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bfrb therapy for children in new zealand

Body Focused Repetitive Behaviour

Body Focused Repetitive Behaviour (BFRB)



Body-focused Repetitive Behaviour (BFRB) is a general term for a group of related disorders that includes:

  • Hair pulling
  • Skin pricking
  • Nail biting
  • Cheek biting

These behaviours are not habits or tics; rather they are complex disorders that cause people to repeatedly touch their hair and body in ways that result in physical damage.

We work primarily with children involved in hair pulling (Trichotillomania) but please contact us if your child is suffering from other forms of BFRB.



Triple P Positive Parenting

Triple P Positive Parenting

Triple P Positive Parenting Program in New Zealand


Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) works by giving parents the skills to raise confident, healthy children and teens, and to build stronger family relationships.

It also helps parents manage misbehaviour and prevent problems occurring in the first place.  We work one-on-one with families.

Topics include:

  • Raise happy, confident kids
  • Manage misbehaviour so everyone in the family enjoys life more
  • Set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows
  • Encourage behaviour you like
  • Take care of yourself as a parent
  • Feel confident you’re doing the right thing


Chilled Out | Anxiety Program for Teenagers




Cool Kids Chilled Program for Teenagers

Based on the same principles as the Cool Kids Program, ‘Chilled’ is suitable for teens 13-17 years and is a structured, skills-based program that teaches strategies to help better manage anxiety and depression.

Topics include:

  • Learning about feelings and anxiety
  • Building confidence and independence
  • Learning to think realistically
  • Developing assertiveness and problem solving skills
  • Helpful ways of coping when upset


Cool Kids Anxiety Program

The Cool Kids

The Cool Kids

Practical Skills to Better Manager Your Child's Anxiety

The Cool Kids program is for children 7 – 12 years.  It is skills-based program which involves both the child and their parent(s), and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills to better manage a child’s anxiety.

There are a range of different types of anxiety experienced by children including finding it difficult to be away from parents, being extremely shy, worrying about what others think of them, avoiding social and school activities (e.g. speaking to people, class presentations) or worrying a lot about everyday matters, potential dangers and the future. Sleep difficulties, headaches, nausea and difficulty breathing can be part of these feelings. Many children experience more than one type of anxiety.

This world renowned program has been running since 1993 and studies have found most young people who complete it show significant improvement.

Topics include:

  • Learning about feelings and anxiety
  • Learning to think realistically
  • Parenting an anxious child
  • Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
  • Learning coping skills such as building confidence or problem solving



Secret Agent Society


Adult Resilience

(Developed by Dr. Renee Beaumont)

The Secret Agent Society is an evidenced-based program developed by Dr. Renee Beaumont. It uses a multidisciplinary approach with integrated support across environments. This program is designed to improve the emotion regulation and social skills of children with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

SAS captivates children with its espionage-themed games and eye-catching resources. Kids learn how to recognise and manage their own feeligns, cope with change, detect other people’s emotions, talk and play with others and deal with bullying.




Adult Resilience

Freedom from Obsession and Compulsions Using Cognitive Behaviour Strategies.

Many children with OCD never get treatment because they are too embarrassed to tell anyone about their symptoms, worrying about what other people might think about them. Therefore an important first step is to bring together these children for treatment of OCD so that they can see that they are not alone.

We adopt a ‘team’ approach during the program with family and friends make up the integral part of the team. The innovative family based approach of FOCUS has been shown to be particularly important given the high involvement of parents and siblings in accommodating the disorder, and the associated distress experienced by the family.


Resilience for Adults

Adult Resilience Program

Adult Resilience

Stress and anxiety can affect both children and adults. The Adult Resilience “Strong not Tough” program helps you to recognise and address the issues that may be holding you back in many areas of your life.

Be Resilient for LIFE

  • Learn to be mindful
  • Inner helpful thoughts
  • Feeling like a resilient person
  • Exercise and eat healthy

Adult life is full of developmental challenges we need to overcome. The way we establish our financial independence, start our careers (then possibly change them), navigate our relationships as well as raise our children and say goodbye to them, all help shape and define who we are as much as anything we do when ‘growing up’. Feeling overwhelmed and/or anxious is a natural by-product of such experiences or situations.

In recognition of the constant challenges and opportunities we as adults face on a daily basis, Adult Resilience “Strong not Tough” has been developed to teach adults the skill of mindfulness in order to navigate their experiences, effectively manage their emotions, prevent attempts of youth suicide and to be resilient for life. The evidence speaks for itself, showing that ‘mindful’ people are:

  • Less affected by stress (Cullen, 2011)
  • Better able to achieve long term goals (Howell & Buro, 2011)
  • Less anxious in their approach to life (Rapgay et al, 2011)

Resilience for LIFE is an interactive program developed to provide adults with positive coping skills to better navigate these experiences, effectively manage the associated feelings, and to be resilient for life.

Positive Benefits and Outcomes

Resilience for life teaches skills and strategies that are scientifically proven to help people:

  • Improve performance in their chosen field
  • Enjoy their experience of life transitions
  • Learn to address their negative attention biases