Working at NZAF is a great opportunity to address some of the psychosocial issues around sexual health and general wellbeing.
I hold a Masters degree in Photography and Sociology from the University of London and am currently completing a Masters degree in Counselling at Massey University. I have been working at NZAF’s Awhina centre since December 2014 as a student counsellor and love my role here and what we do as an organisation.
One of the most important issues facing HIV+ people today is stigma – both personal and in the wider community. Education in this area is key to both reduce internal and external shame and to allow people with high risk behaviour to make choices that are healthy for them and others. I am passionate about helping others find acceptance of themselves and find the courage to live their life to the fullest potential, allowing for personal complexity of character to develop while keeping life stable.
While I recognise that changing destructive behaviour can be difficult and produce its own anxiety, I also believe everyone has the capacity to make change for the better and make healthier, more informed decisions. I feel honoured to be part of my clients’ journeys and help negotiate the challenges that life throws at them in a non-judgmental and supportive way.