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About Us

Get to meet our amazing team
and learn more about our
organization.

AC HEADSHOT 2021

Ashley Cairns

Mental Health Counsellor/ Director

FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR

Hello! My name is Ashley Cairns and I am the founder behind A Change for Better. I provide numerous services helping people with personal development, wellness, and problem solving.  For over 15 years now, I have been working in the Mental Health and Community Services sectors in New Zealand, the United States, and Canada. I hold a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Both were achieved in New York with honors. I am a provisional member of NZAC and a full member of ACA

I have dedicated my career to helping others better understand themselves so they can achieve success. People choose to attend counselling when they are looking for answers to life problems. I excel at helping you come up with the answers to these questions. My approach to helping people involves using person-centered and solution-focused therapy techniques. This helps me to gain a better understanding of what’s going on. We put solutions in place to help you overcome your problems.enjoy working with people from various backgrounds and facing numerous challenges. This is my passion, my drive, and my energy. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, and what makes me so driven.

FOUNDER/ TECHNICAL LEAD

Hi there! My name is Joe Cairns and I am the Technical Lead of A Change for Better. I have been working in IT now for over 20 years with all of that based in New Zealand aside from a 2 year stint in Toronto, Canada from 2017 to 2019.

My latest role outside of A Change For Better has been with a New Zealand software development company owned by Visa for the past 10 years. My experiences with this company have given me insight into the processes that a successful software company must follow. I am bringing this experience to A Change For Better and hope to use it to give us an edge.

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Joe Cairns

Technical Lead

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Dr. Amy Marschall

Clinical Lead

CO-FOUNDER/ CLINICAL LEAD

Hello! I am Dr. Amy Marschall! I received my Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. I have been with A Change for Better since July 2020. I chose to come on board because I feel strongly that everyone around the world deserves access to adequate and affordable mental health care, and ACFB is working to do this ethically and legally while still ensuring that clinicians are paid a living wage.

My clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. My dissertation focused on sexual assault on college campuses and institutional response. I completed an APA-accredited internship through the Heart of America Psychology Training Consortium (now known as the Psychology Training Consortium) and my postdoctoral residency at Family Psychological Center, P.A. in Harrison, Arkansas. 

I presently work in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where I provide individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health and holds a practicing certificate in South Dakota.

NZAC CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

Jenny has worked as a Counsellor & therapist for the last 20 years and a Clinical & Professional Supervisor for 15 years.

  • Registered member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors. National Executive rep for Auckland-governance role.
  • Director at Manuera Life Developments
  • Specialist in Sex Therapy
  • Specialist in Sexual abuse & trauma Management and working within the prison with highy difficult and high profile prisoners including onsite work with crisis work.
  • Specialist training for Counsellors and all health practitioners.
  • Train and teach Counsellors into specific contracts.
  • Visiting lecturer for Institutions
  • Work within a team approach and in an holistic manner.
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Jenny Manuera

Counsellor/ NZAC Supervisor

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Matua Wi Waikari

Cultural Advisor

CULTURAL ADVISOR

Over 30 years working as a Counsellor and Social worker within Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland).

  • Degree in Social Science
  • Degree in Counselling
  • Director at Manuera Life Developments
  • Cultural Consultant in Te AO Maori
  • Cultural Advisor and Developer of Maori Models of practice
  • Specialist working with Gang Culture, High Profile Prisoners.
  • Visiting Lecturer in Institutions.

OPERATIONS & MARKETING DIRECTOR

Erik has 13 years of experience in People and Organizational Development. Working with organizations to develop career development plans as well as organizational support in the areas of Leadership and Change Management.

He pursued a career as a Life Coach in order to address the current mental health issues that became more prevalent when the pandemic began. He gives talks and seminars in the workplace about self-care and mental health awareness.

Finally, Erik is a well-known blogger-influencer in the Philippines, thanks to his social media and website, Erik the Hungry Traveller, which shares food finds, recommended travel destinations, best hotels, and must-have gadgets from around the world.

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Erik James Requina

Operations & Marketing Director

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