Meet the Lifeskills Australia Team

Lee Pagana

Lee Pagana

Director of Lifeskills Centre, Counsellor, Lifeskills Seminar Facilitator

After a turbulent beginning to my marriage, my husband and I started counselling and attended an intensive personal development seminar. This was a turning point in my life and when I decided to become a Counsellor. That was 25 years ago and today I am a registered Counsellor with many affiliations renowned for my openness and down to earth approach. Our marriage remains strong and we have not looked back.

I was the Founder of the “Desana Whole Health Clinic” in Wembley, Perth.
Desana was a Health Centre based on a holistic approach to health that brought together health practitioners such as GP’s-General Practitioners, Counsellors, Psychologists, Naturopaths and Herbalists. Desana also had treatment rooms for Collation and Ozone therapy.

I developed and co-facilitate the Lifeskills Seminar – an intensive program run over 4 days, every 6 weeks and have done so for over 20 years. The seminar has helped thousands of individuals and couples to take control of their lives and achieve a balance that they once thought they could not achieve. As the Lifeskills Australia director I was invited to facilitate in FMG Wellness Conferences 2012 to 2014 and I regularly attend conferences, run workshops and programs. Much of my time is taken up traveling to mine sites and handling critical incidents and other emergency situations but I still like to see clients for one on one counselling. I am also committed to continued professional development in order to deliver the best research-based therapies to our clients.

Life Skills Centre is partnered with private clients, community groups, education institutions and businesses across an array of areas. We are often called upon to service regionally located companies in the mining and construction industry. We deliver high quality, person-centered therapy, programs and workshops to employees, management and our community.

I specialize in:

  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • EAP Counselling
  • FIFO Counselling
  • Critical Incident Response
  • Personal Development Seminars- Couples, Individuals, Communication, Mental Health Awareness and many more.


  • ACA-Australian Counselling Association
  • PCWA- Professional Counselling of Western Australia
  • CBT Australia- Cognitive Behavioral Therapist of Australia
  • EAPAA- Employment Assistant Program Association of Australia
Lita Santos

Lita Santos

Office Practice Manager and EAP Administrator

I am the Office Practice Manager and EAP Administrator for Lifeskills Australia.  I have a background in psychology and business management.  I have previously worked in counselling and case-management with high-risk clients for the Department of Corrective Services both in WA and in NSW where I also developed and facilitated high risk client programs such as Anger Management, Domestic Violence and Drug and Alcohol programs. 

I also have over 20 years of administrative and small business management experience.  My skills combined work well in the administration of EAP services for Lifeskills Australia clients and business partners. 


  • Bachelor of Psychology (Hons); Murdoch University (WA)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Stream) – Murdoch University (WA)
Sara Cicchino

Sara Cicchino

Admin Assistant, Lifeskills Seminar Facilitator, Marketing and Accounts Manager

After three years of working as a publicist in New York city, I decided to integrate and expand my people skills and joined the Lifeskills Australia team as an endeavour to continue my education in mental health.

Subsequently by participating in the Lifeskills 4 Day Intensive Seminar I knew that my decision for a career change was right. Along with my counselling studies and training, I am now a co-facilitator of the Seminar and other workshops conducted at Lifeskills Australia.

My background in marketing and business development and my love for forming strong communities and building interpersonal skills amongst individuals and groups has lead me to pursue the opportunity to increase the awareness of a positive life balance created through Lifeskills, in my role as Marketing and Accounts Manager.



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


“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


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

S.C 27


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


N.H 37


“ 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


“ 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


“ 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


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