Counsellor Profiles

Skylight Counsellors are supported by the Clinical Services Team Leader.

Sarah Markham
Counsellor (Auckland)
Professional Member NZAC

Sarah is a Skylight Counsellor in Auckland. She has experience working alongside children, young people, families and adults. She supports clients to move forward with a new found confidence and awareness. She uses a client lead counselling approach incorporating narrative therapy, CBT and play therapy.

Louise Rolfe
Counsellor (Wellington and Hutt Valley)
Registered with NZAC

Louise has a Bachelor of Counselling and has worked in Kapiti with women of all ages, experiencing a wide range of issues. She has also worked with parents experiencing a broad range of parenting issues and feels passionate about supporting families – she has five children of her own and has first-hand experience of the challenges of being a parent. Louise uses a client centred approach and incorporates elements of Narrative, Solution Focussed and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as other approaches – depending on the needs of the client. She aims to support clients to draw on their own strengths, enabling them to identify their own solutions.

Jackie Calder
Counsellor (Wellington)
Registered with NZAC

Jackie has a Diploma in Counselling and has worked as a Counsellor for over 15 years. Using a person centred approach Jackie works with adults, youth and children. A particular area of specialty for Jackie is working with children who have experienced trauma, loss, grief, anxiety and other issues that children may struggle with. Jackie uses sand tray therapy, drawing and play therapy in her work.

Suzana Sagadin 
Counsellor (Wellington)
Registered with NZAC

Suzana is Skylight's Clinical Team Leader and a facilitator of the Parenting through Separation programme. She has worked with children/teens, families and adults and uses a solution-focused, person centered approach. Suzana works with clients who have experienced trauma, grief, family breakdown and mental health issues. She is also interested in a neuro-scientific approach to counselling, specifically in self-healing methods. She understands the challenges for culturally diverse clients, based on gender and sexuality, as well as ethnicity. Suzana is passionate about providing a safe and non-judgmental space, where clients can draw on their own strengths and build their own solutions.

Sarah Wright
Counsellor (Wellington, Porirua)
Registered with NZAC

Sarah is experienced in counselling young people and their families. In particular she has worked with teenagers and university students and has provided support to the bereaved and the dying. Sarah has a gentle, non-judgmental, and person-centered approach. This gives her clients the space to develop a real person to person connection. Sarah works together with her clients to arrive at new ways of being and/or to make sense and meaning in their world. Sarah has a Masters in Counselling from Massey University.

Elizabeth Hamilton
Counsellor (Christchurch)
Registered with SWRB, member of ANZASW

Elizabeth has more than 30 years’ experience working in Elder Health, especially dementia, and in palliative care. She understands the impact of a chronic or life-limiting diagnosis, the challenge of change, loss, grief, and care giver stress. She brings a compassionate heart to the counselling space, believing in the power of exploration to encourage, support and empower clients to make sense of their world. She works with adults, using a holistic person-centered approach. Influenced by her social work background, Elizabeth has an understanding of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Te Whare Tapa Whā. Parent to three young adult children, all having experienced the Christchurch earthquakes, she appreciates the impact of trauma and change on physical and mental health. She understands the outer world can change in a heartbeat but a person's inner world needs time, and often support, to adjust to new realities.

Karen Hutchinson
Counsellor (Thames region)
Professional Member NZAC

Karen is a Narrative Therapist who trained at Unitec Auckland, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. Karen has experience in working with children, young people, individuals and couples. She specialises in identity and relationship restoration, grief and loss, and family harm intervention and recovery. Karen has a sound understanding of mental health issues for children and adults having previously worked as a mental health worker for 15 years. Karen is a mother of 4 children, two of whom are now adults.

Megan Bezuidenhout
Counsellor (Wellington)
Registered with NZAC

Megan has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology. She has a breadth of experience providing trauma counselling, child-centred play therapy and critical incident stress debriefing to clients from diverse backgrounds, who have experienced significant trauma in their lives. She understands the importance and power of mental wellbeing and focuses on a person-centred approach in her counselling.  Megan advocates for a holistic wellness approach, appreciating that each person's journey is deeply personal, guiding them to reconnect to their inner aliveness. In her counselling she focuses on areas such as of gaining self-esteem & confidence, overcoming grief and loss, and transitioning through life stages. 

Maria Cash
Counsellor (Wellington)
Provisional Member Registered with NZAC (previously full member of ACA, level 4)

Maria has a Diploma in Applied Counselling from NZ. She also has a Masters in Counselling from Australia, where she worked in a Family Relationship Centre and other centres. Maria is experienced in working with individuals and couples on a wide range of issues, e.g. depression, anxiety, anger, grief, trauma, and relationship issues (including abuse and separation). She is gentle and supportive as her clients explore their issues with her and move towards healing. She draws from a variety of counselling approaches and has an interest in neuroscience. Maria also speaks German.

Shanti Brown
Arts therapist (Porirua, Wellington)
Professional member of ANZACATA and Provisional Member of NZAC 

Shanti is an arts therapist currently working with children, teenagers and young adults. Shanti is passionate about providing a non-judgemental space for people to navigate the ups and downs that life brings. She incorporates art, mindfulness, and talking therapy to provide a holistic approach to wellbeing. (Please note - participants do not need any prior art-making experience). Shanti has a Masters of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical) from Whitecliffe College.

Anne (Anna) Ortlepp
Drama therapist (Wellington)
Provisional member of ANZACATA

Anne is a qualified therapist from Germany with experience in working with children and adults and a strong interest in working with couples. In her work with children she uses creative ways like drawing, storytelling, imaginative play and props to help children explore and vent their feelings, problem-solve difficult situations and build self-esteem. Play and creativity often are the child's natural ways of communicating what is going on in their lives and inside them. Anne is trained to speak this special language. She is also currently training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which is a well researched and highly effective couples therapy approach. She is engaged in a psychotherapy training here in NZ called Hakomi Psychotherapy.

Liz Riversdale
Counsellor (Wellington)

Liz has experience as a counsellor, leadership coach and facilitator. She works with people experiencing relationship challenges, stress, anxiety, loss, grief and change. Her approach to counselling is client centered, weaving in elements from other models such as CBT, internal family systems and somatic therapy. Liz supports clients to discover their own solutions, strengths and resources, to navigate through life's challenges. She has a masters degree in counselling.

Rosemary Eijgenraam
Counsellor (Lower Hutt and Porirua)
Professional Member NZCCA

I am passionate to see families, their children and youth thrive, growing into wholesome health. How we are first welcomed into the therapeutic relationship is key to setting people at ease. This client-centered approach informs and shapes my relationship with those I work with; helping them develop trust alongside a sense of safety. I have a Bachelors in Health Science & Policy and a Diploma in Counselling with 11 years’ experience. Using an eclectic approach, I use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Gestalt work. My manner encompasses an individual wrap-around caring style of engagement. I have also trained in Interactive Drawing Therapy, ACT therapy, Sand Tray and some Play Therapy. I have experience working with children, young people, families and adults within the areas of stress, anxiety, depression, loss and grief and trauma. Also, relationships and identity issues, addictive behaviour and learning challenges.

Tracy Webster

Tracy is a therapeutic social worker in private practice. She has 20yrs experience as a social worker in different fields of work from community social work with families, to law enforcement, medical and school environments. Tracy believes that a therapeutic approach to working with children and families will help restore interpersonal relationships and foster emotional awareness and stronger communication. She believes that the cultural and spiritual elements of a person's life is an important part of the therapeutic process which can contribute significantly to healing and wellbeing. Tracy uses a strengths based approach to working with individuals and incorporates elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic, Narrative and Social Learning approaches to support growth and change.
She loves working with primary school aged children, uses play, books, art, and games to engage children in the therapeutic process.

Sherin Johnson
Full Membership of NZAC

Sherin brings with her over 7 years of experience in Singapore and New Zealand, working with clients across a wide range of cultural, linguistic, gender and socio-economic backgrounds. She employs an approach of mutual respect, empathy and patience. She is particularly passionate about working with young children and their families, who are experiencing significant challenges. Coming from a child-centred counselling approach, she incorporates therapies such as Solution Focussed Therapy and Sand Play Therapy in her practice. Sherin holds a Master’s in Counselling from Singapore, a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Wales.

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