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has developed a wide array of approaches to working in the field of restorative relationships. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in community and human services (rehabilitation counselling) and The American certificate in horticulture therapy. She attended the North American yearlong Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Leadership Programme, and has trained extensively in conflict resolution, restorative circles, wilderness therapy, Hakomi for couples, and mindfulness. Toni is an AMINZ associate Family Dispute Resolution Provider (FDR) and in 2017 completed the year long Te reo Maori level Two through Te Wananga o Aotearoa.


Her approach towards supporting healthy relationships is from the perspective that all of our actions are attempts to meet needs (though some strategies are more effective and less harmful than others). That by understanding our own and other's motivating needs, we are able to come to a place of meeting that is "beyond the field of right or wrong," as quoted from Rumi. It is from this place that we listen and seek to understand each other's humanity. It is from this place that our hearts can open and we discover other strategies that are more likely to satisfy everyone involved.

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is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience in restoring and cultivating healthy relationships between individuals, groups, families and couples. He obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on somatic, humanistic, existential, and transpersonal perspectives. He has trained extensively in Nonviolent Communication, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, systems theory for groups and familes, and mindfulness for working with challenging emotions and mind states. He has worked in a major medical hospital providing support for individuals and families of individuals challenged by serious physical and mental ailments; at a residential facility for those challenged by psychosis and other overwhelming emotions and states of mind; in a community mental health clinic supporting individuals, couples, and families with a wide variety of issues; at a treatment center for those challenged with substance dependence issues; and as a psychologist in private practice.

Toni McErlane, B.Sc.  

(Relationship therapist and Primary Facilitator) 

Paris Williams, PhD

(General Support & Part-time Facilitator)

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Rhonda Khorasanee (BA)

(Mediator Intern)


Rhonda has studied dispute resolution at Massey University completing the Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) requirements set by AMINZ.  She completed the Helping Hand Nonviolent Communication Mediation training in Australia and studied early childhood education to support her early career in early childhood education and home schooling.  


Rhonda has studied Dr Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication process since 1999, using and teaching this model to resolve challenges within her own family while raising two children.  She is currently using her mediation training to help separated parents work out childcare arrangements, and to facilitate discussions between disagreeing parties.


As part of Rhonda's training and internship she offers a discounted rate to couples or parties who are wanting reach agreements that will work for them. Rhonda's work with you will be supervised as part of her internship and her discounted services to you are part of her current training.


Please contact Rhonda: [email protected]

0210 238 0340