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 (click below to read their profiles).
Board of Directors
Catherine Cooney, Chair of the Board
Megan Tucker, Secretary
Vicki Schuhardt, Treasurer
Domenic Vetere, Board Director: Legal Director
Marc Rousseau, Board Director: Digital Transformation
Beenu Fernando, Board Director: Philanthropy, Finance
Lejla Arnautovic, Practice Manager (Therapeutic Services)
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Karen Adams, Finance Administrator
Mariajose Gomez-Zaldivar, Project Development Officer
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.
- 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)
- Associate Member DTAA, Member IICT, Ageless Grace Educator
Kim is a qualified professional art therapist and counsellor and working with vulnerable and complex clients who presented with a range of mental issues. She has 8 years of experience in individual and group-based therapy in clinical and community setting. Kim’s counselling brings integrated combination of theories and modalities: art therapy, mindfulness, narrative therapy and trauma-informed practice with person-centred and empathy. Kim’s passion is to bring altogether therapy with hope and healing in our life journey.
- Masters of Art Therapy in La Trobe University
- Bachelor of Design in New South Wales University
- Professional Certificate of Adolescent Counselling in Monash University
- Professional Member of ANZACATA (Australian, New Zealand and
- Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association)
김 희진 임상 심리와 함께 정신과 미술 치료사이며 상담가이다. 호주 뉴사우스웰즈 대학
디자인과에서 학사 학위를 받고, 라트로브 대학원에서 미술 치료학 석사학위를 받았고 모나쉬
대학에서 청소년 상담을 이수했다. 미술 치료와 상담을 통해 건강한 정신과 감정으로 회복되는데
노력하고 있다. 현재, 정신과 병원과 비영리 단체에서 미술 치료사와 상담가로 일하고 있으며
호주, 뉴질랜드, 아시아 퍼시픽의 공인 미술 치료 전문가 (ATR at ANZACATA)이다.
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.
- Masters of Experiential and Creative Arts Practice
- Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Certificate in Trauma Counselling
- Certificate in Crisis Counselling
Lauren is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who works from an evidence based and trauma sensitive framework, drawing on Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self Compassion, Somatic Self Compassion and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has worked in support, counselling and clinical roles with people in all stages of life and from all walks of life. This includes but is not limited to, people who have experienced domestic and family violence and sexual assault.
In counselling, she works to foster a safe environment that holds space for creative expression and whole person experiencing. She values inherent human dignity and radical respect and she uses these to collaborate with clients so as to empower intentional living, enhance resilience and cultivate self-appreciation. She identifies as a feminist and has an interest in intersectional identity and advocacy of human rights.
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Social Work
- Graduate Diploma Young Persons Mental Health
- Graduate Certificate Arts (International Development)