About Kay Ingamells

About Kay Ingamells

A mother of one delightful son. A citizen of three countries: Aotearoa/New Zealand, Britain and Canada. A Westie since 2001. Daughter, sister, friend, tramper, cyclist, book-worm, lover of nature and the great outdoors.

Since 2003 I have been trained and supervised by David Epston, one of the world’s leading therapists and the co-inventor of Narrative Therapy .

I have published widely about my work and present regularly at conferences at home and internationally. I have taught therapy and counselling at under-graduate and post graduate level for ten years.
I am a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW). I am also a trained family therapist, child therapist and Journey Practitioner.

How I can help

How I can help

I can help you to navigate your way to where you would like to be in your life. I listen for your wisdom and abilities and bring these together with my expertise in facilitating conversations to bring about solutions and new understandings of yourself and life. I am a registered counsellor, a trained family therapist & a child therapist. I bring decades of experience.

Since 2003 I have been an apprentice to the internationally renowned therapist and inventor of narrative therapy, David Epston. David continues to supervise my practice and I present workshops with him internationally. I have lectured in counselling at graduate and post-graduate level for ten years.

I can help with the following problems:

Anxiety, depression, abuse, childhood and teenage issues including behavioural issues, alcohol and drug problems, family problems, anorexia and bulimia, gender identity, relationship issues, separation and parenting, illness, grief and loss and finding or re-finding direction and enthusiasm for life. I am a full member of the NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors)

How I work

How I work

Too often people come to see themselves as the problems that are bothering them.I prefer to see problems as stories. These ‘problem stories’ often become so overwhelming that they consume us, and take over our hearts and minds so that we find it almost impossible to separate ourselves from them. This is where narrative therapy comes in. In narrative therapy, new and inspiring stories about yourself and your life are brought forth and the problems that brought you to counselling slip into the background or entirely disappear.

Narrative therapy is a very well-known therapy or counselling approach that is practised all over the world and taught on world-renowned counselling and therapy courses. Narrative therapy is different because it doesn't identify the person with the problem in the way that many approaches do. Narrative conversations are creative, fascinating and draw forth your own wisdom about life.

For an easy-to read-article, please click here: Narrative Therapy, The Article.

Work with me

Work with me

Make an appointment

To make an appointment, please email me at familytherapyandcounselling@gmail.com  or call me on 021 212 6131 during working hours.

Sessions & Fees

Sessions are for one hour. My fee is $120. I can sometimes offer reduced rates so please enquire.

Skype Sessions

If you are a long way away or you would prefer not to travel, why not meet on Skype or speak with me on the phone? I have been meeting with people on the phone and Skype for some years now, and my clients tell me it works very well for them. Click here to launch Skype to contact me (you have to have a Skype client installed).

Publications

Publications

I have been writing about my practice for several years now. Most of my publications are stories from practice. These are true stories, written with the consent of people with whom I have worked which attempt to bring conversations from the counselling room to life on the page. They are mostly about work with children and young people with problems such as stealing, teenage temper tantrums, grief, anorexia and anxiety.

If you would like to have a read, click on one of the publications. More to come soon.

Articles

A story about grief

Ingamells, K., and Ijsseldijk, A. (2013). Cloaked in life and death: Re-Surfacing from the loss of a father. Journal of Systemic Therapies,32 (2), pp.89-104.
Read the article here

A story about a childhood stealing problem

Ingamells, K., and Epston, D. (2013). A family and community approach to stealing. Journal of Systemic Therapies,32 (1), pp.43-55.
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A story about teenage temper tantrums & abuse of parents

Ingamells, K., & Epston, D. (2014). Love is not all you need: A revolutionary approach to parental abuse. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 35, pp.364–382. doi: 10.1002/anzf.1069

Read the article here

A story about childhood anorexia and anxiety

Ingamells, K. (2016) Wilbur the Worrier becomes Wilbur the Warrior: A teaching story for narrative therapists. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 35, (4), pp.42-60

Read the article here

Articles about teaching narrative therapy

Epston, D., Heath, T., Ingamells, K., McAllum Pilkington, S. (2016). Exemplary tales: Virtual apprenticeships. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 35 (2), pp. 56-70.  (doi:10.1521/jsyt.2016.35.2.56)

Full text - http://guilfordjournals.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1521/jsyt.2016.35.2.56

Ingamells, K. (2016) Learning how to counter-story in narrative therapy (with David Epston &Wilbur the Warrior.) Journal of Systemic Therapies. 35, (4), pp.61-74

Read the article here

Articles about strengths-based practice

Ingamells, K., and Epston, D. (2012). Placing strengths into storylines: Building bridges between strengths-based and narrative approaches. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 3, pp.50-61.

Read the article here

Ingamells, K., Napan, K., and Gasquoine, S. (2014). Strengths In action: A pilot study of a strengths development programme within tertiary education utilising the Clifton StrengthsQuest & narratives of strengths interviews. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 25 (4), pp. 71-84.

Read the article here

Conference Presentations

Ingamells, K (2016). Walking in The Footsteps of David Epston: An Off-Road Guide. Pre-conference workshop presented at Therapeutic Conversations 13: Let’s start all over again, Vancouver, Canada

Ingamells, K (2016). Crafting Poetic Counter-stories Paper presented at Therapeutic Conversations 13: Let’s start all over again, Vancouver, Canada

Ingamells, K. (2015). From 'Learning the scales' to improvisation: A journey to becoming a narrative therapist. Paper presented at Therapeutic Conversations 12: New ideas in Narrative Therapy, Vancouver, Canada.

Ingamells, K., & Epston, D. (2015). A new form of Apprenticeship: Supervision through the three-way mirror. How can therapists move beyond their craft into improvisational artistry? Paper presented at Therapeutic Conversations 12: New ideas in Narrative Therapy, Vancouver, Canada.

Ingamells, K. (2014). A young man's passage through grief: An illustration of narrative questions inside a story of practice. Paper presented at Using narrative therapy with youth conference: The power of re-telling personal stories, Institute of Technical Education, Singapore, and 23-24 June.

Ingamells, K. (2014). Redeeming one's reputation: reputation, counter-reputation. Paper presented at Narrative therapy with youth conference: The power of re-telling personal stories. Institute of Technical Education, Singapore, 23-24 June.

Ingamells, K. (2012). Stories from engaged supervision. Family Therapy Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Conference. Massey University, Wellington, NZ, 5-7 September.

Ingamells, K., and Epston, D. (2013). Engaged supervision. Paper presented at International Conference of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. Adelaide, Australia, March 5-8.

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