About Me

LightBox Psychology is run by Dr Mairin Taylor a  registered Clinical Psychologist who has undertaken research work with adults with ADHD and has worked therapeutically in settings such as pediatric and adult health psychology services.

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I have experience in a range of issues through working for the Canterbury District Health Board in the field of health psychology with adults, young people and children.  I have worked successfully with clients who have come to see me with a range of health problems including: cancer, chronic pain, inflammatory bowel disease, hormone-related disorders and menopause, kidney disease, cardiac conditions, gynecological disorders and skin conditions.  I have also worked with mums and dads following birth related difficulties including preterm birth, birth complications and pregnancy loss.

Some of the psychological issues that I often treat include difficulties with low mood/ depression, anxiety, health anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment to illness or disability, sleep problems, and existential processes associated with life events.

In addition, I maintain my interest and passion in the field of ADHD following the completion of my PhD on the psychological effects of ADHD in adulthood.  I work with young adults and adults (and partners) on goals such as improvements in the following areas: performance in work or study, financial management, relationship functioning and self-management.

I stay up-to-date with psychological research and therefore my practice is guided by the techniques and models that have been demonstrated to be effective or are likely to be effective (in new areas of research).  I use both cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy methods in my practice as best suits my clients.

In addition to my clinical practice I am a guest lecturer at the University of Canterbury teaching Developmental Psychology in the subject ‘ADHD across the Lifespan’, and in the Social Work and Human Services Department on topics such as research design and statistics and working with families.  This teaching draws upon both my psychological training and also my wide range of previous work experience including work for community agencies.

Before my training in Psychology, I was a child social worker for a government department.



I have completed a PhD on the developmental effects of ADHD, written and co-written papers relating to this research and collaborated on a number of other research projects.  These projects have included mental health effects of the Canterbury Earthquakes, and the Glenn Enquiry into inter-family violence in New Zealand.



Canterbury University

Bachelor of Arts – with First Class Honours in Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology



Registered Clinical Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board

Full Member NZCCP