Counsellors, Their Qualifications and Legislation.

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

Karinya complies with all legislation regarding the professional conduct of its staff, volunteers and counsellors by applying a number of measures to ensure the safety of all clients and children in their care. These include Working with Children checks and Police checks.

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 are struggling are her areas of interest. She is experienced in debriefing and mediation and does some life coaching. She is a clinical counsellor registered with CCAA and PACFA, 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), B Sc (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.

Bronwyn Lee

Bronwyn Lee

Counsellor

BSSCOU, CCAA (Clin), PACFA Reg.
MAREAA Member/Relationship Educator/Prepare Facilitator.

Bronwyn enjoys working with couples as well as individuals. She has completed additional training in pastoral care and relationship counselling and is a trained relationship educator. She is also interested in preventative counselling because she believes that knowledge and skills prepare people to manage the hardships of life more calmly and confidently.

Andrea Middling

Andrea Middling

Psychologist

B.A.(Psych), M.A.(Counselling Psych). Grad Dip in Counselling Psych

Andrea has been a registered Psychologist since 1998.
She has specialist training in Couples Therapy and a Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (A.P.S) and the Australian Association for Clinical Hypnosis (A.A.C.H). She works with adolescents, couples and individuals and works predominantly from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches. Her areas of special interest include hypnosis, relationship difficulties, dreams, trauma, anxiety and depression.

Maureen Smith

Maureen Smith

Counsellor

B.Sc Sci (Couns), Post Grad Family Therapy CCAA Reg. (Grad), PACFA (Prov) Registered Nurse (Div 1) for many years.

I have a passion to see marriages/couples endure as healthy, fulfilling partnerships and to see families flourish. My journey includes significant cross-cultural experience plus living around, working with and supporting those with mental illness. Many years of experience in all facets of caring as a nurse have included pre and post-operative education and counselling and grief and loss support.

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. She is married to Mark and has an adult daughter Niketa.