Toni McErlane, B.Sc.
Counsellor, Ecotherapist, Mediator & Nonviolent Communication facilitator
Toni has developed a wide array of approaches to working in the field of restorative relationships. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Counselling, The American certificate in horticulture therapy and has completed a 94hr Professional Ecotherapy Program with Dave Talamo from Wilderness Reflections in California.
She completed the North American yearlong Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Leadership Programme, and has trained extensively in conflict resolution, restorative circles, wilderness therapy, Hakomi for couples, mindfulness & somatic approaches to working with trauma. Toni is an AMINZ associate Family Dispute Resolution Provider (FDR) and in 2017 completed the year long Te reo Maori level Two through Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Her approach towards supporting healthy relationships is from the humanistic perspective that all of our actions are attempts to meet needs (though some strategies are more effective and less harmful than others). That our emotions are our guides to orientate us towards the direction our organisim is being drawn towards and that by cultivating a “allowing” prescence with our emotions we can develop a comfortable trusting relatioship with them.
Paris Wiliams, PhD
Part-time Facilitator and general support
Paris is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience in restoring and cultivating healthy relationships between individuals, groups, families and couples. He obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on somatic, humanistic, existential, and transpersonal perspectives.
He has trained extensively in Nonviolent Communication, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, systems theory for groups and familes, and mindfulness for working with challenging emotions and mind states.
He has worked in a major medical hospital providing support for individuals and families of individuals challenged by serious physical and mental ailments; at a residential facility for those challenged by psychosis and other overwhelming emotions and states of mind; in a community mental health clinic supporting individuals, couples, and families with a wide variety of issues; at a treatment center for those challenged with substance dependence issues; and as a psychologist in private practice.
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