Ko wai au? A bit about me

Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka, ko Tapuwae te awa, ko Rakautapu te maunga,
nō Motukaraka ahau, ko Ngāpuhi me Te Rarawa ngā iwi, ko Ngai Tupoto te hapu, ko Roimata Young ahau.

Roimata & Tristan standing on rocks at Muriwai Auckland
Roimata & Tristan holding a love sign at Muriwai Beach in West Auckland
Roimata & Tristan holding hands on Muriwai Beach in Auckland at sunset, with a surfer in the distant background

Kia ora! I am Roimata Young. I identify both as Māori and Pākeha. With my tūpuna coming from the Far North, as well as Ireland and Scotland.

I grew up in a little town called Ōrere Point, with my Mum and sister, and of course with lots of visits by my whanau. Ōrere Point is a rural community with farmland, bush, and a beach. When you stand on this beach you can look out to the Coromandel Peninsula. Beautiful!

I moved from the country and into Auckland as a teenager. I have lived in Tāmaki Makaurau most of my adult life, except for some time spent travelling Europe in my early 20s with a backpack and a tent. I love experiencing different cultures, hearing foreign languages, and visiting ancient sites.

It was my overseas adventure which led to my decision to become a counsellor. While in Europe I wanted to connect with my Irish whakapapa, so I moved to Dublin for a period of time. I felt a connection with their culture, and noticed similarities around the importance of whanau, and acknowledging where your home is.

While in Dublin I worked  in a hospice. This experience taught me how important it is to just sit, be, and listen to others stories. That set me on my path to where I am today, as I came home to study counselling.

I love my mahi as a counsellor,  EFT Practitioner, and supervisor.

Roimata and her husband at Woodhill Forest, West Auckland


This photo is of my husband and I, and it represents hope. It was taken a few years ago, before I developed a chronic health condition. I am now on a journey to get into remission from this condition, and although I can't go on bush walks or wear high heels (yet) I am still living life to the fullest. I wish to share this hope with others; supporting people to live their happy existence, regardless of the circumstances.


My journey as a therapist

I love working with people and enjoy my rewarding mahi both as a therapist and a supervisor.

I have been working as a counsellor/therapist since 2014 and have experience working across different settings; general counselling, family therapy, and in addictions. I draw on a range of different approaches including; EFT Tapping, narrative therapy, multi-systemic family therapy, strengths-based, motivational interviewing, solutions-focussed, and te Whare Tapa Whā. Most importantly, I create therapeutic relationships which are supportive, respectful and embracing of diversity.

Overtime I have become more interested in the mind-body connection, and aware of the importance of this when it comes to facilitating change. This led me to train in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping), which is easy to incorporate into therapy sessions. I have found EFT Tapping to be quite a powerful technique to help reduce stress and move into a state of calm. I have used this technique on myself to help improve my sleep, reduce overall stress levels, and to help manage chronic pain.

I created my private practice so I could focus on two areas of my mahi which I am particularly passionate about; providing professional supervision, and supporting people through EFT Tapping.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science in Applied Mental Health and Counselling

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Supervision

EFT Tapping Level 1 and 2

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