Hi, I’m Brendan – a neurodivergent paediatric counsellor (Masters in Counselling, Bachelor of Psychology) with an integrative approach involving a mixture of cognitive, behavioural and play therapies with an interest in sensory integration and individual profiles. I have worked with a vast number of occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians and other somatic therapeutic approaches that has allowed me to develop a wide basis of skills and knowledge.
Playfulness is a value that I rate highly and play is a fundamental skill that provides complex psycho-social development. From building towards complex social interactions, the understanding of perspective and abstract and flexible thinking – play is essential in building interest that allows for the development of both cognitive and emotionally intelligent, capable little people.
I also have a strong belief in the influence that our sensory systems have on our engagement and behaviours. As well as how we can utilise these systems to then affect how we think and feel.
I have experience with quite a wide range of presentations, the following being personal interests and specialities:
* PDA Presentation
* Developmental Delays
* Non-speaking & significant speech delays
If you feel like your child is chaos incarnate, chances are we will both have incredible fun together!
I see children and adolescents from the ages of 4+, with experience counselling 3-17yo. I am also available for parent-only sessions – providing support in your individual parenting approaches that accounts for your personal values.
I am a huge nerd – with a love for video, board and roleplaying games. But also an extensive personal knowledge and interest in physical fitness (I can bore you with all of these subjects in an information dump). The greatest thing I can do in my work with children is just providing space and safety to listen and notice. My greatest superpower is never burning rice.
If you are wondering how I might help or what role I might play – please reach out. I am delighted to discuss whether counselling may be right for you and your child.