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.
Jill is a Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ) with Child and Adolescent Specialism, NZACAP Member, MHSc Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (AUT)
Jill offers individual psychotherapy to all children and adolescents by creating a trusting relationship in an age-appropriate therapy room. Jill focuses on the child’s internal world that influences their emotions, relationships and behaviour. She supports and facilitates children to find a more interpersonally fulfilling and behaviourally appropriate way of coping with their environment and circumstances.
Jill also offers attachment based-dyadic therapy with babies or pre-school children and their parents. Jill is able to support young children and their families who are experiencing difficulties in everyday life. Jill’s experience as a therapist working with children, adolescents and their families includes community agencies, a district health board and private practice. Jill is a parent and has also worked in the corporate world for many years.
Denise began her career as a teacher working with children and young people in secondary schools, and moved to assessing and providing psychological help as part of Child Youth and Family’s Specialist Services Unit. Denise re-trained as a child and adolescent psychotherapist at Otago University School of Psychological Medicine.
Since 1998 she has worked for Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health Services and established her private psychotherapy and counselling service.
Denise has worked with many people struggling to cope with the trauma, abuse, life threatening illness and loss they or their families experienced. She offers individual and parent child psychotherapy, play therapy, narrative and trauma focused therapy. Denise also enjoys working supportively with parents, caregivers and health professionals who want to learn ways to talk to and support children and young people.
Above all, Denise is passionate about helping children and young people explore their understanding of their world, and deal with distressing or overwhelming experiences.
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.
B Soc Sci (HS); MA AT; AThR Registered Art Therapist (ANZACATA); Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teaching Member (ISST); Counselling: Narrative & Reality Therapy.
Jean is a registered Art Psychotherapist who trained at the University of Western Sydney. Her international training in Sandplay Therapy incorporates the Jungian principles of Dora Kalff.
Currently working with children, teens and their families, Jean offers Sandplay Therapy and Symbol work in connection with Art, Narrative, Attachment Theory and Reality Therapy.
In her private practice she aims to empower clients to find their own healing through therapeutic creativity. She is a the International Society for Sandplay (ISST). Jean and a colleague are preparing a paper for the Australasian Conference on Child Trauma describing their trauma response contracts with children and families affected by the earthquakes in Christchurch.
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.
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.
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.
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)