Charlene Pereira

Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology). Master in Counselling, PhD candidature.

Clincial Supervisor and Clinical Member with PACFA.

Full Member Monash University Criminal Justice Research Consortium

Charlene has 20 years experience working in the criminal justice system with adult and young offenders. In 1999 she was awarded by the Department of Justice Community Corrections for achieving a consistently high standard of work performance in a difficult and challenging environment.

While working in private practice, she has been active in the implementation and delivery of professional development programs, and clinical supervision services for practitioners in the allied health field. She has been delivering clinical supervision groups for undergraduate and post graduate students at the Australian College of Applied Psychology for six years; and has provided clinical supervision and secondary consultation for staff working at Neami National, Court Integrated Services Program (CISP); Credit Bail; Court Services Victoria Family Violence Respondent and Applicant Practitioners; Department of Health and Human Services Youth Justice; and Victims Assistance and Counselling Programs.

In order to extend her knowledge and application of supervisory practices, Charlene is currently enrolled in her PhD with the Monash Criminal Justice Research Consortium where she is exploring the relationship between the style of professional supervision and practitioner skill development under the guidance of Professor Christopher Trotter.

Specialisation: family violence; mental illness and disability; substance use; aggressive and violent offender programs; trauma, gender and culturally responsive case management; restorative justice group conferencing, critical incident stress debriefing and defusing.

Charity Crandall

Grad Dip Counselling, Masters in Applied Social Science

Charity is a qualified counsellor with specialist knowledge and training in therapeutic interventions for families and couples, experiencing relationship issues.

Her Masters thesis focused on the impact of social media on intimate relationships. After completing her Masters degree, Charity became a tertiary educator with the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Through this work she discovered her passion for training and facilitating psycho-educational and supervision groups. Charity is also a trained mindfulness and self compassion teacher, and uses these approaches to help promote self care and reflective practice.

Specialisation: family violence; women’s sexual health; relationship and couples counselling; mental illness; victims of crime therapeutic support; worker self-care and wellbeing.

Josette Pankhurst

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling); Diploma of Counselling; Member ACA. Clinical Supervisor ACA


Josette is a registered child counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) who takes a holistic approach in helping families and young people with a range of issues including family violence; grief and loss; behavioural problems; bullying; and self esteem. Josette is passionate about working closely with parents in order to help them harness their strengths to create positive sustainable change, and establish better relationships with their children and families. Josette continues to undergo professional development in psychotherapies and child focused interventions.


She has a particular interest in the effects of trauma on the brain, and incorporates the theories of Dr Bruce Perry in her counselling applications.

Specialisation: therapeutically assisting children who have experienced trauma and family separation; and she has been active in the development and delivery of psycho-educational programs for parents to support the therapeutic interventions with their children outside of the counselling setting.