All of our consultants have professional qualifications with extensive post graduate experience. All psychologists and social workers are connected to their relevant professional associations and adhere to strict ethical standards.

ACCESS is also fortunate to employ some multi-lingual staff, including speakers of Italian and Spanish.

Amanda Coldwell – Manager

Bachelor of Social Work; Mental Health Social Work AASW Accredited, Certificate in Training and Assessment TAA

Amanda has worked as a social work clinician for over 25 years, fulfilling leadership and clinical roles within community, acute health and mental health sectors. She has recently transitioned from SA Health, managing social work teams in the areas of general medicine, rehabilitation and palliative care. Amanda also has private practice experience, specialising in grief and loss counselling. Her strengths in service development offer focused business directions with highly valued staff engagement. Amanda has a passion for visionary and supportive leadership, aiming to empower our experienced and skilled staff to offer high quality, wellbeing support services.

Darren McGeachie – Senior Consultant

B. Social Work; B.A. LLB (Hons); Nationally Accredited Mediator (Leadr); Cert. IV TAE

Darren is qualified in law and social work and practiced as a solicitor in private practice for a number of years. He has worked as a Solicitor and Senior Conciliator with the Equal Opportunity Commission., joining ACCESS-OCAR in 2000. His current interests are in organisational consultancy, coaching, dispute resolution and workplace investigation. He has trained as a mediator with LEADR, and coaches trainee mediators at the University of South Australia. He lectures in law and social work at Flinders University, and is a past Vice President of the Employee Assistance Professional Association of Australia Inc (EAPAA). He also holds the Certificate iv in Workplace Assessment, and acts as a trainer in the area of case recording.

Cris Pirone – Consultant / Counsellor / Senior Clinician

B.A. (Psychology); B. Social Work; B. Ed (Counselling)

Cris is a registered Psychologist and has over 25 years of experience in working with couples, individuals and families in counselling. She draws upon a range of evidence based frameworks and has clinical experience in providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness based therapy, Family Therapy, Relationship Counselling, Individual Counselling and Counselling for children. Cris aims to support and assist individuals to build upon their strengths and skills and to learn new ways of managing their concerns so that they can enhance their wellbeing, develop their potential and live the life they want to live.

Michelle Harlow – Service Coordinator

Michelle has a wealth of experience in office administration, customer service and finance. She believes in exceptional customer service and building strong relationships with client organisations. Michelle coordinates Critical Incidents, Trauma Support Services and Training as well as provides EAP quotations and assists with business and service related enquiries.

Alyce Hunter – Counsellor

B. of Counselling

Alyce is an experienced counsellor with over eight years’ experience in both clinical and community settings. Alyce has a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling and is currently completing a Masters of Social Work. Alyce provides support from a Trauma Informed Framework and utilises techniques such as; Psychoanalytic Counselling, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centered, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Grief and Loss Counselling. Alyce has extensive experience supporting individuals, families and children with Anxiety based disorders, Drug and Alcohol dependency and body image issues. Alyce places importance on providing a safe space for clients to explore and share their story with validation of their experiences, emotions and needs.

Carolyn Glynn – Counsellor

B. of Counselling

Carolyn began her professional career counselling students and their families As well as establishing a private practice specialising in family therapy, couples counselling.
Carolyn enjoys exploring the effects of relationship issues; grief and loss; stress, anxiety and depression; life transitions such as divorce and parenting; addiction; abuse and trauma. Her focus is in acknowledging individuals have the awareness and skills to overcome their life situations and mapping a personal/outcome plan equipping clients to successfully journey through their life circumstances.
She uses Narrative Therapy (storytelling), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy (meaning-making) as well as Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). From a philosophical perspective, social justice motivates Carolyn’s role and practice, advocating on behalf of the culturally diverse, for example, immigrants, first nation’s people, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQI populations and especially, addressing gender biases towards women.

Christine Sibley – Counsellor

B.Psychology; M. Social Science (Counselling); Grad Dip. Jungian Psych; Cert. Women’s Studies

Christine has a background in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling and holds degrees in Psychology, Jungian Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling. She has a background working in relationship counselling, staff counselling and consultancy, psychiatric group work and EAP counselling. She uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Jungian, Systemic and she likes to work in the area of loss and grief, personality and psychology.

Christopher Hibberd – Counsellor

B. Behavioural Science (Psychology); Grad. Cert (Mental Health Science)

Christopher has been working as a clinician and counsellor for 15 years, particularly in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and with placements at the Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders and with an OCD support service. In counselling, Christopher draws from his knowledge and experience in using Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy / Mindfulness and training in Moral Reconation Therapy), Client Centred / Positive Psychology, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strengths Based, Grief and Loss, Problem Solving and Goal Setting, Behaviour Activation and Resilience Building.

David Hawke – Consultant / Counsellor

Dip. Counselling and Group Work; Grad. Dip. Relationships Counselling

David is an experienced Counsellor who has been providing counselling and therapeutic group work for over 15 years. He welcomes a diverse range of concerns presented by individuals or couples. He came to ACCESS with extensive experience in understanding and addressing workplace related concerns and has over 40 years’ experience in workplace training. David maintains clinical membership of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia through meeting annual requirements for ethical standards, continuing professional development and regular supervision as a counsellor. He is a compassionate Counsellor who applies an integrated theoretical approach to his work and uses a combination of counselling approaches including; Solution Focused Brief therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Grief and Loss counselling.

Di Nayda – Counsellor

B. Psychology (Hons)

Di has been providing counselling services for many years, predominantly in the area of anxiety disorders, for individuals families and couples. Di has an Honours degree in Psychology and is currently completing her Doctorate at Flinders University. She draws from a range of evidenced based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Self Compassion- Based Mindfulness Therapy tailored to the individual or family to ensure the best outcome. ​Di’s primary objective is to build on the clients strengths and coping strategies, to learn new ways of managing challenging situation in order to enhance their well being and reach their potential.

Elly Wild – Counsellor

B.Social Work; B.Science; Grad Dip (Group Work)

Elly has extensive and varied clinical work as a social worker and counsellor. Elly has considerable experience in working with people who have experienced childhood trauma. She also embraces working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. In counselling her work is informed by a combination of approaches including Solution Focused, Strengths Based, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Interactive Drawing Therapy, Grief and Loss as well as somatic based understandings of trauma and recovery.

Fiona Graf – Counsellor

B. Social Work; B. Social Planning

Fiona has been providing counselling and social work services for many years and has considerable experience working in the mental health sector and with young people and families. Her passion is supporting people achieve their goals in a safe and confidential space. Fiona works from a strengths based perspective and utilises her skills in motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy and grief and loss counselling.

Gemma David – Consultant

B. Management (Human Resources Management); Grad Dip. Psychology; Grad Dip. Counselling; Grad Cert. Careers Education and Development; Certificate IV Frontline Management; Certificate IV Training and Assessment

Gemma has formal qualifications across human resources, career development and counselling. Her experience in coaching, conflict management, training development/facilitation and implementing wellbeing strategies, is underpinned by her passion to support employers and individuals to meet their organisational and individual professional goals. Alongside experience in formal reviews and investigations, Gemma has change management experience in the development and implementation of culture change plans and can offer a holistic career coaching service. With an empathetic, respectful and professional approach, Gemma provides organisational consultancy services grounded with a wellbeing and solution-focussed approach.

Greg Kelly – Counsellor

Masters of Social Work; Masters of Science (Counselling)

Greg was trained in the United States as a Psychotherapist. He completed his Master of Science in Counselling at California State University. He went on to complete his 5-year internship and then successfully pass his board exams to qualify as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT). Greg returned to Australia in 2017 and completed a Master’s of Social Work at the University of SA. Greg has 15 years of experience as a Mental Health Clinician in a variety of settings. He worked most recently at the Department of Veteran Affairs (Open Arms), counselling Veterans and their families.

Greg predominantly uses the following approach(s) – Emotionally focused therapy and emotion-focused therapy ( EFT) – these are a family of related approaches to psychotherapy with individuals, couples, or families. EFT approaches include elements of experiential therapy (such as person-centred therapy and Gestalt therapy ), systemic therapy, and attachment theory.

Heidi Lichtenberg – Counsellor

B. of Social Work, Grad Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dip. of Counselling

Heidi has over six years’ experience of working in the child protection sector as a Senior Social Worker in which she honed her skills in solution based casework. Heidi has a Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in which she provided counselling at Flinders’ Psychological Therapy Services (SA Health). Heidi is driven by helping her clients develop insights into their thoughts and behaviours and to walk alongside them to resolve their current challenges using a holistic and strengths based approach to practice. Heidi continues to extend her professional development through her counselling studies and employment with ACCESS programs.

Kathleen Ballinger – Counsellor

BA (Indigenous Studies); Masters of SW

Kathleen Ballinger is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, with an extensive background that includes within disability services, the homelessness sector, mental health, in SA, NT, and Victoria.  She provides Focused Psychological Therapies that includes CBT, DBT and ACT, and has recent experience in Suicide Prevention Programs, Private practice counselling, and hospital acute & sub-acute social work provision in western Victoria. Kathleen is passionate about social justice and contributing to providing responsive, meaningful mental health therapies, and has a collaborative, strengths based approach.

Kyra McMahon – Counsellor

B. Social Work; Certificate IV Community Services and Health (Youth Work); Certificate III Services and Health (Primary Health Care)

Kyra is a social worker with 20 years of experience in various roles in non-government agencies, such as homelessness sector, re-engaging students to education/training and most recently, counselling. Kyra has intensive case management experience working with young people and their families. Kyra uses a range of theories and practices including narrative therapy, trauma informed practice, strengths based approach, whilst being client centered to support individuals in managing their wellbeing.

Leanne Pine – Counsellor

B. Social Work

Leanne has experience working with youth and families as a case manager for several years in government and non-government roles. Previously enrolled nurse in the Defence Force, working in local hospitals and rehab services in Adelaide. Leanne has experience as a clinician and counsellor in the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector. She has completed training in co-morbidity in AOD and mental health conditions and trauma informed practices. Leanne utilises different theories and practices such as Bio psycho social assessment, Motivational and Narrative interviewing with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Strength, Wellbeing and Solution based theories, personalised to each individual or family to service the best outcome.

Lee Bradley – Consultant

Diploma Community Services – Mental Health; Diploma Remedial Practitioner; Certified Mediator; Certificate IV Workplace Injury Management.

Lee has completed formal qualifications in areas surrounding Injury Management, Mediation and Workplace Consultancy. She has experience designing and facilitating workshops in Stress Management for local community centres in the southern area. She has worked in the private sector as a Case Manager, as a Rehabilitation Consultant at SA Health and Injury Management Consultant with SAPOL. Her passion is in assisting people in conflict to come to an agreement. She supports people in highly confidential matters with sensitivity, empathy and hope.

Lee Ritchie – Counsellor

B. Social Science (Human Services and Anthropology); Mental Health Social Work AASW Accredited; Post Grad Cert. Community Development; Dip. Alcohol and Other Drugs

Lee is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who has over 13 years of experience in the social services field. Lee has predominantly worked in case management and counselling roles with a broad range of adult client groups including: people living with mental illness; carers; asylum seekers and refugees; people experiencing homelessness; and individuals using alcohol or other drugs. She has a passion for working one on one with frontline employees in a strengths based approach helping them navigate the challenging work they do. Lee encourages a positive work life balance with an aim of improving overall wellbeing, often in relation to depression, anxiety and stress management. Lee also enjoys working with clients to set and achieve goals for personal growth and career development through various life stages such as, entering professions and retirement.

Patricia Donovan – Counsellor

B.A Social Work (Hons); Post Grad. Dip. Family Therapy; Associate Dip. Child Studies; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training, Mindfulness Cognitive behavioural Therapy for Professionals

Patricia has a Bachelor of Social Work with Hons, Post Grad in Narrative Therapy and Community Work. She has worked with adults, children and adolescents, family groups and group work.  Experience and training in mental health, Mindfulness CBT, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy. In counselling roles her practice  is informed by a combination of approaches including Solution Focused, Strengths based, Motivational Interviewing , Mindfulness CBT, Narrative and Brief Therapy, Grief and Loss counselling, Sensory Motor understanding of trauma and recovery.

Shane Strikwerda – Counsellor

Bachelor of Applied Social Science, Advanced Diploma Applied Science (counselling)

Shane has worked as a counsellor for over ten years, and during this time he has supported individuals and families experiencing a range of challenges. Prior to joining ACCESS programs, Shane worked as a crisis counsellor, a family counsellor, and as team leader of a mental health program. Shane draws on a range of evidence based therapies to help people overcome challenges and increase their confidence and wellbeing, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.

Tracy Dickens – Consultant / Counsellor

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Grad Dip. of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Nursing, Advance Diploma of Business, Advanced Dip. of Management (Human Resources Management), Dip. of Clinical Hypnosis, Associate Dip. of Social Science (Child Care), Cert NLP Practitioner, Cert IV Frontline Management

Tracy has formal qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy as well as hypnosis. Tracy is an experienced Counsellor where she utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Hypnosis, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Person Centred Counselling. Tracy has experience as a business owner and also has over 12 years as a national Human Resources Manager, conducting leadership development, injury management, writing policy and procedures, staff benefits and wellness programs, industrial relations including investigations, as well as staff and management training and counselling. Tracy’s approach to counselling is one of a deep-rooted belief that working as a team, the client has the ability to heal, resolve issues and move forward as a positive confident, well equipped, and resourced individual. Nothing is too insignificant to talk about, if it matters to you, then it matters.

Valeria Cavallo – Consultant / Counsellor

B. Psychology (Hons)

Valeria is a registered Psychologist who graduated in Argentina in 1987 and has an extensive background in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology. She has worked overseas with adults, children and adolescents. Her expertise is in mental health and organisational issues. She has been a Consultant / Psychologist with ACCESS working with adults since 1994 and can speak, read and write fluent Italian and Spanish.