Julie holds a Masters in Special Education, Diploma of Teaching, Visual Arts degree, Small Business Certificate and many short courses in disabilities and special needs.
Julie has worked in many and varied work roles that have provided her with a range of skills, experience and interests to support people from young children to the elderly.
She enjoys helping people to access the community business sector and social scene as well as outdoor activities, exercise, art, craft, musical activities and home tasks. Julie is good for a cuppa and a chat or perhaps a walk, swim or cycle ride. She can also assist you with shopping and meal preparation.
Originally a Plasterer by trade Kane has enjoyed the transition into commercial cleaning and is now looking forward to his role with Pathways. Kane has over a decade experience working as a martial arts instructor with a certificate 4 in Sports and coaching. Kane is always smiling and brings his honest nature to this service. Kane recognises the importance of respect and is willing to help our participants in any area of domestic duties. Both Respectful and with a good attention to detail he looks forward to meeting you.
Amitha has worked in the community services sector since 2002. She has held direct support roles as well as community development and management positions. Amitha finds supporting people to meet their goals very rewarding. She holds qualifications in community services, management, community development & training and assessment. Recent professional training includes Trauma Informed Practice, Emotional Intelligence, Mental Health First Aid and Incidental Counselling
Kalani likes his position at Pathways because it combines two things he really enjoys, land care and helping people. He discovered this whilst working on a bush regeneration project on his Grandmother’s property. Whether its caring for the environment at Pathways Farm or your back yard Kalani applies the same care and attention and respect for your needs and wishes. As a keen musician, outside of work Kalani will often be found enjoying his other passion of playing guitar.
After completing Certificate 4 in Community Services, Paula worked in the child protection sector and has been supporting young people ever since. With ongoing training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, response-ability pathways, and Trauma-Informed Care, Paula has learned how to use communication to build relationships and support people. She believes that connection and a sense of belonging is at the heart of wellbeing for everyone.
She grew up in Ireland and Cornwall and having travelled the world extensively she knows the healing power of spending time in nature. Working at Pathways enables Paula to follow her two passions of making a positive difference to the wellbeing of people and the planet.
Sam has been a professional Support Worker since 2018, following many years of informal experience supporting people close to her. She has her Certificate IV in Community Services, as well as the unique perspective of being a Lived Experience Support Worker. This strengthens her empathy and understanding when supporting Pathways’ participants.
Sam’s passion is supporting people to enhance their lives. She prides herself on being flexible and adaptable when helping participants to work towards their goals. She is equally passionate about supporting people who are living with Mental Health concerns and feels grateful to have found her forever job. Outside of work, Sam loves movies and music as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Maryann’s commitment to supporting the wellbeing of people and their families can be seen in her decision to work in a participant support role whilst she studies to become a Psychologist. She believes that the skills she has gained from working with people experiencing homelessness and the experience she is gaining at Pathways is an important balance to her academic studies.
Maryann is experienced in working with people from a range of cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal people and their communities within a culturally supportive and competent framework. Through all her roles she has developed strong people skills to build trusting, professional relationships.
Two of Tobiah’s main interests in life people, and learning, led him to support work. He is passionate about helping people to overcome isolation and loneliness through human and community connection. His approach to support work places the individual at the heart of decision making so there is always a lot of variety in what he does. However, Tobiah’s ability to connect with and learn from people are at the heart of his approach to a career he feels grateful to have discovered early in life.
Tracey’s caring, friendly manner, and her commitment to helping others to live the life they choose, shines through in her work. Her calm, consistent approach is valued by participants as she supports them to take a leading role in building a meaningful, independent life. She is qualified in many aspects of physical and emotional support including Cert 2 Auslan and Cert 3 Disability Services. Her study of permaculture and keen interest in environmental care fit well with Pathway’s values. Tracey’s support work, since she started in 2009, has been based on her professional approach to delivering quality supports.
Maria has been supporting people living with disability for nearly twenty years. She finds great satisfaction in helping people to achieve their goals and to find joy and happiness in their lives. She has had roles in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and has worked in the Residential sector as a House Manager and as a Services Coordinator. She holds Certificate IV in Disability Services, and Certificate IV in Small Business Management. Maria enjoys having a healthy lifestyle with horse riding, connecting with nature, yoga and meditation.
Lucy has been working in the community services sector for over twenty years. She has held roles in schools, youth organisations, Mental health and drug and alcohol recovery services. Lucy has extensive experience supporting young people and adults living with a range of physical disabilities. She holds a Diploma in Community Services as well as qualifications and experience in nutrition and yoga.
Zoey’s passion for helping people to reach their potential in life is a common factor across her varied professional experience. She has created and administered policies and procedures with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation NSW, Housing NSW and her own coaching business. She has developed funding proposals and tenders for both commercial and non-government services. Zoey’s expertise with setting up and managing organisational systems and processes along with her compassion and understanding for people experiencing challenges in life make her an ideal fit for her administrative role at Pathways.
Michelle comes to us with tertiary qualifications in Counselling and Community and Welfare Services and has been working across the Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drug and Disability Support sectors for over 20 years - with a focus on recovery and trauma informed practice. Michelle has attained Cert II Auslan qualifications.
Michelle is a Level 2 member of the Australian Counselling Association, where she has been a Member for 18 years.
Michelle has a special interest in delivering groups and workshops and is a qualified Parents Under Pressure Therapist; as well as a keen interest in
music therapy delivering DRUMBEAT (Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts) of which Michelle holds Senior Facilitator accreditation.
Jem believes that opportunities for good mental health and wellbeing should be available to everyone. He has been practising ways of achieving this and sharing it with others for many years. Jem has been a registered Mental Health Nurse for 28 years.
Originally UK trained he completed postgraduate studies in CBT at the University of Brighton and University of Oxford. Alongside his clinical work he has held academic and teaching positions at the Institute of Psychiatry London, University of Brighton and University of Sydney. He has co-authored several mental health textbooks and peer reviewed journal articles.
Jem joins Pathways as a member of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Team.
Keane Renshaw has worked within communities a across a broad range of non government and government sectors for over 20 years. As a teacher in his early career he honed his interest in outdoor based learning, discovery based methodologies, adventure skills, program development and behaviour change interventions. Keane has formal qualifications in Teaching, Communications and holds a Master degree in Creative Industries. Keane empowers clients through trauma informed, strengths based practice and places an emphases on collaborative planning and goal setting.
Matt is a credentialed mental health nurse, undertaking his original qualification in the UK.
He has extensive experience in a variety of areas in the mental health field, from Psychiatric Intensive Care, to inpatient Drug and Alcohol withdrawal and stabilisation, to community-based treatment services in both government and non-government sectors.
Matt has practiced in clinical leadership and management positions for a number of years and has post graduate qualifications and experience in non-medical prescribing, psychopharmacology and medication management, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and ITEP, amongst others.
Matt is passionate about the provision of inclusive and Trauma Informed services for individuals, positive risk assessment, and suicide prevention. His specialist interest treatment groups have always been people struggling with borderline personality disorder, complex trauma, and addictions. He is a proud advocate for DBT and stabilisation-based therapies to help people experience a better present, and future.
Matt brings his skills to both of his roles; as both primary care mental health nurse and as a member of the Pathways DBT team.
When not at work, Matt can be found being bossed around by his toddler son, surfing one of the longboard point breaks in the area, and moaning about the struggles of his beloved Manchester United – in that order.
Sally originally qualified in the UK as a Mental Health Nurse in 1993. Since then she has trained in many psychotherapeutic models including CBT, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Nature Based Therapy, Equine Assisted therapy and Skills Based Animal Assisted Therapy facilitation. She is accredited with the ACA, AACBT, EAGALA and Credentialled as a specialist Mental Health Nurse. Sally is the founder of Pathways to Mental Health. She is passionate about providing accessible, high quality services and believes that our natural environment is the best place for working on recovery.
Kathryn is an occupational therapist with over 10 years’ experience working in the public mental health system and now has her own private practice in Northern NSW. She is passionate about working with people living with Mental Health issues, in particular people who experience emotional dysregulation.
Kathryn has training and an interest in pain management, cognitive remediation (CogMed program) and assisting people to develop strategies enabling them to engage in important and meaningful activities. Kathryn has previously taught into the cognition unit at SCU’s occupational therapy program.
She has a special interest in sensory modulation and mindfulness and has been involved in research and continuing education in this area. She has found it to be of benefit to people who experience difficulties with self-soothing skills and emotional regulation. Kathryn is also a trained DBT therapist and is thrilled to be part of the Pathways to Mental Health team in delivering this program to the people in Northern NSW.
BHMS (Counselling), GCert Indig Trauma & RecPrac, Dip Psychology ACA Level 2 Member. Briony has worked with women, children and families in a theraputic capacity since 2004. She has extensive experience in trauma recovery, emotional intelligence and regulation, solution focused brief therapy and most recently has discovered the therapeutic benefit of equine therapy in her practice.
Therapies include massage, aromatherapy, meditation, sound bath and energetic therapy.
Kellie has a deep level of care for people and she is able to skilfully and sensitively vary her treatments to what is needed. She is intuitive and gentle in all aspects of her work
Both experienced and qualified in remedial massage she will work with you to let go of physical and emotional pain.
Geraldine holds an Associate Diploma in Health Science (Sport & Exercise) and an Advanced Diploma in Arts (Mandarin). She first trained in Les Mills Bodybalance and over the years has developed her own style. She is currently doing 200hr Yoga Teacher Training to be completed by Nov 2020.
Geraldine loves creating a safe and comfortable atmosphere where the community can come together to just be themselves, to connect with self and others, and to find wellness of body, mind and soul through movement to music, breathing, meditation and relaxation.
Jennifer holds a Masters in Indigenous studies (Trauma & Healing). She is a certified Martha Beck Life Coach and is certified in The Richard Trauma Process™.
Jennifer likes to use a combination of Vision Boarding and Soul Collage® to empower her clients to reclaim exiled parts of themselves from their trauma injury.
This process cultivates ‘Wholeness’ which invites in a greater sense of calm and ease into their lives.
Jennifer expresses great empathy and compassion for her clients from her own experiences climbing out of the trauma trenches.
She is passionate about helping people build trauma resilience and experience more joyful and contented lives.