Our team of staff are committed to

working alongside people, supporting them through any difficulties that affect their enjoyment of life

We are real people, who are here to help not judge. Our staff are all experienced and qualified in their particular area of work, but who are they?

Harriet Dixon

General Manager

Harriet has recently taken on the management of the Community House, since November 2018. With over 20 years experience in business management and research, specializing in customer experience, she is passionate about helping people and ensuring they get the support they need. She is well placed to use her skills to successfully continue and expand on the services that the Community House provides.

Jo Riley

Office Manager and Financial Mentor

Jo is a Rock n Roll fanatic! She is also a ROCK at the Community House where she assists our clients, meets and greets visitors in a way they feel really welcome.

Jo is also trained in Financial Mentoring and is a qualified budget adviser, assisting others with creating goals alongside managing their finances, she is in this role on Thursdays and Fridays.

Jenni Dacomb

Jenni is our administrator and fundraiser extrodinaire!

Jenni comes with an abundance of passion for the Cambridge Community and ensuring everyone gets the support they need, when they need it!

Jill Dimond

AOD Practitioner and Senior Counsellor, MNZAC, DAPAANZ (Reg. Prac), BASS (Couns), Bachelor Alcohol & Drug Studies

Jill has worked at the Community House since 2005, initially as a student and now as our full time Counsellor. Jill is our resident Alcohol and Drug Practitioner, providing assessment, intervention and support. She is also able to refer to other support services including residential treatment providers where required. Jill is also available for general counselling for concerns such as grief/loss, depression, anxiety and more. Jill has a Post Grad Cert in Professional Supervision which means she can provide professional supervision sessions to those working in a similar field.

Appointments with Jill are one hour long and available from 9am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday and may be subject to waitlist.

Dianne Carter

Family Violence Whanau Worker and Counsellor MNZAC, Dip. Counselling, Grad Cert Supervision
Dianne has been a counsellor for 15 years and has been a part of the Community House team since 2013. Dianne works three days a week as a Counsellor and Family Whanau Worker, specialising in Family Violence support and intervention. Dianne works with individuals, couples and whanau affected by family violence, and works alongside other agencies to ensure that the best level of support, care and safety planning are provided.

Appointments are one hour long and available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

René André

Counsellor, Bach & Master Social Sciences, Dip Counselling CIT, Adv Cert Alcohol & Drug
René has been a Counsellor since 1998, bringing a wealth of experience and programme styles. He is working as a General Counsellor covering a wide range of presenting issues including grief/loss, depression, anxiety and family violence. René has a particular interest in working with young people and males of all ages around managing difficult emotions (such as anger) and relationships. He is also trained in counselling for alcohol and drug addiction. René uses many techniques in his approach to counselling, as fits the client needs, he has a lot of experience using sand play which is particularly effective for clients who struggle to articulate. 

Appointments are one hour long and available Thursdays and Fridays.

Robyn Cresswell

Counsellor, BSocSci (Psychology and Education), MCouns, Registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, MNZAC

Robyn has been a counsellor for over 15 years and joined our team at the beginning of 2018.  Robyn comes with a broad range of counselling experience that includes an interest in grief and loss, depression, stress, anxiety and community well-being. Robyn works from a Narrative and CBT informed practice that is collaborative and respectful of your values and lifestyle. 

Appointments are available on a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

Catherine Simwinga

Counsellor, - Dip Nursing, Dip Counselling, MCouns, NZAC Provisional member

Catherine comes from a nursing background with over 33 years’ experience. Catherine does general and AOD (drug & alcohol addiction) counselling and has a broad range of counselling experience. With an interest in grief and loss resulting from loss of a loved one, loss of identity due to migration and incarceration, depression, stress and anxiety. Catherine’s work is informed by narrative and solution focused therapeutic underpinning.  

Catherine is available for counselling on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

Sandra Muirhead

Financial Mentor

Sandra is trained in Financial Mentoring and is a qualified budget adviser, with over 15 years' experience in the budgeting sector. While she is highly skilled and very knowledgeable about setting financial priorities and managing personal finances, she also has a compassionate approach to assisting with these. Sandra is well practiced with insolvency procedures and has a separate role as a Summary Installment Order Supervisor working for the NZ Insolvency & Trustee Service.

Sandra is available on Wednesdays

Nicki De Reus

Financial Mentor

Nicki De Reus is a trained financial mentor and qualified budget adviser. Extremely experienced in advising on budgeting and financial prioritisation, Nicki is able to help you manage your personal finances. Don't delay, come and see Nicki to set a budget or get your finances straightened out, without judgement. These sessions are free and will give you more control and peace of mind over your finances.

Nicki is available on Mondays & Tuesdays