Shelley Harvill, DClinPsy, NZ Registered Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Manager

Originating from the Mississippi delta of the southern United States, and having lived near the lakes of the Ozark Mountains, and more recently the harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Shelley Harvill now enjoys the many beaches and waters of Golden Bay, New Zealand. Shelley’s first calling was outdoor education, where she honed group facilitation skills within natural environments and amongst diverse cultures. After helping to build and direct a community integration programme for people living with serious mental illness, Shelley obtained a Doctorate of Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Seeking to learn about nationalized healthcare systems and to continue her interest in the schizophrenia recovery field and mindfulness-based approaches, Shelley completed post grad work in Nova Scotia Canada. Being an integration of western and eastern psychological philosophies and backed by strong research, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) became one of Shelley’s preferred therapeutic models to effectively treat people with complex needs. Dr. Harvill has completed multiple DBT intensive trainings, including Radically Open DBT, which is aimed at people with over-control issues as found in treatment resistant depression and eating disorders. She also brings experience with integrating prolonged exposure therapy with DBT to help clients better manage problems related to PTSD. Other passions include cooking, reading sci-fi, and outdoor adventuring .

Jay Indik - Lead Therapist

Jay was born and raised in the United States and was intensively trained in DBT in 1998. He has been using DBT in residential treatment since.  Jay has worked as a therapist, program director and executive director in Massachusetts as well as coordinating an outpatient adolescent DBT team.  Jay has trained therapists in various settings across the United States and Puerto Rico.  Jay has been intensively trained in somatic experiencing, a trauma treatment, as well as narrative therapy and psychodynamic treatment.  His first career was as a theatre director and his greatest joys are as a parent.  Jay is happy to join the team at Te Whare Mahana.  Jay enjoys the outdoors, biking and cooking.

Volker Mueller – Therapist

I was born in Germany and Golden Bay has been my home since 1988. I am a counsellor specialising in DBT therapy. I am committed to working within the evidence based framework of DBT. My work at Te Whare Mahana includes individual therapy, skills training and facilitating groups and I have been working here at Te Whare Mahana since 1998. My passion and commitment is to find the “nugget of gold” and work with my clients to create “a life worth living” which ensures that my work at Te Whare Mahana is rewarding and fulfilling.

Michael Vickers – Primary Therapist

I believe all people deserve and are capable of creating a life worth living. I have counselling and social work qualifications and joined team Te Whare Mahana in 2015. I bring a wealth of life experience to my various roles within Te Whare Mahana which range from DBT coach to DBT primary therapist intern. I am currently undertaking DBT foundational training with Behavioural Tech U.S.A. I am lead facilitator of Te Whare Mahana’s Mindfulness module where I teach clients strategies to increase the capacity of paying attention, non-judgementally, to the present moment. I actively participate in Te Whare Mahana’s weekly DBT team consultations. I am into the awesome outdoors, cooking and eating with friends, and I love music.

Marty Marsh - Coach/Support Worker

Ko Anthony Marsh tāku ingoa, i whānau au i Ōtepoti, i pakeke ake au i Taieri. Ko Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha ōku iwi. I am known as Marty and I grew up in Mosgiel, just outside Dunedin and my whānau, Marae, and urupā are all in the deep south of Murihiku. I live with my wife Charlotte and my two boys, Kāhu (10) and Tāne (3), in a tiny house here in Golden Bay (Mohua). After decades in the corporate world, including some time working for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on Whai Rawa, I moved to Golden Bay. I enjoyed 10 years of guiding on Farewell Spit (Onetahua) and The Heaphy Track before finding an opportunity to be a Coach and Support Worker at Te Whare Mahana. I really enjoy this work and love helping others with DBT Coaching and Support.

Lesley Bray - Coach/Support Worker

I have been working on the TWM team since 2002. During this time I have had the opportunity to help so many people reach their full potential. I have meet many inspirational and courageous people over the years, which teaches me that with this DBT model amazing changes can be made. My roles include Senior Coach (overnight support worker), Household Manager and part of the TWM clinical team. I have completed the DBT Intensive Training and this has given me a solid base to work from. I am blessed to be able to work in this supportive environment with like-minded colleagues, all with the shared passion of helping our clients to achieve a life worth living. My goals for the future continue to be assisting our residents with their physical wellbeing. This comes from a firm belief that exercise and healthy eating combined with the DBT skills form the path to wellness.

Joe Sturgeon, Coach/Support Worker

I began working with people in a therapuetic way in 1995.  I was attending Art School in Dunedin and wanted to expand my creativity and share it as a positive new learning experience and potential pathway for vocational aspirations and skill acquisition.  This began in the Dunedin Mens Prison with myself as an Art and Art Therapy Pilot Programme Facilitator. Following on from this time I have worked as a Peer Support Specialist and Community Support Worker across all contexts of Specialist Mental Health Services, predominantly in Christchurch. Shifting away from the Acute In-Patient setting and also Residential Community Housing to the non-restrictive programme Te Whare Mahana offers, motivates me to hold the aim of “A life worth living” as the basis of my connections with those I am supporting.  I believe that within the DBT framework there is a great opportunity to develop core learnings, essential for self understanding and living and moving in the world around us.

Jo Campbell - Lead Coach

I began working at Te Whare Mahana in late 2016, offering art therapy activities. I later became an evening/weekend Coach, and now in my role as Lead Coach, I work Monday-Thursday as part of the day clinical team.  I am principally involved in running Community Meetings and Skills Generalisation Groups, offering skills coaching and teaching Emotion Regulation. I love the way my job extends me as a person, helping me to apply DBT skills in my own life and from there, offering coaching and  support to the residents at Te Whare. Being the person who attends the majority of the day programme alongside the residents, I appreciate how hard our clients work and I have enormous respect for their bravery and commitment. I also enjoy their humour and warmth. I have trained in a number of therapeutic modalities, including Interactive Drawing Therapy and more recently I graduated from a 2 year intensive training in Hakomi Psychotherapy (mindful awareness and somatic psychotherapy).  I have a lovely husband, two rapidly growing sons, and a Jack Russell named Lotty who occasionally visits Te Whare and has been known to bring along her adopted sidekick, Claudio-Savage the baby Paradise Duck.

Rod Barker - Coach/Support Worker

Kia ora, growing up in Rotorua I enjoyed the recreational aspects of the region. Surrounded by lakes, rivers and bush inspired my connection with nature. Cycling and other outdoor pursuits became a way of life and inspired me to expand my limits. Learning, interacting with people and nature is my passion so I’m stoked to become a member of the DBT coaching team. Much of what comes from DBT aligns with my own values and interests as the focus is about creating a life worth living. This is something I’m motivated to work on continually. The DBT world view also resonates with me as it incorporates dynamic systems perspectives where things are seen as being interconnected and impact on each other. Looking at life though this lens helps me appreciate the complex interplay between myself, society, the environment and beyond.

Holly Bracknall - Coach/Support Worker

I am very happy to have recently joined the team at Te Whare Mahana.  I have been working since early 2017 as a Peer Support Worker with Te Whare Mahana and now also as a DBT Coach. I am from originally from the UK but have been in New Zealand since 2015. I am passionate about the outdoors and originally came to Golden Bay for the rock climbing of Paynes Ford and Pohara. I fell in love with the wilderness and beauty of the landscape, and spend as much time as I can in the Kahurangi, climbing, biking and tramping. The Dragons Teeth captivated a small part of my soul and I carry with me in mine a small part of theirs. I am a qualified Outdoor Instructor. I have a large amount of experience working in the Outdoors with Adults and Children often with behavioural problems. It is my belief that through positive experiences in the outdoors we learn our place in the world, a sense of purpose and responsibility not only for ourselves but for those around us too. The Maori believe that our emotional, intellectual and spiritual selves are born daily from the land, that thought itself comes from here. If we break that connection to the land we also break the connection to ourselves. It is time to support people to reconnect with the land and therefore themselves. I began Support work originally as a volunteer whilst at University working with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). From here I began a career in Support work, working for four years as a Support worker in the UK. I have a huge passion and energy for life. I try to share and show this to everyone I meet.    

Sabina Wick - Care Coordinator

I hold a degree as Social Pedagogue from a German university and am registered in NZ; I have a post grad. Certificate in Professional Supervision. I emigrated to NZ in 1994 and am a positive, curious, fun loving, creative and open minded person with a passion for learning and growth. Over the last 20 years I have been a parent as well as working in a varied field of professions and teams. I am committed to ongoing education, and over many years, I have been attracted to different ways of working with people including Psychodrama, Re-evaluation Counselling, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I have a keen interest in cultural learning and Te Reo Māori, and value individual and cultural uniqueness and diversity. I have worked for Te Whare Mahana for three years as the team leader of the Employment and Vocational Service and am now employed as Registered Social Worker for the DBT Team.

Sharon Campbell - Casual Coach/Support Worker

My working life has included many varied occupations, most of them involving a supporting role, which required interacting with people with from all ages, stages and walks of life. During my journey I have found the staff, residents and clients I have worked with have possibly taught me as much about the various roles, and given me greater personal insights, as the processes and procedures required to perform the role/s effectively. I feel excited and grateful to now have this new role, as I knew I wanted to work at TWM in March 2017, when Volker and other staff members gave me and some of my NMIT peers a talk about the organisation, and what it was achieving within the field of mental health. Learning new things is a passion so I succeeded in completing a degree in counselling and a diploma in homeopathy and feel quite ‘chuffed’ to have done so. I am now looking forward to all the new teaching, lessons and insight I will gain in this very rewarding role. My life, like many other peoples’, has not always been easy, yet I continue to believe I have a life worth living, so supporting the residents to try and achieve this for themselves is gratifying. I am truly amazed that despite the many challenges they face there is still a warmth of heart and caring underlying their interactions with me.