Ko te Moana ki te Tonga o Haina tōku moana.
Ko Hongipua tōku rohe.
Ko Tāmaki Makaurau tōku kāinga.
Ko Kaimātai Hinengaro tōku tūranga mahi.
Ko Jennifer Wai Hei tōku ingoa.
Kia ora, my name is Jennifer and I am a Clinical Psychologist. I provide clinical psychological services for children/adolescents and adults, working with both individuals and families.
My goal is to create a kind space where we can work on your goals for therapy and make changes you want in your life. Whether there is one person or multiple family members in the room, this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh sums up our task together: “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun.” The task of therapy is to figure out what happens that gets in the way of your path and find ways to improve on these issues and move forward. We work as a team on the overarching aim of thriving which is defined by you.
I was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Auckland from age five, with variable levels of fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin maintained throughout the years. I am learning some beginner Te Reo Māori (by self-learning at the moment) as well. I have an interest in the richness of cultures (such as the language/metaphors from your culture) as a reservoir of information or resources for supporting a person’s wellbeing.
Please note that I am unable to offer the appropriate level of support to clients with current suicidal risk or acute medical risk to one’s physical health associated with eating disorders. If you are struggling with these difficulties, I would advise that you consider seeking out your GP or local community mental health services.
I work from a perspective of what works according to the person I am working with. This means the most important person in my approach is you and your feedback on our process.
I am interested in your strengths that come through from your individual, family and/or cultural history as part as understanding where you have come from as well as how your difficulties came to be. I also strive to keep the current family/whānau, social/occupational and iwi/community environment in mind, especially for those from culturally diverse or marginalised backgrounds.
For children, teenagers or other dependents, the work I offer will almost always involve working with parents/families as a young person’s most important support system. For adults, the approach can much more likely be individual therapy but can involve family therapy as well.
My approach is grounded most consistently in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, family/systemic and attachment work. I draw flexibly from a variety of ideas across the therapy field, including emotional, cognitive, behavioural, attachment, developmental, cultural, critical, and systemic theories. Therapy approaches that I also typically draw on include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).