On this site you will find brief details of the services I offer, information on different workshops and courses I have developed, or provide, and the areas of practice that I tend to work in.

Psychological skills apply, and are used in all walks of life and situations. If you are a high performance athlete who wants to continue to improve, the leader of a busy and competitive business that needs an extra edge, or someone who feels stressed, depressed and unable to cope. I can assist you to improve your situation, and to live a more satisfying and meaningful life.

Psychologists are by way of their training, basically problem solvers, and skill builders. A good psychologist will help you analyse what is working, or not working, and use the benefit of their broad knowledge of psychology, and the latest scientific evidence to find answers to your dilemmas.

I generally do this by providing a skills-based approach to broaden your range of options. Clinical Psychology is a science, and evidence-based. At its best it is science with a heart; providing solutions that blend science, and skill development with an understanding of the difficulties of the human condition.

I have a long standing interest in Mindfulness, and mindfulness-based therapies. and in bringing the findings of modern research to help improve peoples’ lives. I have a particular interest in mindfulness based approaches to leadership (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - ACT), and in the use of effective behavioural strategies within organisations. If you are interested in these approaches as an individual, or for your organisation just give me a call.

On my blog I will post information and resources that may be of interest. I hope you will find my site useful. I welcome your enquiries.

Latest News

Mindfulness For Anxiety

8 to 29 September

This is a group programme open to the public.

It offers an opportunity to learn modern mindfulness based techniques to manage anxiety, social phobia, and the symptoms of obsessive thinking and worry.


For more information and a registration form e-mail [email protected] or ring 027 426 6710.




Also in September

Talk for Professionals

Ashburn Clinic - tentative date 14 September 2015

Contact Ashburn Clinic for details




Old News

Advance Notice

National Mindfulness Teachers / Facilitators Meeting

March 14 -15 2015


 With an optional pre-meeting day of mindfulness on Friday 13 March

For more information contact:

Jim Hegarty at        [email protected]   or  ph: 027 426 6710


Kovido Maddick at    [email protected]     or ph:  027 357 2884 



Public Talk – 6 November 2014

 Dr James Hegarty is giving a on behalf of Parkinson’s New Zealand


 The role of mindfulness and acceptance processes in managing Parkinson ’s disease and other chronic illnesses.

 A one hour interactive workshop

 Venue:  St Frances Xaviar Community Hall, Benhar Street, Mornington, Dunedin

 Time:  10 am 6 November

To register contact  Paula Ryan, Parkinsons’ Community Education at

 [email protected]

or  PH: 03 4557260



One day Introductory ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) workshop in Dunedin.

 Presented by James Hegarty and David Mellor

 6 September 2014

 For more information contact David at [email protected]

Or  Jim at [email protected]



 Public Talk - 2 September 2014

 Dr James Hegarty is giving a Public Talk sponsored by the Alexandra Insight Meditation Group


 Mindfulness, Happiness, and Mental Health: An introduction to mindfulness, and its application in therapy and in general wellbeing.  

 Dr James Hegarty

Alexandra Community House

  7pm Tues 2 Sept.



Mindfulness Group Programmes

Jim Hegarty and Kovido Maddick will be running two Mindfulness courses for the Southern Primary Health Organisation starting May 5th.

These courses are now full. For further information you can contact the PHO, or Jim at [email protected] or via the contact page.  


Conference Presentation:  a two hour workshop

“Working with Mindfulness: We think we know what it is, but do we know what we are doing?”

12 April

At the joint conference of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association and the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychology

Christchurch, New Zealand

ACT – Over 100 Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs)

on 17 August 2014

Well looks like today is the day; there are now more than 100 published or in press randomised control trials on ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). This is the result of over thirty years of...

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