Kirsten has worked with both adolescents and adults across both public mental health and private sectors for the last two decades. Kirsten is a founding member of DBTNZ and was involved in development, implementation and coordination of the first Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Programme in New Zealand for adolescents and their families. She has extensive experience in DBT consultation, supervision and training in community outpatient, inpatient, forensic, residential care & protection settings and schools. Kirsten has been a trainer for many Behavioural Tech licensed events, including DBT Intensive Training, and is particularly interested in implementation and development of sustainable DBT programmes across a variety of different settings. In her private practice Kirsten works with clients of all ages and is informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness based approaches. She is competent in dealing with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, chonic pain and management of serious illness, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, parenting and general life adjustment.
adolescents, adults, families
acceptance and commitment therapy (act), cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt), dialectical behavioural therapy (dbt), mindfulness