Child therapy

Why we must talk to our kids sensibly about sex

There’s little as likely to start a good row among adults or a good cringe among children than talking about sex education.

But with the United Nations and World Health Organisation agreeing that young people have the right to learn about sexuality to help provide them the tools to prevent coercion, unintended pregnancy and sexually […]

What’s the link between anxiety and bed-wetting?

It seems whenever we’ve talking about anxiety in this blog, we always have to talk about some form of spiral of cause-and-effect – and it’s much the same with children wetting the bed.

But, first things first, it’s important to remember that bed-wetting in children is commonplace (around 20{7e66f01e68c52d858b59d425bd8f3886b02d30322136bee7d8e459b39be00af4} of all five-year-olds and 10{7e66f01e68c52d858b59d425bd8f3886b02d30322136bee7d8e459b39be00af4} of […]

Mind that Child: How Mindfulness can provide a toolbox to a healthy child

We’ve discussed before on this blog how mindfulness can be as beneficial as therapy so it stands to reason that similar skills and techniques can help children as well as adults.

And since childhood is certainly not immune to the stresses and strains of living in New Zealand, it makes sense that teaching those skills […]

How Family Therapy can help when a child is suffering mental illness

When a child suffers with mental illness – or starts to exhibit signs of a mental disorder – it’s important that the whole family knows how to respond.

New Zealand children and adolescents – according to the Mental Health Commission and the Youth 07 survey of secondary school students – are highly likely to confront […]

School Avoidance: How to deal with Anxious Children

Tears and tantrums when you’re trying to pack your kids off to school in the morning can be a common issue facing most parents at some stage of raising children.

It can be a frustrating time for a parent – after all, the trouble is usually sandwiched into that narrow stretch of time between getting […]

How to talk to your moody teenager

Every parent has been a teenager – but it’s amazing how quickly we all forget those turbulent times when the shoe’s on the other foot.

So before you resort to yet another yelling match with the grumpy pile of hormones who’s locked themselves in their room for the umpteenth time this weekend, here’s a quick […]

7 Ways Family Therapy Can Help in a Divorce

Because the end of a marriage often consumes a couple’s attention, it can also be an incredibly stressful time for the whole family.

Statistics show that around 40{7e66f01e68c52d858b59d425bd8f3886b02d30322136bee7d8e459b39be00af4} of the 8234 couples who got divorced in New Zealand last year had at least one child and more than 6000 children in total found themselves in […]

How Parents Can Help Withdrawn Children

Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children.

Some may choose to spend significant time away from others in order to focus on constructive or creative play or projects, while others may simply enjoy listening to or observing their peers as opposed to joining in with them.

In other words, as an […]

New Zealand welcomes pioneers in child, adolescent and family therapy

Press release: Robert Street Clinic

 1st April, 2015


Auckland’s Robert Street Clinic is playing a role in changing the way children and families receive therapy in New Zealand.

Both Peter Slater and Emma Turner have joined the Ellerslie clinic after recently arriving from the UK and bring a wealth of experience as well as world-leading training […]