Psychotherapy especially for children and adolescents

How I work with your child

Children and young people communicate their feelings in different ways.  This can look like acting out,  withdrawal or other challenging and sometimes worrying behaviours.  A child and adolescent psychotherapist can help make meaning out of these behaviours.  This meaning informs adults how to help young people, and helps young people work through and cope with challenging feelings without derailing them from healthy emotional development.  Many young people find the experience of therapy helps them "feel felt", understood and gently challenged to grow.

I am trained to understand and work with your child’s emotional world, however they choose to communicate it.  Your young person will see me in a specialist room with toys, art supples and a sand tray.  Older children may wish to talk or communicate in other ways.  In the initial stages I work closely with parents and caregivers to understand the problems and then as the work progresses I usually meet alone with the young person, depending on their age, with regular feedback session with parents and caregivers.

I am also available to work with schools and other community agencies to help them understand your young person’s needs.

I welcome all people including those from the neuro-diverse, rainbow, twice-exceptional and other non-dominant communities.

Covid-19

During Level One and Two I am able to see clients and whanau, kanohi ki te kanohi (in person).  However I am also available to see parents for some appointments on ZOOM so please ask me about this.



Where to get Urgent Help

I do not offer a crisis service and I cannot reply to contact after hours unless otherwise arranged.  If you or your young person are in crisis, please contact the following services:

0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP) (24/7)

Suicide crisis helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (free)

Youthline 0800 376 633

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 (24/7)

Kidsline 0800 543 754 (24/7)

Whatsup 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)


Who benefits from what I do

I work with children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing difficult feelings, behaviours or relationships, including

  • grief, anxiety, sadness, depression, anger
  • school refusal, self-harm, sleeping problems, separation anxiety
  • difficult relationships with peers, parents, siblings and blended families

The assessment process

The assessment process normally takes five sessions and from there we will have a good idea about the what is going on for your family and young person. The psychodynamic assessment gives a deeper understanding of a young person’s psychological health, with a focus on their inner feelings and how they experience their environment.  I start with a meeting with you and then I have three sessions with your young person, followed by another meeting with you.  If your child is under five-years-old, their sessions will be with a parent or caregiver as well.

The aim of the assessment is to help make meaning of the young person’s experience and to guide our discussion about making a plan together for more therapy, if needed.  We will also talk about how our understanding of your young person could inform your parenting decisions.

Many families find that that the assessment process is therapeutic in itself.

My sessions are $140 per session, so the assessment process is $700 altogether.

Healthy minds, happy hearts

I partner with Kenzie’s Gift to support children, young people and their families through serious illness, cancer and bereavement.

 

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