Child And Adolescent Therapy
“In the middle of difficulty lies oppurtunity”
– Albert Einstein
I have worked in a number of settings helping children and adolescents for over 27 years. These include working in a school counselor, working in the alternative education sector, supporting children dealing with family violence and separation, and providing therapy for children with clinical mental health diagnoses.
Due to the limitations of talk therapies when working with younger children, I draw on more suitable therapy modalities such as expressive therapy, sand play therapy and outdoor therapy.
As the parent of a struggling child or teenager, you might be worried about their future. They might be excessively quiet or withdrawn, or they might be difficult to manage and engage in risky behaviours. It is clear that something is amiss, but it is not clear how to help them.
It might even seem that they don’t want your help. When you try to point them in the right direction, they might avoid you, rebuff you or tell you to “mind your own business”.
It might be especially hard to see your child struggle if you know they have suffered some kind of traumatic experience. It is normal to worry that these behaviours will continue to get worse as they grow up.
It might be tempting to ignore the problems and just wait for them to “mature”. This is an important time in their life and the patterns and behaviours they engage in now will mark their future and affect their quality of life later on.
Kristina is a qualified Youth Worker, Social Worker and Psychotherapist.
“Our 11 year old son developed a strong relationship with Kristina. He looked forward to seeing her each week. Kristina was upfront and honest assisting us to understand what to expect in her counselling process. Also mentioning that with my son’s permission, part of the process also entailed working with us as well, providing us with the tools to understand our son as well as assisting us to understand the importance of remaining calm. Kristina provided story telling, sand play therapy and play methods with our son. We saw emotional changes in our son. Our son felt safe and comfortable with Kristina. We did as well. Kristina is extremely easy to talk to, I would highly recommend her for people of all ages. She is extremely professional and knowledgeable providing constructive feedback and knowledge.”
– Parents Male 36, Female 32
I specialise in helping children with the following issues
Dealing With Family Violence
Anger and Aggression
Low Self Esteem
Grief and Loss
In our work together, I will draw on a number of approaches and will tailor sessions to fit your child’s needs. These approaches include:
- Emotional Release Processing: movement, music, drumming, exercise
- Symbol Work
- Visualisation, Meditation and Mindfulness
- Systems therapya
- Play based therapy
- Body Focus and Awareness (including body maps)
- Expressive Colour, Line and Shape
- Expressive Writing, Journaling
- EMDR and tapping
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Outdoor therapy
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Experience & Qualifications
“Psychology usually tries to help people use insight and understanding to manage their behaviour. However, neuroscience research shows that very few psychological problems are the result of defects in understanding; most originate in pressures from deeper regions in the brain that drive our perception and attention. When the alarm bell of the emotional brain keeps signaling that you are in danger, no amount of insight will silence it.” Bessel Van Der Kolk
- Currently providing Employee Assistance Programme Counselling
- Currently providing Victims of Crime counselling to adults, couples and families
- working in Clinical mental health settings
- 4 years working in family violence providing child adolescent counselling and family therapy to victims and perpetrators
- 3 years working in post separation services with parents and children in high conflict, as a Supervisor at Albury Children’s Contact Service
- 3 years as a school counsellor within the education system - this experience involved educating teachers about strategies to deal with children and conduction group work sessions
- 5 years project work in Family Services and Housing and Communities - developing a group work programme for parents with children who had experienced trauma. identifying and working to incorporate programs that entail community growth
- 6 years case management in the homelessness sector; within the reconnect program and the Supported Accommodation and Youth Housing program.
- 7 years youth worker alternative education sector providing outdoor therapy and group work that entailed life skills, social skills and motivation to clients
- Master of Social Work - Charles Stuart University
- Dialetical Behaviour Therapy - Dean Buck Master
- Master Clinical Family Therapy - Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University
- Specialist Couples Counselling - Relationships Australia, Swinburne University
- Bachelor of Youth Work - Victoria University
- Associate Diploma of Welfare - La Trobe University
- Certificate in Expressive and Somatic Therapies and Sand Play Therapy - Expressive Therapies Institute
- EFT - Dr Peter Stapleton
- Dialetical Behaviour Therapy - Dean Buckmaster
- EMDR - Level 2 Adults, Adolescents and Children
- Part A and Part B, Level 1 Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Acceptence and Commitment Therapy- Russ Harris , - - Trauma focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy University of Melbourne
- Foundations Polyvagual Therapy - Deb Dana
- Tuning into kids - Parenting Program
- Bringing up great kids - Parenting program