PLEASE NOTE: Kirsten is not taking new clients at present.
Kirsten's approach to therapy is to offer support that is both targeted and practical.
Her approach generally draws on the the following types of therapy:
Counselling Children & Adolescents
Children and young adults (6 to 25 years) are far better at "talk therapy" and gain a lot more out of psycho-education, if it's delivered in a fun and engaging way. Depending on the individual, games are played or serious discussion is engaged in.
Services offered for Anxiety & Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, Internet, Gaming & Social Media Addictions, etc.
Example games used in Play Therapy
Example Vision Board for older students
Parental Counselling & Support
Child and Adolescent therapy is sometimes best served by helping their most important advocates and influencers, their parents.
And sometimes the work is done behind the scenes, without your child present, so although the Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) is this case in your name, the focus is still on your child because by improving your world, you improve theirs.
Australian Bushfire Support
According to research, children and adolescents can react in a variety of ways when dealing with a fire including experiencing anxiety, nightmares and sleep disorders. A child's ability to cope is highly influenced by how their parents and caregivers deal with crisis.
Because children often look to adults for guidance, support and information, it is important to work to toward coping successfully so that you may serve as a positive role model for your children. You are likely their main source of security during this time.
Australian bushfires 2020: Psychological preparation and recovery information (APS)
Better Access Bushfire Recovery Initiative
You can get Medicare benefits for up to 10 mental health treatment services if:
Photo taken in Sussex and Mt Conjola NSW on recent trip to area.
Nugget is joining the Team
Although Nugget is not able to join Kirsten visiting schools affected by the bushfires, he will be in the office on her return on the 3rd of March 2020.
Animal-assisted therapy often serves in conjunction with traditional work done by a registered psychologist or other mental health–care providers.
There are a number of studies that suggest positive outcomes and overall improved emotional well-being in clients suffering from depression, anxiety, ASD, behavioural problems.