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About Me

Meet Tobias

Main areas of Treatment

Interpersonal problems and Personality Disorders (focus on Narcissistic Personality Disorder)


Complex Trauma and sexual abuse 


Chronic or recurrent Depression


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Bipolar Disorder


Disturbance of self-regulation and  difficulties maintaining motivation


Substance Dependence

(Alcohol, Drugs)


Problems that defy typical mental health categorisation

Work experience
  • Research assistant to the Chair for Personality Psychology and psychological Assessment (Prof. Astrid Schütz), University Chemnitz, Germany

  • Clinical Psychologist at the Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Psychiatry Hildburghausen, Germany 2009-2011

  • Clinical Psychologist Inpatient Unit, Psychiatry Erlangen, Germany 2011-2015

  • Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Erlangen, Germany 2011-2015

  • Clinical Psychologist Adult Community Mental Health Services, DHB, Napier 2015- Jul 2018



I received training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in Germany, was licensed as a psychological psychotherapist there and moved to Napier in Oct 2015. 

While trained in CBT I have expanded my therapeutic interest to include a wide variety of  orientation is an  integrative approach of modern evidence based treatments ranging from ACT, Schema Therapy and  CBASP to recent developments in psychodynamic  therapy like Mentalization Based Therapy and Transference Focused Therapy. The aim is to use the interventions that best suit your problems and needs so that a lasting change can result.

"Out of your vulnerabilities

will come your strength"

- S. Freud

"Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world. And we find that we cannot. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work."

- M. Williamson


  • Postgraduate training as Psychological Psychotherapist (Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, Bamberg, Germany)

  • Diplom in Psychology (University of Mannheim, Germany) - equivalent to a Masters degree


  • Registered as Clinical Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board

Professional Associations
  • Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical  Psychologists (NZCCP)

  • Member of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD)

Trainings, Presentations

and other professional contributions

  • ACT - internal training given for clinical psychologists, Psychiatry Hildburghausen, May 2010

  • Diagnostic of Personality Disorders - internal training held for Psychiatrists in training, Psychiatry Erlangen, June 2014

  • Understanding Personality Disorders - internal training given for Community MH Team, Napier, March 2015

  • Treating Excessive Sleep in a Narcissistic Patient - Presentation given at the AnzaCBT Conference, Wellington, Nov 2016

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