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  • Carolyn E Simmons - Lea Mai Supervision, Coaching & Consulting

  • Carolyn E Simmons l Director
  • +64 27 2593312
  • leamaiscc@gmail.com
  • My physical address is located at Three Kings, Auckland. However services are whole-of-Aotearoa-NZ-accessible thanks to technology. Boom!

  • Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato/Lakes, Tairawhiti, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington/Waiarapa, Tasman, Nelson/Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago and Southland
  • Child health; Learning and Development, Supervision; Coaching and Mentoring, Learning & Development
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  • Lea Mai (pronounced ‘lair my’) is my private practice where I offer supervision, coaching and consulting services. Lea Mai in Tongan means ‘to talk with/to me; to speak/converse’ and is representative of my Pasifika ancestry. As a skilled supervisor and supervision trainer, I have been supervising since 1998 across a range of healthcare professions. I am also able to provide coaching and mentoring as part of my service portfolio, including ePortfolio coaching. My belief and passion for supervision comes from seeing the power of the supervision process guide individuals to critically reflect on, vision, and move towards ‘who they want to be’ and ‘where they want to go’ in their pursuit of ‘being at their best’.


    As an occupational therapist with over 38 years’ experience, my clinical speciality is in neurodevelopmental paediatrics, which includes teaching both nationally and internationally in the field, as well as offering consults and clinical coaching as required. I hold grounded experience in professional governance, leadership, systems approach and strategic thinking. I am a founding partner of Chameleon Courses; an initiative which focuses on offering high calibre learning opportunities and experiences for occupational therapists and other health professionals. Currently, I am also a doctoral candidate at AUT. My Masters research with AUT explored the culture of therapists working within the context of inclusive education in Aotearoa New Zealand. My doctorate research focuses on a critical discourse study of 'discourses at play' for occupational therapy supervision in the Aotearoa New Zealand healthcare context.


    Connecting as supervisor and supervisee (or coach-coachee / mentor-mentee) is always an important first step to establishing the supervision (coaching or mentorship) partnership, and so a conversation around needs, understandings and agreements is always my starting point. A range of face-to-face (F2F), interactive mediums may be used for the purposes of supervision, coaching and mentoring, including ‘live’ F2F sessions at my place of practice, or a worksite, and/or Skype and Zoom, and/or supplemented by telephone and email contacts.

    Fees information is available on request.

    You might like to visit Facebook @supervisionCDA for some reflections on supervision ... views are my own and not representative of any organisation.