Registered Clinical Psychologist with NZ Psychologist’s Board
Malcolm Falconer has over 25 years experience working with clients in mental health settings. At the beginning of his career, he worked with people with intellectual disabilities at IHC. Malcolm then moved into drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, as a therapist in residential facilities and then as a counsellor in community services. Further moving forward, Malcolm began working for a service that provides vocational and recreational rehabilitation for people with mental health problems. Once he was registered as a psychologist he worked for adult mental health services – both in the public sector and for non-governmental providers – on Waiheke Island, the North Shore and in West Auckland. Malcolm consequently moved to the Far North, where he worked as a clinical psychologist. While living in the North, he acquainted himself with Maori (Ngapuhi) culture and values, learning to speak some Te Reo as a result. Returning to Auckland in 2005 he has spent the last 7 years working in a service for GP referred patients with mild-moderate mental health conditions, as the consultant psychologist for ProCare Psychological Services (PPS). During his tenure there, he split his time between holding a position on the management team, clinical supervision and seeing clients. In 2012, when PPS went through a review restructure, he saw this as an opportunity to follow his dream and set up his own practice. And so PSYCH’D was born.
Malcolm has a Master of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Auckland. He completed post graduate level papers in clinical neuropsychology, psychotherapy, abnormal psychology and health psychology. Malcolm also has a post graduate qualification in forensic psychiatry.
He has continued his professional development with qualifications and training in clinical supervision, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), schema therapy, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Malcolm was born in Zimbabwe and lived his first 8 years in Natal South Africa. He emigrated to New Zealand with his father in the 60’s where he was raised in Kohimarama and Mairangi Bay. He went to school at Wesley College and then after a brief spell on the hydro –projects in National Park, he became an alternate lifestyler in the Coromandel and Hokianga. Following the highs and lows of a lifestyle in the fashion industry during the heyday of Cook St Market, he reinvented himself as a psychologist and began his study in 1985 at Auckland University. And hasn’t looked back since. He has owned a home and lived on Waiheke Island for the majority of the last 30 years. Malcolm’s journey has included 2 children – a son and a daughter – and while he attended Jewish school as a child, in adulthood he has developed an interest in Eastern religions and meditation.