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).  I am fully vaccinated against Covid-19.  

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 FREE services:

1737 is the national mental health and addictions helpline.  It is available 24/7 by text or phone call.  Anyone feeling stressed, anxious, worried, depressed, needing help on mental health or addiction issues can call or text.  Even children and young people can call or text.  www.1737.org.nz

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, free text 234, web chat- www.youthline.co.nz

Kidsline 0800 543 754 (24/7, but when kids ring between 4pm-9pm Mon-Fri they will speak to a buddy, a specially trained year 12 or 13 volunteer) 

Whatsup 0800 942 8787 (12pm to 11pm Mon -Fri, 3pm-11pm Sat-Sun)-  A safe place for Tamariki and Rangitahi to talk- www.whatsup.co.nz

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 starting process

The starting process normally takes five sessions and from there we will have an idea about what is going on for your family and young person.  I start with a meeting with the young person's parents and other adults, and then I have three sessions with your young person.  If your child is under five-years-old, their sessions will be with a parent or caregiver as well.  Then we will have a feedback session together where we will think together about your child's emotional life and their environment and whether they would benefit from further work with me.



Costs

My appointments are $140 and last 50 minutes.  Initial appointments are $200 and last 60-90 minutes. 

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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