Services

Individual Therapy ($200 per hour)

We work flexibly and collaboratively, integrating multiple therapeutic models to help young person overcome their difficulties and develop in line with their personal values and goals of therapy.

We support young persons and their families with a range of difficulties, including:

- Anxiety
- Depression
- Autism
- Trauma
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Grief and loss
- Self-esteem
- Emotional and behavioural difficulties
- Adjustment to physical health conditions
- Anger management

Our work is informed by best practice guidelines, ensuring that the young person is being offered evidence-based therapeutic approaches only:

- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy(CAT)
- Schema Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Therapy
- Solution Focussed Therapy
- Systemic Family Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Sand tray therapy

Groups

Building Minds Psychology offers a range of therapeutic groups to the young person and parenting groups for parents.

Lego-based therapy group

LEGO-Based therapy for children and adolescents with autism and related social communication skills problems. This group is highly structured and uses children’s own natural interests in LEGO to promote social communication skills and play with fellow peers. We welcome keen LEGO Builders between the ages of 8 and 14 years old. Groups are per school term. Research shows that children and adolescents who attend LEGO-based therapy make improvements in social skills, play and emotional wellbeing and more likely to generalise these skills to other settings. Groups are being run in Howick, East Auckland. Please register your interests for the next group intake.

Parenting children on the autism spectrum

We know how difficult it can be to raise a child on the autism spectrum and how overwhelming it can be for a parent to find support and relevant information about autism as well as strategies on how to best support a young person on the autism spectrum at home and in the community. We are offering a 5-week workshop, including: a better understanding of autism, strategies to develop better social interaction and communication with a young person on the autism spectrum, dealing with sensory difficulties and anxiety problems, and how to manage behavioural difficulties. This parenting workshop is ideal for parents who has a child/children on the autism spectrum. Please enquire for further information.

Triple-P Parenting Group

Please enquire for further information and how to access this group for free if you are a parent of a child who lives in the Manukau region of Auckland.

Professional Training/Workshops

LEGO-Based therapy for professionals

Camilla trained under Dr Gina Gomez de la Cuesta (Bricks for Autism, UK) in LEGO-Based therapy. She is currently the only licensed trainer in NZ and Australia by Bricks for Autism, endorsed by Cambridge University and LEGO Foundation, to offer training to other professionals in LEGO-Based therapy

Managing anxiety in children and teens

One in five children in NZ are struggling with anxiety. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, there has been an increase in referral of children both through the educational & mental health pathways. Dr Nguyen is offering half-day workshop on the topic of  anxiety in children and adolescents, tailored to teachers and other professionals in the educational sector. Key content areas of the training session:

- An overview of anxiety in children and adolescents.

- Recognising behaviours suggestive of anxiety disorders.

- What are the triggers and causes of anxiety?

- What can teachers and practitioners do to further support our Tamariki?

- Learning a range of low intensity strategies and interventions to support children and their families.

From time to time Camilla also offers private workshops for organisations, please get in touch to register your interest. Please see News and Events section of our site to find out more about upcoming dates for professional training. 

Clinical Supervision ($160 per hour)

We offer clinical supervision to Psychologists in the clinical, general, and educational scope, Counsellors,  school staff and other mental health professionals. 

Autism Diagnostic Assessment

We offer autism diagnostic assessments, using the gold standard Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule. Please enquire for further details. 

Educational and Neuropsychological Assessments

We offer tailored educational (specific learning disorders, special assessment conditions) and neuropsychological assessments. Please enquire for further details.

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