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Meet our team

Experienced and professional staff

Our group of experienced Child and Family Psychologists, Social Workers and Counsellors aim to collaboratively support you, and your whānau, to achieve your wellbeing goals. 

Our team of professional therapists have the skills and experience to help you find a sense of meaning, belonging and identity.


Jacqui Giller

Child and Family Psychologist (BSc, MSc, PGDip)

Jacqui is the Team Leader for Āwhina Mai® Wellbeing Services and can be contacted regarding all Āwhina Mai® services. You can reach her on 027 251 9922 or email her at

She has over a decades experience working as a Child and Family Psychologist across a range of settings including the not-for-profit sector, private practice, education and DHB health settings.

Jacqui enjoys working with children/tamariki and teenagers/rangatahi particularly in the area of anxiety, depression, body image and self-esteem. Jacqui is an experienced parenting provider and enjoys working alongside parents to utilise their own strengths and resources for raising healthy and resilient children.

Jacqui uses a range of evidence based treatment modalities including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and borrows from DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy).

Jacqui was born in Canterbury and enjoys raising her family in the ever growing city of Christchurch. In her spare time she can be found running and enjoying the outdoors.

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Abbey Glass

Clinical Social Worker (BSW)

Abbey is a registered social worker providing adult, child and family support. She has over 7 years’ experience in this area, working in both the not-for-profit and education sectors.

Abbey uses a therapeutic approach and is particularly influenced by Narrative Therapy, using this as a base to support individuals to navigate challenges in their lives, to experience improved overall wellbeing.

Abbey particularly enjoys working with adults and children/tamariki who are experiencing feelings of worry or anxiety and other unsettling emotions. Abbey is passionate about assisting people to improve their relationships with others. Within families/whānau, Abbey uses her knowledge of parenting strategies to allow parents to experience more positive relationships with their children.

Outside of work, Abbey enjoys adventures with her young whānau and finding the time to become lost in a good book.

What is a clinical social worker?

A clinical social worker has a focus on evidenced based counselling and therapeutic skills to enhance the overall wellbeing of individuals. Through the use of these skills a clinical social worker seeks to restore and maintain emotional and mental wellbeing to individuals, families and wider communities.


Nadia Dick

Counsellor (BTh, M.Couns)

Nadia is an integrated counsellor who applies a number of modalities to her work, although she has a particular orientation towards Solution Focused-Brief Therapy. This is a present-future approach which looks at where you are now, what you might like to be different and a way to get there.

Nadia enjoys working alongside children and whānau, teenagers, and couples, as they work towards their best hopes for a happier future. Nadia is passionate about presenting relevant and practical communication and wellbeing information in workplaces, and offering parenting strategies in schools and community settings. Nadia is also a qualified mediator.

Nadia and her family now live in Ōtautahi but have previously resided in a number of places around the world including Kampala, Cairns and the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Nadia loves cooking, travelling and coffee catch ups with friends.

Gabby Begg

Gabby Begg

Child and Family Psychologist (BA, MA, PGDip)

Gabby is a Child and Family Psychologist who enjoys working with children and adolescents who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and other challenging emotions. Gabby also works alongside parents to provide them with the tools to support their own children to live happy and healthy lives.

Gabby has facilitated several parenting programmes, including Incredible Years® and Tuning Into Kids™. Gabby has been able to utilise these strategies with individual parents who may require additional support to meet their children’s ever-changing needs.

Gabby uses a range of evidence-based treatment models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Gabby was born and raised in Christchurch City and enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog on the beach.

Chloe Kinajil

Chloe Kinajil

Counsellor (BA, MCouns)

Chloe is a counsellor with experience working with children and their whānau with school-based services in both Christchurch and North Canterbury. She also enjoys working with individuals one-on-one who are experiencing challenging thoughts and emotions. She uses an integrated approach to counselling, using a systems-based and solution-focused approach to help shift her client’s mindsets towards their preferred future.

She has recently completed a Masters degree in Counselling from University of Canterbury and has a particular interest in the areas of palliative care, grief and bereavement, anxiety, depression and trauma.

Chloe was born in Sabah, Malaysia and is of mixed Asian descent (Kadazan & Lao). She came to New Zealand in 1990 when her family returned to New Zealand from overseas. She has also travelled extensively, having spent time in Australia, Argentina, France and Fiji. She also enjoys cooking, having been a chef for many years in a previous life, and spending time with her family.

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