Western Australia

PACFA West is the Western Australian Branch of PACFA. The Branch officially commenced operating on 1 July 2016.Individual members of PACFA in Western Australia receive automatic membership of PACFA West 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

PACFA West Leadership Group

Leah O’Brien-Addison (Co-Convenor) is an experienced facilitator, coach, counsellor and psychotherapist. Building on a background in education, business and stakeholder engagement, her professional focus now is supporting individuals, couples and families to navigate life and relationship challenges and decisions. Leah has specialist training in the Imago, Sexual Crucible, Open Up, and Worksmart8 approaches.  Leah is a current, professional member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia-Western Australia (PACFA West), Association of Imago Relationship Therapists Australia (AIRTA) and the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM).  Leah is also a Commonwealth Registered Celebrant.



Sally Pamberger (Co-Convenor) is a counsellor in private practice based in Albany. She offers sessions for individuals and couples, workshops, retreats and clinical supervision for health professionals. Sally graduated in Counselling from the University of Notre Dame Australia, is a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, also known as Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction (IBSR). She has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement. Sally is a clinical member of PACFA, an accredited supervisor and an active mentor and trainer with the Institute for the Work of Byron Katie. Passionate about building community, Sally supports accessible, quality professional development, bringing a regional perspective to the Leadership Group.

Sue Etheridge
 is an ex nurse who has been a clinical member of PACFA for seven years and has recently become a PACFA Accredited Supervisor. Sue completed an undergraduate psychology degree then a Masters in Social Science (Counselling and Psychotherapy) at ECU 12 years ago, followed a few years later by a six-month supervision course at Supervision WA. Sue works at Centacare, a not for profit organisation, as a counsellor, co-facilitator of a Men’s Behavioural change groups and supervisor. She also has a small private practice in counselling and clinical supervision.

Rosealeen Tamaki trained as a psychotherapist and later undertook an Infant Observation to deepen her understanding of the developing self from infancy. Combined with her personal analysis and further studies she brings together her theoretical and personal awareness to her work as a psychotherapist and counsellor. Rosealeen has previously taught the undergraduate unit ‘Therapeutic Practice with Older Age Adults’, in the Psychotherapy and Counselling programme at Edith Cowan University. The combination of working with individuals and couples in psychotherapy and teaching in the university sector has combined two of Rosealeen’s deep interests and passions; the person as an individual and within a personal relationship and people coming together in group situations. Rosealeen also enjoys writing and thinking about groups and the dynamics of the group. She has a paper published (Argo Online International Journal, 2018). She is currently writing a chapter to be included in a book that is aimed at an international audience working in leadership roles in community, organisational and business groups. Rosealeen is also a member of Balint groups. She has participated in these over a number of years. These groups and others she is a member of, continue to be an invaluable part of learning and developing her capacity to bring awareness to unthought and unknown elements that exist in us all. Following her interest in groups and organisations, and her awareness of the value of ongoing professional development, including her professional organisation, Rosealeen became the Professional Development coordinator and PACFA delegate for PACAWA, prior to the integration of PACWA into the PACFA West group as we have now become. Rosealeen’s interest in individual life experiences, groups, organisations, writing, reading and the creative capacities, continues to be the bedrock of her continuing development as a person and psychotherapist.

Sally Hardwick presently lives in Geraldton, Western Australia and is a counsellor in private practice using web based conferencing as a means of counselling couples remotely. Sally has run groups for couples to help strengthen their marriages. Sally graduated with a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Edith Cowan University in 2013. Sally has been a volunteer counselling at the Spiers Centre Heathridge for three years. During this time she accrued 300 counselling hours required to qualify for her Diploma in Transactional Analysis. Sally has also completed a 2 year course in couples and family therapy at William Street Family Therapy Centre. Whilst living in the UK in 2017, Sally was able to work as a volunteer in Place2B, London, an organization working with distressed teenagers in secondary schools using art therapy. This added to her tool box of counselling approaches. Sally is mindful of the increasing mental health issues in Western Australia, and is at present studying an online Graduate Diploma in Mental Health from Southern Cross University. She feels that this added knowledge will fill a gap in her knowledge enabling her to widen her counselling portfolio.   

Maxine Santich I have 15 years of experience in Counselling/Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Breathwork, and Family Constellations. My formal qualifications are Master Psychotherapy/Counselling, Gestalt Therapy and Breathwork Practitioner.  I have studied and participated in Family Constellations for over 20 years; have reached Diploma level in Natural Therapies; Studied and practiced fitness instructing. I currently work with Medibank on the Beyond Blue & 1800Respect programs. Recently I opened a private practice. My interest is in holistic and spiritual based therapy. 




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