Suzi's CV

I haven't always been a counsellor. I have explored many other areas of life before incorporating therapeutic work into my professional life. Below is a summary of my career to date:

Media/Research

Article/topic

Date

Publisher 

Explanation 

Link (if available)

NZ sport bodies need to offer more support to athletes6 Oct 2016NZ Herald
  • Responses to a prominent public figure behaving outside the societal norm in his relationship. Although I was misquoted slightly, the intention was to convey that it is possible to recover from these situations – they are not a fait accompli.
How to get along with our exAug 2015 Lucky Break 
  • I was quoted several times in this article about the best way to manage your relationship with your former partner.
Take It From Us Radio Show5 May 2015 Planet Audio 
  • I was interviewed for 40 minutes by Sheldon Brown about my views on mental health and resilience. 
Why the world grieves the death of a stranger7 Dec 2014NZ Herald 
  • Shock celebrity deaths fuel global wave of “mourning sickness”.
  • ...a global outpouring of grief is a relatively new concept, unfavourably dubbed "mourning sickness". New technology has proved a catalyst for this collective grief...
  • ..."The deaths of those we love remain a tragedy for the families concerned -- but they remain private unless one of those people is well known or there's some sort of atypical death. When you grieve as a collective, it draws you together and feelings of isolation may dissipate."
The generational effect of tragedy on a communityOct 2014Makaila Houghton 
  • Makaila is a first year Communications student at AUT. She interviewed me as part of her assignment on the depth of the effects of the Aramoana tragedy on multiple generations. 

Home is the new flatting for stay-in-the-nest kids25 May 2014NZ Herald
  • Like baby birds spreading their wings, it's natural for young people to leave home and find their own way in the world. But there's a growing trend for them to head back to the nest in their adult life.
Grief: a pain that will never end15 Sep 2012 NZ Herald 
  • An article on whether people can recover from severe grief and trauma. 
Key issues that clients bring to counselling from a spiritual perspective15 Aug 2012 Flora Chen 
  • Flora was a third year psychology & education student at Auckland University. She interviewed me for an assignment about someone who provides counselling in the community. 
 
Pike River bodies unable to be recovered31 May 2012Newstalk ZB
  • I was interviewed on my views regarding the families' inability to recover their loved ones' bodies from the collapsed Pike River mine, and part of it was played on the morning show.
  • Was not made available on their website unfortunately.
Carterton begins healing after balloon tragedy11 Jan 2012NZ Herald
  • An article on how the Carteron community were handling the loss of 11 people in a hot air ballooning tragedy.
Ghost in the MachineAug 2011 Next Magazine
  • An article on grief, and how people use online technology to manage grief in present times.

Presentation Experience

Presentation Name

Dates 

Client 

Duration 

Professional debrief & upskilling on communication toolsMar 2015Sunnydene School2 hours
Basic meditation techniquesFeb 2013Cognition Education 1.5 hours 
Response to Change (through writing)Apr 2011 Positive Women Inc 1 day 
Parenting through Separation2007-2009 Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga Two evenings a month for two years 
Affairs: Working with CouplesApr 2009 Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga A presentation to my colleagues about the workshop I attended with Maya Kollman in March that year
Ceroc dance teaching 2000 onwards   

Occupational Summary

Dates

Organisation 

Occupation 

Oct 2009-to dateLife Journey Limited Counsellor & Family Therapist in private practice 
Mar 2005-Apr 2011Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga Counsellor & Family Therapist 
1999-2005Human Development & Training InstituteDiploma in Counselling & Family Therapy
Applied Grief Studies Certificate 
Mar 2004-June 2014Cognition EducationSep 2008-Jun 2014 | Part Time Project Coordinator
Apr 2007-Sep 2008 | Part Time IP Resource Coordinator 
Mar 2004-Mar 2007 | Executive Assistant
Apr 2003-Mar 2004Metlifecare Limited Executive Assistant 
Aug 2002-Mar 2003Fonterra Co-operative Group Legal Personal Assistant 
May 2002-Aug 2002Temporary Assignments  
May 1995-Apr 2002Ernst & Young Oct 2000-Apr 2002 | IT, Services & Communications Support 
Jan 1998-Sep 2000 | IT Technician
Apr 1996-Dec 1997 | Software Trainer
Mar 1995-Apr 1996 | Executive Secretary
Jul 1994-Feb 1995IPC (NZ) Limited Personal Assistant 
Aug 1990-Jun 1994Honeywell Limited Nov 1992-Jun 1994 | Executive Secretary
Aug 1990-Nov 1992 | Secretary, Finance & Administration 
Mar 1990-Aug 1990Actionpak Express NZ Ltd Branch Secretary 
Feb 1998-Mar 1990Metro Recruitment Consultants Word Processing Operator/Secretary 

Training/Education

  • Men, Suicide & Depression | TaylorMade Training & Consulting | Aug 2017
  • Sex Ed by Porn? Supporting young people in the age of pornography | Maree Crabbe/Grow Events | Aug 2017
  • An introduction to "The Work" by Byron Katie | NZAC | May 2017
  • Fostering Ecological Identity | AUT/John Seed | Mar 2017
  • Gottman Couples Therapy - Level 1 | Relationship Institute Australasia | Oct 2016
  • Government Registration vs Professional Body Registration | Oct 2016 | Evening | NZAC
  • Introduction to the Management of Emotion Dysregulation using DBT | Centre for Mental Health Education | Jul 2016
  • Working with Problematic Sexual Behaviours | The Shift | Apr 2016
  • Issues Facing Men and Boys | Nigel Pizzini/NZAC | Feb 2016
  • Working with Indian Clients | NZAC | Dec 2015
  • Reiki 2 Attunement & Training | Rachael Mooney | Nov/Dec 2015
  • Emotionally Focussed Therapy - Trauma & Attachment | EFT New Zealand | Nov 2015
  • Emotionally Focussed Therapy - Working with Affairs | EFT New Zealand | Nov 2015
  • An introduction to Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) | NZAC | Nov 2015
  • Increase your Connection with Spirit | Judie Roberts | Oct 2015
  • Biochemical Causes of Mental Unwellness | Dr Janelle Sinclair | Jun 2015
  • TedX - Ideas Worth Spreading | May 2015
  • Working with the child - on their own or within the family? | NZAC | Apr 2015
  • Compassionate Communication | Heartlinks | Apr 2015
  • Grow Your Health Practice via Google, Facebook & YouTube | The Wellness Directory | Nov 2014
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing | Abacus Training | Nov 2014
  • Talking About Psychiatry | Dr Helen Nelson | Oct 2014
  • Embody Your Purpose | Off the Mat | Oct 2014
  • The Psychology of Success | Sep 2014
  • Motivation, Growth and Work-life Balance | Aug 2014
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People | Aug 2014
  • Masculinity & Sexuality | Nov 2013
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People | Jul 2013 
  • Non-denominational Prayer Workshop | May 2013  
  • Issues of Intimacy & Sexuality | Mar 2013  
  • Barriers to Change - exploring stuck places in therapy through Hakomi | Nov 2012 
  • Connect with Spirit Meditation | Sep 2012 
  • IAM Meditation | Jun 2012 
  • The Mindful Therapist | May 2012 
  • Intimate Partner Abuse, Executive State Identification in working with DV Survivors | Feb 2012
  • Developing a Winning Brand | Oct 2011
  • Supervision: The Power of Peer Supervision | Oct 2011
  • Family Court Systems Training | Oct 2011
  • Trauma: Its Effect on Clinicians & Caregivers | Sep 2011
  • Healing the After Shocks of the Mind: Counselling after a natural disaster| May 2011
  • Working with Celtic Reiki Stage 1 | May 2011 
  • Of Course I Love...Parenting Beyond Praise & Punishment | Apr 2011 
  • Working with Depressed Clients | Mar 2011 
  • Reflecting Counselling Practice | Apr 2010 
  • Reiki 1 Attunement & Training | Daniel Rennie | Mar 2010 
  • Working with Children | Nov 2009 
  • Sex Therapy Training | Oct 2009 
  • Working with Families | Aug 2009 
  • Working with Families | Jul 2009 
  • Domestic Violence Training | Jun 2009 
  • Working with Families | May 2009 
  • Reflecting Counselling Practice | Apr 2009 
  • Affairs: Working with Couples | Mar 2009 
  • Tools of the Trade: Working with Children & Adolescents | May 2009 
  • Responding Effectively to Domestic Violence | May 2009 
  • Upgrade to MS Office 2007 | Mar 2008 
  • Working with Families | Oct 2007 
  • Tikanga Māori for Beginners | Aug 2007 
  • Reflecting Practice | Jun 2007 
  • Bi-Cultural Training) | Apr 2007
  • Domestic Violence Training | Nov 2006 
  • Domestic Violence Introduction Training | Apr 2006 
  • Mediation Training | Feb 2006 
  • Ethics Workshop | Aug 2005 
  • Cultural Awareness Training | Jun 2005 
  • Diploma & Counselling & Family Therapy | 1999-2005 
  • Applied Grief Studies Certificate | 2005 
  • Lotus Notes 5.5 – Administering Domino Server Infrastructure | Mar 2001
  • Lotus Notes 5.5 – Administering Users | Nov 2000
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills | Jul 1999
  • Administering NT 4.0 Server | Jan 1999 
  • Troubleshooting, Upgrading & Maintaining PCs | Jul 1998 
  • Powerful Presentations with PowerPoint | May 1997
  • Train the Computer Trainer | Aug 1996
  • Dealing Successfully with Difficult People | Mar 1996
  • Developing the Professional Secretary | Apr 1992
  • Sixth Form Certificate in English, Typewriting, Accounting, Biology, Mathematics 
  • School Certificate in Accounting, English, History, Mathematics, Science, Typing

Diploma in Counselling & Family Therapy (1999-2005)

  • Anger and our Clients
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Assessment with Families
  • Attachment Issues - Introduction
  • Attachment Issues - Stage 2
  • Boundary Issues: Where You End and I Begin
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Communicate with Confidence
  • Counselling & Family Therapy Core Programme: Integrative Practicum
  • Counselling Across Cultures
  • Counselling Couples Part 1
  • Counselling Couples Part 2
  • Creative Therapies – An Introduction
  • Ethical Practice
  • Family Systems Practicum
  • Find the Winner Within You
  • Gender and Power Issues
  • Gestalt Therapy: An Introduction
  • Grief Counselling
  • Group Dynamics
  • Human Development: Adulthood
  • Human Development: Early Childhood
  • Human Development: Middle Childhood & Adolescence
  • Legal Issues for Counsellors
  • Maintain Health & Vitality: Self Care Under Stress
  • Making Ethical Decisions
  • Narrative Therapy – An Introduction
  • Neglect, Abuse and Trauma Part 1
  • Neglect, Abuse and Trauma Part 2
  • Person-Centred Counselling Skills
  • Relating Across Cultures
  • Resolve Conflict Creatively
  • Self Development
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Issues
  • Single Parent and Step Family Clients
  • Suicidal Clients – When the Client Signals Suicide
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Transactional Analysis TA in Action
  • Transference and Counter Transference
  • Treaty of Waitangi: Issues of Justice and Change
  • Values & Spirituality: An Exploration
  • Working with Families - Introduction
  • Working with Maori Clients
  • You, the Counsellor: The Therapeutic Instrument

Applied Grief Studies Certificate (2005)

  • Building a Good Foundation
  • Children’s and Adolescent’s Experience of Loss and Grief
  • Grief and Dying
  • Grief Resulting from Loss Involving Trauma
  • Grief Resulting from Progressive Loss
  • Grieving and Spirituality
  • Men’s Experience and Women’s Experience of Loss and Grief
  • Pulling it All Together