Who We Are

Welcome to the Anxiety New Zealand Trust

We are a non-profit, registered charity. Since 1983 our team of specialist psychologists have been taking thousands of Kiwis – just like you – from fear to freedom.

Our clinic is located in St Lukes, Auckland.

You’re reading this now because you, or someone you love is in crisis. We estimate that anxiety, panic attacks and phobias impact 1 in 4 Kiwis every day. Left untreated, the results can be devastating.

The fantastic news is that our clinically-proven treatment works and life-long recovery is possible.

Our team of experts are passionately supported by our dedicated:

  • Board of Trustees
  • Management team
  • Administration team
  • Small army of skilled volunteers

Our treatment programmes are highly customised to serve the unique needs of each and every one of our clients.  Our services to you include:

If anxiety, panic attacks or phobias are interfering with your life or the life of one of your loved ones – contact us today. We’d love to hear from you and we know how to help.


About our Founder, Marcia Read QSO

The Phobic Trust (now The Anxiety New Zealand Trust) was first conceptualised by Marcia Read QSO and the late Mr David Ludbrook. Marcia went on to Form the Phobic Trust in 1980. A 24 Hour voluntary phone line was established in 1983 and from this a trial clinic started in Parnell, with the main St Luke's clinic being created soon afterwards. It was officially Incorporated in 1987.

In the last 34 years, thousands of Kiwis who have suffered debilitating anxiety-related conditions have experienced freedom from fear. For those Kiwis, a line can be drawn that leads directly to Marcia’s tireless advocacy on their behalf.

In the Anxiety New Zealand Trust, Marcia created a New Zealand-unique and pioneering clinical service. Her ability to:

  • Pioneer a New Zealand therapeutic field in the face of indifference, ignorance and opposition
  • Stare down severe funding shortfalls
  • Secure dedicated patrons like the late Sir Robert Muldoon and Sir Edmond Hillary, and including Kylie Bax
  • Organise and host international conferences relating to the treatment of anxiety conditions
  • Write and publish a number of books on anxieties and phobias
  • And much more ….

This is a testament to the legacy of a woman who was awarded national validation as a QSO (a single class New Zealand Order) and was a finalist in the 2013 Kiwibank Senior New Zealander of the Year Awards.

Marcia is now taking a well-deserved break and stepped into retirement. There are a lot of people who are indebted to Marcia and we applaud her for her efforts over all the years.