Brenda has experience in behavioural, social and developmental concerns for primary school aged children, and likes to work with children and families to help them feel empowered to handle difficult periods of their life and learn the skills they need to feel confident and positive.. Her particular areas of interest are anxiety, anger, ADHD, adjustment to new family situations, adjustment to school, sleeping issues, eating, encopresis (soiling) and parenting skill development. Brenda uses a number of evidence- based approaches for young people and their families, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, Social Thinking curriculum, parent education and some play therapy. "My approach to each situation will depend upon the individual child and their family. I will often give feedback to the parents on what they can do at home and at school." I believe in taking a holistic approach and like to liaise with school and home if needed to create a consistent approach and the best possible outcome for each child".
In her time out of work Brenda is a mother of two young children, so well understands the demands of parenting. She loves to spend time with family and friends and tries to go the beach as often as she can.
Brenda is a trained as a counselling Psychologist and has worked for the past 9 nine years after completing her Masters qualification, and has worked with children primarily from 5 years to adolescence. She has also worked as a perinatal/post-natal psychologist for an outreach community program, helping mothers and fathers before and after the birth of their child. Her primary experience comes from private practice, school and community health services.