Our Team

Our Christian Counsellors and Psychologists are professional and experienced therapists who are committed to the highest professional and  ethical standards to protect confidentiality and to provide a quality service.

 

Connections Counselling Perth ensures that all therapists maintain regular clinical supervision and development.

Online Counselling is now available! Schedule a session with our Counsellors and Psychologists

from anywhere in the world.

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Lyn Varty

Managing Director / Christian Counsellor

Lyn is a well sought-after Christian Counsellor and Managing Director of Connections Counselling Perth. Lyn has over 31 years’ experience helping people through difficult and complex life circumstances. Lyn brings a wealth of personal and professional experience into a therapeutic setting. She has studied extensively and is best known for her work in neglect, abuse and all forms of pregnancy loss including abortion. Her clients describe her as very compassionate, genuine, insightful and is committed to helping people through life’s difficulties. Lyn strives to conduct herself in a professional and ethical way. Lyn also manages and coordinates Hope Alive Australia and New Zealand; founded Pause Retreats.

 

She finds it extremely beneficial and vital to take time out, to pause, to nourish her physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Lyn is continuing her journey while learning and growing in how to practice the presence of God, being still and hearing God’s gentle still voice.

Lyn has been married for over 42 years with two children and three grandchildren. She loves walking, jigsaw puzzles, hanging out with friends, family and playing with her grandchildren.

 

She has Diploma in Counselling, and provides individual and group supervision.

Note: Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

 

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Lynette Lim

Administrative Assistant

Lynette worked as a registered nurse in Perth and Singapore for seven years combined. She chose to be a full-time mother with the succeeding birth of her daughters and migrated to WA with her family in 2008. After a few years, she studied counselling while also working as a Medical Receptionist in Queens Park Medical Centre.

During her free time, Lynette enjoys watching TV and relaxing. She also loves listening to people’s stories because she believes that each individual has a unique journey that makes them who they are.

Lynette is a registered nurse and she has earned her Diploma in Applied Social Science (Counselling) in Tabor College.

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Vernadette Austria

Digital Marketing Manager

Vernadette has years of solid background in marketing with core in Search Engine Optimization, Website Content Management and Social Media Strategy driven with a foundation in mainstream Advertising.

She is currently managing the digital marketing campaigns and implementing online strategies of Connections Counselling, Hope Alive, and Pause Retreats across platforms.

Before going into full digital marketing work, Vernadette was a Broadcast Producer for reputable Ad Agencies, Marketing Manager of a Global Recruitment Firm and was also a part-time College Instructor teaching Communication and Marketing subjects.

To keep up with the fast-paced growth of  the digital marketing industry, she continues to attend online workshops and live events in the US, Austria, and Hongkong. She is a Google Analytics certified. Vernadette has Master’s degree in Business Administration with double major in Business Management and Communications.

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Kristy Felsea

Psychologist

Kristy is passionate about people, their uniqueness and the journey that they are on. She has 15 years of experience as Psychologist and comes from an eclectic approach that is Christian and client centred. She provides a safe space for her clients to explore, discover, learn and grow through the difficulties that life brings; creating an environment to do so through her warmth, compassionate, and genuine interest to every individual.

 

She is zealous about working with families, in particular couples, parents, children, adolescents and young adults and holds a special interest in grief counselling, relationship counselling, challenges around change, impact of faith and reaching the person’s unique potential to live life to the fullest.

 

Kristy is a Registered Psychologist with postgraduate qualifications in Grief & Palliative Care Counselling, Counselling Bereaved Children, along with modules in Art & Expressive Therapy. She is a member of Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Note: Book an appointment at Fremantle. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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Alison Watt

Counsellor

Alison provides a safe space for you to unpack the concerns you are experiencing and gain the life skills you need for the life you want to lead.

With vast experience in working with adults, youth, children and families, Alison brings a respectful and compassionate perspective and enjoys helping her clients find healthy perceptions of themselves.

Alison has extensive work and volunteer work experience with multicultural urban and rural communities, both locally and interstate.

Paired with her Psychology Honours and qualifications in Psychology and Social Services, she is well-equipped in providing evidence-based practice. She is deeply respectful of the background and needs of her clients and protective of the environment they need to receive healing. 

Married for 35 years, mother and grandmother, Alison is a versatile practitioner and a skilled listener and communicator. 

She is an Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Note: Book an appointment on Tuesdays and Fridays at Fremantle. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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Geoff Walker

Life Coach

Geoff has over 22 years’ experience helping people through difficult and complex life circumstances. He is passionate to help with addiction, relationship breakdown and problems. Geoff brings and integrates his love and experience of being a farmer into his life coaching in a creative and very practical caring way.

 

In 2000, Geoff left farming to train in the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation field, living and working at rehabilitation centres. This has given him incredible experience in conflict management, healing for sexual abuse, trauma, and building strong mental health. Geoff is a compassionate and is equipped to offer seasoned, faith-based life coaching.

 

Note: Book an appointment at Fremantle.  Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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Megan Weyers

Life Coach

Megan began her career in the field of family law, having studied units in psychology as well as a law degree at the now Nelson Mandela University. After having her own children, she was drawn into a mentoring program for complex and troubled youth, and this set her on a new path toward mentoring and coaching people both young and older, helping them to walk in greater freedom and to navigate the trickier paths in life.

Megan is now a certified Life Breakthrough Coach, and her particular passion is to help others to navigate from a difficult or undesirable life circumstance toward a healthier one, and to help, equip and encourage them along the way. She has spent nearly four years helping men and women to rebuild their lives after a period of drug and alcohol addiction.

Remaining happily married for over twenty years, moving countries 4 times, and raising two very differently abled children, has taught Megan further valuable life lessons which she is able to apply in her coaching approach being both passionate and compassionate in nature.

 

Megan has B. Juris LLB and Life Breakthrough Coach Certification.

Note: Book an appointment at Fremantle. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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Janine Luzi

Counsellor

Janine has a proven exemplary result in Christian counselling as she works for more than 11 years in a range of areas including trauma, abuse, addiction, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, identity and relationships. She has an integrative approach, according to individual needs, while working collaboratively, navigating through life’s difficulties across diverse cultural backgrounds.

 

She is warm, genuine and open, with a passionate and committed approach to facilitating hope and restoration of individual lives.

 

Janine has earned a Bachelor in Family Therapy, Master Counselling, Expressive Therapies in Sandplay and Symbol Work. She is a member of Australia Counsellors Association (ACA).

Note: Book an appointment at Dianella. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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Alicia 

Psychologist

Alicia is a registered Psychologist with 6 years of substantial training with adolescents, adults, and couples experiencing wide-range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, self-esteem, trauma, faith and spiritual, and personality disorders.

 

She is passionate about helping others work through the issues of day-to-day life and the challenges of battling mental health problems. Alicia exudes a warm, gentle and friendly nature. She takes a non-judgmental approach to therapy and believes it can help enhance anyone’s life, no matter where they are at.

 

Alicia has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Curtin University in Western Australia. She is a member of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Note: Book an appointment at Dianella. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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Denise Bath

Counsellor

Denise has 22 years of extensive experience counselling children and working with families in need. As a woman of faith, Denise, with God, joins clients on their healing journey to assist them to discover, accept and find solutions to resolve what is impacting them or their families.

 

She is a genuine, resilient lady with a love and passion for working with children and families.

 

Denise has a Bachelor in Social Science, Graduate Diploma in Human Service and Master of Arts in Human Service Counselling. She is a member of Australia Counsellors Association (ACA).

 

Note: Book an appointment at Dianella on Tuesdays or  Book an appointment at South Perth on Fridays. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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Aksana Sutherland

Psychologist

Aksana believes the most effective counselling is based on a trusting therapeutic relationship. She hopes to provide you with a safe and supportive space whilst working together to explore the challenges you come into session with. Aksana’s methods are tailored to each client; this is carried out by considering a range of theoretical and practical methods whilst considering any spiritual context.

 

Aksana has an interest in improving communication and exploring relationship stressors with experience working with teens, adults, older adults, couples, and families. Aksana is familiar with supporting those with complex trauma, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, substance use, grief and loss, as well as experience working with perpetrators of family and domestic violence.

 

Aksana is a Registered Psychologist working in the field of mental health since 2012. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) with additional qualifications in youth work, mental health and is currently completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Couples and Family Counselling.

Note: Book an appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays at South Perth. Phone and online consultations are also available upon request. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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Mark Tapping

Counsellor (on practicum)

Mark began counselling through pastoral care in 2002 at Southlands Church in California. After moving to Perth in 2011, he continued with pastoral care offered to Kingscross Church in Subiaco. While this support model can be broad, Mark has particularly enjoyed working with young adults, married couples, and families.

He has twenty years of experience with young people, group counselling with men and couples, pre-marriage counselling for couples, marriage counselling for couples who are experiencing difficulty, and adults who are going through seasons of change.

With a desire to develop more tools to help more people through different seasons of life, Mark turned to study a Master of Counselling at the University of Notre Dame. He has great hopes to come alongside and lift others in a counselling space. He is developing an integrative approach with lots of curious questions to help his clients understand their presenting problem and find solutions.

Mark is a husband of one wife, a father of four children, and a pastor to many people. He believes that everyone has a story worth hearing, and is curious. 

Note: Book an appointment on Mondays at South Perth. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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 Aimee Crook

Counsellor

Aimee has over a decade of experience in supporting people working through addiction, mental health, trauma, abuse, grief, and loss. Married for 14 years, Mum to 4 children, and she has many years of volunteer work for a variety of local and international charities and ministries.  Aimee is a compassionate, relational and genuine counsellor with a Christ centred approach to all of life.

She has a passion to hear and understand individual’s stories and walk alongside them as they navigate their way through life’s complex difficulties.

Aimee has a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) and a member of the ACA.

Note: Book an online appointment. Not available for the provision of legal reports.