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Ruth Jillings Ph.D- Clinical Supervisor

Ruth Jillings

I am a Registered Psychologist and I have been involved with Hearts & Minds for nearly 20 years since I ran stress workshops for the House while completing my Ph.D. I have now been Clinical Supervisor for about 10 years and I love working with the facilitators and being part of making the Hearts & Minds groups the best they can be. I also run a small private practice in Takapuna helping people with stress, coping, resilience and assisting with mental health challenges. I am a "Shore girl" with older children and my greatest pleasures aside from my family and friends are reading and playing sport especially playing or coaching basketball.

Nicola Duncan

Nicola Duncan

I am a registered counsellor with NZAC and have a B.A (Hons) in Education and a Post-graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I also hold a certificate in Supervision. Whilst I employ a number of modalities in my counselling practice, I find CBT to be particularly helpful for those experiencing depression, anxiety or low self-esteem. I have over 20 years experience working in the not-for-profit sector in a therapeutic capacity and as well as facilitating groups at Hearts & Minds I have a small private practice in Browns Bay.

Karen Venter

Karen Venter

I am a registered clinical psychologist (MA Clin.Psych, MSocSci, HED – School Guidance Counsellor) and I draw on a broad range of skills to find the “best fit” for my client’s needs. I have extensive experience working over a range of modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Depth Therapy, Jungian Psychology (Personality), Strengths Based Models, Stress Management, Careers Counselling, Mindfulness, and compassion-focussed Therapy. In addition to running groups at Hearts & Minds, I have a small private practise in Totaravale and Milford.

Amy McDonald

Amy McDonald

I am a registered counsellor with NZAC and hold a post graduate diploma in counselling. I take a client-centred and strength-based approach. I work with a range of modalities including Narrative Therapy, CBT, and ACT. Drawing from DBT tools and utilising creative expression. I support clients to generate new possibilities, make decisions and enhance resilience. I come alongside people to explore their current thoughts and emotions that come with the ‘problems.’ I have a passion to see individuals and group participants feeling empowered by a clear sense of purpose and meaning, and by developing new skills to navigate life.

Julia Zhu

Julia Zhu

I graduated with a Masters Degree at the University of Auckland, and I am a registered counsellor. I work in a holistic, non-judgemental way and encourage people to find the courage, confidence and skills to maintain a healthier lifestyle, and a happier self.

I speak three languages: English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and I am originally from Southwest China. I have lived in Auckland for fourteen years with my family, and the last nine years I have supported adults through stress and distress as they have faced all manner of life challenges.

(茱莉亚朱) 茱莉亚会说3种语言:英语,普通话和粤语.她来自中国的西南部,她和她的家人在奥克兰生活了14年。过去9年中, 她帮助了很多成年人处理压力和烦恼,建立信心面对着生活中各个方面的挑战。

茱莉亚毕业于奥克兰大学,拥有硕士学位, 是一名注册心理辅导员。她的工作特点是全面性和不评判的,她鼓励人们找到勇气,自信和技能来保持更健康的生活方式和更快乐的自我。

Sally Legg

Sally Legg

I have been practicing as a Registered Clinical Arts Therapist since 2007, working in areas such as mental health & the wellness sector, disability, stroke, epilepsy, ASD. People I work with include children, women, older people, youth at risk, in forensic settings and in rape crisis. I enjoy group work, using multi modal approaches, and have had a long association with Hearts & Minds, having run Art Therapy groups in 2008/2009. I am a ‘Westie' at heart, and am looking forward to developing creative connections together in the community and welcoming the Hearts & Minds group to journey together at the Corbans Art Centre in Henderson.

Wendy Lawson

Wendy Lawson

BFA(Hons), MAAT(Clinical)(Hons), AThR, ANZACATA

I am a practicing Artist and Registered Clinical Arts Therapist. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Arts Therapy. I enjoy working with groups and individuals in the community. I’m also a member of the arts therapy faculty at Auckland’s Whitecliffe College — working alongside students to realise their potential in creative therapeutic practice. I believe that engagement in arts therapy is an opportunity to better know your-self and to stretch and grow from the inside out. My approach is playful, person-centred and multi-modal, establishing a safe and supportive environment that is open to the art making experience and all its possibilities.

I draw from experience working across diverse environments and creative spaces including the wellness sector, information communication technology (ICT), mental health and disability, the arts, rehabilitation and recovery, youth and older adults, ASD and in education.

Karen Griffiths

Karen Griffiths

I am a registered Social Worker, graduating with a BSW in 1998. I have worked in numerous areas of social work: Adoptions, Home For Life, Foster care training, Care and Protection and Youth Services.

I have my own Life Coaching Business called Tapping Into Life based in Dairy Flat and Rosedale. I have a particular interest in loss and lifestyle change and ‘Tapping into’ your passions.

I have three children and am an active member of Toastmasters International.

I draw from experience working across diverse environments and creative spaces including the wellness sector, the mental health, disability sectors and the arts. My practice is also informed by the information communication technology (ICT), educational models, and the approaches used within the rehabilitation and recovery sector.

Ana Sharpe

Ana Sharpe

Coming from Scotland and growing up in New Zealand, I carry two cultures with me. This helps me to understand a wide variety of people, situations, and needs. And having lived and taught both overseas and in New Zealand, I never cease to be fascinated by people, their lives and their courage.

Qualification-wise, I have a Masters in Counselling (1st Class Hons), a B. A., and a Diploma in Social Sciences (Psychology). I have a special interest in emotional wellbeing, such as what does wellbeing look like (increasing our knowledge), how we can achieve it (looking at all areas of our lives), and how to maintain it via self-care techniques. I enjoy assisting people in their pursuit of personal wellbeing and celebrating personal breakthrough.

Coralie Gibson

Coralie Gibson

I am a registered Counsellor with NZAC and hold a Post-grad diploma in Counselling. I take a client-centred and strength-based approach. I work with a range of modalities including Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. I have 25+ years working in the health care profession being a Nurse and a Midwife. I offer experience facilitating a variety of groups and enjoy creating and holding a space for people to feel safe in their group. It comes as a privilege to support and work alongside people as I believe most are more capable than they realise. I have a special interest in yoga, meditation and living mindfully.

Charlene Pretorius

Charlene Pretorius

I have been a NZ registered psychologist for 10 years, providing evidence-based and effective psychotherapy methods to adults experiencing physical, emotional and life challenges such as living with long-term physical and/or mental health conditions, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, trauma, work stress, emotion regulation problems, relationship difficulties. I practice mainly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Other treatment modalities I incorporate in my work include Behaviour Activation (BA) and evidence-based self-management support for people with long-term health conditions.

I work mainly in clinical practice and further divide my time between conducting trainings, delivering group programs and consulting. My qualifications include a MSc (Hons) (Health Psychology), MBS (Health Management), PGDip Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from Massey University. I am a T-Trainer for the Stanford University (SMRC) self-management programs (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), Chronic Pain (CPSMP), Diabetes Program (DSMP). I am a Trainer for the Flinders University Chronic Condition Self-Management Program. Professional memberships include the NZ Psychological Society, NZ Institute of Health Psychology and Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. In my free time I love spending time with friends and family, enjoying our two dogs and a “visiting” cat, walking and cycling.

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