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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.

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.

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。

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.

Fabricia Foster

Fabricia Foster

I am registered counsellor with NZAC and hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. I am trained in several modalities of therapy: Narrative Therapy, Strength based/Client centred, CBT, DBT, ACT and Attachment Based Counselling. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to discuss their problems/concerns, discover new possibilities and to explore the client’s preferences for the future. I have experience in the addiction field, supporting people who have problems with substance use as well as other difficulties, like anxiety, depression, chronic stress and trauma. I consider it a privilege to walk alongside my clients, to listen to their stories, understand their unique circumstances and use my skills and experience to support them through their journey.

I am from Brazil and I bring into my practice the South American warmth and hospitality. I have lived in NZ for 19 years and have two teenage boys. As well as my role as a Groups Facilitator at Hearts and Minds, I work part time as a counsellor for WDHB.

Carol Drew

Carol Drew

After emigrating from England, I trained as a Karitane Nurse (Hons) working with babies and their parents. Over a period of time I became interested in what makes us all become the people we are today, so trained as a counsellor graduating in 2004. I have a Diploma in Counselling, a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences and I am a registered Counsellor with NZAC. I draw on my experiences as a Hospice Counsellor, School Guidance Counsellor, Oncology and End of Life Counsellor and my private practice.

I am passionate about the healing nature of animals. I have enjoyed working with “Venus” my miniature poodle and in the field of Equine Assisted Therapy.

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