Children, adolescents, adults.
Areas of Special Interest
Adults: Stress, mood, anxiety. Children, adolescents, teenagers: anger, disruptive behaviour, mood, anxiety, separation anxiety. Fatherhood. Relationship issues in joint families and across generations. Impact of witnessing/experiencing trauma
We now live in a complex world with many demands and expectations on us that affect our emotional and psychological wellbeing. Yet there is also a promise of creativity, satisfaction and growth in our lives. Individual therapy can help navigate our emotional blocks so we can experience contentment and satisfaction.
Children also experience distress that gets communicated either in their behaviour (aggression, disruptiveness, attention struggles) or their emotions (anger, mood and anxiety). Yet behind every difficult behaviour is an uncommunicated or unsatisfied need. Individual therapy can help give expression to the unsaid emotions and needs of children in insightful ways so they can continue to be curious, creative and playful.
My approach to therapy is collaborative and creative. In therapy we will focus on developing a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship. This will help you feel able to express yourself in ways to create long term change.
Play is the language of children. In therapy with children and adolescents, play-based, creative, non-directive and expressive interactions help in generating lasting change. Including parents in some way can be required at times. I work hard to balance providing children their autonomy during their sessions, while also empowering parents to support the gains their children make in therapy.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Counselling Psychologist
- International Affiliate American Psychological Association
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (AUT)
- Master of Clinical Psychology - Mental Health Counselling (University of Indianapolis, USA)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences (AUT)
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of Pune, India)
Background and Experience
I moved to New Zealand from India about 12 years ago. I have degrees from India, New Zealand and the United States. Following my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from India, I completed a Bachelor Honors in Social Sciences from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) that sparked an interest in how traditional values are renegotiated in immigrants in the context of citizenship.
For the last 5 years, I have worked in addiction rehabilitation services and community behavioural health organizations. I have worked with children, adolescents and young persons’ experiencing a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties as well as working with parents in developing effective parenting techniques to guide behaviour positively.