MARISA

Psychologist

Qualifications:

M Ed Psychology (Cum Laude), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Cum Laude), Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelors of Arts majoring in Psychology and English

Experience:

My previous employment was with the Ministry of Education’s Behaviour Support Service where I provided psychological support to children and adolescents who present with behavioural challenges, their parents, whanau and learning institutions. Prior to this I worked as a psychologist in private practice within a medical centre where I provided assessment and therapeutic intervention to children, adolescents and young adults who experience social, emotional, learning, behavioural, and/or primary mental health difficulties. My area of passion has always been partnering with young people in a therapeutic relationship, where we explore their particular needs, values and strengths to inform the development of some tailored tools and strategies that they can continue to use autonomously during difficult times.

Loves:

Music, travelling, spending quality time with family and friends, exploring and appreciating everything that this beautiful country has to offer!

LIZ

Psychologist

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts – major psychology, minor Sociology, Master of Educational Psychology, PGDip in Educational Psychology Practice.

Experience:

Following the completion of my Bachelors, I went overseas to travel and work for two years. On return, I continued my studies and began working at Central Regional Health School in the City. My research for my Masters involved understanding direct experiences of adolescent anxiety. During my internship I completed my placement at both Ministry of Education and Kapiti Youth Support.

Loves:

Being outdoors and active, food, cooking, any time with friends and family. My cat :D.

JHIAL

AOD Counsellor

Qualifications:

Bachelors of Alcohol and Drug Studies

Experience:

I spent 4 years as a youth drug and alcohol counsellor around the greater Wellington region working within schools and other social services. In 2016 I worked as a youth coach in the Porirua area and now am happy to be closer to home at KYS.

Loves:

A good Joke, Music and Family

ANDREW

Counsellor

Qualifications:

Qualified Counsellor (MNZAC)

Experience:

I am a qualified counsellor and I work at KYS on Monday afternoons. I am married with 3 teens , 1 grandson (and his dad) and 2 dogs.

Loves:

Music, the sea, blo-karting and fixing bikes.