Qualifications and Career experience



PhD - The University of Auckland

Masters degree in clinical Social Work (M.Soc.Sc (SW) (clinical))

EAGALA training part one and two

MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) Graduate



PhD at The University of Auckland School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work: Aotearoa New Zealand Strengths-Based Counselling Practice Framework for Social Work.


Career experience:

I am trained as a Clinical Social Worker and I work as a Counsellor and Life consultant. In my role I offer individual counselling/coaching and career consulting, and my main approaches are The Three Principles approach, Solution Focused Therapy, Strength-based practice, and Mindfulness practice.


Previous work experience included working in Chemical Dependency rehabilitation at a well-known Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa (Riverfield Lodge) as one of the individual and group therapists. In my role there I did individual therapy, group therapy, relaxation therapy, some family therapy and couples therapy. I also worked as Field Education Coordinator at The University of Johannesburg – teaching students the practical skill of Social Work.


In my own business – an IT Recruitment Company - a major part of my role was the coaching of staff in a high-energy, fast-paced sales and achievement-orientated environment.  This entailed goal setting, performance and achievement planning and counselling regarding motivation, any general life difficulty or crisis and stress affecting work performance. I also presented group training on various topics like goal setting, motivation, EQ, planning and other relevant topics to the work environment.  The well-being and functioning of the employees were part of my main responsibilities. Being in a sales environment, the wellness, happiness, stress levels and motivation of the employees had a direct effect on the success of the business.

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