Diane became interested in the field of addictions because of her own addiction to alcohol. At the age of 29 and after two years as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, she was employed as a Family Support Worker for South Centre Family Support. Diane studied through Central Institute of Technology for her certificate in Alcohol & Drug Addictions.
She then worked for Birth Right supporting single parent families and began to train as a Gestalt Psychotherapist. After more than three years and being made redundant, Diane was employed with Awarua Social & Health Services as Whanau Tautoko, and after six months was employed as their generic counsellor. She went on to complete her diploma in 2007 and is now one of two registered Gestalt Psychotherapists in Invercargill, she says.
Diane says she wanted to be part of an addictions team, which led her to Nga Kete nine years ago.
Diane is grateful to have two beautiful daughters, two lovely supportive son-in-laws and four gorgeous grandchildren. Diane enjoys spending her time making concrete pathways with interesting tiles in her garden, completing home renovations, and swimming.
"The Gestalt Therapy approach encourages individual personal growth through the development of self-awareness and self-support to enable creative and spontaneous contact with people and the environment we live in. A Gestalt therapist encourages clients to explore and find ways to live life in a meaningful way". http://www.gestalt.org.nz/gestalt-therapy/
If you are close to someone whose gambling you believe may be out of control and you would like support to manage this, please get in touch with Diane. Phone (03) 214 5260 or free phone 0800 925 242.