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Our Team

SECCA supports people with disability to learn about human relationships, sexuality and sexual health.

SECCA operates from City West Lottery House, near Perth CBD.

We are a strong team with a shared passion for advocacy and supporting people with a disability, and their significant carers.  Each of our team brings a unique expertise and experience that makes SECCA a diverse workplace well placed to support a diverse client base.

Tara Harson Eastep

Executive Director

Tara joined SECCA in mid-2021 from leadership roles in the non-profit, healthcare and aged care sectors.

Tara is deeply committed to making a difference in people’s lives, whether bringing positive change to local community life, or  improving relationships between diversified cultures and teams.

Tara has an MBA from Curtin University, and a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology.

Juana Terpou

Clinical Director/Senior Manager/ Counsellor

Juana has been a noteworthy leader in the non-profit disability services space for over 16 years.

She has significant experience working with a wide range of complex issues, abuse and trauma.  She is passionate about justice and advocacy for those who cannot do it for themselves.

Juana holds tertiary qualifications in Fine Arts, Counselling (Human Services) and Forensic Sexology from Curtin University, Western Australia.

Maria Barnett

Reception/Admin Support

Maria has been making people feel welcome at SECCA for over 24 years.  She has gained deep knowledge and passion for the disability sector over this time, and is proud to be part of a team delivering critical support to vulnerable people in our community.

Maria has been instrumental in helping SECCA transition to the NDIS, and in supporting clients and their networks as they navigate the new system.  She also runs the SECCA library, and helps make SECCA feel like the family it is.

Sandra Norman

Education Lead

Sandra has worked in the disability sector for 10 years and in the sexuality sector for 20 years. Her particular passion is supporting LGBTI people with disabilities.

Sandra coordinates the education and training for SECCA and assists with the development of resources.

Sandra’s broad educational background includes both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts.

Jordina Quain

Project Lead

Jordina is passionate about the sexual rights of all people through advocacy and education.

At SECCA, Jordina runs training workshops and develops resources related to sexuality and disability.

Jordina has a Masters in Public Health (Health Promotion), a Graduate Diploma in Sexology and a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre).

Michaela Southby

Counsellor & Educator

Michaela is a sexologist, psycho-therapist and educator specialising in sexuality and relationships counselling and education.  She cares passionately about equal rights for everyone, and advocates for early childhood sexuality education for people of all abilities.

Michaela has a BA (Hons) in Communications, a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Sexology and a Masters in Counselling.  She holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment., and multiple certificates in different therapeutic modalities.

Caryn Sullivan

Counsellor & Educator

Caryn is an educator and counsellor with experience in both individual and group therapy.

She is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities and is dedicated to social justice and inclusive education. Caryn specialises in protective behaviors, sexuality, trauma and music and art therapy with a strong focus on psychoeducation.

Caryn has a Bachelor of Creative Arts, a Diploma in Counselling and Master of Counselling.

Tash Brockwell

Counsellor

Tash is a sexologist, art therapist, counsellor and educator who specialises in working with young LGBTI+ people and advocates for their right to relevant sex and relationship education. Tash has two children on the Autism Spectrum.

Tash has a Graduate Certificate in Counselling, Graduate Diploma in Sexology, Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy and a Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood. Tash holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Ashleigh Taylor

Counsellor

Ashleigh has worked as a counsellor specialising in sexuality and disability for close to 10 years.

She is extremely passionate about ensuring all individuals have access to accurate and comprehensive information about sexuality and relationships as well as supporting everyone’s rights to respectful relationships and safe sexual expression.

Ashleigh has a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Sexology, a Bachelor of Arts in Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies, and a Certificate IV in Relationship Education.

Claire Wise

Bookings & Triage Officer

Claire is our clinical administrator within the SECCA team. This involves connecting clients to our counsellors to ensure initial assessments can occur, further ensuring that people are connected to the relevant services within SECCA or to recommended external services.

Claire’s passions include assistive technology and advocating for accessible pleasure for all. She also works as a counsellor outside of her hours at SECCA and has extensive expertise in individual counselling and porn addiction.

Claire has a Bachelor of Counselling and a Masters of Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health).

Emily Castell

Clinical Psychologist

Emily is a clinical psychologist who provides counselling to people with disability from a trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming perspective.

Emily is focused on engaging in education and research that supports the rights of people with disability to healthy relationships, positive sexuality, body autonomy, and affirmation of their identities.

Emily is the daughter of British immigrant parents and grew up on the lands of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people in Boorloo with her two siblings, one of whom has a disability. Emily has experience as a support worker and coordinator within disability services.

Emily completed a PhD on relationships and sexuality for people with disability, a Masters in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor Degree (hons) in Psychology, and Graduate Certificate in Human Rights.

Emily is affiliated with Curtin University as an Adjunct Research Fellow in the discipline of psychology.

Lexie Ashwell-Jones

Education Officer & Counsellor

Lexie is a sexuality educator and counsellor with a special interest in LGBTIQA+ identities, non-conforming relationship structures, marginalised sexuality expressions and neurodiversity. She loves creative, performing, and visual arts, which she channels into her work to connect with others, create sensory spaces, develop resources, educate, and advocate.

At SECCA, Lexie coordinates and facilitates workshops and trainings, provides one on one counselling and consultancy, and puts her acting skills to use in various audio-visual resources.

She has a Bachelor of Performing Arts and Communications, a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education, a Master of Counselling, and experience studying and working in the field of Sexology, Disability, and LGBTIQA+ diversity and inclusivity.

Tiffany Bunter

Project Officer & Counsellor

Tiffany has a Bachelor of Social Work which has seen her have experience in the fields of foster care, youth mentorship, aged care, mental health, homelessness, human services, trauma & abuse. She has a particular passion and expertise in Protective Behaviours, mental health advocacy and trauma informed practices.

At SECCA Tiffany is a project officer and counsellor who also has a passion for facilitating workshops and empowering others through consults.

Laura/Remus Short

Project Officer

Laura is also known as Remus. She likes writing, educating, and advocating. His big areas of interest are gender diversity, sexuality, disability, language, and psychology.

Remus is a transgender androgyne and non-binary individual who uses two names and she, he, and they pronouns. They like hearing all their names and pronouns so asks people to use one at a time and swap between options often.

At SECCA Laura helps create resources that support people of all abilities. Remus has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Professional Writing and Publishing), with other certificates in community services and youth work.

Felicity Pheasant

Project Officer

Felicity is passionate about disability and sexuality, and loves using her creativity for education, resource creation, and advocacy.

At SECCA, Felicity develops resources and facilitates workshops related to sexuality and disability. She also runs SECCA’s social media accounts.

Felicity has a Masters in Sexology, a Graduate Diploma in Sexology, and a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion).

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Our Resources

Did you know that SECCA has a developed a world-class range of resources, and many are free?