The team changing lives

Our team

We use a team of qualified counsellors and facilitators to deliver our group and individual programmes. All our counsellors and facilitators are highly trained in the dynamics of family violence and very experienced in group and individual work.

Bridget

Bridget

General Manager

Bridget believes that no matter what the family situation, finding someone to talk to can make a world of difference.

An experienced counsellor, Bridget helps people who have experienced or are
experiencing family violence and it’s complexities.

Oscar

Oscar

Men's Programmes Manager

Oscar is passionate about supporting men in their journey towards personal growth, and the development of positive and healthy relationships within their whanau’s and wider communities.

Oscar strives to address the unique challenges faced by men in Aotearoa by challenging traditional norms that can perpetuate harmful behaviors and limit personal growth.

In addition Oscar has a background in programme development and creation, with experience in both the education and business sectors. Oscar has a degree in Counselling with Auckland University of Technology.

Irka

Irka

Children’s Programmes Manager

Irka has extensive facilitation of social services, counselling and family violence knowledge. She has a passion for making a difference and giving children a voice, in an effort to build on their strengths while creating vision for change.

Irka creates safe spaces for children to explore resilience and build on their emotional safety though play, art therapies and psycho educational programmes.

Sandra

Sandra

Women's Programmes Manager

Warm Pacific Greetings,

“Trauma may happen to you, but it can never define you.” ― Melinda Longtin

My name is Sandra and I am here to meet you where you are. I aim to work in partnership with all Wāhine to make meaning of their experiences and support their process towards healing and wholeness.

Provisional member of NZAC

Matthew

Matthew

Counsellor/Group Facilitator

Matt is an individual counsellor and group facilitator working with both men and children. He has experience working as a psychotherapist with men and primary school aged children providing unique and individualised therapeutic interventions.

Matt believes everyone has the capacity to make meaningful change in their life when given the right support. He uses a trauma informed lens to compassionately understand how the things people have been through in their lives molds them into the person they are today and how they can move toward a more fulfilling life.

Keryn

Keryn

Group Facilitator/Funding Coordinator

Keryn is a group facilitator for Respect’s Strengthening Women’s programme, and loves supporting & equipping women to process, heal, and move towards a place of wellbeing and wholeness.

Keryn is also our funding coordinator, bringing in funding to resource the organisation so we can keep helping people who have been impacted by family violence.

Sione

Sione

Counsellor/Group Facilitator

Sione has 15 years experience in the family violence sector working with men.

He is passionate about making New Zealand a violence-free country by working with men to learn strategies for breaking the cycle of abuse and violence.

He is Tongan/Samoan, in his spare time, Sione enjoys watching sport, listening to music and most importantly spending quality time with his family.

He is a full member of NZCCA.

Brittany

Brittany

Counsellor/Group Facilitator

Brittany works as one of our children’s counsellors and group facilitators. Brittany is a qualified Social Worker whose experience has been strongly focused around children and young people, as they are always at the heart of her practice.

Brittany is very passionate about providing a safe space for her clients, one where they always feel heard and supported. Brittany draws on narrative therapy and works strongly from a strengths focused approach.

Jamie

Jamie

Counsellor/Group Facilitator

Jamie has been facilitating groups and conducting individual therapy as a counsellor since 2013, has worked with Respect since 2016 and has practiced as a registered Psychotherapist with Psychotherapist Board of Aotearoa New Zealand since 2017. Jamie has a passion for giving men the skills they need to be healthy positive role models for their families, loved ones and the wider community. With a focus on how to create healthy supportive relationships through increased self awareness, accountability and healthy communication skills.

Kerstin

Kerstin

Registered Social Worker

I have been practising as a social worker for over 15 years working in different areas of the social work field including schools, care and protection and residential services.

I work from a strengths-based, solution-focused and trauma-informed approach, I see myself walking alongside whanau facilitating positive change.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and being in nature. I enjoy reading, being creative and doing puzzles.

I am a fully registered social worker.

Jenni

Jenni

Counsellor/Group Facilitator

Jenni has been in the Counselling and Facilitation fields for 30 years.

She began her training with Youthline, Psychodrama and Human Development and Training Institute and has a continued interest  in the Impact of Colonization on our Indigenous Communities, Trauma, Neuroscience, Creative therapies and Mindfulness.

Jenni  has experience working  with children and teenagers; although now works primarily with Adult women, and cofacilitating Men’s and Women’s programs.

She is a full member of NZAC.

Gel

Gel

Counsellor/Group Facilitator

Gel works as a group facilitator with the men to address, explore and find alternatives to the client’s problem story, with the intent that men can find other ways of being that allow them (and the people around them) to heal, flourish, and have hope for the future.

Gel is a provisional member of the New Zealand Christian Counselling Association, and a graduate of Laidlaw College’s Bachelor of Counselling.

Karen

Karen

Counsellor/Group Facilitator/Advocate

I have been in the health industry for 20 years and have a passion for supporting women, children, and teenagers who are dealing with the effects of abuse and violence.  It is the right of all to live lives free of abuse and violence.  It is my goal to empower each of my clients and support them as they grow in their journey towards healing.  I believe in a holistic approach and integrate Art Therapy, Play Therapy, and other Creative Expressive Interventions.

Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling and is a member of the NZAC.

Ethel

Ethel

Counsellor/Group Facilitator

Ethel is a counsellor and group facilitator working with children and women. She enjoys facilitating young children in play therapy and psycho-education programmes.

Ethel is passionate about creating a safe space for women to better understand their life journeys, feel better and more confident, and accomplish their goals.

She speaks Hakka, Mandarin Chinese, and English. She has a passionate interest in working with people from their own cultural perspectives. It is a privilege to help others find their unique ways of developing resilience and fulfilling lives.

Seno

Seno

Women's Counsellor

Seno Tu’inukuafe (MNZAC) is a Tongan mother living in North Shore. Born in Tonga, she migrated to NZ in 1986 and has been a counsellor since 2011. Seno holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Auckland and recently completed a Master of Psychotherapy degree from Auckland University of Technology.

Seno values diversity and works with any ethnic community on a variety of issues including loss, grief and family violence.

Her hobbies are gardening, reading, crafting, travelling, music, culture and anything relating to spirituality and soul care.

Dean

Dean

Couples and Men’s Counsellor

Dean’s current areas of special interest are in trauma, relationships, and Internal Family Systems therapy. He has always tried to assist couples and individuals to become all they could be, and in pursing that goal for himself, started moving into a more formal counselling career.

Dean facilitates a relationship programme for the Drug Court. He is currently in the middle of his Master’s degree in Supervision.

He has lived in several different cultures and loves the diversity that culture brings to music, food, spirituality, and life itself. He has 5 adult children, plays guitar, and is quite obsessed about his poodle.

Dean is a member of NZAC.

Jasmine

Jasmine

Women's/Children's Counsellor

Ko Maunga Tautari te Maunga
Ko Waikato te Awa
Ko Tainui te Waka
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Jasmine is passionate about supporting women and children in a holistic sense.

She believes that “you are the expert of your own life” and she is here to nurture and support you.

Jasmine has been in the health field for over 10 years, recently finding purpose in counseling and domestic prevention.

Jasmine has completed two bachelor’s, one in Health Science (counseling) and one in Sport and Recreation.

Regardless of where you are at or where you have been, it all starts with one step”.

Lynda

Lynda

Administrator

Lynda is the administrator for Respect.

She comes from a background of administration having worked for small businesses in the recruitment, architecture and customer service fields.

Outside of work she enjoys being creative in the form of painting and art journaling. She also enjoys walking and travelling.

Kristina

Kristina

Accounts Administrator

Kristina has over 17 years working experience in broad industries, as medical equipment wholesale, construction and oversea trading. Graduated from University of Auckland with degree of Bachelor of Commerce and earned Certificate from CPA Australia. During off work time she would like spend time with her family and reading books and doing yoga.

Our Board

Alastair Duhs.

Alastair Duhs.

Board Chairperson

Alastair Duhs is a counsellor in private practice who has worked in Stopping Violence programmes since 1992.

Alastair has previously been the Men’s Programme Manager, Clinical Manager and General Manager of Respect, as well as working in a number of other community and non-profit agencies.

Alastair has been a member of Respect since 1998 and a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors since 2000. He remains committed to working with men, women and children to promote safe, respectful and non-violent relationships.

Dr. Ruby Manukia-Schaumkel

Dr. Ruby Manukia-Schaumkel

Board Member

Dr. Ruby Manukia-Schaumkel is a Lawyer, qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Ruby has over 19 years of experience in Governance, Law & Policy and Foreign Relations in New Zealand, Tonga and the United States of America. She is as former elected member of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Ruby sits on various boards and contributes to the community. She was awarded a New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Award for community involvement in 2014. Ruby’s interests are in sports, writing (Author of ‘Like a Dove’, and ‘Culture Crossroads’ books/publication) and enjoys spending time with her family.

Rowena Manning

Rowena Manning

Board Member

Rowena Manning is a registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor who has been counselling and facilitating groups at Respect for the past twenty years.

Rowena is a previous Manager of New Zealand Institute of Professional Counselling and has worked for five years at Massey University, Albany Campus, on the Human Ethics Committee. Rowena has a private clinical supervision practice.

Rowena is passionate about helping people live a life free from violence and abuse.  Healthy relationships, excellent ethical practice, accountability, integrity and good governance are important to Rowena.

Martin Weekes

Martin Weekes

Board Member

My name is Martin I’m married to Jane and a father of 9 children aged from 28-years-old down to my youngest who is 6. I am an accomplished leader, board advisor, coach and mentor specialising in transformation and change.

I have over 25 years’ management experience as a senior executive working in Europe, New Zealand, Asia, Australia and the Middle East, working alongside multiple cultures and diverse work forces in the commercial, not for profit and governmental sector.

Alongside my commercial career I have been involved with the not-for-profit sector working with and on the boards of several charities. This involvement has supported at risk children, families impacted by domestic abuse, emergency rescue, children’s air ambulance, The Neonatal Trust, education, and sport helping raise over $90 million within New Zealand.

I believe every child deserves the opportunity to live a full and happy life in a positive, stimulating, safe environment and it should be every parent’s wish to see that dream come to fruition. Sadly, that isn’t always the case.

However, with the advances in society today that dream should become a reality for all New Zealanders regardless of financial or technological constraints and with innovative thinking, determination and personal commitment together we can make a huge positive impact for New
Zealand families.

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