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.

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Managing Director / Christian Counsellor

Lyn Varty

Lyn is a well sought-after Christian Counsellor and Managing Director of Connections Counselling Perth. Lyn has over 30 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 41 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. 

 

Administrator Assistance

Alana Borgogno

Alana has years of experience working in various office environments and administration roles including a position as education assistant providing support with students requiring additional needs. Friendly and compassionate, she has a special interest serving in women and children’s ministries. She is also driven to mentor and equip younger women live their best Christian lives.

 

She is highly empathic and seeks to be a positive and supportive influence to others.

 

Alana has earned relevant industry certifications that include TAFE (Technical and Further Education) in office and secretarial studies and education assistant.

Digital Marketing Manager

Vernadette Austria

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.

Counsellor

Emma Wilkinson

Emma has 11 years of extensive training working with people who have experienced complex trauma; she has a particular interest in bringing resolution and healing for people who have experienced childhood abuse and neglect. Emma is genuine, gentle, wise, compassionate and non-judgemental Christian Counsellor who creates safety and trust within the therapeutic relationship, working collaboratively to achieve the persons’ desired goals.

 

She counsels from a wholistic and eclectic framework, exploring emotional, mental, relational, physiological and spiritual areas with people, drawing from a wide range of therapies.

 

Emma has earned a Bachelor of Social Science major in Counselling, Master of Counselling Practice, Certificate of Attainment in Professional Supervision. She is a member of Australia Counsellors Association (ACA).

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

Psychologist

Kristy Felsea

Kristy is passionate about people, their uniqueness and the journey that they are on. She has 14 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. 

Life Coach

Geoff Walker

Geoff has over 21 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 counselling 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 counsel.

 

Note: Book an appointment at Fremantle. Geoff does not do video and phone sessions. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

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Counsellor

Denise Bath

Denise has 21 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 South Perth on Fridays and Tuesdays at Thornlie; Mondays only available via phone and video. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

Counsellor

Janine Luzi

Janine has a proven exemplary result in Christian counselling as she works for more than 10 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 South Perth. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

Psychologist

Alicia Sullivan

Alicia is a registered Psychologist with 5 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 South Perth. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

Psychologist

Aksana Sutherland

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 has practiced in outreach, community, and prison settings; working with individuals as well as facilitating larger groups. Aksana is a Registered Psychologist with nine years of experience working in the field of mental health. 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 Saturdays at South Perth. Phone and online consultations are also available upon request. Not available for the provision of legal reports. 

Counsellor

 Aimee Crook

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 appointment at South Perth. Not available for the provision of legal reports.