Educational and Developmental Psychologist
M.Coun; B.Psych; B.Psych (Ed&Dev)
John has over 20 years’ experience in people-helping professions including youth work and counselling. During this time he has accrued nearly 7000 hours of individual, relationship and group counselling experience with a broad range of clients experiencing diverse life challenges. John has had experience and interests in helping young people experiencing a number of challenges including anxiety, depression, bullying, behavioural difficulties, ASD, learning difficulties, internet addictions (including pornography and gaming) and family conflict. As the parent himself his approach is family-focussed and collaborative. John has two young adult children, Lauren and Stuart.
MORE ABOUT MICHELLE
What are 3 words that best describe you?
Dedicated, personable, understanding
What would be your dream holiday?
I’m a bit of a traveller so there are so many places I would like to see. I would love to go to Lapland to see the Northland Lights.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
I always ask myself whether something will be important, add value or even matter in five years’ time.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life to date?
It was my mum. Her life motto was a couple of lines from an old poem (author unknown) – Two things stand alone. Kindness in another’s trouble. Courage in your own.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t at work?
Tennis, travelling, watching rugby, reading
What motivates you to work with young people?
Having the opportunity to support change early in life before problems become more difficult to move. We all know that the older we get the harder things are to change.