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.
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. As well as providing administrative duties, Emma-Jane facilitates Mates n Dates programmes in schools.
Elise joins to team in an admin support role.
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.
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 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.
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 facilitation 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).
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, he is training to become a Family Violence Programme facilitator and is currently training to be an EMDR Therapist working with trauma.
Amy has a heart for working with youth and their whānau in a safe and non-judgmental way. Compassion and openness are held in every session as a basis of the therapeutic relationship. Amy works with each client and family in a way that is unique to them incorporating various modalities from talk therapies to Interactive Drawing therapy (IDT) and Play Therapy.
Tim is a very experienced counsellor and provides family violence programmes.
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.
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.
Sally has joined ChangeAbility to complete her third and final year of a Bachelor of Counselling which she is studying through Bethlehem Tertiary Institute. Sally is aware it takes courage to seek counselling support and is passionate about providing a safe and non-judgemental environment where you can explore, discover and grow through the difficulties you face. Sally’s life experience of living rurally, supporting a farm business, church youth leadership and raising four children underpin the set of skills that she brings.
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 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.
This position is not currently filled.
Dannii Sargent - currently on secondment.
Tēnei te mihi te whanau o Wairarapa
Ko Rangitumau te maunga
Ko Ruamahunga te awa
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa me Rangitane ōku iwi
Ko Ngati Hamua me Hiona ōku hapū
Ko Te Ore Ore te marae
Ko Nga Tau e Waru te whare tīpuna
Ko te whanau o Haeata Kuku
Ko Dannii Sargent tōku ingoa
No Taratahi te kainga noho
Ko au te Kairuruku o Wairarapa Family Violence Networks taku mahi
My name is Dannii Sargent and I am the Coordinator for the Wairarapa Family Violence Networks.
I am Wairarapa born and bred from the Haeata Kuku family.
I look forward to connecting with you.
Mike has joined us as the Family Violence Coordinator while Dannii is on secondment.