Meet The Team
Elisabeth is a Child Psychotherapist who has worked with children and families for nearly thirty years in New Zealand and Canada. Over the past fifteen years her focus was working with infants and toddlers and their families.
She worked in the Infant and Family Programme at the Hincks Centre [now Hincks-Dellcrest Centre], Toronto, Canada. During this time she initiated and was co-principal investigator of the Toronto Infant-Parent Research Project comparing the infant-led intervention Watch, Wait and Wonder and Selma Fraiberg’s Parent-Infant approach. She has published internationally, presented her work and provided training workshops in Europe, Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. Elisabeth appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary “When the Bough Breaks” where the Watch, Wait and Wonder intervention was used with two dyads. Elisabeth retired from clinical work in September 2011.
Denise is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who began working in infant mental health [IMH] in the mid 80’s in Dunedin, New Zealand, joining Elisabeth and Angela Stupples in the pilot study of the Watch, Wait and Wonder Intervention. She is a founder member of the Australian and the New Zealand IMH Affiliates and current President of the NZ IMH Association [IMHAANZ].She is Clinical Advisor to the Counties Manukau District Health Board [CMDHB] and Auckland University of Technology “Look at You, Aroha Atu, Aroha Mai” DVD projects for parents, whanau and professionals addressing the social and emotional needs of babies in the first three months of life. Denise is a Trustee of the Incredible Families which focuses on the early years with the delivery of evidence based interventions and training. This Trust is the umbrella organisation for the governance and operational running of Watch, Wait and Wonder intervention training.
Rose is a Psychotherapist and has worked in community health and educational settings for the past 25 years. As a member of an interdisciplinary team at the Champion Centre – Tamariki Toiora in Christchurch , a centre providing family focussed Early Intervention for children with developmental delay, she was instrumental in developing a relationally based intervention for children diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum. This clinic is now known as the Relating and Communicating Programme. She maintained a strong focus on the social, emotional and relational aspects of the Assessment and Monitoring Programme for children born extremely prematurely and their parents. Together with Elisabeth Muir, they adapted the Watch Wait and Wonder Intervention to meet the needs of those infants and their families. This work has been presented in trainings and conferences nationally and internationally. Rose has a private practice in Christchurch where she works with adults, young children, infants and their parents.
Seonaigh is a registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist currently employed at Te Whare Marie, the Specialist Maori Mental Health Regional CAMHS for Capital and Coast DHB, Wellington. Her clinical work for many years, across NGO and DHB settings, has included the Watch Wait and Wonder Intervention with infants and older children and their families. Seonaigh is also trained in Mellow Parenting, a comprehensive parenting programme for vulnerable families.