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Zahra Howell MindMatters Clinic expert Psychologist

Zahra Howell

Counselling Psychologist

MHSc(Psych), PGDipCounsPsych, MNZPsS

Zahra (she/her) is a registered counselling psychologist and one of our expert training facilitators. Zahra has significant experience working with employees from diverse cultural and language backgrounds, as well as in the areas of trauma, stress and burnout.

Zahra facilitates engaging workshops and group sessions. Topics include mindfulness and relaxation, managing difficult emotions, culturally sensitive communication, and responses to trauma.


Zahra brings experience working in healthcare organisations and educational establishments, as well as with Refugees as Survivors New Zealand. She is also involved in research, including having presented at multiple conferences, published in The Family Journal and Contemporary Psychology, and current involvement in research investigating the effectiveness of an online mental health intervention tool.

Zahra communicates with empathy and clarity. She takes evidence-based practice and delivers this in a digestible, practical way.


Outside of her mahi (work), Zahra likes reading, travelling and discovering new food, and painting. In addition to English, Zahra is fluent in Farsi/Persian.

Professional Memberships:


  • New Zealand Psychologist Board (NZPB)

  • New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS)

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