Kia Ora, Ko Jacqueline ahau
My Parents are from either side of the Atlantic
My husband and I have three young adult children between us.
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:
Culturally I've the privilege 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.
Academically I began with NZQA Certificate in Youth Work, continuing onto tertiary study where I
Graduated with a Degree in Counselling & Diploma in Integrative Psychology.
Since Graduating I have continued to develop my Counselling skills
Traditional Talk Therapy is supported with more creative modalities: Interactive Drawing Therapy & Sandplay Therapy...
My career has seen me specialise as a Women’s Counsellor, a Rural Community Counsellor & 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 &
gifted me the idea for the full name of my business, linking as it does all aspects of Sandplay and Tuatara
For an appointment with an NZAC Registered & ACC Accredited Counsellor
Call 022 6927351 or Email
"If you offer your complete attention to somebody,
if you're really present and they recognise that
. . . that affects them"