Psychologist + Mediator

Kate is a registered psychologist and mediator passionate about partnering with individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan to enhance their wellbeing and move toward sustainable solutions to a wide range of concerns.

She graduated from Massey University in 2016 with a Masters in Science with first-class honours and then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in the Professional Practice of Psychology from Waikato University. In addition, Kate continues to engage in extensive professional development and targeted tertiary learning to enhance her knowledge and skills so that she can be of greatest service to her community.

Specialty Areas:

  • Couples

  • Children / youth

  • Mild-moderate psychological issues

  • Chronic illness / pain

  • Abuse / trauma

  • Grief

  • Sex / intimacy

  • Parenting / co-parenting

  • Divorce / family court coaching

  • Autism / neurodiversity

  • Community development

  • Mediation / dispute resolution

  • Employment-related issues

Psychology

Mediation

 

Mediation is a structured and facilitated discussion that allows parties to identify and evaluate options for the resolution of a dispute or problem.  Kate offers mediation in the private sector, covering a range of interpersonal disagreements from family to workplace to community.  They are short and focused on leading-edge methodology. As a mediator, Kate attempts to open up channels of communication in the hope that relationships can be preserved and that a greater variety of solutions are considered. She is neutral and creates a safe confidential space to allow the parties to effectively express themselves, to hear the other party, and to collaborate on solutions.

 

Kate is especially interested in working with couples in conflict and families in transition (during and after separation) and brings to these tasks a deep understanding of child development, family systems, and communication skills. She has specialist training in child inclusive practices (which may be appropriate in some cases) and high conflict dynamics.

Kate’s practice is collaborative, empathetic and evidence-based. She uses an integrative approach that draws on a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) as well as creative and somatic modalities. Depending on client goals and concerns being addressed, educational and coaching practices may be used.

Together, you will develop the insight and skills to help you manage and work through the problems you are experiencing. You will be sincerely listened to and supported in developing greater self-awareness, self-compassion, and targeted change.

In addition to working with children, youth and adults in a clinical setting, Kate has advanced training in community psychology. She is available to consult with organisations on community development projects (planning, delivery, and evaluation) and policy development. This practice is built on ensuring principles such as social justice, cultural safety and empowerment/capacity-building drive social change.

 

Hours

Monday 9am-2pm

Tuesday 9am-5pm

Wednesday 9am-2pm

Thursday 9am-2pm

Contact

91 Fraser Street

Tauranga 3112

Tel: 0279444264

Email: info@kateferris.co.nz

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