The Importance of Professional Supervision
Whilst Professional Supervision is a legal requirement for any one who is in a Counselling or Social Work role, it is also widely known to be a fundamental part of any one's professional development if they are dealing with clients or families in a grief and loss capacity. A professional supervisor acts as a mentor, providing emotional support as well as information and guidance. By appointing a professional supervisor you are actively keeping your clients and yourself safe, whilst providing a platform for your own professional development.
Professional supervision is recommended whether you are new to your role or highly experienced. All our professional supervisors are NZAC members. They can also provide independent review and assessment of students who are applying for a derived grade, under the category of trauma and misfortune.
Please email the office to book your professional supervision appointment today or call 09 418 1457.
Nola Forsyth (Counsellor and Professional Supervisor)
MSW (A) Hons
As a counsellor I am privileged to be able to work for the Grief Centre to support people at a time when they are feeling vulnerable and to assist them to find personal strength, wellbeing and hope for life ahead.
I have worked in social services and counselling for many years and am a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and trained Professional Supervisor. I have managed a team of counselling staff, along with counselling students and researchers and have counselled a very wide range of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. I have a breadth of experience in individual, couples, family and group work, including counselling for grief and loss, relationship issues, depression and anxiety, eating issues, addictions, sexually harmful behaviour, domestic violence, employee assistance. I now work in private practice. I am warm, empathetic, safe, ethical, client centred, and strengths based in my practice. I am able to put you at ease, working alongside you as we explore whatever it is that troubles or distresses you. I am also a registered marriage celebrant, funeral celebrant and member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand.
Ian Frayling (Professional Supervisor)
PGC in Supervision
PGC in Teaching
M.Ed. (Hons) Counselling
Ian Frayling has worked in counselling and supervision for over 20 years. His background is in school counselling where he has worked extensively with adults and teenagers. His work has involved working with staff, families and a wide range of community and government agencies involving complex family issues, social services, police and health services. In addition to counselling, Ian has for 9 years provided Supervision to trainees, staff and managers from a variety of institutions.
In his counselling work he has supported, families facing loss and grief, including managing the trauma of tragic and untimely deaths through suicide or accident. His work includes managing suicide ideation, and assisting students through family bereavement including tragic and untimely deaths of siblings, parents and friends. His counselling work has also involved depression, stress, anxiety and mediation for families and in employment issues.
Ian brings a wide life experience to his supervision and counselling work. His professional career started as a mechanical engineer where he worked originally in New Zealand followed by a wide range of challenges from computer sales in London, to engineering development work in Lesotho and Mozambique, a 3-year spell as a water engineer in Italy and last year in Samoa as a counsellor. He returned to New Zealand in 1992, to train and work as a Maths teacher before moving into his counselling and supervision work. This life experience has given Ian an ability to work in his supervision practice with a wide variety of people from many different cultures and from all walks of life, and in private, commercial or government settings.
Averill Waters (Professional Supervisor)
M. Couns (First Class Hons)
Post Grad Cert (Counselling Supervision)
Averill has held positions in a range of organisations, including schools, universities, and a variety of community organisations. She has been chairman of Highbury House, National Executive Member of Playcentre and is currently the secretary of the Auckland branch of New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Averill has presented at a range of conferences, and has published a number of papers on counselling practise and cross-cultural perspectives. She places a high value on respect, compassion, and social justice - values that underpin her work.
“The kato (woven bag) pictured represents my hope for our conversations – that they will weave together to shape something that is useful and productive, creating a stronger story of your professional identity. The strands that form the bag, represent contributions that each of us bring to the supervision, helping to enhance our partnership and practice”.
Nau te rourou, naku
Ka ora ai te iwi
With your contribution and mine
We will be better off
Laverne Robinson (Professional Supervisor)
Professional Supervisor and Wellbeing Coach
Cert Supervision & Workplace Coaching
Laverne is a professional supervisor and coach in private practice. She has a wealth of experience as a practitioner, supervisor, educator and manager in health, palliative care and community services and is passionate about supporting youth and families, particularly those experiencing loss or living with a life-threatening illness.
Laverne trained as a counsellor before moving into health, management and supervision and has worked in a range of environments spending most of her career in cancer services. Laverne utilises an integrated approach drawing on both counselling and coaching skills to assist clients with well-being strategies to help manage the challenges that grief, loss and change can bring. As a supervisor and educator she is a keen developer of people and huge advocate for self-care valuing diversity, community and empowerment for those she works with.