Everything is a Learning Experience


about dr mel

I originally trained as a teacher before I became interested in counselling and coaching. My professional and personal experiences have motivated me to be a counsellor and coach. I am a fully registered teacher, and I am a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, the Australian Counselling Association and a member of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of The Gifted).

I have an extensive interest in giftedness and researching this through a holistic approach. I hold a PhD from the University of Canterbury, a Master of Education from the University of Waikato, and a Bachelor of Education from Auckland University of Technology. I am also the Academic Lead – Curriculum and Research in the School of Social Work and Sport at Manukau Institute of Technology.

My commitment to serving the community is evident in the work I do outside my roles as a counsellor/coach and at MIT. I am currently the membership secretary of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children and I am a Justice of the Peace.


“There are always moments of hope.”


the path to resilience

One moment you’re up, the next you’re down. Emotional pain and sadness are common, simply because we are human and have feelings. Don’t let your negative feelings decide your future. Working together, we can develop some strategies to build up your resilience and let life surprise you!!

I am particularly interested in working with the people who are living with intensity, sensitivity, overexcitabilities, and challenges of gifted and/or have children, family members who are gifted.

more importantly, work together

to celebrate individual learning differences and the quirky mind, whatever life throws at you.