Senior Psychologist in infant, child and adolescent mental health
BSocSci (Psych), MSocSci (Psych)
Alexandra is a registered psychologist. She completed her New Zealand Psychologists Board Supervision to Practice in 2005, specialising in infant, child and adolescent mental health and parenting behaviour for the past 13 years.
Alex has experience in clinical assessment and treatment for ages 0 to 18 years. She draws from experience and training in clinical assessment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play and Sandplay Therapies, trauma-focussed/ cognitive behavioural therapy and interventions for parents including: infant observation/ assessment, The Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression Group, The Incredible Years, Parent-child Interaction Therapy, The Circle of Security Intervention and the Watch, Wait and Wonder Intervention. She is also part way through a scholarship for supervision toward full accreditation in Watch, Wait and Wonder.
The work Alex has carried out covers: depression; anxiety; obsessive compulsive disorder, selective mutism, school anxiety, neuro-developmental differences, enuresis, encopresis, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional and conduct problems and postnatal depression. As well, she has focused on issues specific to children and adolescence such as sleeping, eating, night-waking and toileting difficulties, managing behaviour and parenting.
Alex’s special interest lies in promoting positive outcomes for children using individual and relationship-based treatment that facilitates secure attachment, emotional regulation and enhances parents’ ability to manage their own, as well as their children’s emotions and behaviour. She is also interested in life stage transitions - parents struggling with adjustment to parenthood and teenagers struggling with transitions to adulthood. Consistent with her clinical work, Alex is sensitive to the challenges faced by parents experiencing emotional distress. Her experience has demonstrated to her how crucial parent wellbeing is to positive emotional and developmental outcomes for children. She believes psychologists should offer the best that psychological research has to offer in the way of tested intervention to parents and their children and that choice of intervention is matched to the developmental age of the child.
Alex currently balances her work across an infant, child and adolescent mental health service and private practice.