memory, which is an inability to hold information/events in their minds. By the time people have become adults with ADD they have often learnt ways of dealing with this difficulty. They may sit rehearsing in their mind what it is they want to say (this of course makes them miss out on what is being said, and increases their apparent difficulty with attention); they simply give up trying to contribute and sit and listen as well as they can; or, of course, they may still cut in.

It is easy to understand how people with attention problems may miss out on information It is less easy to understand why they make up information and, therefore, are frequently accused of lying. But the literature on remote memory tells us that memory works by remembering a few salient points and 'filling in' the rest of the information with what is likely to be the case. The reconstructive nature of memory is likely to be influenced by people’s desires, beliefs and the emotions associated with these events. This may give us some insight into the problem of the ADD adult “making up stories”. It is important to remember that when we do this 'filling in' we are not aware we are doing it - we believe we are remembering it (confabulation). The threshold at which this “remembering a few points then filling in the rest” occurs appears to be different for the ADD person - they appear to do it for immediate memory as well as longer-term.

Research suggests that children with inhibition control problems are more likely to have false memories than children without this problem. From my work with adults with ADD I have also noticed that not only do they seem to create ‘false memories’ more than non-ADD people but they appear to be more sure that they are right about this memory.

It is easily seen how this creates huge problems/arguments in relationships. Couples frequently report to me that their ADD partner not only forgets to tell them important things but that they are convinced that they have told their spouse and can recite the situation where and when they passed on this information.

Unfortunately, there are no specific solutions to these issues. Rather, there are a host of tactics that families with ADD can try to figure out what works for them. It is critically important that non-ADD family members be aware that these issues exist so that they can avoid assigning their own motivation to their ADD partners, children and friends.

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