Shaping Relationships

Families and relationships have always been my passion. Over the years I have found ways to work with families that open up safe communication, find common hopes, and bring movement to unity and happier lives.

I began Courage Counselling to provide a family-safe environment to hold on to hope for families and relationships.

More about me

Hi Folks….a bit about myself….I like to kayak and jog, and am a joyful but less than talented singer.

I am passionate about families. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a niece, and an aunty. I have experienced the ups and downs of thirty-three years of married life. There are now significantly more ups than downs J. I have six wonderful children, and one grand-daughter. I am extremely conscious that my family experience played a huge role in my levels of happiness.  I found that sometimes inviting a fresh perspective from outside of my relationships helped me notice the things I valued about my relationships.  It also helped me see a clearer path to reach what I hoped for in my relationships.

My life experience and training as a counsellor has shown me the long-term value of supporting people in the context of their relationships.

I have learned that making ‘family’ a priority by learning to resolve conflict, communicate positively, share power, and manage sensitive feelings, has brought greater unity and happiness to my relationships.


I have been working with individuals, couples, and families at Barnardos over the last few years.  Prior to working at Barnardos, I was involved with Birthright, and Lifeline.  I am a therapist for LDS Family Services. I lead an addiction recovery group. I have worked through a wide range of issues with people.

My life has been changed by the courage I have witnessed as people recognise their hope for a better life, and choose change.

I hold a Bachelor of Applied Social Science, Counselling Degree. I am a Provisional Member of NZAC.