By Appointment

Snita Ahir-Knight

Child and Adolescent Therapist (ANZASW, SWRB, HCPC, PTI)
ACC and Victim Support Approved Counsellor
Aslee Therapy
022 046 2095

What is Therapy?

Over the years a lot of the children and young people I have worked with have been brought by an adult in their life. The child or young person usually questions what therapy is all about and if there is any point to it. The way I see it therapy is led by the child or young person so they decide what they want to talk about, or not talk about. Sometimes it can be hard to talk about things or even know what to talk about so I am skilled in using lots of different tools to help them get the most out of the session. This can include art, drama, worksheets, music, symbolic play, movement, photography, mindfulness exercises and talking.

People describe me as calm, caring and non-judgemental. I enjoy working with children and young people to help them make sense of things and empower them to make changes in their lives. I am able to provide a safe and confidential space to help children and young people with things like:

-  friendships and relationships
-  worries and stress at home/school
-  bullying
-  loss
-  trauma
-  self-esteem
-  managing strong emotions
-  sleep difficulties
-  mild concerns around eating
-  low mood
-  anxiety
-  self-harm

I also provide supervision, training, and consultation to professionals. I have a wide range of experience in child and adolescent mental health, and specialist forensic assessments in risk of violence and sexually harmful behaviours.

When I am not working I enjoy the outdoors and watching movies indoors. I have a keen interest in photography and reading.

Professional Background

I am an experienced senior social worker with therapeutic skills in child and adolescent mental health (from the UK and NZ). My clinical experience from the NGO and health sector includes: acute mental health; trauma; offending behaviours; specialist forensic assessments; consultation to Child, Youth and Family; and assessment and interventions in sexually harmful behaviours. My social work experience from the NGO and public sector includes: conducting assessments into allegations of harm while in state care; life story work; and parenting assessments/support.

I am registered with Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW), the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB), Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC); Play Therapy International (PTI); Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Victim Support. This ensures that I meet: professional and ethical codes; supervision and professional development requirements; police clearance; child protection standards; and clinical governance standards.