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 draws on all her training and experience, including her previous life as an actor. Awareness of body movement is vital in helping people cope with difficult situations. Vanesa certified as a Role Trainer in 2017 with The Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association.
Vanesa has used this method for over 10 years. There is something enchanting, intimate and inclusive when a group member brings their private inner world to the group in order to explore how they can be different in the world.
Few things bring Vanesa as much pleasure as when a group member has a breakthrough. They realise they don’t need to be stuck in the same role, repeating the same negative results. It really is possible to add to and expand our roles.