Kat Steeneken

FDR Mediation | Preparation for Mediation | Voice of the Child | Counselling | General Mediation


Kat Steeneken has worked in the field of advocacy, Social Work and Psychological support spanning 20 years.

She has extensive work experience in:

• Family support
• Advocacy
• Counselling (individual, couple, familywhanau)
• Supervision
• staff training
• Art Therapy
• Group facilitation
• Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) more specifically, mediation.
• Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

She holds several qualifications in all of the above areas and has additionally completed Crisis Intervention Management training for critical incident responding (psychological first aid). She has completed a range of academic qualifications at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the areas of

• business communication
• family therapy
• human services
• social work
• specific therapeutic methodologies
• case management
• advocacy
• mediation
• counselling
• clinical supervision
• Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (psychology), and is undertaking her Masters in Applied Science (psych).
Kat has penned various formal academic papers that have been used in a variety of publications in areas such as ADR (Mediation/Family Court), Judicial Circular’s and various Psychological publications. She has also written, developed and run programmes in the areas of individual development in a group setting which works at a cognitive and narrative level incorporating modalities of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), narrative and psychodynamic theory.

Art for Therapy’s Sake is a programme where one of the main goals is to give voice to past unarticulated complex trauma in a safe and supported environment

‘Triple C’ is a programme for co-parenting that focuses on positive communicating techniques between co-parents who do not live in the same home as their children. Kats counselling practice includes adults, children, couples and families, includes individuals and whanau with disability and includes refugees and immigrants.

Kat is a member of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP), is formally registered as a Clinical Family Therapist with the Family Therapy Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (NZAFT). Kat is additionally a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW), a provisional member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and is an associate member of the Family List of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ).

Kat is passionate about the work that she does and the people that she works with, preferring to use multimodal/integrative approaches. With twenty years of mediating experience, her mediation style is based on transformative modalities

Languages: English
Areas of Expertise:
  • Adult Family and Elder Care
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Extended Family Issues
  • Gender Issues
  • Grief
  • Illness and Disabilities
  • Loss and Anger
  • Multi-Cultural Relationships
  • Multi-Generational Issues
  • Parenting/Care and Contact Issues
  • Re-Partnered/Blended Family Issues
  • Separation
  • Sexuality Issues
Experience with specific cultural, religious, ethnic, or gender groups:
  • Bisexual
  • Catholic
  • Chinese
  • Eastern European
  • Fijian
  • Fijian Indian
  • French
  • Gay
  • Hindu
  • Hispanic
  • Indian
  • Japanese
  • Jewish
  • Lesbian
  • Malaysian
  • Middle Eastern
  • Muslim
  • Māori
  • Pasifika
  • Pentecostal
  • Protestant
  • Russian
  • Samoan
  • South African
  • Tahitian
  • Thai
  • Tongan
  • Transgender
  • Vietnamese
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