Currently the Lead DBT therapist at Te Whare Mahana and private practice . Available by videoconferencing or in person in Takaka. 25 years of social work DBT, somatic experiencing, narrative family therapy, supervision, self-care, psychodynamic, integrating Whanau Ora and other therapy practices, art therapy, leadership, parent and child/adolescents . Help you shine, learn, be effective and take care of yourself» Read more
Supporting Social Workers to enhance systemic practice, work with complex family dynamics, help clients to think relationally and further skills in working with more than one family member at a time. Using an attachment and developmental lens to enhance relationships between parents/caregivers and children. Extending skills in the management of suicide risk, self-harm and other mental health concerns, particularly for adolescents. Supporting professional development and healthy workplace relationships.» Read more
My interests in supervision are:
• Having a strengths based resilience focused approach to practice
• Reflective practice as it enables more accountable practice within the field of Social Work
• Having a deep understanding of the complexities when working within a diverse team and the different dynamics that can bring
• Life balance between work and personal wellbeing
Social Work reflective practice modality, CBT, Empowering new graduate development, Empowering professionals within therapeutic modalities. Managing complex work situations and team dynamics, providing professionals with professional development opportunities and connections, trauma informed care.» Read more
I provide strengths based supervision where its a safe place to reflect on practice and any challenges that may arise. I like the Tuakana/Teina model, where we both contribute to learning and acknowledges and validates the experience of the workers without having to have had the same experiences myself. I always acknowledge best practice, healthy boundaries and self care/compassion as we do our work with people. I enjoy the continual opportunities to put theory into practice and awareness of cultural needs and responses in the workplace.
It is my intention to help workers feel valued in their work and to be able to feel confident in their skills and abilities and recognise areas where they might need extra support or growth.
I am happy to provide supervision face-to-face or through Zoom if out of region.
When offering supervision I work from a strengths based perspective with the aim to empower the individual to work from a place of confidence and to become the best version of themselves. I always take an holistic approach that will be in line with what the clinician need at a given time but that also meets the needs of where the clinician is at in the career and/or education.
Personally, a value supervision that is a balanced mix between support/debriefing and broadening my clinical scope and knowledge.
In supervision I encourage reflective practice to explore ethical, boundary and practice issues whether the supervisee is young in their career or well established.
Choosing a new supervisor can be difficult, I’m happy to meet and discuss what supervision might look like over a coffee with no obligation to continue.
Areas of experience and interest:
-Community and residential work
-Leadership and managing teams
-Faith based NGO’s
-Working with refugees
-Trauma informed care
-Social services working in the education sector
Reflective practice and empowering social workers to make the best decisions they can. Working with team dynamics and managing complex situations. Risk management and safe practice. Group and peer supervision. Working with difference. Leadership and management development. Managing work/personal life balance. Integrating theory and practice. Culturally safe practice.
‘Lived experience’ and client-centred approach. Practice-based research.
I deeply value the importance of the supervision relationship and the need to provide a safe, supportive space where there is the freedom to openly express your self – with the confidence that your voice will be heard in an empathic, confidential and non-judgemental setting.» Read more
Trauma focused interventions, with a specialist approach to harmful sexual behaviour; risk management and safe practice; leadership and management development; encouraging reflective practice and client centred interventions. The assessment, treatment and case management of harmful sexual behavior in children, youth and adults.» Read more