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Ken McMaster

“I am passionate about best practice and enhancing the skill sets of people working with people. During the past thirty years of practice I have been privileged to work with diverse groups of people who want to make a difference to the wellbeing of others and create safer communities.” Ken has over thirty years’ experience […]

Suzanne Hall

“Giving children the best start in life underpins much of my philosophy. Having seen the dark side of families where abuse and violence occurs, giving parents skills in safe parenting is my passion”. Suzanne worked for Child, Youth and Family services for 14 years prior to Hall McMaster & Associates where she has worked since. […]

Daryl Gregory

“The Mana and Tapu of all people make us unique as individuals and I believe that we are created to be connected to others. I am passionate about encouraging whanau to provide a lifestyle which encourages and nurtures personal, corporate and spiritual growth within their communities.” Daryl has over twenty-five years’ experience working in intervention […]

Helen Mentha

“The heart of my work is based on the importance of empathy, curiosity and respect in effective helping conversations. I have a particular interest in Motivational Interviewing because it asks us to pay as much attention to how we communicate, rather than just what we communicate about. I love that it has a simplicity that makes it […]

Nev Trainor

“I am driven in my practice as a clinical psychologist by values which promote the wellbeing and safety of individuals and the community.  Supporting the skill development of others who contribute to this vitally important area is an abiding and very satisfying professional endeavour.” Nev is a registered clinical psychologist in full time private practice. […]

Rob Paramo

Rob has nearly 20 years experience working with high quality individual and group based interventions for those that have offended sexually and violently. He worked for Her Majesty’s Public Prison Service (UK) for nine years in a range of roles from clinical delivery to national office based clinical support and national training. In New Zealand, […]

Mike Cagney

“My particular interest is in developing collaborative practice ‘with’ families and applying narrative and solution- focused therapies to violence intervention work.” 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 […]

Sam Farmer

“I coach others through change so that they reach the best that they can be. Three fundamental values guide my practice: quality relationships; meaningful work; inner harmony.” 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 […]

Joel Porter

“I am committed to developing effective, evidence-based and innovative addiction treatment services. Training colleagues in Motivational Interviewing and understanding addiction are two passions of mine”. Joel has been working in the addiction field since 1987. He has international experience working with a wide range of services in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the USA.  Over […]

Gillian Hardie

“Registered Child and Family Psychologist” 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. Since 2007, she has worked as an International Consultant Trainer for the “Triple P: Positive Parenting Program”, a multilevel prevention and family intervention […]

Jo Dennen

“Personal Assistant to the directors of HMA.” Jo works as Personal Assistant to the directors of HMA and also looks after all HMA administration. Being fluent in five languages and with solid management experience she is a valuable asset to our office. Jo is also responsible for the development, maintenance and administration of our online […]

Matt Williams

“Whether I’m delivering or developing trainings my priority is making learning stick! This means engaging with a variety of audiences and delivering material that is relevant, practical and most of all useful. Above all I aim to enhance practice and contribute to the well being of others.” Matt has a 15 year history working within the social […]