Everything was new once.

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 struggling with mental health difficulties 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.


Kate works primarily from her office in Feilding, Manawatu and provides a range of services:

  • Psychological therapy
  • Psychological assessment and diagnosis
  • Professional supervision
  • Education sessions
  • Training
  • On farm visits – coming soon!

Please contact Kate 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 Kate 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 difficulty, 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

This can vary across individuals. 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 dealing with long term issues or stressors such as grief, employment, relationships or farm succession and require 10+ sessions to unpick longstanding behaviour patterns, and there may have been depression or anxiety present for a long time as well.

Cost and payment

Each session is 50 minutes and costs $175+GST. Sessions are paid for each time in advance via internet transfer, credit card, or invoiced to Farmlands/ chosen organisation. There are additional sources of funding available for some individuals such as through WINZ disability allowance, ‘Will to Live’ or through ‘I am Hope’ charity.


Second Nature Psychology can offer online video appointments to ensure continuity during COVID-19, and 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 in Canterbury and moved to Manawatu following the earthquakes to complete her Clinical Psychology training. Throughout her training she knew she wanted to find a creative way to combine her interest for farming and psychology.

She currently lives with her partner on his family sheep and beef farm near Feilding where they are in the throes of succession planning.

Kate specialises in rural mental health and is a keen advocate for increasing accessibility to services for those connected to the primary sector.

Kate has several years’ experience working in regional mental health services. She is comfortable providing therapy for; alcohol use, depression, Postnatal depression, anxiety, trauma, burnout, grief, 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

26 Stafford Street, Feilding