News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


New CEO for The Phobic Trust

[Media release]


Fresh start for the upper North Island’s only non-profit specialist in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Registered Charitable Trust and non-profit specialist in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, The Phobic Trust, is proud to announce the formal appointment of its new CEO, Vivienne Euini.

Vivienne not only brings with her decades’ of experience in the sharebroking and banking sectors, having previously served as BNZ’s Area Manager for West Auckland, among other roles, but also has personal ties to Trust and its vital work in the community.

“I became passionate about the work that The Phobic Trust does when a close family member started suffering panic attacks,” she says. “As a result of that, I became interested in the services that the Trust offers and became a volunteer – I’ve been on and off the Board for 20 years.”

One in four New Zealanders suffer from some sort of Anxiety Disorder and Vivienne hopes that her business acumen will allow the Trust to reach those who need its services the most. Her long-term goals include revitalising the Trust’s brand and expanding its reach nation-wide.

“I’d love to see us with clinics throughout the country,” says Vivienne. “I guess it’s a case of really managing it as a business, with growth in mind and then having strategies based around that.”

Despite the fact that the Trust has been active for over three decades, Vivienne says there’s still plenty of work to do when it comes to educating New Zealanders about Anxiety Disorders.

“We work with a lot of people whose lives have been severely impacted – and it’s not just the one in four people that are suffering; it’s their families, their loved ones that are close to them. Having gone through it myself, it is equally as traumatic for those that are close to the person.

“I think there’s still very much a stigma attached to Anxiety Disorders. People often automatically think ‘oh, you must be crazy’. To be honest, when my family member started to have panic attacks, I was ignorant – I had no idea. I certainly didn’t think they were crazy, but I knew something was seriously wrong and I think that if we can create better understanding and better support to those that are suffering – and their families – by way of educating, it will really help.”

Vivienne and members of the clinical team at The Phobic Trust are available for media comment and are always happy to provide insights on issues pertaining to Anxiety Disorders and those living with them. To discuss clinical matters or to receive information on specific disorders, please ask for Clinical Services Manager Emma Barker MSc Couns Psychol. For all other enquiries, ask to speak with Vivienne Euini or Practice Manager Sarah Woollard. All three can be contacted at: (09) 846 9776, or via email at


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Leonardo da Vinci - The Graphic Work

The breadth of da Vinci’s work is incredible: from animals to weaponry, architecture to fabric, maps to botany. The works have been divided into themes such as Proportion Drawings, Anatomical Drawings and Drawings of Maps and Plans. Each section begins with a short essay. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader

Publication of this comprehensive 274-page account of the life and work of James Hector by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand marks the 150th anniversary of James Hector’s appointment as New Zealand’s first government scientist. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news