New Zealand Association of Counsellors, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association

Contact details:

Cell: 021 117 9383

I am an experienced counsellor, group worker, supervisor and trainer who has worked in private practice since 1987.

I am committed to bringing spontaneity and creativity to all aspects of life and work. In recent years I have increasingly identified myself as a social animateur. This identity incorporates and integrates the various strands of my work life.

The word animateur comes from the Latin word anima meaning a current of air, wind, air, breath, the vital principle, life, soul. Aristotle made the distinction between that which is alive and that which is inanimate and identified the presence of psyche, which has been translated as soul, breath or life as belonging to that which is alive. To animate, be animated is to express vitality and spontaneity, stir the imagination, kindle ideas and possibilities that are latent and bring them to life.

Animateurs are recognised by their capacity to breathe life into various aspects of our culture. These individuals organise, enliven and encourage social, cultural or artistic projects and activities and are therefore concerned with notions of community development and community education. Animateurs are interested in developing the abilities of individuals and groups to participate meaningfully in the social, cultural and political realities in which they live.


cus in the following areas:- personal relationships, self-esteem, identity, developing spontaneity, creativity and playfulness in life, separation, grief and loss, freeing up and making changes in your life, resolving conflict, communication skills, personal and workplace stress, life stage transitions, depression and anxiety. I have worked extensively with migrant and refugee groups. I was the founder of the Home Tutor Language Project and trained and worked as a volunteer counsellor with Refugees as Survivors. I have professional membership with NZAC and AANZPA.

Group work

I work with clients individually and regularly work with clients in personal development and therapeutic groups. In the groups I run, there is a focus on strengthening resilience and developing spontaneity, expressiveness and enjoyment in everyday life. Group work, along with active and interactive methods are used.


Psychodrama training

I began training in the psychodrama method and group work in1978. I am a certifcated role trainer and TEP (Trainer, Educator and Practitioner). I am currently a trainer and the Executive Director of the Wellington Psychodrama Training Institute. I am a member of the Board of Examiners for AANZPA (Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association.

The Wellington Psychodrama Training Institute runs a programme of training and associated experiential events out of the Wellintown rooms in Victoria St. See


I have worked as a supervisor with individuals and small groups including counsellors, facilitators, teachers, managers, work teams, a range of health professionals, clergy, lawyers, community and youth workers.

Supervision can assist you to: address the personal and interpersonal aspects of your work, enhance personal and professional effectiveness, manage workload and stress, and to generate new perspectives on complex professional situations.


Playback Theatre

I founded and directed Wellington Playback Theatre in 1981 and led, conducted and performed with playback theatre companies in Wellington and Sydney for 15 years. From 1994-2008 she was a faculty member of the School of Playback Theatre, USA.

Currently I work as a playback theatre training consultant. I have worked with groups in a wide range of international contexts. I was co-director of the annual NZ Playback Theatre Summer School, which ran from 1998-2010. I have a strong interest in a range of creative approaches that create social dialogue and the formation of cohesive communities and playback theatre is one of the modalities I use for this purpose.  For 15 years I have been applying playback theatre as a methodology in development contexts in the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

Bev is committed to bringing spontaneity and creativity to all aspects of life and work

Social dialogue and conversations

I have been active in exploring forms for creating conversations that orient to connection, purpose and meaning. She has initiated the 3 Tuesdays conversation project and some ‘street conversations’.

Together with Christian Penny and Chris Hosking, we created the Forum for Personal and Social Enquiry (FOPASE) bringing together a range of practices, skills and forms that assist groups and individuals to meet more significantly through a shared process of reflection and action, of telling and listening. We are giving emphasis to emergent processes that generate communities of interest and social dialogue and see this as a real need of our time.

In 2003 I was awarded an International Fellowship at Brandeis University, USA ‘Re-casting reconciliation through arts and culture’ and in 2006 took part in a dialogue training programme with Dan Bar-On ‘Storytelling in conflicts’.