I’m a registered and endorsed Clinical Psychologist, experienced in providing clinical psychology services across the life-span, with a special interest in child and adolescent mental health.
It was my belief that all children deserve the best start in life that motivated me to specialise in treating children. Therapy is serious business, but with children it also needs to be playful, and age-appropriate. Psychological techniques are important, but they are ineffective unless we can build a trusting relationship with a child first.
Child Psychology and Family Therapy
In addition to offering individual therapy with children, I also specialise in providing family therapy. Children are intimately connected to their family, their school, peers and the wider social system and research shows that working with the wider system facilitates change. It’s not that families need fixing; rather family therapy can be a powerful source of change precisely as a result of the strength within each family. When families find a way of working together to help one of their members, they can assist in overcoming obstacles they never thought possible.
During my career I have worked with some of the most culturally diverse and socially disadvantaged children and families as well as those from privileged backgrounds. From my experience I can confidently assert that all families have strengths, even those who have lost all hope and feel that they are powerless.
Moreover, I enjoy working with parents to help them find loving and effective ways of handling the challenges of parenting. It was after having my own children and experiencing the inevitable struggles as a parent that my passion for understanding the significance of attachment relationships emerged. As such, I developed an interest in exploring research relevant to attachment, parenting, self-compassion and mindfulness. I use attachment-informed, mindful parenting skills and knowledge daily in my own life as well as professionally.
I have worked in many different environments, including within an employee assistance program, inpatient and outpatient adult services, community child and adolescent mental health as well as in private practice. I continue to provide clinical psychology services in the state system within child and youth mental health services.
Here is a brief, non-exhaustive, summary of the presentations that I have experience working with:
- Adjustment disorder
- Anger issues
- Anxiety struggles and disorders
- Behavioural problems
- Eating disorders
- Family conflict / communication problems
- Grief and loss
- Mood disorders, eg depression
- Perfectionism and self-criticism
- Relationship difficulties
- School based difficulties
- Social skills issues
- Substance misuse
In the consulting room, I draw on a range of psychological models, including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Systemic Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Behavioural Therapy
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Mindfulness Based approaches
In addition, I am registered to provide professional supervision under the following pathways:
- Higher Degree Program
- Work in addition to a higher degree
- 4+2 internship (principal and secondary)
- 5+1 internship (principal and secondary)
- Registrar Program – Clinical Psychology (principal and secondary).
Bookings and Fees: To make an appointment with Clinical Psychologist Jina Kleynhans try Online Booking – Loganholme or call M1 Psychology (Loganholme) on (07) 3067 9129.
Articles of Interest by Clinical Psychologist Jina Kleynhans:
- Control the Default Mode Network with Mindfulness
- Parenting: The Difference Between Guilt and Shame
- Why Self Compassion Trumps Self Esteem