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Our People

HerSpace is made up of a committed and diverse group of trained and qualified volunteers, supported by a core team of staff and governed by its Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

emily raj megan2
nicola lainie robyn

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Click below to read our Director profiles (from left to right):

Emily, CEO & Board Director: HerSpace Program Manager

Raj, Board Director: Business & Corporate Relationships

Megan, Board Director: Secretary

Nicola, Board Director

LainieBoard Director

RobynBoard Director

BeaBoard Director 

DomenicBoard Director: Legal Director 

Counsellors

Aicha works from a Gestalt framework, guided by a belief that we all have the capacity to live our lives more consciously. She also believes that therapy has the potential to assist people to become more aware of the habitual ways in which they react to life and to consequently experience deeper levels of meaning and connection in their lives by becoming more choiceful in how they live.

Qualifications:

  • Masters Counselling and Human Services
  • Graduate Diploma Counselling and Human Services
  • Advanced Clinical Training in Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Certificate Relational Gestalt Counselling
  • Clinical Member P.A.C.F.A. 
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Asha Herspace Counsellor and Intake Officer, Director and founder of Counselling On Collins, Melbourne CBD www.counsellingoncollins.com.au

Amanda has over 8 years experience conducting 1:1 therapy sessions and 15 years facilitating Art Therapy Workshops. As a Person-centred therapist, she is passionate about working with women to connect to their internal strengths to enable them to release their past and live a brighter more empowered future.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Holistic Counselling, Advanced Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy. Professional Membership: Australian Counselling Association,  Australian Hypnotherapy Association, National Hypnotherapy Register of Australia, and Australian Association of Holistic and Transpersonal Counsellors.

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With over 20 years of experience teaching, performing, choreographing and moving with people across 3 continents, Anjali is passionate about dance and the creative arts as a pathway to reconnect with the wisdom of the body, to experience the joy of being in the body and live in the present moment.

Qualifications:

  • Dip. Transpersonal Art Therapy
  • Grad. Dip. Dance Movement Therapy
  • B.Sc. (Life Sciences)
  • Cert IV Training & Assessment
  • Grad. Dip. Sports & Fitness Science, B.Sc. (Life Sciences)
  • CPR
  • Associate Member DTAA, Member IICT, Ageless Grace Educator
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Chris is a Sensorimotor Art Therapist who specialises in Clayfield therapy and other Intiatic Art Therapy techniques.  She has been working in the Community Services sector for over 35 years working in a variety of capacities including family violence and sexual exploitation and has been in private practice as an Initiatic Arts Therapist for the last six years.  She has a keen interest in supporting people impacted by trauma to access their healing capacities, to build their inner resources and to move from ‘survivor’ to ‘thriver’.

Qualifications:

  • MEd (Experiential Learning and Development
  • Grad Dip Counselling
  • Grad Dip Experiential Learning and Development
  • Grad Cert Social Science (Male Family Violence Group Facilitation)
  • BA (Sociology)
  • Certificate Initiatic Art Therapy
  • Certificate Work at the Clayfield
  • Diploma Sensorimotor Art Therapy
  • Dip VET
  • Current Studies: Somatic Experiencing
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Cindy has 20 years experience providing counselling and case work support to women and young people affected by family violence, sexual assault, homelessness, mental health issues and drug and alcohol use.  She has worked in a variety of settings, using both individual counselling, casework, and therapeutic group interventions to assist women in their healing journeys.  She emphasises a woman’s right to safety and dignity as core in navigating the journey to recovery and hope. Cindy brings a trauma informed, person-centred and human rights perspective to her work and believes that all people, especially women and children, deserve a life free from violence and exploitation.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology)
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Graduate Diploma in Experiential Creative Arts Therapy

 

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Eileen is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker who offers counselling and coaching to clients on the Mornington Peninsula.   She incorporates evidence-based treatment methods (DBT, ACT, CBT) with mindfulness and stillness meditation practices, and Art Therapy, for a holistic approach to counselling.

Qualifications: BA (Psychology), BSW & Grad Dip Social Science (Gestalt Therapy), Cert. Couples Counselling, Cert. Initiatic Art Therapy

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Kim is a qualified art therapist and counsellor and working with vulnerable and complex clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds who presented with a range of mental issues including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, alcoholism, dementia, grief, Autism, ADHD and trauma from experiences of violence, abuse and sexual exploitation. Experience in the successful delivery of individual and group-based therapy of working with people at all stages’ of life, in clinical and community setting.

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Art Therapy
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Professional Certificate of Adolescent Certificate
  • Professional Member ANZATA

 

희진 임상 심리 전문가, 호주와 뉴질랜드 공인 미술 치료 전문가 (AThR), 상담가. 호주 뉴사우스웰즈 대학 디자인 학사학위를, 라트로브 대학원에서 미술 치료학 석사학위를 받았다. 다양한 문화의 의뢰인들을 대상으로 미술 치료를 통해 건강한 정신과 감정으로 회복하는데 노력하고 있다.

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Sharon has over 20 years of experience providing counselling, arts therapy and support to women and children who have experienced trauma, abuse and/or neglect, both individually and in groups. Sharon uses a combination of Emotion-Focused Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness. Through the therapeutic relationship Sharon assists people to process, integrate and heal from trauma. Sharon believes in collaborating with people to help form a cohesive, and sometimes new, narrative drawing on their individual strengths, internal resources and unique experiences.

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Counselling and Human Services
  • Graduate Diploma in Experiential and Creative Arts Therapies
  • Bachelor of Arts, major in Psychology
  • Clinical Member PACFA
  • Professional Member ACATA

HerCircle Group Facilitators

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Cindy has 20 years experience providing counselling and case work support to women and young people affected by family violence, sexual assault, homelessness, mental health issues and drug and alcohol use.  She has worked in a variety of settings, using both individual counselling, casework, and therapeutic group interventions to assist women in their healing journeys.  She emphasises a woman’s right to safety and dignity as core in navigating the journey to recovery and hope. Cindy brings a trauma informed, person-centred and human rights perspective to her work and believes that all people, especially women and children, deserve a life free from violence and exploitation.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology)
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Graduate Diploma in Experiential Creative Arts Therapy

 

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Susan has 14 years experience working as a counsellor/advocate with victim/survivors of sexual assault. A key component of this work was group facilitation for victim/survivors of both childhood, and adult sexual assault. In this work she explored thoughts and themes through conversation and reflection, she has also found invaluable in the group process the use of creative arts activities. Susan has also facilitated many trauma recovery groups using Mandala (circle), in this process trauma and its impacts are explored within the safe boundary of the Mandala.

She works from a feminist framework, understanding the historical and current disparity of power that informs and maintains sexual exploitation. Trauma informed practice is embedded in her therapeutic work and she engages a collaborative, relational approach in her practice.

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Experiential and Creative Arts Practice
  • Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in Trauma Counselling
  • Certificate in Crisis Counselling