Dr Lora Wu is a registered clinical psychologist based in Wellington.


About me

I support people as they make changes to move toward the life they wish to be living. I provide perspective and tools to facilitate behaviour change, and use evidence-informed therapies to treat a variety of conditions.

I specialise in adolescent and adult sleep health, including cognitive behavioural therapies for insomnia, circadian rhythm sleep/wake disorders, and nightmare disorder. I also work with individuals coping with health changes, depression, anxiety, and those who struggle to find meaning and direction.

I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology and my primary work is in sleep research and outreach. I am a member of the  New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, the New Zealand Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association. I am also a member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, the Australasian Sleep Association, and the Sleep Research Society.

About treatment

I am committed to using therapies with an evidence base. I typically use behavioural and cognitive behavioural therapies, including acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion focused therapy, exposure therapy, and contingency management. I incorporate aspects of motivational interviewing and existential therapy for behaviour change and meaning-making. This means that therapy is present-focused and active (i.e., I'll ask you to try new things in and out of session). To learn more about sleep treatment specifically, click here.