The South Australian Branch officially commenced operating on 1 July 2017. Individual members of PACFA in SA receive automatic membership of the SA 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
South Australia Leadership Group
Pat Bradley (Convenor) (M.Sc. Counselling, Dip Supervision, Dip Primary Care Counselling), is a counselling practitioner (clinical), accredited supervisor and Mental Health Practitioner in private practice in West Beach, Adelaide, SA. She qualified in the UK in 2000 and was in both private practice and employed by the National Health Service in the UK before emigrating to Australia in 2013.
Pat has been heavily involved in and committed to the profession of counselling and previously served as both Secretary and President of the Counselling Association of South Australia before becoming a member of the PACFA Board in 2017. She is deeply passionate about progressing our profession and strengthening our collective voice both nationally and locally.
Patrick Moloney has a Masters in Counselling from the University of South Australia. He is also trained in mediation and hypnosis. His clients tend to be couples with relationship difficulties and individuals with personal issues including stress and anxiety. His business degree is useful in assisting many of his clients who run their own businesses. Mindfulness, meditation and hypnosis are employed by Patrick on a regular basis though his practice is person centred and emotionally focused.
Gia Pyrlis Prior to working as a therapist, at the age of 33, Gia experienced breast cancer and was urged on a journey of self-discovery. She began studying more about the mind, body and spirit, and for the last 15 years has been practising as counsellor, educator and public speaker in the area of health and wellbeing. Gia has a passionate interest in the mind body connection which led her to complete 2 years of study for a Bachelor of Health Science – Naturopathy at Endeavour College SA. Gia has worked as a Junior Primary teacher with the Education Department SA for 15 years, where she also taught Modern Greek to children from R-to 7. After her career in teaching she completed a Diploma in Remedial Massage and a Masters in Social Science (Counselling Studies). Gia opened her own wellness business in 2002 and worked as a Integrative therapist for 19 years. She began working as a brokered counsellor for Carers SA in 2015. In 2020 Gia was appointed as Team Leader for the counselling services at Carers SA. Her speciality areas in counselling are anxiety, depression, loss and grief, trauma, stress management, life transition, mind/ body wellness, building resilience and self-esteem, chronic illness, and CALD/Bilingual counselling.
Nina Corlett (PhD) has a Masters in Counselling Practice and is building her own practice. She has extensive experience working with children and young people, mainly due to her former career as a teacher. More recently, she has developed an interest in working alongside older persons as they navigate aspects of change associated with aging. Her main focus is on anxiety and depression, grief and loss and identity issues. She practices primarily from a narrative perspective. Nina works within her local community and is passionate about increasing awareness of the benefits of counselling at a broader level.
Maurite Fober has been working in private practice in South Australia since completing a Master’s degree in counselling and completing advanced studies in equine-assisted psychotherapy. She is keen to help individuals find the best in themselves and in their relationships. She is both room-based counselling and outdoor, animal-assisted psychotherapy to help adults, adolescents and children work through trauma and relationship difficulties. Her approach is strongly trauma-informed and person-centered, integrating elements of Gestalt, mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, Solution-focused, ACT, CBT and Narrative therapies. She also provides online and workplace EAP services.
Kristen Soyland has worked in the mental health sector in Adelaide for the past 12 years. Kristin has worked across local non-government organisations, in frontline roles, from client facing work to leadership and management. She has a master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as a graduate diploma in Counselling, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Kristin is also a Clinical Supervisor and has provided supervision to students and staff, in this time. She has memberships with PACFA and ACSA. Kristin has a clear passion for helping people grow.
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