At the heart of Our House Our Haven is a wonderful team of like-minded professionals who strive to provide the best possible care to all who walk through our doors. Our front-of-house staff include:
Carey Blaik – Mental Health Nurse
Carey is a credentialed mental health nurse with over 30 years of experience in the health care system, including in emergency departments and community health care centres. Her sessions are problem-focused and aim to empower clients using cognitive-behavioral and dialectical-behavioral therapies. She has a particular interest and expertise in trauma and adolescent mental health.
Kim McManus – Mental Health NurseKim is a credentialed mental health nurse and has many years’ experience across all areas of the sector, including acute assessment emergency care, acute adult, youth & child inpatient care, community care, drug & alcohol rehabilitation, and detention mental health. Her speciality is child and youth trauma and she has a particular interest in rural access care. She resides in the Lockyer Valley region and is available to see patients across the Lockyer Valley and Somerset.
Bethany Porter – Peer Support Worker
Bethany has been a member of the Our House Our Haven family since its inception in 2016 and continues to be a role model for clients in her new position as a peer support worker. She is a compassionate, supportive and thoughtful person who prioritizes the care of clients using lived experience to empathise with their unique stories.
Rod Nicholls – Peer Support Worker
Rod has been a peer support worker at Our House Our Haven since November 2019. He was raised in rural Victoria and has experience in defence (RAAF), corporate and government IT, business and non-profit work. His interests include reading, photography, drumming, bushwalking and a good dad joke (or ten). He is passionate about connecting people with nature to improve their mental health.
Frankie – Paw Support Worker
Frankie is one of our keenest staff members! As our resident therapy dog, she is trained in licks, cuddles and begging for belly rubs, and has a certificate in Tail Wagging. She is available to sit in on counselling sessions, frequently participates in yoga class, and will accept any and all reasons to soak up attention.