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Mental Unwellness in Young People: Challenges & Approaches to Herbal Management (Auckland )ISemina.JPG

Mental health is an increasingly prevalent issue in all developed countries and New Zealand is no exception. Join us for expert knowledge and insights into addressing this important area in clinic.

Depression is set to become the second leading cause of disability in the world by 2020. On average, 8.6% of New Zealanders experienced high levels of psychological distress – including anxiety, confused emotions, depression or rage – at some stage in the four weeks leading up to the Ministry of Health NZ annual survey in 2017/2018. The 15-24 age group displayed the highest levels of psychological distress, at 13.2%. The 2019 budget has a major focus on new mental health, wellbeing and addiction initiatives, so revisiting herbal options for this important area of health is timely.

The 2019 Phytomed seminar, Mental Unwellness in Young People: Challenges & Approaches to Herbal Management brings together a range of industry experts. Presenting and discussing current research and experience, this seminar will provide you with new perspectives and information to address this increasingly widespread aspect of clinical practice.

Join us for this interesting and important discussion.

Topics.JPGAuckland Location:

Sunday 15th September (9:00am – 3:00pm)


9:00am - 9:30am


9:30am - 10:30am

Dr.Gwendoline Smith:
The Cognitive Approach

10:30am - 11:00am

Morning Tea

11:00am - 11:30am

Phil Rasmussen:
Pharmaceutical Treatments

11:30am - 12:30pm

Nigel Pizzini:
Insights into Youth Mental Health

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch & Networking

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Phil Rasmussen:
Herbs other than St. John’s Wort that can be
useful in teenage depression

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Panel Discussion and Q&A


Included in your registration:


Electronic copy of seminar notes

Lunch and light refreshments provided

Free Kiwiherb StressArrest (50ml)





Thanks to all those that registered for the Christchurch Seminar; we unfortunately have had to cancel this event. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to hosting future events.

We are issuing full refunds to all those registered for the Christchurch event and there is the option to purchase an audio recording of the Auckland seminar for $10 per recording.

For further information or to purchase the Auckland seminar recording please contact us: or 0508 749 866.



 with guest speakers:

Dr. Gwendoline Smith

B Soc Sci, M Soc Sci (Hons), Dip Clin Psych)

Gwendoline is an Auckland based clinical psychologist, speaker, and author, specialising in depression, anxiety, work-related stress, worry, social anxiety, and PTSD. She has extensive experience working with youth, offering mental-health coping mechanisms and cognitive behavioural therapy. She works alongside doctors and psychiatrists with a very integrated approach. Most well-known for creating her alter ego ‘Doctor Know’ in 2015 and answering questions from young people on her blog, she has thousands of followers from around the globe. This led to the release of her fifth book, called ‘Knowing, a powerful preventative tool for youth mental health.’

Phil Rasmussen 

M.Pharm., M.P.S., Dip. Herb. Med.; M.N.I.M.H.(UK), F.N.Z.A.M.H.

Phil is an experienced phytotherapist and has practised for 25 years. Before pursuing herbal medicine, he worked for more than 10 years as a pharmacist, and undertook research on antidepressant drugs and serotonin for a Master’s degree in Pharmacology. He has lectured and presented at colleges and conferences in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK. He has written extensively on practitioner herbal medicine topics for many  ears. Phil is also Phytomed’s founder and has a long-standing passionate interest in using local and native herbs where possible.

Nigel Pizzini

Masters of Counselling (1st Class Honours),P.G. Cert. Counselling, Supervision, B. Ed., Dip Tchg, MNZAC.

Nigel has supported young people in secondary schools and families for over 12 years. With extensive training in Narrative Therapy, he integrates aspects of CBT, motivational interviewing, and compassionate communication (NVC) into a client-centred and engaging process of reclaiming life from problems. He has learnt from young people who have consulted him that Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, Anorexia, Suicidal Ideation, and Gaming Addictions (the terms adults use) are not the real problems. Nigel’s experience has also given him many other insights about the multitude of challenges to mental health and wellbeing young people face and, more importantly, how they persevere. He looks forward to this opportunity to share their insights, struggles, strategies and stories with practitioners.