New clinic for Māori and Pasifika

July 21, 2023

New clinic for Māori and Pasifika New clinic for Māori and Pasifika

Glen Innes local Anne-Marie Erick (Alofi/Hakupu Niue) is giving back to the place closest to her heart.

Anne-Marie has set up her own private practice in Glen Innes, the Taula Clinic – a safe space to provide therapy to women and young people who have lived through trauma and experienced domestic violence.

As one of four recipients awarded the CLC grant for Social Innovation, Anne-Marie wants to remove the negative stigma that is often connected to people seeking professional help. She has been working with a number of clients referred from healthcare providers who otherwise would have no access to this type of specialised counselling.

“Since setting up my practice, I realised that there is a significant need for services to heal individuals from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of extreme negative life experiences – especially Māori and Pasifika people,” she says. “When this clinic is fully functioning, I will be able to provide further counselling and psychological services to more families, women and young people who have difficulty accessing this type of therapy. There is a great need out in the community, so I’m glad to be able to offer my help.”

The proud Mum used the support to further her professional development in Trauma Informed Therapy – specifically Eye Movement
Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy.

In partnership with Tāmaki Regeneration (TRC), the Community Liaison Committee (CLC) launched several CLC Community Grants to provide funding opportunities that tautoko (support) the delivery of local projects and initiatives in the area.

“The CLC grants will provide opportunities for our community to grow stronger and add value, through funding education, business development and environmental initiatives,” says Anne-Marie.

You can follow Anne-Marie and the Taula Clinic on Facebook.