Australia's Best Psychologists & Counselling Experts

Our Team

Lifeskills Australia is a team of registered & qualified counsellors & psychologists committed to help Australians achieve positive work-life balance

Lee Pagana

Director of Lifeskills Centre, Counsellor, Lifeskills Seminar Facilitator

Speciality:

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • EAP Counselling
  • FIFO Counselling
  • Critical Incident Response
  • Personal Development Seminars:
    1. Couples
    2. Individuals
    3. Communication
    4. Mental Health Awareness and many more.

Affiliations:

  • ACA-Australian Counselling Association
  • PCWA- Professional Counselling of Western Australia
  • CBT Australia- Cognitive Behavioral Therapist of Australia
  • EAPAA- Employment Assistant Program Association of Australia
  • MHFA- Mental Health First Aid Instructor in the following courses:
    1. The Standard Mental Health First Aid
    2. Mental Health First Aid Refresher
    3. Blended Workplace F2F
    4. On line Workplace

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Personal Information

After a turbulent beginning to her marriage, Lee and her husband started counselling and attended an intensive personal development seminar. This was over 30 years ago and was the catalyst for Lee becoming a Counsellor herself. Today she is a Registered Counsellor with many affiliations and is renowned for her openness and down to earth approach.

Lee was the founder of the “Desana Whole Health Clinic” in Wembley WA. Desana was based on a holistic approach to health bringing together GP’s (General Practitioners) and allied health professionals such as Counsellors, Psychologists, Naturopaths, Herbalists and specialists in Collation treatment and Ozone therapy.

She developed and co-facilitates the Lifeskills Seminar – an intensive program ran over 4 days on a bi-monthly basis which is now in its 28th year. The seminar has helped thousands of individuals and couples to take control of their lives and find a balance that they once thought was unattainable.

Lee was a keynote speaker at the FMG Wellness Conferences for consecutive years and regularly attends conferences, facilitates workshops and training programs in her capacity as Clinical Director of Lifeskills Australia. She frequently participates in mine site visits, crisis calls and hands on management of critical incidents and other emergency situations. She is passionate about her one-on-one counselling work and is committed to continued professional development in order to provide the best possible research and evidence-based therapies for her clients.

Viviana Jancso Clinical Psychologist

Viviana Jancso

Clinical Psychologist (Registrar)

BA Law, MA Applied Psych, Grad Dip Counselling, BA Psych

Personal Information

Viviana is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in EAP, Private Practice and in a Government setting in a vocational rehabilitation capacity. She works with children, adolescents and adults with a range of mental health and behavioural issues. She is nearing the completion of a law degree and is often approached to deal with court related matters including reportable family therapy, court ordered anger management and reporting on criminal cases.

Viviana has experience working across several psychological problems including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma, couples counselling, anger management, eating disorders and autism. Viviana uses evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and is trained to use EMDR for trauma and Schema Therapy for personality disorders and family of origin issues. Other therapeutic approaches are used depending upon a clients presenting issues.

Viviana is motivated to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals and progress towards positive outcomes. She has a personable, friendly and empathic and her approach to her work is motivated by a genuine desire to assist clients to make positive life changes.
Tim

Timothy Maher

Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Charles Sturt University),
Post Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (Deakin University)

Personal Information

Tim is a counsellor with a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Charles Sturt University and is currently completing a Masters in Professional Psychology. He also has six years of experience working as a counsellor across a broad range of difficulties, relationships difficulties, separation, grief, general anxiety, social anxiety, depression, motivational difficulties and substance dependence with both young people (aged 12 – 18) and adults of all ages.

Tim can provide a comfortable place for you to talk about the difficulties you are experiencing, he has further training in cognitive behaviour therapy and experience in solution-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness.

Tim’s approach is focused on being client-centred to address your own needs and make the counselling experience work for you. While he will be able to provide you with a safe place to talk about the impact of your difficulties, his approach is about the here and now and discovering changes that can be made in everyday activities to improve your ability to cope with the challenges you are facing and feel more fulfilled with your life.

Sophie Curelic

Sophie Curelic

Provisional Psychologist

BA Psych

Personal Information

Sophie has a Bachelor of Psychology from Curtin University and is a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Sophie seeks to create a safe space which is warm and engaging for clients to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences. She takes a strength-based approach to support clients to enrich their relationships with themselves and with others; and to help them lead more fulfilling and meaningful lives.

She is particularly interested in creative therapies to engage individuals in a meaningful way without the barriers of communication or language. She also has an interest in women’s health and sexuality and is looking forward to exploring this area further through professional development.

Darryl Shirt

Counsellor and Teacher

Grad Dip Counselling, Adv Dip C&FT, Grad Dip Applied Science, Grad Dip Prim Teaching

Personal Information

After completing 34 years as a Primary Teacher and Librarian in a range of schools in NSW and here in WA Goldfields, Darryl commenced training as a counsellor. His transition to counselling was driven by a strong desire to make a difference especially for families experiencing a range of grief, trauma and relationship challenges. Darryl’s areas of interest span all age groups and include sexuality, relationships(individuals/couples/families), trauma, grief, anxiety and depression.

On a personal note, Darryl is a moderately keen gardener, cyclist and involved in numerous community associations in NSW and regional WA.

Frank Jacobsen

Counsellor and Director of Regional Counselling Services

Diploma of Counselling, Cert IV in Mental Health WAPHA, Cert Business Studies

Personal Information

Frank is a country boy at heart, born and bred in the WA Wheatbelt. He started facilitating programs in 2003 to help families. Frank’s areas of interest include peer support, pastoral care, FIFO counselling, critical incident response and the personal development of couples and individuals. He is a founding Director of the Family Centre in Kalgoorlie, W.A. Health Departments Mental Health Advocate for Kalgoorlie and volunteer with the Red Cross in Psychological First Aid. He has been providing peer support in the mining industry for many years, assisting mining companies by building relationships with their employees and helping develop their life skills and resilience. He facilitates toolbox talks, mental health presentations and on-site self-development workshops.

Mary Worthington Business Manager

Mary Worthington

Business Manager

GAICD

Personal Information

Mary is a senior executive with extensive experience in corporate and commercial business leadership within the finance industry. Her recent move to the health industry has allowed her to transfer this skill set to Lifeskills Australia where her key responsibilities are identifying and shaping new commercial opportunities, building partnerships with industry leaders, tender preparation and negotiation, delivery of industry focused mental health education and ensuring best practice in service delivery for all our clients.

Why Choose Lifeskills Australia?

Qualified & Certified
Lifeskills Australia is a team of skilled and certified psychologists and counselling experts working with private & corporate sectors in Australia.
Client-Focused
We are focused on helping our clients achieve a positive work-life balance. We guarantee we can help you deal with challenging situations that often seem overwhelming.
Wide Range of Services
We work with our clients as individuals, couples, families and groups, and we offer Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services for corporations & businesses nation-wide.
Highly Experienced
Lifeskills' highly-experienced team use a wide range of evidence-based practices that are also tested and proven processes tailored to the individual needs of our clients.
We Genuinely Care
At Lifeskills Australia, we genuinely care. Anyone who struggles with life's challenges can get help from our top-rated psychologists and counselling experts, anytime, anywhere.
Fully Registered
Our counsellors, psychologists, career advisors/mentors, psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, sexologists and Clinical Social Workers are fully registered. Each of them meets high standards in education, training, supervised practice, ethical and professional standards, and ongoing professional development.

Testimonials

I walked out of Lifeskills feeling…

“I was taught some great behavioural skills, coping skills and learned about myself and why I behave the way I do”

E.P 52

Trainer/Manager

“Equipped with tools to face challenges that will come. I feel connected to myself, my partner and my children”

L.H 32

Professional Boxer

“ Clearer about decisions and changes I need to make to move forward and face the next chapter ”

 

M.B 45

Broker

“Confident, excited, lighter. I feel like I can breathe again”

S.C 27

Receptionist

“Ready to get back into it and stand in me again. Stronger, lighter, empowered!”

 

N.H 37

Mum

“ Revitalised and with a deeper view on the next chapter of life and career. ”

 

C.H 39

Business Owner

“ Ready to address the next chapter with confidence. ”

E.R 48

Paralegal

“ I have a better understanding of why I am the way I am and that to have a healthy relationship I need to first take care of myself. ”

J.H 27

Physio

“ Accomplished, ready to get on with my life in a cleaner more honest way. ”

 

S.P 30

Sales Adviser

“ I have purpose – and control of my life. ”

K.V 45

Director

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