Meet our team

Learn why we love the work we do.

The Family Works Central team truly cares about children, families and whānau. We’re passionate about building strong, safe, connected communities and creating opportunities for individuals.

Nylek M Nair

Nylek M Nair

Kaiwhakarite for Kōrero Manaaki

Whanganui

Nylek is the Kaiwhakarite for the Family Works Kōrero Manaaki programme, based in Whanganui. He is responsible for the mahi such as keeping in contact with school principals, liaising with the Kaihautū (externally appointed counsellors and social workers), managing the programmes workflow and reporting back to Ministry of Education.

Nylek has spent many years working for community organisations and has experience in facilitating bridge education programs for alcohol and other drug dependent clients, facilitating intensive Nga Kakano program, conducting 1:1 case sessions (e.g. utilising CBT, te whare tapa wha, transactional analysis, addiction and brain, relapse prevention, power & control/equality wheel, MI, etc), facilitating te awhina groups and AOD assessments.

Nylek has worked with a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and cultures (e.g. Māori, Pākehā, Indian, LGBQT) and is trained with the requirements of the Treaty of Waitangi, working with Māori, working with whanau through MHERC, Matua Raki and the Ministry of Health.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master of Social Work (Distinction)
  • Master of Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • SWRB – Social Workers Registration Board
Carolyn Collins-Ansley

Carolyn Collins-Ansley

Kōrero Manaaki Practitioner

Carolyn works across multiple groups to support mental health, including Family Works. Carolyn works with people with special needs, victims of sexual abuse, and children. Carolyn coaches and runs sports teams for children and also has a child with needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Diploma in Counselling

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Provisional Membership, NZAC
Rosie Balsom

Rosie Balsom

Kōrero Manaaki Practitioner

New Plymouth

Rosie is an experienced and highly qualified counsellor who has worked with students, parents and whānau and with staff in her role as a school guidance counsellor.

Rosie’s teaching experience includes being a special needs teacher at Marfell Community School, a resource teacher of learning and behaviour (RTLB) at Central School, and the guidance counsellor at New Plymouth Girls High School.

Rosie has also been head of faculty: health special needs, ESOL, guidance and counselling at Westlake Girls High School and head of guidance and learning support at a coastal Taranaki School. The breadth of Rosie’s teaching experience is not limited to the above and is extremely diverse. Rosie has trained in the Incredible Years parenting program (IY) and she is currently working towards accreditation in this program. Rosie delivers child and adult safety programs through MOJ in Hawera and New Plymouth.

Rosie works fulltime between New Plymouth, Stratford and Hawera. Rosie regards the counsellor–counsellee relationship as of profound importance and central to establishing a successful counselling relationship.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Trained Teachers Certificate (Distinction)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Special Needs Resource Teaching (Distinction)
  • Diploma in Education
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Development
  • Clinical Practitioner Family Therapy –Member of NZAFT
  • Registered Teacher

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • NZAC – New Zealand Association of Counsellors