Therapeutic Life Story Worker, Counsellor, Social Worker
Growing up in New Zealand within a large family, I was fortunate enough to spend most of my childhood outside at the beach, on the farm, or simply playing in the houses and backyards of my many cousins. I loved sliding down sand dunes with my brother, collecting shells with my aunties, making forts with my cousins and going for walks in the bush with my dad and our dog.
Like most families, we experienced good times and difficult times. Births, deaths, marriages, separations, blending of families, adoptions, moving houses and countries, illness and conflict all touched us and became threads in our interwoven lives. What stands out for me though, when I look back at my childhood as a whole, are those simple moments amongst the madness, whipping cream for apple crumble together after dinner or laughing as we play in the long grass. I believe whole-heartedly that some of the best opportunities for learning, healing, celebration and growth are experienced in environments that are safe and familiar and where kids can be kids.
This belief has shaped the way I work with families.
I have worked with children and the people who care for them including parents and foster, kinship and permanent carers over the last decade. Where possible and appropriate, I like to collaborate with the adults and the children to identify times, locations and activities for our work together that meet the needs of individuals and of the family as a whole.
Get in touch to discuss your questions and see if I am able to help your own family navigate a time of transition or need.