Children, adolescents, families.
Areas of Special Interest
Tics and Tourette's disorder, Habit disorders (eg, trichotillomania, nail-bitting), anxiety and depression, OCD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, trauma, self-esteem and resilience, social & behavioural challenges, gender dysphoria, parenting support.
I am an experienced Child Psychologist who has worked in both public mental health as well as private practice settings. I specialise in supporting children and adolescents with a range of psychological and neurodevelopmental challenges. I have a warm and compassionate approach to therapy and believe in the importance of establishing a trusting relationship. I help children and adolescents make sense of their current experiences, and work with the whole family to make sustainable changes.
Drawing from a range of evidence-based treatment strategies, I adapt therapy to fit individual needs and goals. I have experience working with children and adolescents with mental health, behavioural, and social skills challenges, and work with the family to support children and young people towards their goals.
Talking about their feelings is often challenging for children and adolescents, and I aim to find ways of engaging young people to make therapy an enjoyable and meaningful space. I have been trained in a range of different therapeutic modalities, and work flexibly to find the approach that works best for each child. I am passionate about seeing young people grow in confidence and abilities as we work together.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
- Masters of Science (Psychology)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology
Background and Experience
Originally from Latvia and Ukraine, I grew up in New Zealand and received the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology from Canterbury University in Christchurch.
Since then, I have worked with the Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Team at Counties Manukau District Health Board (Whirinaki), ReConnect, and have been working in private practice since 2018. I have experience in working with children and adolescents from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and with a range of different presentations of at-risk behaviours, mental health challenges, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
I am happy to offer supervision to other psychologists, particularly those working with clients who have tics and Tourette's disorder.