Everyone’s mental well-being journey is personal. We are here to guide you with the approach that works best for you and your whānau.
Our team of Psychologists use evidence based techniques to provide assessment and support for children, young people and their whānaus.
We find that challenges faced by children and young people often require input and change that involves the whole family unit. Clients usually have a combination of parent sessions, child-only sessions and family sessions to ensure the whole whānau are working together to live their best lives.
Areas of Therapeutic Expertise
Our team of Therapeutic Psychologists have experience in all areas of mental health including:
Our psychologists work with each client to find a solution that works best for both the child and whānau. They draw on a range of evidence-based techniques and approaches including:
Meet our Therapeutic Psychologists
Our qualified Psychologists are professionally registered. They regularly undergo professional development and training to ensure they stay on top of new research and developments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can therapy help my child/family?
Many kids have problems affect their lives i.e., how they learn, think, feel and act. Kids come to therapy to support them to feel better and treat their problems.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The parent(s) only will meet with the psychologist for the initial evaluation.
During the session the psychologist will ask questions about your child’s current issues and background information such as family, medical or school concerns. Open communication helps the psychologist understand how to best help.
Our purpose is to help your child, so please ensure you communicate with the psychologist all of your concerns. If you have questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to ask your psychologist.
When will my child start therapy?
Generally, unless a second intake session is needed with the parents, your child starts attending at the second session.
How long will therapy take?
Frequency, length, and duration of therapy depends on a few factors; the complexity of the presenting issues, the orientation and motivation of the children and whānau attending therapy. Some children with mild challenges may take 6-12 sessions before their therapy goals are met, for others, more ongoing work may be needed.
In order to achieve therapy goals, consistency is the key. We understand that it can be difficult to incorporate a therapy schedule into your weekly routine on top of all the other responsibilities and commitments you may already have. However, the more regular your child’s attendance, the more likely he/she/they will make therapeutic progress.
Most of the time, a therapist will meet with your child once a week for at least three months. Change takes time it will take quite a few therapy sessions for your child to learn new skills, practice them and use them readily.
How long are the sessions?
Our sessions are 50 mins, this includes preparation, resources and writing up therapy notes.
The initial session is for parents only and may sometimes take 90 minutes to allow the psychologist time to understand the situation clearly. This extra time also allows you get to know each other.
How does therapy work?
Younger kids learn by doing. This could be sand-tray, making stuff, drawing, playing, reading together and talking.
For older kids and teenagers, therapists share activities and ideas that focus on the skills they need. They mainly do ‘talk therapy’ and solve school and home problems this way.
There are many different approaches and the therapists are skilled at utilising what works best for your child.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, as we are a private service you can self-refer.
Sometimes a doctor may suggest therapy and they send a letter of referral with your consent.
Do you offer free therapy?
We are a private practice so do not receive government or other funding.
Overhead costs in a private practice are high. If your budget does not stretch to private therapy, ask your GP whether they think your child is likely to meet criteria for a referral to your local District Health Board.
What training do psychologists receive?
A psychologist is a highly trained professional who has completed a minimum of 7 years university study. Our clinical psychologists complete an undergraduate degree and a preparatory year specialising in Clinical Psychology before entry into the three-year DClinPsy program.
How do I pay?
You will receive an invoice the Monday following your child’s assessment. The invoice must be paid in full. Invoices can be paid by direct debit or online credit card (credit card payments incur a 2.9% surcharge).
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