About Vanesa

Alongside her work in addiction and mental health services, Vanesa has provided professional training, counselling and supervision services to private individuals, corporates, government and non-government organisations for over 15 years.

She has worked with a variety of organisations including Auckland DHB, Ngāti Whātua Orākei, Geneva Health Care, non-government organisations, Auckland Council, teaching organisations and manufacturing companies.

Vanesa brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice, including her previous experience as an actor. An awareness of body movement can be vital in helping people cope with difficult situations. Vanesa’s extensive knowledge base and multiple qualifications inform her practice, and she enjoys the variety of counselling, supervision and training.

Situated in Avondale, Vanesa’s home office is nestled among enormous gum trees and overlooks the Whau River. It’s a cosy sanctuary from which Vanesa enjoys a constant array of wildlife and the ever-changing vista that accompanies the coming and going of the tide.


Role Trainer
The Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association

Diploma in Drama
University of Auckland

Training and Human Resource Development Certificate
University of Auckland

Advanced Diploma of Nursing
Auckland Institute of Technology

Registered Nurse
Taranaki School of Nursing


Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ)
Accredited Supervisor

The Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA)
Role Trainer

Nursing Council of New Zealand
Registered Nurse and Approved Supervisor


Counselling is confidential, within the limits of supervision requirements and any immediate safety concerns.

Vanesa’s work is bound by the Code of Ethics of both the Australia Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association and the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association of Aotearoa-New Zealand. You can contact either of these associations if you have any concerns.

Impressive preparation. Developed good rapport with the team…pleasantly challenged our thinking to ensure our desired end result was met…wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Vanesa’s training to further clients.

Kirsty Giles, Plant Manager, Tip Top Ice Cream Ltd.

Vanesa’s bright and effervescent personality coupled with her great sense of fun, made her one of our most popular presenters and a very efficient imparter of information.

Joe Wenham, Team Leader, Community Alcohol and Drug (CADS) Training Team

Vanesa always strives to make every moment count, so that participants continue to learn.

Vi Wolf, Psychotherapist, Bethany Centre for Girls

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