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Gisborne Rape Crisis counsellor Jackie McClutchie talks about traditional healing of people’s spirits

Gisborne Rape Crisis counsellor Jackie McClutchie talks about traditional healing of people’s spirits

Working with mind and soul: Counsellor and healer Jackie McClutchie.

GISBORNE Rape Crisis counsellor Jackie McClutchie also works in the field of healing people’s wairua (spirit).

The type of work she does is perhaps best described as holistic support that incorporates matauranga (knowledge) Maori. It is not client-centred mahi (work), it is more directive therapy.

She explains:

“While I work with people who are willing to participate in a counselling conversation, I can also see other things they need.

“People are often stuck in the past with their fears.

“I work to assist people to release their past so they can start to live now, in the moment.

“I help everybody differently because people have different levels of openness, and are at different levels of growth.

I felt destined to do this kind of work”.

She also immediately responsds to the special nature of where the collective is based and its work in the community of Gisborne/ Tairawhiti.

“When I first came into the Rape Crisis whare (house) I could feel a lightness and I knew that I wanted to stay there.

“I’ve found the energy of the whare to be very peaceful and calming.

“It’s a very welcoming space.

“The perception some people have of counselling is that there are two chairs with perhaps the counsellor sitting with a clipboard, but that’s not the vibe here,” she says.

“We don’t turn anybody away and the people who come to see us want to be here.

“The demand for my wairua work is increasing.

“Traditional healing like rongoa (remedy) is still very much alive in Te Tairawhiti, and my work is very much accepted by both Maori and Pakeha.

“Aroha (love) is the only reason I do this work and aroha always guides me,” she says.

“I’m just Jackie and I’m happy with that.”

GISBORNE Rape Crisis counsellor Jackie McClutchie also works in the field of healing people’s wairua (spirit).

The type of work she does is perhaps best described as holistic support that incorporates matauranga (knowledge) Maori. It is not client-centred mahi (work), it is more directive therapy.

She explains:

“While I work with people who are willing to participate in a counselling conversation, I can also see other things they need.

“People are often stuck in the past with their fears.

“I work to assist people to release their past so they can start to live now, in the moment.

“I help everybody differently because people have different levels of openness, and are at different levels of growth.

I felt destined to do this kind of work”.

She also immediately responsds to the special nature of where the collective is based and its work in the community of Gisborne/ Tairawhiti.

“When I first came into the Rape Crisis whare (house) I could feel a lightness and I knew that I wanted to stay there.

“I’ve found the energy of the whare to be very peaceful and calming.

“It’s a very welcoming space.

“The perception some people have of counselling is that there are two chairs with perhaps the counsellor sitting with a clipboard, but that’s not the vibe here,” she says.

“We don’t turn anybody away and the people who come to see us want to be here.

“The demand for my wairua work is increasing.

“Traditional healing like rongoa (remedy) is still very much alive in Te Tairawhiti, and my work is very much accepted by both Maori and Pakeha.

“Aroha (love) is the only reason I do this work and aroha always guides me,” she says.

“I’m just Jackie and I’m happy with that.”

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