Catherine is an expert in helping people to live the life they want, despite the barriers presented at work, or by health or disability. She is especially interested in empowering others to do every-day activities that give life meaning and purpose. Her skills are in helping people achieve mental wellbeing and self management in a practical and sustainable way.
Professional supervision for clinicians or those working in the helping professions is another area of expertise for Catherine. Her approach is empowering, strengths focussed and embedded in kotahitanga (partnership). She is particularly interested in bringing a whole-person approach to supervision, placing equal value on hauora, taha hinengaro, wairua and whanau.
Catherine graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1993 and completed a Masters degrees in 2000. She has worked in the public and private sectors in Christchurch, Auckland and Boston (USA), before establishing a community occupational therapy practice with Louise.
Catherine thrives on continued learning, is actively involved in professional development activities and is a member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand-Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa.
Beyond work Catherine values being active around and about Canterbury, the therapeutic benefits of gardening, reading and being creative in many ways. She is married and has four young adult children.