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Rebekah Thomas

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At BTI, you will learn from staff who are experienced teachers and educators, researchers, practitioners, health workers and graduates themselves. Many have worked in private practice, for public institutions and for universities in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas 

Rebekah Thomas
Certification : MCouns
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Email : r.thomas@bti.ac.nz

Biography

Rebekah Thomas was born, raised and has a deep connection to Tauranga Moana. She is committed to honouring and upholding Te Tiriti and continuing to learn and understand partnership and place within Education, Counselling and Faith Communities. Her Master of Counselling at Waikato interwove Mautauranga Māori and culturally responsive practice. She engaged in Noho Marae in Waikato, Maniaroa and Parihaka and has continued to explore and learn through connection with clients, peer supervision, further study and cultural supervision with Pere Durie to complete Puawananga Kaitiakitanga.

Her connection with Bethlehem College began when the school was founded. At the School Outreach team in high school, she grew her own personal relationship with Jesus, which she describes as the guide and foundation for the rest of her life.

She has travelled and worked abroad in South Korea and London. She began her Master of Education overseas and completed it in New Zealand. She has continued on to her Master of Counselling in 2018. Her directed study is an auto-ethnographical work entitled “Becoming, with Art Masters; about the relationship with Art, Matter and the therapeutic space”.

Recently, she was employed at the University of Waikato as Teaching Fellow. She loves the opportunity of teaching and has found joy in working with adults and translating theory into practical engaging and fun learning. She is confident with using Panopto and Moodle to deliver lectures over a digital platform.

Her counselling training has been predominately in Narrative Practice and she is passionate about this modality. She has worked in private practice with a variety of individuals, couples and families from a range of ages. She is currently employed for two days at Pāpāmoa College where she works with rangatahi from Year 7-13 and staff and parents as needed.

She has been married for 22 years and has four children. She is actively involved in her local church, creating faith-based curriculum for pre-schoolers through to intermediate age children. She has also written guidelines for working with rangatahi and teaching faith ideas in safe and ethical ways.

She hopes to expand her directed study with Art, Matter and the therapeutic space and begin a PhD in the near future.

Meet our Staff

At BTI, you will learn from staff who are experienced teachers and educators, researchers, practitioners, health workers and graduates themselves. Many have worked in private practice, for public institutions and for universities in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas 

Rebekah Thomas
Certification : MCouns
Staff Code : #
Phone : #
Email : r.thomas@bti.ac.nz

Biography

Rebekah Thomas was born, raised and has a deep connection to Tauranga Moana. She is committed to honouring and upholding Te Tiriti and continuing to learn and understand partnership and place within Education, Counselling and Faith Communities. Her Master of Counselling at Waikato interwove Mautauranga Māori and culturally responsive practice. She engaged in Noho Marae in Waikato, Maniaroa and Parihaka and has continued to explore and learn through connection with clients, peer supervision, further study and cultural supervision with Pere Durie to complete Puawananga Kaitiakitanga.

Her connection with Bethlehem College began when the school was founded. At the School Outreach team in high school, she grew her own personal relationship with Jesus, which she describes as the guide and foundation for the rest of her life.

She has travelled and worked abroad in South Korea and London. She began her Master of Education overseas and completed it in New Zealand. She has continued on to her Master of Counselling in 2018. Her directed study is an auto-ethnographical work entitled “Becoming, with Art Masters; about the relationship with Art, Matter and the therapeutic space”.

Recently, she was employed at the University of Waikato as Teaching Fellow. She loves the opportunity of teaching and has found joy in working with adults and translating theory into practical engaging and fun learning. She is confident with using Panopto and Moodle to deliver lectures over a digital platform.

Her counselling training has been predominately in Narrative Practice and she is passionate about this modality. She has worked in private practice with a variety of individuals, couples and families from a range of ages. She is currently employed for two days at Pāpāmoa College where she works with rangatahi from Year 7-13 and staff and parents as needed.

She has been married for 22 years and has four children. She is actively involved in her local church, creating faith-based curriculum for pre-schoolers through to intermediate age children. She has also written guidelines for working with rangatahi and teaching faith ideas in safe and ethical ways.

She hopes to expand her directed study with Art, Matter and the therapeutic space and begin a PhD in the near future.

Rebekah Thomas
Counselling, Educator/Kaiako, Social Practice
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MCouns
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r.thomas@bti.ac.nz
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