One of my main aims as a Psychologist is to help create, and provide a psychology more adequate to the challenges of the human condition. Some of the ways I do this is in my work with clients, and in providing training for other therapists. I have worked in a wide range of organisations, and a have broad experience in providing therapy as a Clinical Psychologist, often working with the most difficult challenging clients. I am perhaps unique in New Zealand (and maybe Australasia) in the depth and breadth of my training in the modern mindfulness-based therapies, and in bringing this experience, particularly training in ACT (with perhaps a subtle influence of Zen) to all of my workshops and work with individuals. These workshops combine a practical down to earth focus, and a unique and relaxed presentation style, drawing on techniques based on scientific evidence. I have presented many training workshops for other Psychologists, particularly training them in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and in the use of mindfulness in therapy. I have been awarded a Fellowship of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists for contributions to Psychology in New Zealand.
Dr Hegarty has a PhD in Experimental Psychology, with a strong background in basic behavioural sciences, he is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, and a fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. In addition to his training in traditional Psychological therapies (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Schema Therapy) he has had extensive training in the mindfulness based therapies. His experiences as a student of Zen complements and inform his extensive training in ACT, and Mindfulness, as well as his advanced training in Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT), teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. He is also qualified to teach the Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) course, a mindfulness based course incorporating extensive training in working with emotions. This course was originally developed through the encouragement of the Dali Lama as a method of bringing the benefits of science and meditation practice to a wider range of people.
Dr Hegarty has brought all this experience to his clinical work with individual clients, groups, and in organisational settings. He has also regularly trained therapists in mindfulness based approaches, and in ACT. In the past he has been an invited speaker at a joint Australian and New Zealand Psychological Society conference, several New Zealand Pain Conferences, and conferences of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, in addition to presenting at other international conferences, and providing training workshops in a variety of settings ranging from one hour to two days.
In 2011-2012, at the request of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists he presented ten, two day workshops to therapists on working with mindfulness and emotions.