Val Carter - Executive Director
Executive Director of Home & Family, Val Carter, has extensive experience in education and social services both here and in the UK. She has worked for CYF, the Ministry of Education, University of Canterbury and has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Val’s experience of working with young people and their families has enabled her to understand how precious Home & Family’s work is to our community.
Eve Wingerath - Fundraising Manager
Eve recently joined the Home and Family team as Fundraising Manager. She has extensive experience in the public and charity sector. Eve previously worked for Ormiston Trust in the UK, a charity which aims to improve the life chances of children and young people, and has taught in primary, secondary and further education in the UK and Asia.
She is interested in mental health, education, early intervention and working with the whole family, and is passionate about the work of Home and Family.
Sandra Talbot MNZASW, Dip Child Protection Studies
As a social worker with over 20 years’ experience, Sandra manages the team of residential family workers who support families participating in our parenting services and accommodation programmes. She has worked with Home and Family for 16 years and is really proud of the development of the parenting programme.
Sandra has always been passionate about ensuring a safe environment and support for families to address their concerns and keep their children in their care. She values Home & Family’s commitment to ongoing training and supervision for staff, which ensures services provided are robust and professional.
Adele Sherry, BA Social Work, MANZASW
As a social worker in Home and Family’s Parenting Programme, Adele supports families to achieve their goals to be the best parent they can be. Keeping the focus on the safety and wellbeing of children is at the centre of her work
Adele has a great passion for children and families and therefore believes in and supports the values of Home and Family. She enjoys being part of the Home and Family team and working in a community setting which is very different to her many years working for statutory agencies.
Adele gained her degree in Social Work over 16 years ago.
Cheryl O'Neill, MNZAC, Dip. Counselling, Cert. Supervision
Cheryl is our Senior Counsellor with over 12 years’ experience. Her expertise and qualifications enable her to work across our service, providing interventions such as Child Centred Play Therapy (CCPT), parent coaching and external supervision.
CCPT primarily uses play, the most natural mode of communication for a child. It allows children to safely explore issues, past and current, that are impacting their immediate well being. It works to identify and enable their inner resources to bring about growth and change.
‘My desire is that all clients find their value, significance and purpose.’
Sophie Toutain, Dip Gestalt Therapy, MNZAC, PBANZ - Registered Psychotherapist
Sophie offers Gestalt psychotherapy and counselling. She is passionate about supporting people to access their own wisdom and resources, in order to build up their confidence and self-worth.
The aim of Gestalt therapy is to raise self-awareness, so as to empower people to make creative adjustments in their life and better choices for themselves. Sophie enjoys working with adults of all ages and cultures. She is bilingual and can practice in both English and French.
Guy Adams, B.PRTM, G.Ct.Ls, PG.Ct.Soc.Sci, Dip.Coun, MNZAC
Guy has been working at Home & Family for over five years. As well as providing counselling support to families within our residential parenting environment, Guy specialises in CCPT. He has a built a strong reputation for his work with children and young people. Guy places value and respect at the centre of building effective counselling relationships.
Carolyn Skinner, Dip Counselling, B Counselling, MNZCCA
Carolyn has been a counsellor with Home & Family for four years. Her extensive experience working as a psychopaedeic nurse provides a solid platform of knowledge that underpins her counselling practice.
She is also qualified to deliver CCPT and a the majority of her work is with children and young people.
David Millar, MNZCCA, Bachelor of Counselling
David has been a counsellor for over 10 years. With a Degree in counselling, he is also an Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT). EFT is a specific attachment based way of working with couples.
‘Attachment is of particular interest to me in the work I do. We may find ourselves as parents or in our couple relationships being caught in negative patterns of relating that cause relational disconnection on some level. These can leave us feeling quite hopeless. Consequently, I am passionate about being able to reconnect parents with children. I am also interested in creating spaces for connection in my work with couples; or for children to be able to step into different ways of relating within themselves and to others.
Over the years I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. I facilitated a ‘relationships’ course for adolescents in prison for a number of years, as well as group and individual work with men around anger and relationships. I continue to further my training in EFT.’
Jocelyn Chapman, Dip. Counselling, MNZCCA
Jocelyn has worked for Home & Family as a counsellor for over four years, having joined the organisation as a student counsellor.
Now fully qualified, Jocelyn works with adolescents and adults. She uses Person-Centred Counselling and has an interest in creative therapies, which empower clients by offering them the opportunity to externalise issues in order to work through them. This modality can be very effective for people who find it challenging to verbalise their difficulties.
Gill Hall, Dip. Counselling
Gill has worked for Home & Family for five years, completing her training as a counsellor during this time. The majority of her work is with adolescents and adults.
She specialises in Person-Centered Counselling, which places understanding and empathy at the centre of the counselling relationship to help individuals to identify and access their own resources. This enables them to alter their self-concept and change behaviours, to improve wellbeing.
Leasa Watson, Dip. Comp Nursing, B. Counselling, NZCCA
With over eight years counselling experience, Leasa’s passion is to equip those she works with, with the skills to deal with life’s hard times in a way that is empathetic, practical and positive.
She loves to journey with people as they discover their strengths and inner resources and coach them as they turn these into a very real source of power for change.
Leasa’s counselling style is client centered and incorporates modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interactive Drawing Therapy, Play, Sandtray and Narrative Therapies where it is most suitable for each individual client.
Kevin Hapi, Whānau worker, Refocus
With over 25 years’ experience in youth and social work, Kevin is passionate about work in the community. He believes that in addition to being more diverse, working with people in their environment allows services to offer a personal approach and bespoke intervention. He has now been with Refocus for five years and believes that in order for difficult conversations to take place, trust between workers and the families is essential.
‘I love the Refocus programme; we’re allowed to be creative in our approach and the work we do is real and authentic. Others report the progress and changes in the families we work with. It’s a privilege to be allowed into the lives of others.’
Rudolph Diaz, Whānau worker, Refocus
Rudolph joined the Refocus team at the start of 2017, having been a youth worker for nine years. His experience in this field, alongside his career as a health promoter and time as a truancy officer, provide a solid platform that underpins his practice.
Like Kevin, he most enjoys work in the community and he thinks the community centred and long-term nature of the Refocus programme are essential parts of its success.
‘I love being part of the Refocus team and the wider Home & Family team; there’s real synergy between our work and everyone is supportive. The five-year intervention that Refocus offers allows us to see each family’s journey and allows for far deeper work to take place. There is scope to work with the community to provide wraparound support for families.’
Hunia Waenga, Youth Worker, Refocus
Hunia is currently volunteering on the Refocus programme. He’s known Kevin for a number of years and really appreciates the value of youth workers offering support and good role modelling to young people.
‘I love meeting the kids and I’m understanding how they respond to things. I find the Refocus team open and supportive and I’m really learning a lot.’
Hunia is currently training as a youth worker.