After two and half decades working my own para-medical clinic managing complex injuries to the lower limb, I lost that career to personal injury.
It resulted in a few years walking a personal wilderness trying to figure out what life was and why I should be here.
It also became a time of processing some abuse events I experienced as a child and young person; did that really happen? What do I call that? What does the Law call that? And the questions went on and on...
Now I have names for all that stuff and the accurate interpretations.
I am Men and Trauma's Anxiety Intervention Specialist. I've been working in mental health since 2014.
My roles have encompassed anxiety recovery counselling, clinic management (Wellington Anxiety Disorders Clinic), strategy & development, team leadership, marketing and communications.
Professionally trained in specific psychotherapeutic approaches to trauma and anxiety recovery facilitation, I created 'Anxiety Sorted' as a science-based anxiety recovery model.
Anxiety Sorted was initially transformative and revolutionary in my own experience, and
I have been working as the Chief Executive of male trauma charity Mosaic since 2015.
I started attending peer-support in Christchurch in 1993 and became the founding trustee for the Male Survivors Sexual Abuse Trust Christchurch in 1997.
In 2014 I started with Mosaic as a trustee and peer-support worker.
In 2018 I visited Men and Healing in Ottawa, Canada and then brought back their world-leading trauma recovery model to New Zealand to complement our own.
I have worked extensively for a number of years
A trauma survivor myself, I graduated with a BSc in geology from VUW in 1990.
I have worked in a number of industries including an oil rig, marketing in legal publishing, an IT administrator, airline baggage handler, pine forestry worker, lab technician and currently a marketing analyst.
I bring a range of skills that require innovation, problem-solving ability and creativity.
It is an honour to be asked to join the Board of Directors for Men and Trauma as the professionalism, dedication and resolve of the team leading and delivering these much needed services impresses me.