Gloria's great passion is to get people who have been through a traumatic or stressful experience, to look at healing from a safe space, and she hold's the hope that re-training people through educative means will help to strengthen and reinforce the skills that they already own.
Knowing that no single approach is the right one for every individual, she has trained in a range of modalities including Relational Gestalt Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, Peer Support, Recovery Coaching, Ethics, Trauma, Person Centered, Cultural Safety, Suicide, Work Ready through the Peer Employment Training.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Social Science in Maori Counseling, and she is a Recovery Educator for R.I. International.
Gloria's Story: Through her own lived experience, Gloria's life-changing moment occurred when she completed the Peer Employment Training Course. "I grew up in the Hokianga, a rural area in the Far North (where fitting in was very difficult). I was born into a whanau (family) of nine siblings, married and had three boys of my own, and I now have grandchildren that I adore. I spent ten years working in a beautiful rural school where I served on the Board of Trustees, was teacher-aide and also a teacher. I chaired the Board of Trustees through an Audit, which was rated as one of the highest audits the school had ever achieved and passed."
"After moving my whanau back to Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) to give my tamariki (children) experience of city life (they were growing and needed work experience), I nursed my father till he passed away. I also worked as a caregiver for the elderly both in rest homes and in-home care.
I ensure whanau and well-being is first and foremost, and I see working and wellness as beautiful challenges to enjoy, and say "Yes I can do anything", and ITE= I am The Evidence.
I graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor's degree and continue to stay current in various areas of Mental Health in New Zealand."