Emotional Connections - How You Feel About Your Relationships Counts.
My name is Jenhai Weeding and I was born in Leicester, England to Antiguan parents. I have lived the majority of my life in the UK, coming to live in New Zealand in March 2010.
I am married with two children. I am working part-time at Anglican Action in Hamilton as a Child Therapist, providing parent-child enhancing therapy (Filial Therapy) and attachment work to families who have been affected by domestic violence and substance abuse.
I have a background in social work, adult counselling and child and adolescent psychotherapy. I trained and received my qualifications in the UK.
I have had 20 years experience of working with children, young people and their families.
I have worked for eight years in child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS), providing play therapy and counselling to children and young people between the ages of 4-18 years of age.
Six of those years were spent working in a specialist tier 3 multi-disciplinary team with a highly vulnerable and disadvantaged group of young people, those in the care of the local authority with high mental health needs, with a large percentage of them being from ethnic minority groups.
Over the years I have worked in the field of attachment relationships, I have developed a particular interest in how parental relationships affect the way children and young people relate to others throughout their development into adult life.
Throughout my career, I have lectured, conducted training and workshops in the field of adoption, attachment and trauma, social studies, anger management and domestic violence. I currently run an early intervention parenting programme at Anglican Action, which I designed specifically to explore issues around the mother's own anger/domestic violence experiences and how this impacts on their children.