Intuitive with rich life experience Donya is someone people naturally connect to and feel safe with.
Donya is the Mother of one lovely daughter and comes from an arts and wellness background with training in theatre and directing, holistic counselling, grief counseling, post graduate studies in community arts management, and dance and movement therapy. She has 16 years’ experience as a diversional therapist specialising in therapeutic care for people living with dementia. She has also been a Non-Violent Crisis Intervention instructor for nurses and caregiving staff for people with dementia for five years, as well as being a senior management team member for Dementia Care NZ. With a great respect for diversity and love of people and adventure, Donya has lived in countries such as Israel and Australia, exploring these countries extensively.
Donya’s journey into Havening began as an investigation into how the Havening techniques might benefit people living with dementia, and this has developed into an awareness of its applications for those in need in the wider community.
Donya embraces a holistic approach and a deep-seated awareness that we all hold the power to connect to our inner resources to overcome struggles and challenges. She is passionate about the potential of Havening to heal encoded trauma and provide us with the ability to change our current situations for the better and manifest healing, personal growth and fulfilment through our own connection to source.
“Havening to me is the science of natural and I love how such a simple, nurturing technique has the ability to make such deep and longstanding changes for the clients I have worked with particularly those with old and deeply imbedded trauma. I am impressed by Havening’s ability to almost instantly down regulate agitation and distress in those who live with dementia and the simplicity in which it brings comfort, connection and a sense of safety to all”.
Donya works with people in a relaxed and natural way, employing her own diverse experience, intuition and a good dose of humour to help with the healing process.
Self-development is fundamental to Donya’s personal journey and ongoing studies in the areas of Quantum Healing, Epigenetics and post graduate arts therapy studies are on the horizon to add to her tool kit.