Women’s Health and Wellbeing Services is a not for profit organisation that works with women and families in the community to reduce the impact of mental health problems on families and to help foster growth, for strong women and strong families. Your small change will make a big change!

About Us

About Us

Supporting West Australian Women & Families Since 1994

Women’s Health and Wellbeing Services is an organisation supporting all women within the South East Metro Area of Perth, Western Australia.  We promote the overall wellbeing, self esteem, independence, self responsibility and health awareness of women in our community. 

Previously named Gosnells Women’s Health Services, Women’s Health and Wellbeing evolved in 1991 from a meeting of professional and community women who shared concerns about the lack of health services for women in the South East Metropolitan region.  We offer a range of different services, predominately counselling and health promotion. Our Perth counselling services are based in Gosnells and include perinatal mental health programs, counselling, health awareness programs, information sessions, parenting skills, groups and events. 

Meet Our Team

Emma

CEO

Emma has worked at WHWS in a number of roles since 2003 and has been in her current role since 2008.

Emma is a passionate advocate for women in business, women’s wellness, mental health, leadership and balance. As well as being CEO of WHWS Emma is an author, speaker, business, NPO and life coach, wife and mother.

Specialises in:

  • Coaching 
  • Business coaching
  • Certificate IV Business and Workplace Coaching
  • Advanced Diploma of Management
  • Masters Health Promotion
  • Grad Dip Health Promotion
  • Bachelor Psychology
  • Australian Institute of Management – Fellow
  • Finalist Telstra Business Women’s Award
  • White Pages Community and Government Award
  • Marie Claire Young Business Women’s Award

Counsellors & Support Team

Cindy

Therapeutic Manager & Senior Therapist

Cindy has worked with Women, couples and their families, as well as managed the therapeutic team for ten years. She has specialised in supporting parents and their children in developing secure relationships. She brings compassion and warmth in her work in helping individuals and families develop an understanding of their emotional world and successfully navigate their struggles using a wide range of evidence-based interventions to enable them to enjoy connection and life.

  • BA Applied Psychology
  • BA Counselling

Bree

Psychologist

Bree is a registered psychologist who enjoys working with adults and children.

She has a special interest in working with couples and individuals regarding relationship issues and sexuality.

Other interests include helping people incorporate mindfulness creativity and self-compassion in their everyday life.

In her spare time Bree enjoys recharging in nature, making music and attempting to stay balanced by practicing what she preaches

  • B.Psych.
  • PostGradDip. Forensic Sexology
  • M. Psych

Sakina

Psychologist

Sakina is a registered psychologist who enjoys working with people to promote self-awareness and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Sakina values a collaborative therapeutic approach, providing clients with the space to explore possibilities and ideas through non-judgmental dialogue.

In her spare time, she enjoys picking up new hobbies. Along with macrame and rock climbing, Sakina is also learning to play the ukulele and can perform one song on request. 

  • BPsych
  • GradDipEd

Michael

Psychologist

Mike is a registered psychologist with experience in running therapeutic groups, and one on one therapy. He is trained in Schema therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Strengths based approaches, and has some experience in EMDR.  Mike considers his style integrative; melding multiple traditional approaches with metaphor and analogies, and a touch of irreverence.

Mike believes in breaking stereotypes as much as possible. He is a father, husband, son, and grandson; is a member of a social motorcycle group dedicated to putting a smile on children’s faces; and is a self-described “geek”. This geekery has been applied to psychological principles, his environment, and makes up a large proportion of his downtime.

  • BSocSc
  • BSocSc (Hons)
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology

Claire

Psychologist

Claire is a registered psychologist who has been working in the trauma field for the last seven years. Her area of expertise is teaching others to regulate and develop a language regarding their internal experiences using bottom-up processes that increases capacity to cope. Claire likes to work within a strengths-based model using a client’s innate strengths to increase their resilience and engagement.

Claire loves reading, podcasts, crochet, and has a large array of animals including geese, alpacas, emus, horses and chooks to name a few.

  • BPsych
  • Grad Cert Forensic Psych

Jess

Counsellor

Jessica has acted in numerous roles across the Community Sector in Youth Work between 2004 and 2012. In 2012 Jess has transitioned to counselling and worked with a vast array of clientele, both in therapy and Community Outreach and Education.

Jessica joined WHWS team in May 2021. Her primary role is Children’s and Family Counselling. She also provides regular individual counselling session for clients that are presenting with issues in a broader context of the WHWS services.

Jessica is a passionate Counsellor, whose roots in youth work and hands on community services have fostered a Person-Centered approach to her work. She maintains strong advocacy for her clients.

Working with Children, Young People and Families is a combination of all the avenues of work Jessica has done previously; hence is a very enthusiastic team member and great believer in the ethos of the work done at WHWS

  • Cert IV & V in Youth Work and Protective Practices
  • Diploma in Community Work
  • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy

Evyn

Social
Worker

Evyn has a long history working in medical, defence, education, child development and family settings and for the past twenty years focussed extensively on parenting and fatherhood. During his eight years with WHWS he has co-facilitated Perinatal Anxiety and Depression workshops, offered Couple counselling and worked as a Circle of Security – Group Facilitator.

Evyn’s personal mantra is ’To create safe, caring, respectful places for children to grow’.

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Social Work)
  • Graduate Diploma in Human Rights (Curtin)

Emma

Parenting Group Facilitator

I am a new member of the team here. I was an Occupational Therapist and am a Midwife with a Masters in Women’s Health. I am developing a 4th trimester, preparation for parenthood course for the service. My passion is women’s mental health especially around the perinatal period. In my spare time I enjoy music, reading and hanging out with my kids.

  • Bsc hons Occupational therapy
  • Bsc Midwifery
  • Post graduate diploma community mental health
  • Masters women’s health

Margaret

Group
Facilitator

Margaret is a recent Psychology graduate with a wealth of diverse experience working with children and families to build strong relationships. Margaret enthusiastically shares scientific knowledge about development across the lifespan in an easy to understand and interesting way. She is passionate about using evidence-based practice to approach challenges from a strength-based perspective to teach others practical solutions to empower them, in a non-judgemental manner.​

Margaret embraces being fierce and compassionate and has been described as radically different in the best possible way. Margaret is a wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend who cherishes the relationships with the important people in her life. She enjoys travelling and the adventures that new experiences bring. Margaret values creativity, being inventive and learning new techniques to indulge her creative outlets.

  • BPsych (Sc)

Administration Team

Hannah

Administration Coordinator

Hannah has been working at WHWS since 2010 in full time role as administration coordinator. Together with Jo and Karla, Hannah is the face of our organization. Hannah is the welcoming smile at reception, and she specializes in making our clients feel relaxed and welcome. Hannah’s interests are spending time with her dogs, playing softball and travelling.

Karla

Administration
& Triage

Karla initially joined WHWS in 2016 and, after a short hiatus, rejoins the team in 2021. When she is not at the front desk welcoming our clients, Karla conducts triages to ensure our clients are supported and their needs appropriately met. 

Outside of work, Karla is studying to obtain a Bachelor of Psychology degree. When she has spare time, Karla enjoys watercolour painting, cooking and gaming with her family. 

Joanna

Administration
Assistant

Jo joined the WHWS Admin team in 2021. She is currently studying a bachelor of psychology and hopes to one day work with children.

She is passionate about building a supportive WHWS community and making sure clients feel welcome, informed, and empowered. From the South West originally, she has family spread out from Perth to the Great Southern region and likes to travel and visit friends and family’s farms in her spare time. She also likes to go for walks in nature and read or listen to a podcast with a good coffee.

Katrina

Administration
Assistant

Kate

Community Engagement & Online Learning Coordinator

Kate has been working with WHWS since 2016 and loves getting involved with the community.

Kate is a parent of 2 primary school aged kids, so has a real passion for supporting parents in the early stages of the parenthood ride and remembers clearly what sleep deprivation is like!

Through our online learning programs and events, Kate aims to introduce the community to the great information available through WHWS, that can support people in many aspects of their life.

Jane

Fundraising
Officer

Meghann

Business Development Officer

Covid-19 Information

In the event of a lockdown or mandatory mask regulations due to the changing Covid 19 situation, WHWS will conduct all session via telephone or telehealth sessions.

We understand that face to face sessions are ideal, but for your safety and the safety of our therapists, we appreciate you staying home during this time. Communication can actually be better over telehealth phone call or video, as it means no prolonged mask wearing during your session.

When restrictions ease, we can resume in person sessions. Thank you so much for your understanding and flexibility during restrictions. If we can answer any questions or support you further during this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@whws.org.au or by calling 9490 2258.