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Ruth Jillings Ph.D- Clinical Advisor

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, as well as 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. MyI 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.

Julie Walker

Jules

I am a registered Counsellor and I hold a BHSc in Psychology (First Class Hons), with a Post Grad Dip in Counselling. My key areas of therapeutic interest lie with those experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, or loss, and I have a particular interest in the helpfulness of group work for these concerns. The modalities I use for therapy are varied, and include CBT, narrative therapy, person-centred therapy, mindfulness, ACT and DBT. I believe very much that it is also the relationship that heals, and I offer an authentic, warm, and empathetic flavour to my work – I myself have journeyed through some real life challenges and this has added a greater depth to my work as a counsellor. I have a low cost private practice here at Hearts & Minds in Northcote and welcome your inquiry.

Sonia Lopez

Sonia Lopez

I am a qualified Narrative and Collaborative therapist and hold a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and am originally from Columbia, South America, where I worked.

I am committed to the empowerment of individuals, families, and couples and I do this by bringing forth the client's knowledge, skills and capacities as tools that can be used to invite transformation. In Columbia, my country of origin, I worked as an early childhood teacher. I now live permanently in New Zealand and enjoy spending time with my kiwi partner, my two young adult daughters, and my 7-year-old grandson. In my professional life as a counsellor and group facilitator, I have a passion for listening to the stories, concerns and successes of others and I believe that collaboration is key in the healing journey. Together we can explore possibilities to bring about change. I have a small private practise in the Waitakere region and also at 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 approace and work with a range of modalities including Narrative Therapy, CBT, DBT tools, ACT and creative expression. I support clients to generate new possibilities, make decisions and enhance resilience, as well as exploring the thoughts and emotions that come with the ‘problems.’ I have a passion for working collaboratively with individuals and group participants so that they feel empowered by gaining clarity, a 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。

Libby Taylor

Libby Taylor

I have the wonderful opportunity to be able to work in Massey and on the Coast as a counsellor and my aim is to provide a safe therapeutic environment to help people sensitively explore their areas of concern.

My work is influenced by a wide range of modalities including Person Centred, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, Interactive Drawing Therapy, PSI Integration and Trauma Therapy, Mindfulness and ACT.

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, with 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.

Angie Richardson

Angie Richardson

I am a clinically registered and experienced Arts Therapist who utilises the expressive arts to explore and resolve life issues. I am also a registered teacher and have recently become a marriage celebrant. In my private practice ‘Creative Harmony Arts Therapy’ I see children/teens/adults experiencing a range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief and self-esteem. I work with individuals and groups and use a multi modal approach - I believe in the power of the expressive arts to heal and consider the therapeutic relationship to be of the utmost importance, whereby a client needs to feel safe, understood and accepted without judgement. My approach to therapeutic work is genuine, warm, empathetic and playful.

Helen Huston

Helen Huston

I am a counsellor, play therapist and parenting consultant working on the Hibiscus Coast. It gives me great pleasure to join with individuals on their journey towards rediscovering, establishing and reuniting with their capable, resourceful selves and to be able to relate more healthily with others.

Katharina Kercher

I am a registered Occupational Therapist (BHSc) and hold a Post-graduate Diploma in Supervision and Professional Development. I have 20 years experience working in recovery and mental health. In my work with clients I draw on a number of frameworks including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Circle of Security, Solution Focussed Therapy, Insight Focussed Therapy, and SoulCollage. I enjoy all things creative including 5rhythms dance, photography, and crafting. I am currently a Mindful Self Compassion teacher in training with the University of San Diego.

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