Kia Ora, Ko Jacqueline ahau
My parents are from either side of the Atlantic and I have lived in several countries around the world. I have been privileged to call Aotearoa/New Zealand home since 2003. Making the most of an unexpected migration opportunity, I embarked on a journey of learning:
Academically, I began with NZQA Certificate in Youth Work, continuing on to tertiary study, where I graduated with a Degree in Counselling and a Diploma in Integrative Psychology.
Culturally I've had the privilege of experiencing life on a Marae, of being whangai. I continue to work on my confidence in Te Reo Maori and my knowledge of Te Ao Maori.
Since graduating I have continued to develop my counselling skills. Traditional Talk Therapy is supported with more creative modalities: Interactive Drawing Therapy and Sandplay Therapy.
My career has seen me specialise as a Women’s Counsellor, a Rural Community Counsellor and a Youth Counsellor.
I have now established my private practice, Tuatara Counselling Services, from the beginning, where I will combine this experience and knowledge in our work together.
Why 'Tuatara Counselling Services, from the beginning'?
My business name arose from a chance ‘meeting’ with a Tuatara many years ago.
I sat captivated by it, sensing its wisdom, seeing it strong and grounded enjoying its connection with the sand. I now understand Tuatara to be treasured guardians.
After sharing my thoughts of 'Tuatara Counselling Services', my cultural mentor supported the choice and gifted me the idea for the full name of my business, linking as it does all aspects of Sandplay and Tuatara.
NZAC Registered, ACC Accredited Counsellor
Warm and welcoming, manaakitanga is at the centre of all Jacqueline
does and accomplishes.
She has nurtured
my daughter’s wairua
& guided her along, enabling her to reclaim
the confident loving kotiro she always had been.”