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Ruth Jillings Ph.D - Clinical Supervisor
Ruth Jillings oversees the clinical practice of all Raeburn House facilitators:
I am a Registered Psychologist and I have been involved with Raeburn House for nearly 20 years since I ran stress workshops for the House while completing my Ph.D. I have now been Clinical Supervisor for about 10 years and I love working with the facilitators and being part of making the Raeburn House groups the best they can be. I also run a small private practice in Takapuna helping people with stress, coping, resilience and assisting with mental health challenges. I am a "Shore girl" with older children and my greatest pleasures aside from my family and friends are reading and playing sport especially playing or coaching basketball.


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Jean McElhaney

Jean is licensed (USA) as a professional counsellor, clinical social worker and certified as a Nonviolent Communication trainer, with additional experience in trauma work and psychosynthesis. In 1994 she took her first mindfulness meditation course and is happy to support others in discovering its benefits. She enjoys the power of groups to help people change patterns of anxiety, depression, and anger. 



Julie Walker

I am a qualified Counsellor and I hold  a BHSc in Psychology (First Class Hons), and a Post Grad Dip in Narrative Therapy. My key areas of therapeutic interest lie with those experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, or loss, and I have a particular interest in the helpfulness of group work for these concerns. The modalities I use for therapy are varied, and include CBT, narrative therapy, person-centred therapy, mindfulness, and DBT. I believe very much that it is also the relationship that heals, and offer an authentic, warm, and empathetic flavour to my work – I myself have journeyed through some real life challenges and this has added a greater depth to my work as a counsellor. I also have a private practice here at Raeburn House and welcome your inquiry.



Karen Venter

Karen is a NZ registered Clinical Psychologist with additional background in Positive Psychology, Depth Therapy, Careers Counselling and Education. 






Kimberly Lamb  – Programme Coordinator
Kimberly Lamb coordinates the provision of groups, courses and workshops across the Waitemata region:
 I am passionate about empowering people and supporting them to achieve positive wellbeing within their local communities. Originally from Canada, my family and I relocated to New Zealand in 2011 and are thoroughly enjoying Auckland life and all this beautiful city has to offer. Before joining the Raeburn House team in 2013, my background included varied roles in recruitment, hospitality management, sales/marketing and administration. I am a big believer in life-long learning and have most recently undertaken training in Results Based Accountability,  Communicating Effectively and the Treaty of Waitangi. 


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Limor Fybish
I am a qualified and experienced art therapist and I hold a  BA degree in social science, majoring in psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy, and a Graduate Diploma in Health Science from AUT. Currently,  I am completing my  Masters Degree in Psychotherapy, while I continue to work with private clients, or with groups through Raeburn House.
My areas of speciality are: fear and anxiety, trauma and loss, abuse, relationship issues, parental divorce, and difficulties relating to learning disabilities. 




Nicola Duncan

Nicola Duncan
Nicola Duncan (MNZAC) is a highly experienced relationship counsellor and supervisor. She has worked with individuals, couples and families in the community for over 20 years







Carol Ryan (RBA Facilitator)



Sally Clarkson (RBA Facilitator)


Sue Beresford

Sue is a Registered Psychotherapist who has experience working in both the mental health sector and private practice for the past 20 years. 




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