Ngā mihi ki a koutou i tēnēi ra,
A bit about Serena,
Ko te KauKau te manga te rū nei taku ngākau,
KauKau is the mountain that speaks to my heart,
Ko Te Whanganui-a-Tara te awa e mahea nei aku māharahara,
Wellington Harbour is the water that calms my worries,
Nō Te Whanganui-a-Tara āhau,
I have lived in Wellington all my life,
E mihi ana ki ngā tohu o nehe, o Te Whanganui-a-Tara e noho nei āhau,
I recognise the ancestral and spiritual landmarks, where I live,
Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi,
I'm Pākehā, my ancestor Richard Davis came as a missionary and settled at the mission house at Waimate North in the early 1800s before the signing of Te Tiriti ō Waitangi. I am proud to be Pākehā, I identify with Tangata Tiriti and I am thankful for the gift of identity that Tangata Whenua have given me through these Kupu,
Ko Serena āhau - I am Serena.
Serena is a professional member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC) and the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA). Serena has many years experience supporting children, young people and families/whanau.
Serena initially trained as a nurse and worked as a paediatric oncology nurse (child cancer nurse) at Wellington Children's Hospital between 2002 and 2006.
In 2007, Serena began training in art therapy, psychotherapy and counselling, and in 2009 Serena graduated with a Masters of Art Therapy from La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia.
Serena uses counselling and art therapy depending on the individual client's needs.
In child therapy, Serena works from a family-centred approach including child sessions, parent sessions, family sessions, as well as school sessions if the issues are school related.