Meet the Team

These people are the heart of the HMA team

Ken McMaster

MSW Hons, CQSW, MANZASW. Memberships ANZASW, NZATD, MINT

Ken is a director of HMA and has a background in social work. He is best known for his work in the family violence and sex offender field, as well as in contemporary programme design and development. He is principal trainer for HMA.

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Suzanne Hall

Registered Psychologist, M.A. (Psychology), B.A., MNZPsS

Suzanne worked for Child, Youth and Family services for 14 years prior to Hall McMaster & Associates where she has worked since.

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Nev Trainor

PGDip.Psych.(Clin.), M.Soc.Sc (1st Class Honours), B.Soc.Sc, Registered Clinical Psychologist

Nev has a nine year background with Psychological Services at Department of Corrections. He now runs a clinical practice in the forensic area.

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Helen Mentha

B.A. (Hons), M.Psych (Clinical), Grad. Cert. Business Administration, Grad. Cert. Professional Writing, M.A.P.S.

Helen Mentha a clinical psychologist with over 17 years experience in the community and private sectors, and has specialised in working with substance misuse in community and forensic settings, dual diagnosis and the application of Motivational Interviewing to positive behaviour change.  She currently runs Mentha Consulting, providing training, supervision and psychological services.

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Sam Farmer

Registered Psychologist (NZPsB); Memberships: NZPsS; CPSIG(NZ); BPS; ISCP

For more than twenty-five years, Sam’s area of excellence is in facilitating personal and professional growth.  Having originally trained as a probation officer and gained his Masters in Forensic Psychology, Sam now practices as a Coaching Psychologist.

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Gillian Hardie

P.G.Dip. (Child and Family Psychology), M.Ed., B.A

Gill is a Registered Child and Family Psychologist, who specializes in child and adolescent mental health and education, with specific interest in parent training and intervention work.

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Joel Porter

BS, MA, PsyD Registered Clinical Psychologist (Australia), Board Certifited Clinical Supervisor (Australia), Registered Clinical Psychologist (NZ –inactive) Memberships: MINT, INEBRIA

Joel has worked in a wide range of clinical, academic and professional training settings. His career has focused on working with people to overcome and manage addiction and mental health concerns.  He is committed to sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues to enhance our ability to help others who are reaching out.

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Daryl Gregory

B.A. (Maori Studies), ANZASW

Daryl has a background in cultural practice and acts as an adviser to HMA on matters relating to Mäori. In addition to an advisory role, Daryl also runs any cultural related modules that HMA delivers.

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Jo Dennen

B.A., B.L.A.

Jo works as Personal Assistant to the directors of HMA and also looks after all HMA administration.

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Matt Williams

BTcLn, NCALNE. Memberships MINT

Matt’s passion is to facilitate the natural learning process of children, young people and adults by providing them with stimulating, relevant learning experiences.

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Mike Cagney

BSW, M.Coun (Distinction). Memberships MANZASW, Approved Family Court Counsellor and Provider DV Programmes

Mike has worked for 30 years in domestic violence programmes, community sex offender treatment programmes and statutory child protection work. He has performed the roles of social worker, therapist, team leader, trainer and service manager.

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