New South Wales

The New South Wales Branch officially commenced operating on 1 July 2016.

Individual members of PACFA in NSW receive automatic membership of the NSW Branch with their PACFA membership.

Activities will include:
  • Providing continuing professional development
  • Providing opportunities for networking and peer support
  • Undertaking local outreach
  • Promoting PACFA to local education providers and students
  • Building a vibrant community of practitioners in a particular geographic area
  • Providing opportunities for practitioners in regional and rural areas to participate

New South Wales Leadership Group

Francis Kim (Convenor) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, accredited supervisor, and educator. Francis has been a member of PACFA since 2014, member of Leadership Group since the merger of Counsellors and Psychotherapist Association (CAPA) of NSW with PACFA in 2016. Prior to the PACFA restructure Francis Kim served as the treasurer and a member of the Ethics Committee in CAPA NSW. Francis runs a busy private practice at Strathfield and Campsie NSW, work with NDIS as a provider, EAP counsellor and a visiting clinician to NSW Mental Health. Francis is a national educator in counselling and psychology courses with two institutions. Francis has Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Applied Psychotherapy, Graduate Diploma in Counselling from University of Sydney and Bachelor (Psychology) from Macquarie University. Francis is passionate to see qualified counsellors and psychotherapists recognised in Australia at a government as well as in the minds of hearts of Australians.


Diana Sands, PhD, Director, Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief, is a postvention and prevention clinician, researcher and educator. Diana provides counselling following sudden, violent and traumatic death, and in particular individual, couple and family counseling and group programs, for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. Her counseling and group programs draw on a range of theoretical perspectives including narrative and family systems theory and incorporate expressive artwork. She is a Clinical member of PACFA, and the Deputy Chair of Postvention Australia, and the Honorary Advisor to the Wings of Hope Charity. Diana has served on the NSW Executive Committee, National Association Loss and Grief, and as the NSW representative with Suicide Prevention Australia. Diana is a Member of the International Work Group Death, Dying and Bereavement, and a recipient of the Vice Chancellor Post Graduate Research Grant, Australian Government Research Scholarship. Diana has presented seminars and workshops in Australia and Internationally drawing on her clinical experience and research. She has published a number of peer reviewed academic articles and book chapters and is the author of a book and DVD resource, “Red Chocolate Elephants: For Children Bereaved by Suicide.

Marlene Formosa has been involved in Aged Care which earned her acceptance by the Department of Health’s My Aged Care Review to advocate for Aged Care providers and the elderly. Marlene is an Employee Assistance Counsellor for staff working in Aged Care. Marlene’s maturity and expertise attract the over 50s to seek her out and she does home visits for elderly clients. Her areas of specialisation are cultural issues, and gambling, alcohol, and sex addictions. Marlene also works with families transitioning into parenthood or caring for parents, especially those with dementia. She supports clients to cope with their palliative care journeys or that of a loved one.

Karen Phillip has been a Professional Clinical Counsellor for 20 years and a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist for 10 years. She works with a variety of different clients on a range of diverse issues specialising in relationships, parenting, communication, and family mediation. Her credentials include PACFA clinical accreditation and supervisor; Australian Hypnotherapy Association (AHA) clinical accreditation and supervisor; Director and trainer with the Australian Hypnotherapy College; Family Dispute Mediator registered with the Attorney General’s Department; Victim Services Counsellor; and Accredited iCare Counsellor. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Counselling Hypnotherapy with Griffith University, and her qualifications include Master of Counselling; Master of Family Studies; Grad Dip Counselling; Advanced Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy; and a Diploma Naturopathic Nutrition.

Contact the New South Wales Branch