I feel very lucky to be working in Te Pou amongst a highly skilled and experienced group of people. My work has always been with the end beneficiary (tāngata whai ora) in mind and that is my primary driver.
I have worked in the HIV, mental health and substance misuse sectors since 1991. I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a DAPAANZ accredited supervisor. I am lucky enough to have done many jobs in the sectors mentioned – from needle exchange volunteer, to commissioning manager (funder), to psychotherapist, to national manager quality and performance for a large NGO. I have realised that the more I learn, the more I have to learn and every role has contributed to that.
My Masters research (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) was into SFBT with clients diagnosed with moderate to enduring depression (using the Becks depression Inventory 2). As well as writing and publishing my dissertation I have also written a fair few other journal articles, chapters in books and a couple of books of my own; none are destined to be best sellers, though I am proud of them none the less.
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Out of work my interests are varied, I play badminton (and coach) 3-6 times per week at club and Waikato (Masters and Vets) level, I love the great outdoors and love curry. I am a huge batman fan, and collect vinyl records too. I am married and have two grown up sons (35 and 25). I love living in New Zealand as does my partner.