Dr Verena Boshra

Lotus and Fern - Psychological Services for Children and Adolescents


NOT TAKING CLIENTS I am currently full and not taking new clients until 2022.



Compassionate, collaborative and creatively delivered psychological services that honour children and adolescents’ unique strengths and experiences. The goal is to support young people to develop the self-confidence, resilience and coping skills to live more fulfilling lives.


Areas of Special Interest

  • relationship difficulties
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • trauma related to childhood sexual abuse
  • self-esteem
  • self-confidence
  • school/academic difficulties
  • behavioural challenges
  • parenting
  • adjustment to life changes
  • emotional dysregulation


I offer a broad range of services including:

If you know that a young person you care about is having a really hard time but just don’t know how to help them, an assessment is a great place to start. The purpose of a psychological assessment is to develop a shared understanding about the area(s) of difficulty or concern. The initial goal is to gather all the ‘puzzle pieces’ together and then reflect on the picture that forms in order to provide recommendations and where relevant, decide on the most appropriate interventions going forward.


Forming a strong connection with someone outside their family/ friendship circle can often be really helpful for young people, particularly during times of difficulty. For me, this is the foundation of a therapeutic relationship – a safe space where children/adolescents can express what’s going on for them and have these experiences heard and validated without judgement.

Treatments can be short/long-term, depending on the presenting difficulties. Individualised treatment plans are developed following a comprehensive assessment process to address any identified area(s) of concern/difficulty and equip young people with the skills to respond adaptively to any future difficulties.


These can be designed and delivered depending on your needs.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

Regardless of what it is that young people are struggling with, I prioritise the therapeutic relationship and draw on a range of clinical approaches (e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy and Narrative Therapy) to tailor my services to clients’ unique needs, strengths, interests, stages of development and learning styles.


Background and Experience

I founded Lotus and Fern after spending the last few years working with incarcerated adults. While carrying out countless assessment and treatment sessions in this context, one of the things that really stood out to me was how the majority of clients’ problems appeared to stem from childhood. Many of my clients in this context reminisced about the ways that their lives may have been different had they been given the opportunity to learn about themselves and develop more adaptive ways of coping with their challenges as children. This is what this work is about.

I have a broad range of experiences/training working with individuals of all age groups, with a particular interest in working with children, adolescents and their caregivers.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Clinical Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- Member Institute of Clinical Psychology (ICP)
- Member Institute of Educational/ Developmental Psychology (IEDP)
- ACC Registered Counsellor

Q Qualifications

- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
- Bachelor of Science (1st class honours)
- Bachelor of Science
- Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Q Languages

I am fluent in:
English / الإنجليزية
Egyptian Arabic / العربية

Q Appointments

I run a part-time private practice. Appointments are available at my Albany Village and Browns Bay Consulting Offices via prior arrangement. Please enquire with your preferred days/times and I will do my best to accommodate you where possible.

Q Fees

Fees are dependent on the specific services required. Please enquire for more details. I provide a tailored treatment plan following your initial assessment session which will provide you with a more accurate indication of costs for your situation.

Q Payment Options

- Bank transfer prior to your scheduled session.
- Eftpos payments can be accepted directly after your scheduled session.
- Credit cards can also be used, but these attract a surcharge