Nev Trainor

PGDip.Psych.(Clin.), M.Soc.Sc (1st Class Honours), B.Soc.Sc, Registered Clinical Psychologist

“I am driven in my practice as a clinical psychologist by values which promote the wellbeing and safety of individuals and the community.  Supporting the skill development of others who contribute to this vitally important area is an abiding and very satisfying professional endeavour.”


Nev is a registered clinical psychologist in full time private practice. He provides a range of services including individual therapy for adolescents and adults, professional supervision, rehabilitation programme design, as well as training design and delivery in the human services sector, in New Zealand and Australia.

Nev is the developer of Possibilities Mapping©, a therapeutic framework and approach which helps people recognise, harness, and direct their energies to meet challenges and achieve valued goals. Possibilities Mapping is a values and strengths based intervention which incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), the Good Lives Model (GLM), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to promote and support resilience and psychological wellbeing.

Nev also has more than twenty years of experience in the forensic and offender assessment and rehabilitation area which commenced in 1992 when he first co-facilitated programmes for the Hamilton Abuse Intervention Programme (HAIP). He has held managerial, policy, and senior clinical roles within the NZ Department of Corrections when employed by that organisation between 1997 and 2006, before setting up his private practice. He was the Principal Psychologist at the Violence Prevention Unit (now Te Whare Manaakitanga) at Rimutaka Prison for five years where he led the first efforts to develop a prison based therapeutic community for serious violent offenders.

Since 2007 Nev has maintained a strong commitment to the forensic and offender fields by developing his private practice to include work with intellectually disabled persons who have offended; youth who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system; and the development of resilience and psychological flexibility with youth in offender, as well as educational contexts.

Nev and be contacted via HMA or directly on:
Email: psychsol.kapiti@xtra.co.nz or by phone on: 027 387 1886 (mob) or 04 938 1142 (office landline).