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Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist
Kaituku Haumanu Hinengaro

BHSc, GradDipPsychotherapy, MPsychotherapy
Registered with PBANZ & NZACAP

Currently not available to take on new clients - new year 2024
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“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”

D. W. Winnicott

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My approach involves relational child psychotherapy informed by psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories. By utilizing a range of specific play materials, the child is encouraged to gradually express parts of their inner self and develop a therapeutic relationship both verbally and non-verbally. Within this relationship, connections can be made between the therapist and the child's whānau to better understand the nature of their conflicts and difficulties. 

Child psychotherapy can be effective for a range of presenting challenges, including anxiety, low mood, self-harm,  difficulty sleeping or toileting, anger, friendship difficulties, loneliness, grief, somatic complaints, disordered eating, those questioning their gender or sexuality, adjustment difficulties, separations and trauma. This work is suitable for children aged 5 - 15 years however dyadic work with children younger than 5 may be possible with consistent participation from a parent or caregiver. 

More information about this approach can be found in the blog section of this website. 

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Working in the mental health field in DHB, NGO and private sectors has offered me a range of experience to draw from. I feel passionate about helping children and their families, particularly when difficulties with communication or understanding have created a sense of overwhelming inner struggle. Child psychotherapy can be very effective in understanding the confusing and confounding aspects of holistic health.

Ko Horouta te waka 

Ko Moehau te maunga 

Ko Harataunga te awa 

Ko Tīkapa te moana 

Ko Rākairoa te marae

Ko Ngati Porou ki Harataunga ki Mataora te iwi

No Tāmaki Makaurau ahau 

I am based in Auckland, practicing within a playroom space in Albany suitable for children, adolescents and their families. ​​

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He said, "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

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Please feel free to contact me via this website, or otherwise directly by email. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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