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Kate Steadman, Clinical Psychologist

Kate is the director of Second Nature Psychology and is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board (NZPB) and a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP). She offers psychological assessment and therapy for individuals and couples and she specialises in rural mental health. Kate uses several therapy modalities in her work, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Repossessing (EMDR), and Schema Therapy.


Second Nature Psychology provides services from a private practice clinic based in Feilding, Manawatu. Services include:

  • Psychological therapy
  • Relationship therapy
  • Psychological assessment and diagnosis (adults only)
  • Professional supervision
  • Education sessions
  • Training
  • On farm visits – coming soon!

Please make contact if you would like to discuss additional services for you or your organisation.

Let’s work together to create new patterns that become second nature to you

What to expect

Making a referral

You’ve already taken the first step, well done! From here, new clients must make contact via the enquiry form below. Once your inquiry is received, the information will be reviewed, and we will be in contact to make an appointment. Once you have attended the initial appointment, you will be able to book and alter your appointments online with ease.


The first session is always an assessment of your current difficulties where we unpick what’s going on, what lead to the problem, and what’s keeping things stuck. This can feel like a lot of questions at the start, but it is important to ensure therapy is tailored to you. By the end of the first session, you will have identified some goals to work on in therapy.

Additionally, the first session is a chance for you to establish if Kate is a good fit for you. Whichever therapist you choose to work with (and you may have to try several), they should be someone you feel comfortable with.

Frequency and amount of therapy

Some people find they need help managing a sudden stress or change and need some brief tools to get back on track in 2-6 sessions. Others may be working through longer term issues or stressors and require 10+ sessions to unpick longstanding behaviour patterns and relationship dynamics.

Cost and payment

  • 50min CBT sessions are $185 + GST.
  • 90min EMDR sessions are $280 + GST.
  • 90 mins Relationship therapy sessions are $320 + GST.
  • Ask us about ‘EMDR intensives’ and whether this might be right for you.
  • Sessions are paid for via internet bank transfer, EFTPOS or invoiced to Farmlands/ insurer or other organisation.
  • There are additional sources of funding available through: WINZ disability allowance, private insurance, ‘Rural Change’ or through ‘I am Hope’ charity. Your employer may also be willing to help. Please note, Kate is not an ACC provider.


Second Nature Psychology can offer online video appointments to increase accessibility to the service across NZ for individuals outside the region/ located in remote areas.


Kate grew up on a dairy and sheep and beef farm in the Tasman district south of Nelson. She attended the first four years of university at Canterbury University in Christchurch before moving to Palmerston North to complete her training at Massey University following the Christchurch earthquakes. Kate is actively involved in sheep and beef farming in the Manawatu and enjoys the chance to work outdoors and engage in physically demanding work.

Kate weaves her passion for farming and psychology together and specialises in rural mental health. She understands the pressures and stressors of working in primary industries and is down to earth in her approach to managing mental health in a challenging environment.

Kate provides therapy for a range of difficulties, including; depression, postnatal depression, anxiety, trauma, burnout, grief, relationship difficulties, stress management and farm succession.

Additionally, Kate works closely with her therapy assistant Zoe who is a much loved border collie dog. Zoe is intuitive and understanding and will greet you with a spirited wagging tail. Send Kate an enquiry using the form below, she would be happy to talk with you.

Get in touch

Phone: 0272 539 556

Email: kate@secondnaturepsychology.co.nz

09 Beattie Street, Feilding