Areas of Special Interest
Addiction. Mental Health. Group facilitation. Relationship issues. Trauma and Abuse. Risk management - I have become an expert at navigating high levels of risk in a confident yet sensitive manner.
I am passionate about supporting people to be grow in their work, and also in themselves. I believe that supervision should be an enjoyable process, with the benefits of an authentic supervisory relationship, that includes doses of humour and buckets full of empathy.
I come from a strength based model, with the belief that when we focus on what a person is strong in, and build on that, then a person is able to flourish into the best version of themselves both personally and professionally. This increasing a person’s overall confidence and enjoyment of life and work.
Within supervision, I work exploring the topic that a person brings, and helping a person to find their own answers. Depending on a persons personality, I facilitated this in either an organic way, or in a structured framework.
I have a wealth of experience in working with a wide range of people and issues, as well as managing mental health and physical risks, and can use this to support the conversation when appropriate.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Practitioner Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
- Registered DAPAANZ Supervisor
- Certificate of Addictions and Mental Health Supervision
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
Background and Experience
Odyssey - I facilitated groups/individual counselling sessions with adolescents in high schools, who were experiencing addiction issues.
CADS - I facilitated groups/individual counselling sessions with adults with addictions, in: the community office, at probation, at a women’s prison, at Middlemore Hospital in the general and the mental health wards.
The Phoenix Centre - I worked with adults with very high levels of risk, conducting counselling sessions mostly in their homes. In this role I also gave supervision and training to staff, and for a time had an acting service manager role, having oversight of 80 high risk clients.
The University of Auckland - Guest lecturer on a mostly annual basis for the last 7 years to the counselling department.