Counsellor 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.
Counsellor 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.
Tara Paterson is a generalist counsellor working across all ages for individual counselling with a focus on working with youth and young adults . Tara is trauma informed and skilled in assisting with goal setting, loss of direction, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, carer burnout, compassion fatigue, domestic violence , family violence, chronic illness management and many more issues and areas. Tara is nationally registered with CCAA under PACFA. Tara has a Bachelor or Arts with a Major in Counselling and Minor in Psychology.