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.

Glen Waverley

Ruth Walker

Ruth Walker

Director of Counselling

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

Ruth has an extensive background in teaching, counselling in schools, the community and leading wellness programs. She has been counselling for many years, leading seminars and now leads the team of counsellors at Karinya. The issues of teenagers and their families, depression and the wide range of hurt that people struggle with are her areas of interest. She is experienced in crisis debriefing and mediation and does some life coaching. She is a clinical counsellor registered with CCAA and PACFA and a registered supervisor with CCAA.

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 six 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.

Christine Leong

Christine Leong

Counsellor

Grad. Cert. in Counselling and Family Therapy,
CCAA member, PACFA Reg,

Christine has been married for over 20 years and has three teenage children. She enjoys working with both individuals and couples. Her passion is in helping people work towards creating healthy relationships with others. She also believes the choices we make impact on the quality of life and enjoyment of life and is keen to help bring out the best in people.

Coming from a diverse Asian background and being in Australia for almost 30 years has provided Christine with insights and understanding of different cultural backgrounds and traditions.

Karen Macaulay

Karen Macaulay

Counsellor

BA (Counselling)
Dip. Counselling and Family Therapy

Karen has had extensive experience over the last five years working in a school setting, counselling adolescents within the age group of 15 – 19 years old.
She has a particular interest in issues concerning adolescents, anxiety, depression, difficult life circumstances, grief and loss, and counselling within a culturally diverse setting.
Karen draws on a wide range of therapeutic approaches including person centred therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy and CBT. She is looking forward to working with adults, families and couples. She is registered with CCAA.

Kerryl Beissel

Kerryl Beissel

Psychologist

BSc(Hons) (Psych), MAPS, MCCOUNP

Kerryl is a psychologist with extensive experience in the counselling field. Her work includes management and treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma and stress. Her areas of interest also include recovery from burnout, coping with chronic illness and improving communication and relationships. She works with adults of all ages. She draws on a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy. Kerryl is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Melton

Val Munro

Val Munro

Counsellor (Melton)

B.A(Ed), B. ED, Grad Cert. (Counselling), M.A (Counselling) APS (Clinical), PACFA reg

Val has been a primary school teacher and worked as a counsellor in student services for schools prior to coming to Karinya in 2008. She has also lectured in Psychology/Developmental Psychology and run seminars on such topics as anxiety in children, helping children cope with divorce, stress management and resilience skills. Currently she is providing programs to schools in her community. She has a special interest in child and family therapy plus individual counselling for issues such as anxiety, grief/loss, depression, and trauma. Val is available for debriefing and supervision.

Mike Skewes

Mike Skewes

Counsellor (Melton)

BA.Min(Couns); Dip.Min; APC (Clinical, Supervisor); PACFA/ARCAP (Clinical)

Mike has had an extensive background in pastoral ministry, school and community counselling. Having been lead male counsellor at a number of regional and inner city agencies, Mike has also had extensive experience in training other counsellors, clinical supervision and mentoring. Passionate about helping all people who come through his doors but he has a special interest for those who have experienced abuse. A member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies, Mike keeps up with the latest best practices in this field.

Liz McFadden

Liz McFadden

Counsellor (Melton)

BA Grad Dip (Couns) CCAA registered

Elizabeth has worked with both adults and school aged children. She has counselled people with a range of issues, such as grief/loss, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and anger. She sees each person as unique with their own strengths and struggles. Elizabeth’s main area of interest is in Emotion Focused Therapy as emotions are a quick and vital aspect of our understanding of the world around us.

Administration

Ann Gaudion

Ann Gaudion

Practice Manager

Advanced Diploma in Business (Accounting).

Ann has been working as a Manager in not for profit organisations for over 10 years. She enjoys being able to assist those in need. Her hospitality and friendly greeting puts the clients at ease and makes them feel welcome. Her extensive Management experience keeps the office running smoothly with the help of volunteers.

Jeanne Browning

Jeanne Browning

Administration Assistant

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 four years in both the Administration and Finance areas.