Our People

The team at ChangeAbility are experienced and skilled at helping people create positive change to their lives.

Jeremy Logan

Manager
Post Grad Counselling, Member NZAC
Post Grad Dip in Not for Profit Mgt

Jeremy has worked as a manager, counsellor and facilitator for the agency over 20 years. He has also served as Chair on the Board for the National Network of Stopping Violence. When he’s not working at ChangeAbility, Jeremy also has a small private counselling practice and is currently training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). He also teaches mindfulness and meditation retreats throughout New Zealand and has helped to set up Waiwaste, a local food rescue organisation.

Liat Gush

Office Manager
Bachelor of Commerce & Administration
Retired Chartered Accountant
Post Grad Dip in Not for Profit Mgt

Liat has worked with the agency since 2005 and is part of the management team. She is the coordinator of Mates & Dates in Wairarapa.

Kay Wilton

Clinical Leader
Diploma in Counselling 2000, Member NZAC

Kay has worked with the agency for over 20 years. She plays a key role in supporting and engaging families to become safer and more respectful. Kay provides family violence community training and in-house supervision and also works with clients individually and in groups.

Ang Turipa

Administrative Coordinator

Ang has worked with the agency for five years in total. Before that, she worked in Youth Justice with Child Youth and Family. Ang is responsible for the day-to-day running of our counselling service as well as “Changing Attitudes”, our community initiative.

Kath Williams

Counsellor
Diploma in Counselling, Member NZAC

Kath has over 13 year’s counselling experience, providing general counselling and family violence programmes. She is currently undertaking a 3 year training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and uses this modality in her therapeutic work with clients.

Paul Williams

Facilitator

Paul delivers programmes to men and youth. He is a facilitator of the ACC ‘Mates n Dates’ programme and also works in schools to help promote respectful ways of behaving and communicating.

Briar Nichol

Counsellor
Bachelor of Counselling, Member NZAC

Briar has ten years counselling experience and a particular interest in working with women, young people and families. She works together with her clients to help them gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how problems have impacted their lives. Briar says she has seen time and time again how creative strategies can bring about growth and healing for people.

Margie Sharpe

Counsellor
Batchelor of Applied Social Services (Counselling), MIT, Provisional Member NZAC

Margie is a firm believer in the benefits that counselling can bring for adults, children and families.  Therapy can inspire change, create greater self-awareness, help us make sense of the world and find the courage to re-author who we are.  She believes that a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment allows people to explore concerns and issues that may be holding them back.  Honesty, kindness, creativity and perspective underpin her approach.  Margie tailors counselling to the individual by using a mix of talk and narrative therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and creative therapies (such as play and sand tray). 

 

Tineke Verbeek

Counsellor
Diploma Counselling. Provisional member NZAC

Tineke believes that people are experts on themselves and works in a collaborative and open-minded way. She places people’s values and strengths at the core of their conversation, with the aim of helping people come to terms with their issues and providing them an opportunity to make changes in their lives.

Jenny McCallum

Counsellor
Master of Arts (Psychology),  Master of Counselling, NZAC

Jenny operates within a pluralistic framework and believes in tailoring therapy to the individual. She emphasises shared decision making, collaboration, and negotiation within the client-counsellor relationship. Jenny has worked with adults, adolescents and children who are experiencing a range of challenges including addiction, mental health concerns and relationship difficulties. She is passionate about supporting people to create positive and lasting change in their lives.

Hayley Wilton

Social Woker
Bachelor in Social Work. Member SWRB
ANZASW

Hayley has worked as a social worker and facilitator for the agency for over 2 years, previously working within the mental health field for young people. Hayley takes a strength based approach to working with clients and a holistic view to their welbeing. Hayley’s passion is people and ensuring social justice is upheld.

Alec Aiken

Counsellor
Bachelor in Counselling

Alec comes to counselling with a background in youth work working with School’s Out in Wellington. Alec is also a facilitator of the ACC ‘Mates n Dates’ programme which aims to promote healthy relationships among young people. Alec’s background and experience lies in working with young people, particularly in the LGBTQIA+ community. Alec is passionate about working with people from all walks of life and is keen to support them in their journey.