I enjoy communication, in particular, facilitating the shift from unhealthy to healthy communication. I can listen and I can facilitate change. I am passionate about supporting people through their journey of wellbeing as it unfolds.
I began my career in mental health in 1994, initially working in large psychiatric hospitals. I have since worked in a variety of mental health settings including Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Psychiatric Intensive Care, Acute Inpatient Ward, Community, and Mobile Crisis work. Recently I’ve added working with Addiction and Co-Existing problems to my skill set, along with Group Facilitation work.
I am focused, grounded and upfront, yet can balance this with empathy and hope. My life experiences have given me non-judgemental take on life. I laugh a lot, I am comfortable asking difficult questions and have a solid work ethic. I work using a person-centred and strengths-based approach and am highly accountable for my practice.
In addition to my mental health and addiction work, I also work within the field of dispute resolution. My background in mental health has enhanced my conflict resolution skills, as I am able to identify and understand the underlying issues promptly and assist parties find their own solutions.
I am a Registered Practitioner of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa- New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
I am an Associate member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ)
I adhere to the Code of Ethics for DAPAANZ and AMINZ and am supervised by Brigette Wright.
Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Addiction & Co-Existing Disorders) from Otago University.
Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution) from Massey University.
Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing (Mental Health) from Victoria University.
Diploma in Nursing from Wellington School of Nursing and Health Education.