Indigo Assessment & Counselling

Indigo Assessment & Counselling

Helping gifted & struggling children reach their learning potential

Indigo Assessment and Counselling provide assistance for children, young people and adults with learning, behavioural, emotional and cognitive needs.

Our services cover a broad range of abilities and difficulties. Whether you feel your child is gifted, or perhaps struggling with any aspect of their schooling, we have assessment and support services available to help them reach their learning potential. If your child is experiencing behavioural or emotional problems, our dedicated psychologists can provide strategies and support to overcome these difficulties.

Meet the team

Emrie De Vaal
M.EdPsych, NZ Registered Psychologist

Emrie is skilled in assessing cognitive abilities and specific learning needs associated with dyslexia and attention difficulties. She has a special interest in the needs of gifted individuals, in particular those with specific learning difficulties.

Emrie is dedicated to finding ways to help children reach their full potential and is committed to supporting children and their families through this journey.

Prakash Grover- North Shore & South Auckland Office
Registered Psychologist & Speech Language Therapist

Prakash has more than 25 years of experience in both clinical and educational settings. To his name he has a Masters in Psychology and Sociology, Postgraduate qualification in Guidance and Counselling, and a degree in Speech Language Therapy.

Prakash has an intense desire to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

He provides assessment and support for individuals with learning and behaviour issues, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficits, Autism/Aspergers and self esteem issues. He has advanced training in positive behaviour support and positive parenting.

Lynn Berresford
M.Ed (Hons), Dip Teaching (Distiction)

Lynn is a Registered Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with children, teens and adults with exceptional needs. She is a dedicated and skilled advocate for individuals with behaviours reflecting Giftedness, Dyslexia, Attention Deficits, Dyspraxia, Aspergers etc.

Lynn has developed extensive and practical knowledge of these individuals who learn differently.

Elaine West

Elaine is a Registered Psychologist and former primary school teacher.

Elaine has 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).

She can provide psycho-educational assessments and therapy. Elaine is also a member of the NZ Association for Gifted Children.

Stewart D’Silva
Masters Cognitive Psychology, Honours Counselling Psychology

Stewart has worked extensively with young people with learning disabilities and gifted individuals. He is passionate about helping individuals to initiate and actively practice healthy changes in their lives. Stewart has worked at Indigo for over two years and in that time he has provided a range of assessments for students with learning difficulties, giftedness and behavioural/social and emotional issues.

Heather Vickery
Masters Ed Psych, Dip Ed

Heather is a New Zealand registered teacher and psychologist. She has worked in education for the past 30 years.

She recognises the differences that can cause learning to be challenging for many children and strongly advocates for a holistic approach to providing support and developing interventions. She has worked extensively with children with Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and gifted students. She has 6 years previous experience as an RTLB on the North Shore.

Nicole Ashby
M Ed Psych, PG Dip (ED DEV Psych), Registered Educational Psychologist

Nicole is dedicated and passionate about helping learners to achieve their goals. She is empathetic and creative in supporting children’s learning, behaviour and overall wellbeing and is committed to a collaborative approach.

She has extensive experience working with the Ministry of Education and with children with learning issues.

If your child is experiencing behavioural or emotional problems, our dedicated psychologists can provide strategies and support to overcome these difficulties. Call us on (09 444 6859) today to find out more about what we can do for your child.

Services

Our services cover a broad range of abilities and difficulties. Whether you feel your child is gifted, or perhaps struggling with any aspect of their schooling, we have assessment and support services available to help them reach their learning potential. If your child is experiencing behavioural or emotional problems, our dedicated psychologists can provide strategies and support to overcome these difficulties.

Assessment

  • Cognitive, educational, emotional, social and behaviour profiles
  • Learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Giftedness
  • Special examination conditions

Counselling/Therapy

  • Individual Psychological therapy, incl. cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance commitment therapy [which can address low self esteem, anxiety, low mood etc. ]
  • Support, skills for parents/caregivers

School Visits

  • Organisational Skills Programme
  • Effective Study Holiday Programme for Years 9,10,11,12,13
  • Development Presentations
  • Presentations for Parents

Services

Our services cover a broad range of abilities and difficulties. Whether you feel your child is gifted, or perhaps struggling with any aspect of their schooling, we have assessment and support services available to help them reach their learning potential. If your child is experiencing behavioural or emotional problems, our dedicated psychologists can provide strategies and support to overcome these difficulties.

Assessment

  • Cognitive, educational, emotional, social and behaviour profiles
  • Learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Giftedness
  • Special examination conditions

Counselling/Therapy

  • Individual Psychological therapy, incl. cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance commitment therapy [which can address low self esteem, anxiety, low mood etc. ]
  • Support, skills for parents/caregivers

School Visits

  • Organisational Skills Programme
  • Effective Study Holiday Programme for Years 9,10,11,12,13
  • Development Presentations
  • Presentations for Parents

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