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Shelly Reet


MSc Mental Health Studies, Post Grad D.M.S., R.P.N.

Originally from the UK, my passion for mental health began in my early teens and has extended through to over 35+ years’ experience in the health and social services sector. I have worked in varying clinical, managerial and education-based roles in the UK and Australasia, as well as working independently as a consultant, supervisor and facilitator.

I adopted Aotearoa as my home in 2000 and raised my three amazing young people here. I am the proud ‘parent’ of a very large canine (often easier to manage than the young people!).

I have facilitated numerous mental health and wellbeing learning programmes, including suicide mitigation/prevention, mental health awareness, stress management, mindfulness, self-care, relapse prevention.

I am known for my passion for mental wellbeing and advocacy of people-focussed service design and delivery. I excel at motivating and developing those I works alongside, expanding my own knowledge base and insights as a result. I am a creative, fun facilitator and storyteller with a positive can-do outlook.

My academic qualifications include Master of Science in Mental Health (Kings College London), Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Thames Valley University London), Advanced Certificate in Adult Education (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa) and a variety of qualifications in the areas of counselling, facilitating and supervising. I am a registered member of the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

In my spare time, I love exploring Aotearoa, plays, and dancing in Wellington Batucada (Brazilian Samba), and am a keen supporter of the Arts, including performing in amateur theatre. I serve on the board of Pablos Art Studio and am currently the co-chair of the board of Wellington Women’s Refuge.

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