The team at ChangeAbility are experienced and skilled at helping people create positive change to their lives.
Advanced ISTDP Training
Post Grad Dip in Not for Profit Management
Jeremy has worked as a manager, counsellor and facilitator for the agency over 20 years. When he’s not working at ChangeAbility, Jeremy has a private counselling practice and is completing an advanced training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). He also teaches mindfulness and meditation retreats throughout New Zealand and is a founding member and current chair for Waiwaste Food Rescue.
Retired Chartered Accountant
Post Grad Dip in Not for Profit Mgt
Liat has worked with the agency since 2005 and is part of the management team. She is the coordinator of Mates & Dates in Wairarapa.
Kay has worked with the agency for over 20 years. She plays a key role in supporting and engaging families to become safer and more respectful. Kay provides family violence community training and in-house supervision and also works with clients individually and in groups.
Before joining ChangeAbility, Emma-Jane had a background working for the Australian Red Cross in Melbourne supporting their humanitarian and development programmes.
Emma-Jane enjoys being part of the ChangeAbility team and feels privileged to be part of positive ongoing change in people’s lives.
Kath has over 16 year’s counselling experience, providing general counselling and family violence programmes. She has completed a 3 year training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and uses this modality in her therapeutic work with clients. Kath is now engaging in further training on an advanced course in ISTDP – this will deepen her experience and effectiveness across the board with clients. This enables further improved outcomes for all involved.
Paul delivers programmes to men and youth. He is a facilitator of the ACC ‘Mates n Dates’ programme and also works in schools to help promote respectful ways of behaving and communicating.
Walking alongside whānau holistically with a strength based kaupapa is the essence of Kelly’s work. Kelly’s has a background in teaching before becoming a Kaituitui (navigator) for Whānau Ora Wairarapa. This is where the spark to engage with whānau in the community to support them to make positive choices and changes for themselves began. Kelly is the Co-ordinator for the Family Harm Interagency Response team alongside providing programme facilitaton for men, woman and youth. She is an approved ACC ‘Mates n Dates’ facilitator in colleges.
Margie is a firm believer in the benefits that counselling can bring for adults, children and families. She believes that a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment allows people to explore concerns and issues that may be holding them back. Honesty, kindness, creativity and perspective underpin her approach. Margie tailors counselling to the individual or couples by using a mix of talk and narrative therapies, Emotionally Focused Therapy ]EFT], cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and creative therapies (such as play and sand tray).
Hayley has worked as a Social Worker, Programme Facilitator, and Mates and Dates Facilitator for the agency for over 6 years, previously working within the mental health field for young people. Hayley works within the family violence team with Men, Women and Children Hayley takes a strength task based approach to working with clients and a holistic view to their wellbeing.
Clive comes to counselling after having a variety of work life experiences in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Clive has worked as a Guidance Counsellor in a community college supporting students, teachers and their whānau. Increasing his cultural awareness and practice of engaging with frameworks of wellbeing such as Te whare tapa whā and building relationships with support agencies. Clive is an approved ACC ‘Mates n Dates’ facilitator and is training to become a Family Violence Programme facilitator.
Zoe Tait (She/her)
Bachelor of Counselling and Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Ethnomusicology).
Zoe has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Counselling with foundational training in the humanistic person centred framework. This framework highlights the importance of working with people from a place of compassion, acceptance, and empathy. Zoe has a particular interest in creative approaches such as Narrative and Interactive Drawing Therapy. In addition, she also offers a number of other talk-based frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness, and psychoeducation. Zoe believes in the importance of trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+ competent, and culturally sensitive counselling.
Diploma in Counselling & Teaching and Bachelor of Arts Honours (Classical Studies)
Tim is a very experienced counsellor and provides family violence programmes.
Diploma of Counselling 2005 Bachelor of Nursing 2010
Lorraine has joined the team at Changeability to complete a Bachelor of Counselling. Through a variety of life experiences, Lorraine has benefited positively to personal counselling. Lorraine brings compassion and understanding to her counselling work. Having spent many years working as a nurse, Lorraine saw the importance of caring for the emotional and psychological health of people as important as their physical health. Lorraine especially enjoys working to find the unique strengths and resilience that each person brings.
Robyn has come from a varied past mainly in medicine or aviation. She has always wanted to be in a helping profession and in 2020 finally enrolled and was accepted to study Counselling where she feels she has finally found her niche. She finds studying at this level to be personally enriching but mostly identifies with being able to walk alongside others to support their journey where hope and anything is possible.