The process of gaining a qualification in psychotherapy opened the world up for me, and I remain grateful to the wonderful lecturers from that time. Soon after qualifying, I joined Community Alcohol and Drug services in South Auckland as an AOD clinician for seven years and supervisor for five years as the service expanded to double the number of staff members. During that time CADS’ expanded into community Corrections Facilities, and community hubs, along with providing a walk-in service.
With the support of CADS and Matua Raki I completed post-graduate qualifications in health science, culminating in a master’s degree. My thesis focused on the barriers that family members faced, when accessing support for themselves.
I moved to Pitman House to take up the role of Family Advisor for CADS Auckland, connecting to national and regional organisations supporting systemic practice when working with individuals. The role required organising and facilitating training for colleagues, to develop confidence in thinking and working from a collective framework and integrating the Single Session Family Consultation method into work as usual.