Elaine West Registered Psychologist
I am a Registered Psychologist specialising in working with children and adolescents. I am a member of the NZ Psychological Society and I am also a qualified primary school teacher. I taught at the primary level in New Zealand before moving to Australia, where I trained and qualified as a psychologist. Initially I was employed as a University Lecturer at Charles Sturt University but eventually decided to move away from academia and become a practising psychologist. I worked in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit (CAMHS) with children and adolescents with educational, behavioral and/or emotional challenges. I also worked with the parents and schools to provide them with strategies and skills to manage and support the children and young people. Since arriving back in New Zealand I have worked as a psychologist with the Ministry of Education (Intensive Wraparound Service) and as a Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). This work has provided me with valuable experience of, and insight into, the New Zealand Primary and Secondary education systems.
I have experience working with children and adolescents experiencing learning difficulties (such as dyslexia and dyscalculia), behavioural difficulties (such as aggression, school refusal and oppositionality), developmental disorders (such as ADHD) and emotional disorders (such as anxiety, low mood , and low self-esteem). I can provide cognitive and educational assessments and counselling/therapy.
I am a member of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children and of the Institute of Educational and Developmental Psychology. I am currently undertaking a Master of Counselling degree through Waikato University. I am passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and adolescent (and their parents) who are experiencing challenges in school, home or the community.