Appointments for young people (four to 20 years old)

At least eight sessions are normally required.

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.  I am also available via telehealth for adolescents.

The aim is to help young people work through and cope with challenging feelings which may be derailing them from healthy emotional development.  Many young people find the experience of therapy helps them "feel felt", understood and gently challenged to grow.

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.

Appointments are $180 and 50 minutes, following an initial parent consultation (see below).

Appointments for infants and preschoolers

I can work with you on concerns relating to your infant and preschooler's emotional development and help you connect and relate to them in ways that will enhance your relationship.  

With infants and preschoolers I will usually work with both child and parent in the room, at least initially.  

Appointments are $180 and 50 minutes, following an initial parent consultation (see below).

Appointments for parents and caregivers

My approach is based on the idea that the extent to which parents can think about the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, wishes and desires in their child's mind greatly influences the child's emotional wellbeing, behaviour and future relationships.

I always start with new clients by meeting their parents or caregivers first for an initial consultation.  Then, if the young person is working with me I will meet with you every four to eight sessions after that.

Sometimes it's appropriate to work together in parent and whānau sessions only.  I am also available to work with expecting and new parents on transitioning to parenthood and relating to your new baby.

Parent sessions are to help us get a better understanding of what is going on in your child's mind, and to build your relationship and connection with them.  We may cover things like helping children with their feelings, reflecting on your feelings and understanding misunderstandings.  We also look at your family history and how your childhood experience has shaped how you care for your child.

My approach is based on neurobiology, attachment and mentalisation research, which explain how interpersonal relationships affect the development of the brain.  I generally do not offer behaviour-based parenting strategies.

Appointments are $270 for the initial consultation (60-90 mins) and $180 thereafter (50 mins).

Covid-19

Psychotherapists can operate under all levels of the Covid Protection Framework.  

Clinical assessment, risk assessment, current advice from the Ministry of Health and the Covid Protection Framework will determine whether I can see clients kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) or using telehealth.  

Telehealth is always available for clients who prefer it, but is not suitable for younger clients.

I am fully vaccinated and wear a mask during sessions.  Our clinic encourages you to practice social distancing, is regularly cleaned and is well ventilated.  As an additional protection, I use an air purification system in my practice room.  The waiting room is not in use at the moment.




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
  • support for queer, gender diverse, takatāpui and intersex youth
  • 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.



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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