Women’s Support Circle

Women’s Support Circle is a space for women who have experienced family abuse. It is a 12-week programme that allows women of different cultures to sit in circle and safely share their stories and support a healing journey in the process. Our weekly contact will consist of nine on-line two-hour zoom calls and three face to face sessions which allows the women to intermingle and have that physical interaction with the group.

Throughout the program women will be encouraged and coached on life issues that support their well-being and their children’s well-being. When women come together in a safe space, they experience a sense of belonging within a community that enhances their lives and their children’s lives.

Key circle outcomes

-To help rebuild lives, give encouragement, strengthen futures, support and to help challenge childhood messages. Encouraging change in their stories will uncover new pathways for their families.

-For women to believe in themselves and believe that they can make life changing decisions that benefits and enhances their lives.

-Women become more resilient, gain self-belief, have courage to speak up and make a difference in their families and community.

Certified Counsellor and Family Therapist Christine Burch has assisted families in the South Auckland region for the past 12 years. She has worked in the youth justice system as a Family Therapist and recognizes and identifies the need to support women and children with the difficulties they face.

Dee Petit, director of Sassy Red Ltd is a certified life coach, mediation teacher and facilitator of young and mature women’s empowerment workshops. Dee assists women in re-discovering their strengths and confidence to enhance and transform the quality of their personal, family and professional lives.

If you are interested in joining us in circle and share space with women who have experienced abuse and want to make changes in your life, register today.

Christine and Dee contact all registrants to have a private zoom call meeting to discuss the circle outline and their answers to the registration questions.  We are looking for twelve women who want to step up with courage to make changes in their lives. You will need access to the internet.

Date: Wednesday’s starting July 14 thru September 29, 2021

Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm -8:30pm

Location: Nine On-Line Zoom meetings & Three Face to Face meetings

FREE participation for 10 women this term

Sponsored by Auckland Foundation Women’s Fund & NZ Lottery Grants Board


I absolutely loved being part of the Women’s Support Circle. There was a great balance with facilitators Christine Burch and Dee Petit. Dee brings the creative, fun and spiritual aspect to the circle while Christine supported us with her practical sage advice & knowledge. Both women made me feel really welcomed and accepted for the woman I am and there was no segregation between the women in the circle. I always enjoyed the weekly calls that were mainly about self-esteem building activities. They were creative, fun, positive and playful but also challenging us to turn things around in our lives. With plenty of time to share, connect and witness all women in circle, Christine and Dee were empathetic, caring and very supporting overall. I did not want the circle to finish. This support circle is a great start to the road to recovery from difficult relationships. – Anne

The Women’s Support Circle is very heart touching as it is a group of women that come from all parts of New Zealand, from all walks of life and there is no judgment amongst us. The women who run the group, Christine Burch and Dee Petit are so lovely and kind-hearted. Each woman has a chance to speak their truth in the circle. The course offers major support as well as the women participants. I recommend this circle to women who are trying to find a place to belong for its okay to be yourself. In doing the course I suggest to the women not to miss any of the sessions as they roll into the next week, but Christine and Dee do not hold it over you, but they do encourage you to attend each week and be open and honest with them. – Ruth

I have found it very healing and empowering to take part in the Women’s Support Circle. Being able to connect with other women in circle who have been through a similar situation to me and are going on a similar journey to heal has been invaluable. The facilitators Christine and Dee gently encourage us to expand our consciousness and have wonderfully woven some creative play into the learning material to help us connect with our emotions on a different level to the way I normally do. Christine and Dee have put together and delivered an amazing programme – Rebecca

The Women’s Support Circle is very heart touching. It is a group of women who come from all parts of New Zealand, from all walks of life and there is no judgment amongst us. The women who run the I am really enjoying doing the Women’s Support Circle.  I felt I was nearing the end of my healing journey, but this circle has helped me on yet another level.  It is so nice to connect with women who are going through the same/similar experience as you to know that you are not alone.  The circle is incredibly supportive, and I look forward to our meetings each week. I highly recommend this programme it is amazing. – Deb