Kenzie's Gift services are free and are designed to improve the emotional well-being and good mental health of tamariki, mātātahi and families affected by cancer, serious illness or bereavement.
Our one-on-one therapy programme is informed by current, evidence-based best practice for the provision of psychosocial care and support for tamariki and mātātahi. It 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. We offer up to 12 funded therapy sessions with registered mental health professionals throughout Aotearoa.
Below is our team of therapists.
Bernice Gabriel is a 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 tamariki and adolescents.
For more information about Bernice's work, you can check out her website here: www.nowpsychology.co.nz
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 Centre and Buddhist Hospice, Complementary Health, ProCare Health and Employment Assistance Programme.
Her session focus is on supporting tamariki, mātātahi 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)
(B.A, M.Ed, PgDip Child & Family Psych, MNZPSY Registered Psychologist)
I am a Registered Psychologist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology (PgDip Child & Family Psych) from the University of Canterbury.
I have over 17 years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of a range of psychological problems affecting tamariki, mātātahi, adults, couples and families.
Although I have a very diverse practice these days, I have a particular interest in the areas of couple and family therapy, plus adolescent and adult therapy as related to anxiety and/or mood disorders, or individuals looking to address more existential concerns and/or grief and loss. I am passionate about personal growth and development in the context of our important relationships and I have worked with many individuals seeking to enhance their interpersonal skills and ability to form and maintain healthy relationships.
I continue to contract to various government agencies including Police, Coronial Service, Family Court, Public Defence Service and the Judiciary where I provide support to individuals who are working in high stress environments.
I am a member of The New Zealand Psychological Society, Registered with New Zealand Psychologists Board, an accredited TRIPLE P (Positive Parenting Programme) Practitioner, and an accredited provider of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) - a treatment specifically designed to alleviate the effects of trauma exposure.
Registered Counsellor and Play Therapist
Jenhai began her career working with tamariki, mātātahi 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 tamariki, and their families affected by loss, trauma, adoption and parent and child relational difficulties both in the UK and now in Aotearoa.
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 Aotearoa Jo 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 tamariki 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 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 Aotearoa and in Australia.
Joanne uses play-based therapy to help tamariki in individual sessions to help them express themselves and their inner world. She also sees tamariki 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 tamariki psychologically manage difficult situations stemmed from her time working as a paediatric oncology nurse at Starship Children's Health in the early 1990s.
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 tamariki when a whānau member is facing a life threatening illness or bereavement.
Nicola Jackson is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (interim scope) and specialises in helping infants, tamariki 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.
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 tamariki, adolescents, adults, couples, groups and families for many years in both Aotearoa 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.