Who We Are

Dr. Bob

I am inspired by the courage and passion of artists and human rights activists Phil Ochs and Oksana Schachko. In my work I hope to inspire others in the way they have inspired me.   

Dr. Bob Jacobs was born in New York City (his accent is the giveaway) and began his career as a basketball coach and high school teacher. He increasingly found his counselling skills with young people were far better than his skills at coaching winning teams and was roused to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist.

Dr. Bob began practicing as a therapist in 1981, and many years later sought also to become qualified in law. This decision followed from a desire to become an even stronger advocate for young people. and to use the legal system to bring about change.

Dr. Bob has been providing psychology and mediation services through The Parenting Centre since 2009, and also works as a pro bono solicitor to provide free legal representation for children and young people.

Dr. Bob’s greatest personal life experience is having raised two of his three children as a single parent.  Parenting is Dr. Bob’s personal passion as well as his professional focus.

Dr. Bob is also an avid scuba diver and his diving has taken him to many amazing places around the world, for which he is very grateful.

Favourite Food – Peaches, Bagels & Pepsi (that’s a food, right?)
Favourite Colour – Maroon
Favourite Song – Native Born by Archie Roach
Favourite Sports –  Basketball, Baseball and American football
Favourite Memory – My son being born 45 minutes before my own birthday

To view Dr. Bob’s CV please click here

Bambi – Practice Manager


Bambi is from the North Island of Aotearoa NZ. With a background in the wellness sector, specifically therapeutic massage, Bambi brings her passion for people and her peaceful energy to our practice.

Bambi loves the circus arts, particularly aerial silks and hula hoop. They train most evenings and usually have a performance they are preparing for. When she isn’t training, Bambi can be found relaxing at home by the beach with Graham. 

Our co-practice manager is a sweet old boy called Graham who spends most of his time sleeping, as most cats do. He also enjoys bushwalks and is very interested in interior design. Graham is playful in his older age and likes chasing sticks and feathers, but is often chased by birds.