CAPA NSW Organisational Structure

(as at October 2015)


Executive and AGM meeting dates 2016



President - Barry Borham

Following careers in both the public and private sectors, in areas such as management, policy development and implementation and information and communications technology, Barry decided to change direction and follow his passion into Counselling. Accordingly he commenced studies at the Institute of Counselling followed by the completion of a Masters degree in Counselling at the Australian Catholic University.


Barry now runs a private practice (Shire Psychology and Counselling at Sutherland with his psychologist wife Veronica. Barry enjoys working with couples and individuals and particularly likes working with relationships, attachments and emotions in men and women. He is also following his interest in working with the elderly, especially listening to their trauma stories.


Prior to taking on the role of President of CAPA NSW Barry was the Chair of the Professional Recognition Committee and later he was the Chair of the Technology Committee. Barry currently sits on the PACFA Restructure working party. In that role he is focused on working with the other members of the working party to develop a professional association structure that better meets the needs of our members as well as the profession of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Australia generally.


On a personal level Barry is married to Veronica and has three children who are now beautiful young adults. In his spare time he is a keen bush walker and enjoys nothing better than holidays walking in wild places.


Barry has a B.A. in Geography and English Literature, a Masters Degree in Public Policy as well as post graduate qualifications and a Masters Degree in Counselling.



Immediate Past President (2012-2014)  -  Gina O'Neill

Gina holds a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy and has over 10 years working in private psychiatric clinical settings, treating individuals with various addictions, mood disorders, eating disorders and other trauma-related conditions.


Gina has worked in primary health care as a group therapist, eating disorder program co-ordinator, aftercare co-ordinator and in various clinical management roles. She is known for her work with childhood trauma and its link with adult mental health issues.


She currently runs a private practice, is a higher education educator, whilst holding both clinical supervision and advisory roles within the non-governemnt and government sectors.


As Gina’s cultural background is from a multicultural perspective, her interest and increasing areas of speciality are in cross-cultural and trauma therapy. Gina is a Clinical specialist at the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW in Sydney.  Having her foundations in working with families of individuals with addictions and trauma issues, she is able to work with a larger field perspective and enjoys communicating openly to other clinicians from a multi-disciplinary approach both in her private practice and public settings.



Vice-President  - Loretta Walford

Loretta has a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling & Human Change and a Grad. Dip. in Relationship Therapy from Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney. 

Being the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award in both degrees, Loretta is passionate about helping her clients in their own pursuit of 'living their ideal life’ and ‘living with enthusiasm'.


Loretta works out of her Mosman practice offering counselling, psychotherapy, coaching and supervision and specialises in Relationships, Career Development and Life Transitions. 


She is experienced in working with various cultures, having lived and worked as an Expat in several countries in Asia and the Middle East and worked as an HR Manager and in People Development before returning to study and subsequently starting her private practice some 10 years ago. 


Loretta has also been a lecturer in Organisational Analysis & Intervention for 3rd year degree students at JNI, focussing on the psychological aspects of organisational change.


NewcombLpicSecretary - Linda Newcomb

Linda is currently counselling at a Lifeline Centre as a RGF accredited counsellor specialising in her particular interest: Problem Gambling.



Her background is teaching and learning at tertiary level and her last involvement was as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for the Education Development Unit of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics at UNSW.



She has extensive experience in the design and delivery of learning materials and is a Director of the Training Company, which also happens to be a family owned consulting business.


In 2007 after completing a Graduate Diploma of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, she began working for a Lifeline Centre. Her roles have included Centre Supervisor, from which she gained extensive experience in crisis intervention, and the coaching and debriefing of Telephone Crisis Supporters.



She has also held the role of Coordinator of Phone Support Services, offering weekly phone contact for up to three months to clients experiencing suicidal thoughts/behaviours, as well as  those who are isolated and lonely in order to encourage their keeping safe and connection to accessible resources.



She has also worked casually on a National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline.



She has a husband, adult children, five grandchildren and a Maine Coon cat.

Her interests include keeping professionally up to date, reading, walking, travelling, socialising and enjoying opportunities to support the community.



Treasurer - Francis Kim

Francis has completed an undergraduate degree with a Psychology major, a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology as well as Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Francis currently works as a counsellor with a NGO, and runs a private practice in the Inner West suburbs in Sydney. Francis loves engaging with individuals, couples and families in their struggles and search for their measure of happiness.


Francis has been married to Eunice for over 26 years and together they have three wonderful young adult children. In his down time Francis loves spending time with the family, reading and traveling. 



DeardenTTricia Dearden - Membership Chair

B.A. Arts.

Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Health)

Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy


Tricia spent 20 years as a journalist, before gradually changing careers to community work in the not for profit sector.


A personal experience of mental health issues in her own family prompted some volunteer work as a presenter on a mental health education program in schools and Tricia eventually worked professionally for that program and then moved on to a variety of career roles in an organisation working with people with disabilities. That work in turn led to an interest in counselling.


Her initial training was with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) before completing her Graduate Diploma at Jansen Newman in 2007 and is also a Clinical registrant with PACFA.


Over the last 8 years, Tricia has worked as a counsellor for a variety of not for profit organizations and is currently working in post adoption counselling.





Ethics Chair - Slade Hugall

Slade completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Jansen Newman College as well as a 2nd Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy from Gestalt Sydney. Over the past 11 years he has provided counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. 

In addition to working in private practice, he has also been employed as a primary therapist, educator and program developer in Sydney’s leading private psychiatric hospitals. 

He has also been active through the media and has provided his psychological perspective through guest appearances on Channels 9 and 10 as well as radio over the last several years.



Slade has a passion for helping individuals understand their maladaptive unconscious patterns set down in childhood and works to assist clients in bringing about lasting change. He has a particular interest in longer-term psychotherapeutic modalities to effect transformation, not just symptom relief. 



TimHarvey156x180Regional & Rural Liaison Chair  - Tim Harvey 

Tim was born in Africa and attended high school in Guernsey in the Channel Isles. After various occupations - labourer, insurance salesman and bank clerk, he began working with computer systems in his early days. As a computer professional, he worked for both BP and Shell (at their Head Office) in London.


Tim came to Australia when he was 26 with his wife and two children. He worked for Coca-Cola, Westpac, DET and other corporations as a computer and business system analyst and team leader.



In the 1980's, Tim trained as a Lifeline counsellor and developed a passion for helping people understand why they did what they did - and how to change if they chose to. His long experience in various business roles and two marriages was very helpful in applying the theories he learned while studying for a Graduate Diploma in Counselling - Psychotherapy. 


He now has a clinic near Berry on the NSW South Coast, and is a founder member of the Shoalhaven Allied Health group. 


Tim is motivated by a desire to understand what goes within and between each of us, and how to apply this knowledge for a happier life.  



Special Projects Chair - Petrina Hennessy

Petrina has a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (B App Soc Sci) specialising in Counselling from The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). She has a unique understanding of working specifically with primary age school children (kids & teens) and the families of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), taking the Solution Focus and  Humanistic Approach towards challenging issues such as separation, mobility, deployments and family breakdowns.


Petrina has gained experience through her volunteer placements at, ‘Alpha Psychology and The Resilience Centre’, where Solution Focus Therapy is applied, as well as ‘Odyssey House After Care’ (Drug and Alcohol), where Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is used. 


Since graduating, she has begun her own counselling service, Walk and Talk with me- Counselling in motion (Operates from Sydney’s South-West). This is an alternative approach to therapy developed after listening and working in a variety of fields in the helping profession.


Executive Advisor - Jane Ewins

B. Arts ( Social Science),  Grad Dip. Counselling & Communication, Cert. Supervision. Clinical Member CAPA.

Jane operates a business called Soulvable. Through it she offers a range of services including:
counselling, supervision for counsellors & allied health workers, group facilitation and professional development workshops, consulting - individual, small business & management, personal coaching,  and business coaching - individuals and teams.

Soulvable has found a niche serving  people who desire to live and work in less stressful, more caring and effective ways - ways that do not include "checking one's soul at the door".

Jane worked for over 20 years as a marketing and communications manager and later as a consultant for large national Companies, not-for-profit organisations and small businesses, including:
Myer, Big W, De Lorenzo, Sydney Olympics 2000 bid, NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect), Good Beginnings, Anglicare, Catholic Care, the Coalition for Australia's Children, Create and Dads Inc., Quest for Life and the  Cancer Council (NSW).