Kenzie's Gift services are free and designed to improve the emotional well-being and good mental health of children, young people and families affected by serious illness or bereavement in the family.
Our one-to-one therapy program for children and young adults can help reduce incidences of anxiety, depression, isolation, anger and other psychosocial issues associated with childhood trauma, and equip young kiwis with useful tools to help them cope at the time and in the future.
Below is our team of therapists.
Bernice Gabriel is South African psychologist, based in Hawke’s Bay, who has 20 years experience working in child and adolescent mental health. Bernice has assessment and therapeutic skills (individual and group) in a broad range of mental health, behavioural and parent-child relationship interventions and therapies. She is currently employed part time at the Child, Adolescent and Family Service, Hawkes Bay District Health Board. Her particular interests are attachment and trauma-related difficulties in children and adolescents. Bernice completed PhD research analysing the mechanisms of change in the Fostering Security programme, which she developed to support and train foster parents and caregivers.
Masters of Psychotherapy (AUT), Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ), Member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (MNZAP), Member of the New Zealand Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NZCEFT)
Bronwyn has worked extensively both in private practice and in Hospice and Bereavement settings for the last ten years. She has a passion for helping individuals and couples facing life threatening illness, companioning the dying and supporting the bereaved.
More information about how Bronwyn works can be found on her website www.yourpath.co.nz
Bronwyn’s private practice is based in Greenlane, Auckland.
Currently in Private Practice, Cheska has worked for 20 plus years in a variety of settings: Inpatient and Community Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health, Paediatric Diabetes, Mother and Baby Unit (Starship Hospital), Specialist NZ Family Court Writer, ACC Sensitive Claims and ACC Health, Secondary Education System (Guidance Counsellor and Teacher, Retreat Center and Buddhist Hospice, Complementary Health, ProCare Health, Employment Assistance Programme, Kenzies Gift.
Session Focus is on: Supporting children, young people and families through serious illness cancer and bereavement
Choosing a Psychotherapeutic Approach to suit the individual seeking help: Therapies: Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Acceptance Commitment (ACT), MindBody, Creative, Spiritually Based, Trauma Focused, (EMDR)
Registered Counsellor and Play Therapist
Jenhai began her career working with children, young people and their families in a variety of settings after training as a social worker and in counselling in the 1990s . She then went on to train as a Play therapist at York University in the UK. She has provided therapeutic services to children and their families affected by loss, trauma , adoption and parent & child relational difficulties both in the UK and now in New Zealand . In her work she offers a child- centred approach through the use of play. She works from a strength - based practice which she sees as being vital to building a positive and affirming working relationship with her clients. She has developed a strong interest in parent –child attachment relationships and over the past 8 years has provided infant- parent (0-5yrs) psychotherapy both in a residential and community settings. She is currently pursuing further post –graduate studies in Perinatal, Infant mental health and Parent- Infant Psychotherapy .Her goal is to facilitate a safe space where children and their parents can find resolution, healing and recovery.
Jenhai has a private practice based in Hamilton.
Jo Doyle has worked in Christchurch as a registered Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist since 1996. After completing a BA she trained as a primary school teacher at Christchurch Teachers' College and taught in Te Anau before travelling overseas.
On returning to New Zealand she completed a post-graduate clinical diploma in Child Psychotherapy at the Wellington School of Medicine. She returned to Christchurch to take up the position of Child Psychotherapist for the Christchurch District Health Board in 1996, and has since worked in the public and private sectors.
Jo specialises in working with children and their families who have experienced trauma and loss. This includes experience working with teenagers who are suffering from anxiety and depression. Jo works from the Blackheath Building in Sydenham, Christchurch.
Joanne Bruce is registered child and adolescent psychotherapist with the psychotherapy board Aotearoa New Zealand and a member of the New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NZACAP). She did her training through the Otago School of Medicine in Wellington many years ago and has been working with children and their families in distress in New Zealand and in Australia.
Joanne uses play-based therapy to help children in individual sessions to help them express themselves and their inner world. She also sees children and their parents together for attachment therapy to help them both understand the developmental story and make sense of what has happened to them.
Based in Tauranga, Joanne has a private practice near Bayfair shopping centre and does one day a week in Rotorua.
Diploma Nursing (Comp), MHSc (Hons)Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy(AUT), Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ) with Child and Adolescent Specialism, NZACAP Member
Lorna Wood has a keen interest in helping kids make sense of their world. Her interest in how children psychologically manage difficult situations stemmed from her time working as a paediatric oncology nurse at Starship Children's Health in the early 1990's.
After training as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Lorna worked in a trauma and abuse agency before returning to Starship to take up the role of Bereavement Coordinator. This position involves being a member of the paediatric palliative care team and consult liaison team.
Lorna relishes her many opportunities to educate and support medical staff and parents about how to involve and talk to children when a family member is facing a life threatening illness or bereavement. Her private psychotherapy practice was established in 2008.
Nicola Jackson is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (interim scope) and specialises in helping infants, children and adolescents who are experiencing challenging feelings and behaviours. She welcomes all young people and their whānau including those from the neuro-diverse, rainbow, twice-exceptional and other non-dominant communities.
Nicola practises in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and is currently completing her Masters of Psychotherapy with a dissertation on infant sibling bereavement.
More information about Nicola and her practice can be found at www.childinmind.co.nz.
PG DIP ADV PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICE, B.COM, NZDB, GRAD DIP PSYCHOTHERAPY, PG CERT CLIN SUPERVISION, CERTIFICATE AND DIPLOMA IN RONGOAA MAORI.
Toni currently works in private practice at Kereru Psychotherapy Services and on the Consult Liaison Psychiatry Team at Starship Children’s Hospital. She has been a qualified health professional for over twenty years, specialising in psychological health. She has expertise in attachment, parenting, grief, and trauma-based therapies, with experience of serious illness and palliative care within both hospice and hospital settings. Toni provides clinical and cultural supervision which incorporates a rigorous commitment to professional development. Toni works from an indigenous perspective, crafting the therapeutic process to fit each client/situation. She holds a deep commitment to improving the emotional wellbeing and psychological health of children, young people, and their families through therapeutic work and relationships.
MSc Psychotherapy (London), PGDip (London), MA (Hons) Psychology (Auckland), BA
Veronica has worked in a range of public, private and third sector settings and is trained in and able to use a range of assessment and treatment approaches including relational, attachment-based, cognitive behavioural, systemic,mentalization-based, DBT skills and psychodynamic.
She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, groups and families for many years in both New Zealand and the UK. She is an experienced clinical professional supervisor of other clinicians across professional disciplines. She also worked as a consultant and advisor in the UK on best practice in working with families, parenting and high risk, complex presentations. Veronica managed services for over ten years in the UK, specializing in child and family community services. Her professional interest areas are adolescence, parent-child relationships, family systems, negotiating transitions, separation and loss, abuse and trauma, and couple work.