With Term 3 now underway, Queen Margaret College is delighted to welcome Geneva Atkinson to her new role as Wellbeing Coach.
Geneva trained as a counsellor in Australia but recently relocated to Aotearoa with a hope of making it her permanent home.
Her background is a mix of clinical work, private practice and wellbeing coaching. Geneva’s approach combines solution-focused, person-centred and positive psychology techniques with more traditional structures such as cognitive behavioural therapy. She strongly believes that given the right tools and a supportive environment, individuals can make significant and lasting positive changes to their lives.
Geneva’s appointment links to Queen Margaret College’s focus on putting the wellbeing of students and staff at the heart of what we do, and equipping students for learning and life.
Students are now able to make appointments to see Geneva using her online booking system in the MyQMC section of our website. She is available on weekdays from 8.30 – 3.30pm. Parents may also attend if requested by their daughter.
To learn more about Geneva, have a read of the Q&A she was kind enough to complete for us below:
Q) What are you looking forward to? What excites you about joining QMC?
A) What excites me most about joining QMC is the obvious care that the Wellbeing Team have for the students. I value working with a passionate and enthusiastic team, and it’s clear the staff at QMC have the students’ wellbeing interests at heart.
Q) What do you enjoy (or love!) about the work that you do?
A) I think for me, the part of my work that brings the most fulfilment is the privilege of witnessing so many unique journeys and stories. I learn so much from working in the capacity that I do. I am lucky to be trusted to listen to, and hold space, for each individual I work with, and I never take this for granted.
Q) Can you tell us something people might not know or may not expect about you?
A) Sure! Something that people are often surprised to find out is that I worked on a Tallship for seven years, and I’ve never quite forgotten what it’s like to be a (very tame) pirate…
Q) What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A) In my free time I love to paint, hike, road trip and write… But most of the time (as an introvert), realistically I can be found curled up with snacks and reading something.
Q) We hope you enjoyed your winter break in Aotearoa. Do you have any highlights?
A) My first response to this question was to think of the positives that have come from the challenges of the last few months for me. I’d say discovering closer bonds with loved ones, delving deeper into self-care, and making do with less have all been highlights for me. But it feels tough pinpointing highlights when I am also so aware of the very real struggles that have been forefront for a lot of the NZ community.