BSocSci (Hon) · MSocSci (Hon) · PGCertHSci · PGDipPsychPrac
Member of: NZ Psychological Society · Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa NZ
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Hikurangi te Awa
Ko Tau Henare te Marae
Ko Te Orewai te Hapu
Ko Ngati Hine i raro i te Korowai o Ngapuhi te Iwi
Ko Juanita (Tairua) Jacob ahau
Juanita is a self-motivated and compassionate individual who genuinely cares for the welfare of others. She enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and has experience dealing with diverse cultures and ethnicities. This assists her in building and maintaining effective relationships; working in a culturally and ethically appropriate manner.
Juanita completed her undergraduate and master's degrees in Psychology through the University of Waikato. She also completed post-graduate studies through the University of Auckland and Massey University. Her Master's Thesis focused on "Childhood Concepts of Death and Tangihana" from a Maori perspective. Prior to training as a Psychologist, Juanita worked as a DAPAANZ registered Addictions Counsellor in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. During this time, she held contracts to work with probation clients, adults and adolescents; providing assessment and therapy (specifically motivational interviewing and CBT). She was also a part of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board Youth AOD Advisory Group and Decision Panel for rehabilitation.
Juanita has worked in the health and disability field for almost 15 years within various roles and capacities throughout the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and Manawatu regions. As a Psychologist she has experience in providing psychological assessment and therapy for children, youth and adults with a range of mental health presentations. These include anxiety, depression, trauma/stress, grief and loss, co-existing problems, gender diversity and sexuality. Juanita's most recent work has been to provide psychological assessments to support gender diverse youth and adults in their transition goals. Juanita has worked in both primary and secondary mental health and addictions services. This includes time spent in a Multi-Disciplinary Team with Child, Adolescent Mental Health Services within a DHB setting. She uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.
Juanita returned to Rotorua last year to be closer to family. She has lived in Rotorua for 6 years in total with plans to settle here with her husband permanently.
She enjoys good music, good food, good company, laughter and sunny days at the beach.