Rachel holds an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde. She is recognised as a Focusing-Oriented Therapist and Focusing Trainer by the Focusing Institute. She works with individuals in a trauma-informed, relational way. Having worked for many years with children and families in Asia as a teacher she has trained as a counsellor with economically marginalised and refugee communities in Glasgow before coming to Auckland. She has attended many Nonviolent Communication trainings and sees many opportunities to synthesise this with Focusing. Rachel sees the potential for Gendlin’s approach to change to be of great value in healing individuals and social and planetary change.
Rachel holds Qualified Teacher Status in the UK and is a registered teacher in New Zealand, she is an experienced AMI Montessori teacher and now works as a lead teacher at Harbour College, an adolescent community three days a week. Additionally, she is a Teacher Trainer for Thai Yoga Massage and is Massage in Schools (MISA) certified.
Rachel is deeply inspired by the work of Marshall Rosenberg, Miki Kashtan, Robert Gonzales and Susan Skye from the NVC community, Daniel Foor’s work with Animism and Ancestors, Charles Eisenstein and Schumacher College’s deep ecology, Frederic Laloux’s work on organisational change and the traditions of Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism and Taoism.