Q. Is there anything unique about you?
A. I am a Bicultural Practitioner, I have worked mainly with Maori (in the mainstream) but I also work with non Maori clients. I have trained in both mainstream and Maori training environments and have knowledge of working in different models of practice.

Q. What does 'MNZAC' actually mean?
A.

  • That as your Counsellor I have applied for and met the criterior expected by the National Counselling Body.
  • I am 'Professionally trained in an established theoretical framework' (NZAC, 2006).
  • I work under a nationally recognised Code of Ethics and Conduct.
  • I am committed to ongoing training, as a way of keeping up with any new developments in the Counselling field.

Q. Don't you get too busy providing these different services?
A. I enjoy being able to work in different areas, and diversification is a business principle that I use in my practice. Also, work does not come in all at once, it tends to be a gradual process. 'Busyness' is managed so that all work is done well.

Q. Do you run courses eg: Parenting?
A. Yes, I do. Depending on the level of interest and demand I develop the course content around what the group wants to learn about. I am a trained adult tutor and have many years experience working with parents. In the past I developed my own Maori parenting programme.

Supervision

Q. Does 'Supervision' mean that I am going to be critiqued or assessed in any way?
A. Assessment and review are tasks that are practiced in the Supervision process, however this is more about enhancing you in your work with people and not about judging or criticising supervisees. Supervision is a professional support system and essential for those who work in Human services, people and care feilds. The aim of the Supervision process is to help you feel more confident and validated in the work you do. In some cases, one can learn to challenge old ways of thinking in a safe learning environment. Supervision is a two way contract between Supervisee and Supervisor. It goes without saying that while positive feedback and validation is important, there is also an expectation that issues affecting you negatively( in your work place) will be addressed. The goals of supervision are also to teach, support, validate, inform, and give constructive feedback.

Q. How do I apply for Supervision?
A. You can contact me directly.

Q. What is Cultural Supervision?
A. Cultural Supervision is about your Best Practice with (in this case) Maori clients, or if you work in a Maori environment. As a cultural supervisor I have not only cultural knowledge, and life experience, I am a trained supervisor. I also diversify into bicultural practice and have provided consultancy on cultural matters to various organisations and government departments. If you work with Maori people you will benefit from ongoing advice and mentorship from cultural supervision.                            
Interested counsellors, practitioners please feel free to contact me.

Consultancy

Q. What qualities, skills do you have, relevant to this work?
A. I have achieved:

  • University qualifications
  • Past NASC experience
  • Best Practice Guideline experience
  • Past and ongoing interaction in the sector on a Professional level. So I keep up with changes in Government Policy, community expectations and changes in service delivery requirements.

Counselling

Q. What can I expect from your Counselling service?
A. You can expect:

  • To be treated with respect
  • To have a safe place to talk about your problems without judgement
  • To be supported to make changes towards a better quality of life
  • Flexibility in the timing of counselling sessions if required
  • A mind shift towards growth and change, through working together
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