Our People

Adrienne Wood

Team Leader: Neufeld Aotearoa
Regional Director Faculty Course Facilitator

Adrienne is a Behaviour Consultant who offers courses, events and one on one consultation to parents and professionals. She combines a diverse High School teaching experience and extensive learning through the Neufeld Institute with postgraduate research to make sense of complex child and adolescent behaviours. Adrienne consults with parents through her practice Heartsync and runs professional development for teachers through Oranga Ngakau - the Wellbeing project of Lifewalk Trust. 

Sandy Hitchens

Faculty Intern
Faculty Intern Course Facilitator Parent Consultant

Sandy is a counsellor, parent consultant, course facilitator and presenter. In her counselling practise, Doors of Hope, she works with children, teens and/or their parents. She enjoys the opportunity to spend time with parents so that together they can make sense of what is happening underneath their child's struggles and gain insight into what is needed for a way forward. Sandy is passionate about facilitating the Neufeld Institute courses and providing training and seminars for both professionals and parents.

Ruth Lawson-McConnell

Professional Associate
Professional Associate

Ruth is a counsellor, supervisor, educator, writer, and speaker. In her private practice she offers counselling and specialist supervision on attachment issues, anxiety, depression and trauma with adults and parent consulting on children’s emotional and behavioural issues. Her training includes a PhD in Counselling Psychology as well as specialist training as a neuropsychotherapy practitioner and a trauma specialist working with partners of sex addicts. She has been a Professional Associate of the Neufeld Institute for 16 years since training with Gordon Neufeld in Vancouver, Canada.

Kay McKean

Course Facilitator

Kaye McKean (MSW) is a family therapist, Head of Department at a secondary school and also runs an attachment rich early childhood centre, Kakapo Creek, in Mairangi Bay, Auckland. Kaye and her husband Ian also run parentspartner.com offering workshops, consulting and small group work, alongside attachment rich parenting and teaching resources. Inspired by the book, Hold Onto Your Kids, by Dr Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate, Kaye became the first Neufeld trained specialist here in New Zealand. Kaye loves to work with both teachers and families to help find attachment rich solutions to the challenges that children present us with.

Rosie Griffiths

Course Facilitator in Training

Rosie Griffiths has a background in Education including Primary teaching, adult English language teaching (Unitec) and running a Home Tutor programme for refugees. In addition she has homeschooled her own five children through the primary and intermediate years. More recently she has become involved in parent education through the Neufeld Institute. While still a student at the Institute, Rosie facilitates courses: The Vital Connection and Helping Children Grow Up from the Power to Parent series.

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