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
Animal-assisted Therapy (AAT)
Animal-assisted therapy often serves in conjunction with traditional work done by a registered psychologist or other mental health–care providers.
Studies show positive outcomes and overall improved emotional well-being in clients suffering from depression, anxiety, ASD, behavioural problems.
Nugget is a trained and accredited Animal Assisted Therapy Dog.
He is a Cockalier (-Cocker Spaniel x King Charles Cavalier). Cockaliers are known to be calm, gentle and smart dogs who learn quickly and need a lot of attention, which makes them ideal therapy dogs.
Nugget loves pats and cuddle and is eager to please! He will be in the office to provide comfort and support and help decrease anxiety, increase relaxation, social interaction, communication and engagement.
Nugget will be in the office on a Tuesday
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.