Counsellors, their Qualifications and the Legislation.

Karinya’s counsellors and psychologists are all qualified, registered with their professional body and Christian. They are also selected for their  experience and personal gifts in relating with and responding to a diverse client base.

Karinya complies with all legislation regarding the professional conduct of its staff, volunteers and counsellors. This is maintained by applying a number of measures to ensure the safety of all clients and children in their care; including Working with Children Checks and Police Checks.

Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith

Director/Psychologist

B.A. Psych., PostGradDip Psych., MAPS

Kathy has worked as a Psychologist for the last 15 years in varied roles and is experienced in providing psychological counselling for a range of life concerns including depression, anxiety, stress and relationship difficulties.

Kathy is most interested in assisting people who are seeking to heal from negative experiences and move into living more fully.

A Medicare rebate is accessible for those accessing counselling with Kathy with a Mental Health Care Plan and referral from a G.P.

Ruth Walker

Ruth Walker

Senior Counsellor

B.Sc. (Psych), B.Ed. (Pastoral Counselling) Cert. Past. Counselling, CCAA (Clinical) PACFA Reg. CCAA (Reg. Supervisor)

Ruth has an extensive background counselling and teaching. She has been counselling for many years, leading seminars and wellness programs. Her area of interest is the wide range of hurt that people struggle with and also anxiety and depression.

Ruth is experienced in crisis debriefing and mediation and does some life coaching. She is a clinical counsellor and supervisor registered with CCAA and PACFA

Maureen Ireland

Maureen Ireland

Senior Counsellor

Masters in Counselling, Grad Dip Couns., Dip. SFT, Certified Focusing Professional, Trained MBTI, Couple Counsellor, Mediator.

She has been counselling for 28 years, runs workshops and supported the profession for 9 years as President of CCAA. She likes working with Couples, Families, communication, sexual issues, depression, anxiety and supervision and groups. She has specialised training in Focusing which opens up ways of listening to the body and learning from what it has to teach us. She is a Clinical Counsellor with CCAA and PACFA, and registered Supervisor.

Vicki Hughes

Vicki Hughes

Counsellor

B Arts(psych), BSc (Hons) (psychophys) Grad Dip (Couns), Grad Cert (Soc. Sci Family Therapy).

Vicki has been counselling for 8 years in a variety of settings ranging from schools, churches, and community based centres. Whilst having experience in a wide range of clinical issues, she particularly enjoys working with the spectrum of eating disorders, OCD, trauma, and family of origin issues. She is registered with the Australian Counsellors Association at Level 2.

Annette Turnbull

Annette Turnbull

Counsellor

BA (counselling) MA (Pastoral Counselling), CCAA(Clin), PACFA Reg
Prepare and Enrich Facilitator

Annette is married to Michael; they have four married adult children and ten grandchildren.

Annette has special interest in relationship and personal counselling for individuals, couples, adolescents and children.

Issues include: grief/loss, self-esteem, anxiety, depression and anger management.

Annette is a Prepare and Enrich Educator and debriefing facilitator for aid/mission workers. She offers children’s Play Therapy.

Karen Macaulay

Karen Macaulay

Counsellor

BA (Counselling), Dip. Counselling and Family Therapy, CCAA Registered
Currently completing Masters in Family & Systemic Therapy.

With a trauma informed approach, Karen has extensive experience counselling young people who present with a wide range of issues. Counselling in a school setting for 10 years, she has a particular interest in counselling adolescents, families, couples and individuals. A wide range of therapeutic approaches are drawn upon including person centred, narrative, solution-focused and family system therapies; a wholistic approach that respects the impact of life circumstances on mind, body and spirit. Personal growth and development are stimulated as she encourages and attends to her clients.

Faye West

Faye West

Counsellor

BA Christian Couns, Grad Dip Couns, Dip Teaching (Primary), Specialist Bereavement Cert, CCAA (Clin/Supervisor), PACFA Accredited Supervisor.

Faye has worked with children and adults in both individual and group settings. She has specialized training in Play Therapy, grief/bereavement and Expressive Therapies including Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work.

Faye has a particular interest in identity, finding meaning in grief/loss, childhood abuse, life transitions, cross-cultural challenges, behavior issues in children, parenting and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is committed to supporting and empowering clients as they discover new perspectives on their life stories.

Faye grew up in East Africa and has adult children and grandchildren.

Administration

Jeanne Browning

Jeanne Browning

Receptionist

Bachelor of Education (Primary School), Diploma of Accounting.

Jeanne has experience in Educational Leadership and was the Information Technology Co-ordinator at a Primary School for a number of years. A career change saw her complete a Diploma of Accounting and she has now worked in the office at Karinya for the last seven years in both the Administration and Finance areas.

Maggie Wong

Maggie Wong

Administration Assistant

Bachelor of Social Science, Certificate III in Business Administration

Maggie migrated to Melbourne with her family about 12 years ago. She has experience in office administration in social work and community services overseas and locally. She has joined the team at the office at Karinya since mid-2019.

Cathy Mason

Cathy Mason

Administration Officer

Currently completing Bachelor of Applied Social Science - Counselling

Cathy has had previous administration experience, and has been a part of the administration team at Karinya since mid-2019, while continuing with her studies.

Nicky Tucker

Nicky Tucker

Volunteer Administration Assistant

Nicky has worked in the administration field for many years and now works part-time.

With some of her spare time, Nicky wanted to use her administration skills in the community and so joined Karinya about 4 years ago in a voluntary role.

Nicky enjoys speaking to people on the phone and welcoming them to Karinya.

Technology Support

Nicholas Yap

Nicholas Yap

Bookkeeper/Payroll

B Econs. CPA

Studying in Australia in the early 70’s, Nicholas came to the Lord through the ministry of the Overseas Christian Fellowship during his Monash University days.

Since 1987, Nicholas has served the Lord in various Christian Organisations in Finance & Administration.

Nicholas is married to Tess and worships at Rowville Baptist Church as well as attending Crossway regularly in recent days.
He has 3 grown up boys, two are married with children and the youngest just recently graduated as a Secondary School teacher.

Cliff Varcoe

Cliff Varcoe

Technology Support Volunteer

Cliff has experienced over 50 years in a very diversified technical career in the telecommunications industry. Since retiring from paid work, Cliff assists the Karinya team members and the Syndal Baptist Church in the areas of Information Technology, telecommunications, and security systems.

Cliff happily applies his skills in this area as a form of “Ministry Enabler” to allow the various ministries to focus on their specialist work without unnecessarily overusing their time managing their PCs and tools.