The team at the Central West Women’s Health Centre welcome all women and children to the Service.
Karen commenced at the Central West Women’s Health Centre in June 2019. Karen joins the team bringing with her a multi-faceted career history with transferable skills in leadership, management and community development.
Karen is passionate about building community capacity, developing local partnerships and has a strong sense of social justice.
As Manager, Karen is committed to addressing gaps in women’s health in the Central West and promoting physical, emotional health and wellbeing for all women.
Karen has completed the following qualifications:
- Bachelor Social Science (Community Development)
- Post Graduate Certificate Education K – 6
- Post Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management
Lorraine Murphy joined the CWWHC team as the Generalist Counsellor in November 2020 and comes to us with over 25 years’ experience. Lorraine has worked with couples, families and individuals.
Specialising in working with victims of Domestic and Family Violence, Lorraine has written models of practice. Her expertise includes extensive group work, supporting clients suffering grief and loss; offering Victims Support; supporting those in Out of Home Care; delivering Managing Strong Emotions and more.
Lorraine co-developed and facilitated the first Aboriginal Diploma of Counselling and Group Work at Bathurst and Canberra.
On a personal level, to maintain well-being and balance, Lorraine loves to grow veggies and read good books.
Lorraine has an ongoing commitment to professional development, her qualifications include:
- BA Counselling
- Post Grad in Supervision
- Post Grad in Family Dispute Resolution
- Diploma Management
Child, Adolescent Trauma Counsellor
Antonia Ravesi joined the Women’s Health Centre in September 2019 as part of the Children, Adolescent and Generalist Trauma Counselling team. She has worked in the community services sector for over twenty-five years primarily providing therapeutic services, such as groupwork and counselling. It is her dream come true to work in a position that focuses on providing support to children and young people as she believes that if we are provided with support early on in life this reduces the long-term challenging impacts that traumatic and significant events can have on neural, cognitive, social and emotional development. She has predominately worked in the non-government sector in drug and alcohol treatment services and through this experience has specialized in understanding the impacts of trauma and sustainable forms of treatment and therapy. Her practice is informed by sensor-motor psychotherapy, narrative and family systems theory and her own life experience.
She is a passionate social justice, anti-violence and mental health advocate and is often asked to speak at public events and forums. Antonia has attended years of professional development in the areas of trauma and mental health treatment and was recently accepted to Macquarie Uni in the double degree in medical science and psychology. She is an active member of the RFC in the Clarence Dargan Brigade and as a member of the Blue Mountains Group Support/Communications brigade. Antonia loves animals, yoga, the ocean, writing the odd short story and never has enough time for the amazing children and young people in her life. She enjoys listening to a good crime podcast on the drive to and from work.
Breanna first joined the team in 2021, completing her postgraduate student placement with the Centre. Following her graduation from the Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy with the Australian College of Applied Psychology, she became a regular fixture on the counselling roster. Breanna is particularly passionate about clinical work relating to grief & bereavement, the experience of trauma, change and transitions, anxiety, and self-esteem.
Breanna is an enthusiastic fur-mum to two miniature dachshunds. Her love of animals is reflected in her Master’s research project which explored the grief experiences of Australian adults bereaved by companion animal loss. She also enjoys dancing and vintage fashion
You may also see Breanna’s face pop up in both our children and adult group programs.
Breanna’s qualifications include:
- Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Bachelor of Science; Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts; Biological Anthropology
- Cert IV – Bereavement Support
Sonja te Braak
Child, Adolescent Trauma Counsellor
Sonja has been a registered psychologist for over 18 years and is a Registered Supervisor of Intern Psychologists.
She has over 20 years’ experience in public health services, particularly in Community Mental Health Services working as a Community Psychologist for over 16 years. Sonja has held a private practice since 2008, specialising in psychological assessment and beneficial therapy of CBT and Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults with mild and severe mental illnesses. She has lectured in Schools of Psychology and Sociology at Charles Sturt University – Bathurst. Sonja developed a Treatment Therapy approach PETA (Psychological Egg Treatment Approach) in 2011 for Severe Mental Illness (SMI). She is currently finalising her master’s research with the School of Psychology with The University of Western Sydney on evaluating PETA as an effective group and online evidence-based treatment therapy approach for SMI (Severe Mental Illness) in rural NSW.
Client Intake and Parent Support
Alison first joined the CWWHC team in October 2021 while completing her Cert IV in Community Services placement.
She has since taken up the position of Client Intake and Parent Support as she completes her Diploma of Community Services.
Alison has volunteered as a phone counsellor with Lifeline for over two years and has a background in School Administration and Disability.
She is passionate about social justice and women’s issues.
Administration & Client Support
Angela joined the CWWHC team in March 2022. You will find her answering phone calls and greeting visitors to the Centre.
She is passionate about providing a positive experience for all women and children who utilise the service.
Angela has lived in Bathurst for most of her life and has worked in a variety of health care settings. Outside of work she is a busy mother to four children and enjoys spending time with family, dogs and chickens.
Faye started at the Centre in May, 2019 as Finance Officer. She has worked for education, hospitality, small and large businesses. She seized the opportunity to work in an environment which supports women and children ‘to be the best they can be’. Faye has an interest in Aromatherapy, Pilates, movies, writing and an open mind as to where her path will lead her.
She has completed the following qualifications:
- Certificate IV Accounting
- Certificate IV Pilates Instructor Training
- Certificate IV Aromatherapy
CENTRAL WEST WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTRE
61 Boyd Street
Kelso, NSW, 2795
Phone: 02 6331 4133
Fax: 02 6332 4310
Accredited at Certificate Level of the Australian Service Excellence Standards
9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
(Closed between 12.30 - 1.30)
We acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging
Bathurst Spring Garden Spectacular (hosted by Bathurst Gardner's Club Inc.), Bowman Dental, Central West Village Voice, Cleary Fairbrother Property, ClubGrants (Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst RSL, & Bathurst Panthers), Country Women's Association of NSW (Bathurst branch), Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak, 2bs Gold & B-Rock FM, 2MCE, Western Advocate & Times, The Honda Foundation