I am originally from Latvia, though my family is Ukrainian. I moved to New Zealand as a child, and have grown up in both the North and South Islands. I studied Child and Family Psychology at Canterbury University. My career as a psychologist started in Auckland, where I have worked within the social services, public mental health, and the private sector, before relocating to Taupo. I also work for Te Whatu Ora Lakes iCAMHS (Infant, Child, Adolescent Mental Health Service).
I have a particular interest in working alongside children with neuro-developmental challenges such as tics and Tourette's, anxiety, autism, and OCD. I believe in the importance of working holistically with the family, and ensuring that we are working together in a collaborative way.
During our initial session, we will focus on discussing what brought you there today, as well as getting an idea of what things have been like beforehand. This typically includes discussing early development and family history. Parents are often more involved in this initial stage, depending on the age of the young person. We will then make a plan together about the best way forward and develop a plan for therapy.
Talking about their feelings is often challenging for children and adolescents, and I aim to find ways of engaging young people to make therapy an enjoyable and meaningful space. I have been trained in a range of different therapeutic modalities, and work flexibly to find the approach that works best for each child. I am passionate about seeing young people grow in confidence and abilities as we work together.
Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology (University of Canterbury)
Master of Science (Distinction in Psychology, University of Canterbury)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology, University of Canterbury)
Bachelor of Arts (University of Canterbury)