Capable Kids and Families
North Shore home of the Cool Kids program.

Capable Kids offers many different types of assistance but specialises in helping anxious children and adolescents (and their families) learn to manage and overcome their anxiety – and become more capable, confident, happier kids.


Capable Kids and Families
The Auckland home of the Cool Kids program.

Elaine offers many different types of therapeutic assistance but specialises in helping anxious children and adolescents (and their families) learn to manage and overcome their anxiety – and become more capable, confident, happier kids.

Elaine West | Registered Psychologist

I am a Registered Psychologist specialising in working with children and adolescents and their families. I am passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and adolescents (and their parents) who are experiencing challenges in school, home or the community.

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Services Offered

Capable Kids offers a range of services for children and adolescents including cognitive and educational assessments, therapy for anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, ADHD, gifted and twice exceptional children, as well as parenting, family counselling and school liaison.

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The Anxiety Programs

There are three different anxiety programs offered: Cool Kids, Cool Little Kids, and Chilled for adolescents. All three are structured, skills-based programs that are well recognised as extremely effective ways to help children and families suffering the effects of high levels of anxiety. Based on over 20 years of research, the programs are used extensively throughout Australia and several other countries. Having seen the life-changing benefits of these programs many times over, we are committed to making them accessible to as many anxious New Zealand children as possible. Elaine works closely with other highly experienced psychologists and educators to deliver the range of Cool Kids programs.

  • Cool Little Kids

    An early intervention program for the parents of children aged 3 to 6 years who show signs of excessive shyness or anxiety that may signal future development of an anxiety disorder. Cool Little Kids equips parents with practical skills, strategies and tips to help their child manage and overcome anxiety, and teaches them how to parent an anxious child.

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  • Cool Kids

    Cool Kids is a proven, ten session program for children and adolescents who are struggling with high levels of anxiety, and their parents. Children benefit by attending group sessions with other kids with similar difficulties, and learning how to recognise, manage and reduce their anxiety.

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  • Chilled

    Chilled is a proven ten session program for adolescents who are struggling with high levels of anxiety, and their parents. Adolescents benefit by attending group sessions with other young people with similar difficulties, and learning how to recognise, manage and reduce their anxiety. Parents learn effective ways to support their teenagers.

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Hi Elaine. Thank you again for coming into the school to meet with us all – I think the meeting went very well. You have been an enormous help, I’m so grateful. I have contacted the Davis dyslexia people and feel good about starting Helen there.

In essence though, I really think that we’re back on track now. Your explanations and suggestions have been really helpful and everything’s a lot easier now. I spoke to Sarah’s preschool also and they don’t really feel her behaviour there is cause for concern. Sarah is reporting also that she is managing not to hurt other people as much there.… Read more “Donna – parent of a 3 year old”

We all want to thank you for the great help from you in the past year. Barry still gets grumpy from time to time, but he manages to control himself on most occasions. He is more accepted by the other kids, and has been more involved in group play. He will be in primary school in the coming year, and… Read more “Peter – parent of 4 year old boy”

Things are generally pretty good for us. It’s been tremendously helpful to have Anna’s Cognitive and Educational assessment. It’s so good to understand more about her strengths and difficulties, so I can help her in more appropriate ways when things are tough. I’m sure we’ll be back in touch with you in the future to reassess where she’s at and… Read more “Gemma – parent of a 4 year old”

Elaine and the Cool Kids program has been a lifesaver for our family. Our 11-year old son developed severe anxiety last year. It started with refusing to go to school, but within three months, it had developed into a full-blown anxiety disorder and depression – to the point where he wouldn’t leave the house and could barely get out of… Read more “Sarah – Cool Kids participant”

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