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Western Australia


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

Maxine Santich (Co-Convenor) has 15 years’ experience working as a counsellor and psychotherapist. She completed a Masters degree in Psychotherapy & Counselling and has completed Gestalt therapy training. Maxine is an accredited Breathwork practitioner, has studied and participated in Family Constellations for over 25 years, obtained Diploma level in Natural Therapies and trained and worked as a fitness instructor.  Maxine is working in private practice in Busselton and is a volunteer counsellor with the Busselton Hospice Bereavement team.



Philippa Colgan (Co-Convenor) is an accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist with APPWA (Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of WA).  She also holds qualifications in humanistic counselling, anthropology and public health. Philippa works in private practice and is a member of the teaching staff for the postgraduate counselling programme at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle).





Sue (Susan) Etheridge is an experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor working in a not-for-profit organisation. She works with individuals, couples and families, co-facilitates a group for male perpetrators of family domestic violence and has a great passion for supervising Masters students of counselling and psychotherapy. Sue also runs a private practice, providing counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and clinical supervision face to face or via Zoom. Sue’s background is in nursing, having trained as a registered nurse in the UK, specialising in neurological nursing and rehabilitation before moving to Australia 30 years ago. She has since completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master in Social Science (Counselling and Psychotherapy), followed by a six-month supervision course with Supervision WA.  Sue is also a laughter yoga facilitator. Sue is a clinical member of PACFA and an accredited clinical supervisor.

Sally Hardwick raised a family of five children in the UK, before relocating to Australia in 1996. She graduated with a Diploma in Transactional Analysis in 2013, after several years of study, while working as a volunteer at the Spiers Centre in Heathridge and completed a Master of Social Science (Counselling and Psychotherapy) in the same year. Sally’s passion is working with couples. She undertook a two year Family and Relationship Therapy course at the William Street Family Therapy Centre in Perth, then completed a Certificate in Mental Health with Southern Cross University in 2021 to broaden her knowledge and address her concern about mental health issues in families. She currently works in private practice counselling couples. 


Ranka Joyce is an experienced psychodynamic relationship counsellor who works with individuals and couples struggling in their relationship. She holds a Master of Counselling degree from Murdoch University. Ranka is trilingual, offering her counselling services in English, Croatian and Italian in her private practice in Wembley Downs.

Ranka is an Imago certified advanced relationship therapist, couples workshop presenter, parenting facilitator and a Neurofeedback practitioner. She is currently enrolled in Trauma Research Foundation’s Certification program headed by Dr B. van der Kolk.



Contact the PACFA West branch at [email protected]

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