Our Mission

ABL’s mission is to enable people with learning, behaviour, emotional and social issues to achieve their optimum potential.  We promote their well-being by working with individuals and their families in a manner that is holistic, positive, evidence based and emotionally safe.

In keeping with this mission, we...

  • constantly strive for excellence in all fields of learning and behaviour psychology

  • are know for our innovation, creativity and our real sense of making a positive difference to our clients' quality of life

  • respect and reinforce ethnic and cultural identity and diversity

  • constantly improve as an organisation so that we continue to provide and foster high quality professional services and opportunities for people who connect to the world differently

  • support clients and their families to achieve the best possible outcomes

 

Our values

At ABL Psychological Services, we ar committed to "living' our values:

  • Excellence: We strive for professional excellence in all aspects of our work. This is achieved by the use of effective practises that have measurable outcomes. All recommendations and pathways are tailor made to ensure they best help an individual achieve their optimum potential.

  • Ethical: We adhere to the highest ethical standards and respect client confidentiality. We are committed to working with clients in a manner that is emotionally safe.

  • Sensitive: We are highly sensitive to the needs of our clients and their families.

  • Caring and compassionate: We genuinely care for our clients’ well- being and value their individual human worth. We believe in honesty, collaboration, respect

  • Dedicated: We will go ‘the extra mile’ to assist people to reach their optimum potential.

 


Our People

Prakash Grover

Prakash is a strongly motivated Registered Psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in the field of Psychology. He is well qualified and experienced to deal with a variety of learning, emotional, organisational and behaviour issues in children, youth and adults. Masters degrees in Psychology and Sociology, a Post-graduate qualification in Guidance and Counselling and a degree in Speech Language Therapy make Prakash a well qualified professional

 He is a passionate professional with the desire to assess and support people with learning and behaviour issues. His advanced training in positive behaviour support and positive parenting add to his skills. He is is affiliated to NZ Psychological Society, NZ Registered Psychologist (under Health Practitioner Competence Assurance Act) following the ethics laid down by NZ Psychologist Board, NZ  Speech Therapy Association, Indigo Assessment and Counselling Centre and member of SPELD (NZ Federation of Specific Learning Difficulties). He is a trained SPELD assessor.

Prakash is a dedicated, experienced and skilled advocate for individuals who have behaviours reflecting Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention deficits, Autism/Asperger’s, self-esteem issues and other learning issuesPrakash works full time in private practice. He has an extensive experience in working with mental health issues and relationship issues for Adults, Couples as well as children and their families. He possesses specialized knowledge with the diagnosis and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and have facilitated psycho educational sessions on ASD for families and care givers. Social Skills training for ASD is also undertaken.

Prakash offers an eclectic (holistic) assessment and comprehensive guidance to his clients and their families. Prakash is focussed on empowering students and their families to understand the ‘how and why’ of their learning, emotional state and behavioural needs.

Prakash has worked in both clinical and educational settings with a great success.

Prakash offers a range of services which include cognitive, educational assessment, functional behaviour assessment, speech and language assessment and parent support programmes. Prakash offers a unique client support programme to enhance client’s organisation and study outcomes.

Prakash with a strong pedagogic framework and an intense desire to make a positive difference to people believes in the power of “simple” and “kindness”. To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is by Edward Bulwer Lytton: Leave no stone unturned

 

 Punita Grover

Punita Grover

Punita Grover B.A, B.Ed.

Punita is a NZ registered specialist teacher with an experience of more than 25 years in teaching children with special learning needs. She has natural instinct/skills to connect to children with differentness and cause positive changes to their life. Punita continues to hold passion and desire to belong to people who learn and operate differently. She connects and adapts effectively to cause learning.

Consultations and fees

 

At ABL Psychological Services, our commitment to providing holistic and sensitive support means that we recommend an integrated programme that will assist clients to achieve their optimum potential.  Our fees are listed with each service, although costs are negotiable where financial hardship is an issue.  Please note that a cancellation fee will be charged for cancellations made with less than 48 hours’ notice.

First consultation

A 40 minute to one hour consultation to meet the client and gather appropriate information about their situation and to establish broad guidelines for the best course of future action.

Cost: $200  (inclusive of GST)

Cognitive and behavioural assessment

This comprehensive assessment establishes a person’s intellectual and behavioural strengths and challenges.   Full testing takes around three to four hours, which could split into two sessions or more for younger children or people who find it difficult to concentrate.

Once assessment is complete, a comprehensive report (including broad recommendations) will be prepared.  This will be presented in a face-to-face meeting with the individual or their caregiver, so as to enable questions and clarification.

Assessment cost: $950+ GST = $ 1092.50 (four routine assessment including report discussion meeting and GST)

(if other underlying issues are to be assessed such as serious challenging behaviours, syndromes and conditions, cost may increase after informing)

Any other services will cost $200 per hour

For RTLB/SENCO/Direct referrals from schools will cost $ 825.00 for a routine assessment if the client is brought to our centre. If Psychologist needs to travel to school to complete an assessment on site, extra $ 75.00 travel charges will apply.

Follow up counselling sessions / parent meetings 

In many cases it is recommended that clients receive on-going counselling/organisational sessions to assist them to put the assessment report’s recommendations into practise.  Often only three to four sessions are necessary, with occasional ‘top up’ counselling as needed.  In other cases, an on-going counselling programme may be recommended.

Cost per hour: $200 (inclusive of GST)

Positive Programming Plan

ABL provides a unique and comprehensive service to develop a bank of strategies for optimum development of individual. Positive Programming Plan considers all needs of individual in variety of situations and develops a support guideline. This plan provides a consistent and comprehensive vision to bring the best in individuals. This plan can be a useful tool for schools, parents and community because it contains practical and pragmatic set of strategies.

Cost is negotiated case by case.