Sue comes from a background in education having spent many years in the classroom in both large city and small rural schools throughout New Zealand and more recently working with young people with special physical and behavioural needs. In addition she completed studies in Counselling with a particular interest in narrative therapy and restorative mediation. Sue has worked part time in schools and the community as a counsellor since 2000. Recently Sue returned to university for further study in Disputes Resolution. This has developed further interest in working in areas of family mediation and conflict or dispute resolution.
Working from a brief solution focused or narrative approach Sue seeks to offer a respectful, no-blame approach which centres people as the experts in their own lives. In this way we can view problems as separate from people with the belief that people have many skills, competencies, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to change their relationships with the problems in their lives. In particular Sue enjoys working with a children, teenagers and families to find a way forward by seeking answers to questions in which the client plays a significant part in the direction taken.
Sue is a member of the NZAC , a registered teacher and a qualified Restorative Justice facilitiator and family mediator.