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).