Engage Aotearoa

About me

Ko wai au? who am I?

Dr. Miriam Larsen-Barr
BA, PGDipArts, MA (first class hons), DClinPsy

I am a clinical psychologist and family therapist with lived experience and a background in the service-user workforce. Before my clinical training, I held roles as a support worker in the both the mental health and disability sectors, volunteered as a phone counsellor, worked to reduce stigma as part of the Like Minds Like Mine programme, tutored creative writing groups, and created Engage Aotearoa to share the service-user informed resources that grew out of my Master’s research. After training as a psychologist, I spent several years working with children and adolescents facing moderate to severe mental health challenges, and now work for ADHB’s early psychosis intervention service alongside one day of private practice, and voluntary work as one of the co-founders of Aotearoa Therapists with Lived Experience Network (ATLEN).

I completed all four of my psychology degrees at the University of Auckland. My Master’s research evaluated the outcomes of a transdiagnostic anxiety support group I designed for people who experience anxiety alongside depression, psychosis, or bipolar diagnoses, called Engage Group. Engage Aotearoa was initially created as a place for participants to extend what they learned in the group. My doctoral research explored service user experiences of antipsychotic medication from first prescriptions through to attempted discontinuation. I continue to contribute to research in the field of service-user perspectives and medication withdrawal.

Learn more about my research on Research Gate.