Karen is the founder and clinical manager, her vision for the trust spans over the 14 years of service and continues to be a driving force in providing new and better services. She has originated and delivered64 Intensive Outpatient programmes and together with Emma Peek and Rosalie Dyksma developed and run the Children’s programs, and continues to work one on one with clients as they present at the service.
Karen is trained in Alcohol and Drug counselling and youth work. She is a DAPAANZ registered practitioner and qualified supervisor.
“It is through my own personal journey and experience that the idea of the trust first came about, “a safe place for families of addicts to come, whether the addict in their lives is ready to access help or not”. I am so proud of what we have all achieved as a team, the staff are amazing and I am grateful to have them all on board, they make the work fun and supportive.”
Karen is married to Graeme and has three children and six grandchildren. She was born in Christchurch New Zealand. Karen loves to be creative and is often seen sitting knitting at night and spends a lot of time in the kitchen cooking scrumptious food for her family and friends. She also loves music movies and good coffee with friends.
Graeme has been with the Familial Trust since its inception in 2001. Carrying out a multitude of roles as is common in small not for profits. Fundraising, IT, Counselling, Carpentry, Public relations and many others. Bringing his lived experience combined with a wide variety of employment and business ventures to the service.
“The Familial Trust is the only organization of its type in New Zealand and I am both humbled and proud to be a part of this unique service that puts the client at the top of the tree. Simple concepts that I see every day being used to empower, advocate and above all truly listen to all those who come seeking support, be it advice or longer term counselling”
Graeme is married to Karen and has three children, six grandchildren, was born in Christchurch/Otautahi New Zealand. Passionate about music, travel, advocating for families affected by others addictions, playing 8 ball and loves humour.
Graeme graduated from Weltec with a Bachelor's degree in Alcohol & Drug Studies and also holds a graduate Diploma in Not for Profit management from Unitec.
Laura has been a counsellor with the Familial Trust for 9 years, following on from her work as a phone counsellor for 4 years on the Alcohol Drug Helpline, and has recently added fundraising and administrative duties to her role.
She graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Education with a Certificate in Counselling and is always on the look out for new opportunities to learn. She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors NZ
"Being part of the Familial Trust team is such an honour and privilege as i get to meet with and work alongside some truly wonderful and inspiring people. I love this place and look forward to many years ahead helping families."
Laura's been married to Nick for the past 6 years and has two beautiful children, Scarlet 4, and Elliot 2. Being a part time counsellor and full time Mum keeps her on her toes, but she loves the adventures they take her on.
She is also an avid reader, loves music, shoes and camping holidays with the family.
Toni has been with the Familial Trust for 5 years, 2 years as a student on placement and 3 years as an employed counsellor.
Toni is married to Lance and between them have 5 children, most of which are grown and left home however still have Ruby (12) and Tasharn (16) at home. Toni was born in Whakatane, grew up in and around Auckland and recently lived in Canberra Australia for 3 years having been posted with her husband in the Navy. Toni has now made Christchurch her home and loves netball, kayaking, camping and reading.
Toni graduated from CPIT with a Diploma in Counselling and also has a double diploma in Therapeutic Massage and Holistic Sports Therapy. Her ultimate goal is to use body work as part of therapy, however currently uses Focusing and Whole Body Focusing as a way of incorporating the body’s wisdom in the journey of self-discovery.
Toni’s philosophy of counselling is Person Centred Counselling and she is passionate about walking with people in their soul journey. “It’s an honour and a privilege to share people’s stories”.
Nadine has been with the Familial Trust for 4 years, 2 years as a R.O.C.K s Childrens Group Leader plus over 1 year as receptionist. Nadine is the hub of Familial Trust and often the first point of contact for many clients. Nadine grew up in Christchurch and moved often with the demands of her employment primarily in retail both in New Zealand and Australia. After extensive travel Nadine has remained in Christchurch since 2009. Nadine loves reading, walking, spending time with her family including her two wonderful nieces and baking.
Nadine has a certificate in youth work, administration and management expertise and the ability to put all those who enter the doors of Familial Trust at ease.
Lonaye McKay Lonaye started working with the Familial Trust as Co-facilitator of The Intensive Outpatient Programme in 2016 while studying for her Diploma in Counselling. Having achieved her Diploma, she is now working with clients and completing a Degree in Counselling. Lonayes own experience of living with whanau with addiction inspired her passion for work in this field. Lonaye finds working in an agency that has a mission that aligns with her personal values extremely fulfilling and the Familial Trust's clients to be brave and inspiring people. Lonaye embraces a Person-Centred philosophy in her work and loves to use creative therapy with her clients. Lonaye has 4 amazing kids and a wonderful partner in her life and in her spare time is usually to be found out running round the city.