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Problem Solver
& Life Coach

Social Workers Registration Board
Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers
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Problem Solver &
Life Coach

Social Workers Registration Board


Hello, my name is Adrienne Nunns and I'm a Registered Social Worker who wears many hats!  I'm a therapist, life coach, problem solver, goal setter, advocate and facilitator.  I do this by drawing on a wealth of skills and approaches gained from study and life’s experiences.  I like to think of myself as a chameleon in the way I work with people – from all walks of life.  I have worked in Education, Government and Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) with many cultures and all ages, helping people to find hope, ‘get unstuck’, and move forward on their journey with a sense of purpose.  
“I have become all things to all people that I might by all means save some.”

1 Corinthians 9:22 
I am a mother of six who has been an exchange student mum and a foster mum.  We moved from Wellington 11 years ago to live on a small lifestyle block in Central Wairarapa.  This provides me with space for my love of animals, the outdoors and interest in breeding dogs.  I enjoy a large variety of activities, some community involvement and am young at heart.

As a Registered Social Worker I am required to Continue and Record Professional Development and have monthly supervision.  Each year, in renewing my Practising Certificate I sign a declaration that I am competent, fit to practise, and accountable for the way I practice. I also adhere to the SWRB Code of Conduct which requires me to:
“Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in a unhappy situation for a long time.  If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake.  If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.” 

Eckhart Tolle

Indemnity Insured

As a member of the Association for Social Workers in Aotearoa New Zealand I have indemnity insurance specifically tailor-made for the social work profession.


My approach is holistic and ‘straight up’ with open clear communication, the problem is the problem, not the person!  Humour is key, with a can do attitude.  The focus is on solutions and strategies to address the cause of the issue/s.   By helping people understand ‘the why’ they are then empowered to make choices enabling them to make the changes necessary for a positive future.  

This is achieved by drawing on the person’s own resources, strengths and abilities and filling gaps if needed.  Working from the bottom up, goals are identified and a Plan is made with ‘homework’ set from the get go.  In this way an expectation of success is created with each being accountable to the Plan.  The more you put in the more you get out!
I would explain what I do as a social worker is to empower people – especially those who are vulnerable and at risk.  
“I offer you peace.  I offer you love.  I offer you friendship.  I see your beauty.  I hear your need.  I feel your feelings.  My wisdom flows from the highest Source.  I salute that Source in you.  Let us work together.  For unity and peace.” 

Mahatma Gandhi
Types of work I have engaged in:



“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what my heart used to be. 
I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” 

Charles Dickens
Adrienne is an incredible listener, over our sessions her non judgmental and respectful yet challenging questions have allowed me to finally understand the thought processes that had been underpinning my self destructive thoughts and behaviours. She has given me tools and techniques to overcome my childhood trauma and self hatred. Because of Adrienne, for the first time in a long time, I feel emotionally and spiritually grounded, I dont allow myself to become overwhelmed, and I have the ability to remain calm and strong when challenges crop up.

I asked Adrienne to help me talk to my 9 year old who had been asking questions about a sensitive topic. Adrienne was able to capture and hold my little girl's attention beautifully, my little one was so engaged, and the conversation felt so natural. Adrienne was able to answer all her questions in a way that showed such wisdom. She made such a difference to my daughter and myself, I am so grateful for her support.


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