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.
B Soc Sci (HS); MA AT; AThR Registered Art Therapist (ANZATA) Sandplay Therapist (STANZA) Counselling: Narrative & Reality Therapy EAP Counsellor
Jean is a registered Art Psychotherapist who trained at the University of Western Sydney. Her training in Sandplay Therapy incorporates the Jungian principles of Dora Kalff.
Currently working with children, teens and their families, Jean offers Sandplay 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. Her passion is in continuing a 9 year training journey in Sandplay with 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.
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.
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.
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.