Our People

The team at ChangeAbility are experienced and skilled at helping people create positive change to their lives.

Jeremy Logan

Post Grad Counselling, Member NZAC,
Advanced ISTDP Training
Post Grad Dip in Not for Profit Management

Jeremy has worked as a manager, counsellor and specialist FV practitioner 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 of  Waiwaste Food Rescue.

Liat Gush

Accounts Manager
Bachelor of Commerce & Administration
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.

Angela Burton-Brown

Administrative Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Angela comes to the Wairarapa from the Manawatu with 12 years’ experience as the office administrator for a busy school.   She endeavours to provide a welcoming, helpful and efficient service to anyone engaging with ChangeAbiity.  Although every organisation is different some of the fundamental goals for an administrator are the same. To be efficient, accurate and adaptive. Angela also values the importance and responsibility of being the first point of contact for people seeking help through ChangeAbility.

Elise Sadler


Elise joins to team in an admin support role.

Kay Wilton

Clinical Leader
Diploma in Counselling 2000, Member NZAC

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 is a specialist FV practitioner working with clients individually and in groups.

Kath Williams

Senior Counsellor
Diploma in Counselling, Member NZAC, Advanced ISTDP Training

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.

Hayley Wilton

Social Worker
Bachelor in Social Work. Member SWRB

Hayley has worked as a Social Worker, is a specialist FV practitioner, and Mates and Dates Facilitator   for the agency for over 8 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.

Paul Williams

Accredited Programme Facilitator

Paul is a specialist FV practitioner and 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.

Kelly Maugatai

Te Tatau Pounamu Co-ordinator / Programme Facilitator
Bachelor of Education/Diploma of Teaching

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 and a specialist FV practitioner providing programme facilitation for men, woman and youth. She is an approved ACC ‘Mates n Dates’ facilitator in colleges.

Margie Sharpe

Bachelor of Applied Social Services (Counselling), MNZAC

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).


Judith Jay

Bachelor of Counselling & Addiction, Dip Counselling. Provisional member NZAC

Originally from the UK Judy first studied counselling in 2003 and more recently she has completed a Bachelor’s degree in counselling and addiction practice to update her skills and knowledge. Judy has a client centred approach that is tailored to the unique needs of the individual. She draws on a blend of therapies that may include ACT, DBT, Positive Psychology, and mindfulness-based approaches.

Judy is a calm and approachable counsellor committed to providing a safe, non-judgemental, compassionate approach. Judy works collaboratively with people in challenging situations to develop their capacity to handle painful thoughts and feelings, whilst focusing on the present and increasing self-acceptance.  She has a particular interest in working with adults who are struggling with low mood, stress, anxiety and trauma; If that sounds like something you are experiencing, please know that you are not alone and change is possible.

Briar Nicol

Bachelor of Counselling

Originally from Tolaga Bay and Gisborne, Briar has lived and worked as a counsellor in the Wairarapa for nearly ten years. She is a full member of NZAC and in her fourth year of BioEnergetics Psychotherapy Training. This is an approach to therapy that incorporates the mind and the body and is deeply rooted in attachment theory. She has a relational and creative approach to her work, often using Interactive Drawing Therapy and Play Therapy. Briar has a special interest in working with grief and loss and relationship trauma. Briar cares deeply about all the people she works alongside.

Lorraine Goulton

Student Counsellor
Diploma of Counselling 2005 & Bachelor of Nursing

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.

Rachel Bartlett

Bachelor of Counselling & Addiction

Rachel is currently studying a Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction. She has a background in the service industry and aged care and believes in approaching her work in a non-judgmental way with compassion and empathy. Rachel’s interests are broad and include working with children, youth, women and with addiction in a trauma informed and collaborative way. Rachel is training to become a specialist FV practitioner to provide programmes for men and women.


Justine Redfern-Olsen

Accredited Programme Facilitator
NZ Business Institute Life Coaching Diploma

Justine has a background in couple’s therapy. Her life experience and ongoing study help her to be an empathetic, encouraging, non-judgemental part of the changeability team. Justine is training to become a specialist FV practitioner, and is committed to working with individuals, couples, and families to build relationships that are free of violence and abuse, she loves helping others make positive changes in their lives. Justine is training to become a family violence facilitator.

Amy Smith


Amy will be returning to us again soon after taking some time off on maternity leave.


Alishea Parkinson

Te Tatau Pounamu Coordinator
Diploma of Business Studies

Alishea is the Administrator for the Family Harm Interagency Response team; she works alongside the Co-Ordinator of Te Tatau Pounamu to assess risk and create plans for whānau affected by Family Harm. Alishea has a background in investigations, finance and management support, and loves being home in the Wairarapa raising her boys and growing flowers.

Mike Thomson

Family Violence Network Coordinator

Mike has joined us as the Family Violence Network Coordinator for the Wairarapa.