Meet our people


Rev Dr Peter Powell 

L.Th., Dip. P.S., D. Min (Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Clinical Member – NSWCSOCAS(Adults) CPF 03848
Clinical Member ANZATSA
Supervisor NSWCCPE
TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Psychologist / Executive Director

In July 1992 I founded the Pastoral Counselling Institute. I am an ordained minister and a registered psychologist, and have been helping people through these disciplines inside and outside the church for over twenty years.  Currently, I am focussing on providing ministry supervision and conducting treatment and assessment of men who have committed child sex offences. I am accredited with the NSW Commission for Children and Young People as a Clinical Member to treat adults (Ref: CPF 03848).


Sharon van Doorene 

BSc(Hons) MA (Couns.Psych) MBBCh TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Board registered supervisor

Psychologist / Cert IV Trainer

I approach my work in a person centred way – listening carefully and intentionally to an individual’s story and how life has brought him or her to a particular place where support is needed to cope with a particular issue. The personal attributes that I bring to therapy are my compassion and analytical thinking which, combined with my professional training and skills in CBT, ACT, psychodynamic and Biblical Narrative therapy, enable me to work holistically with clients to meet their goals in counselling. Apart from my professional qualifications, I bring my own life experience and endeavour to be authentically and fully alive, into the counselling experience with my clients.

Why do I choose to work for PCI? I believe that there is so much more than the physical and psychological experience of being human. The spiritual component and how that relates to our daily experience, whether in the mundane or crisis, is often neglected. Through PCI, the exploration of this aspect of a person’s wellbeing is encouraged, regardless of the particular faith base through which this is expressed. Furthermore, at PCI we emphasise the context of the individual – no-one comes to a particular place in their lives without the influence of others, nor do they live without impacting others around them. Respecting this dynamic interplay and working with people in community is challenging and full of opportunity.

I provide counselling on Mondays and Wednesdays.


David Walker 

BA MDiv Dip.App.Hyp


I have worked as a Counsellor for over 40 years, mostly as an Employee Assistance Program counsellor in the Public Hospital System. I have helped employees and their families at Westmead Hospitals (Childrens and General), and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown. I have worked at PCI for 4 years and enjoy the holistic style of the service we provide! I specialise in the areas of trauma, grief and loss, and relationship difficulties. I am available for appointments during  weekdays



Naomi Millar-Powell

BSc; Grad. Dip. Adv. Psychology; Master of Research (Psychology); Master of Professional Psychology

Naomi is completing her postgraduate training in Psychology and works under accredited supervision. Naomi has conducted research into the impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on intimate relationships and brings this expertise to her practice. Her interest in research informs her evidence-based approach to working collaboratively with clients seeking support for issues such as depression, anxiety and grief, as well as social skills development. Naomi also works with the partners and families of individuals who have committed child sex offences. Naomi is a Morrisby qualified career practitioner.


Adrian Rizzo

Child and Adolescent Counsellor

BSS(Psychology); Grad.Dip.(Counselling); MA(Couple and Family Therapy)

Availabilty: Weekdays 8am-5pm (flexible out of hours appointments possible)

Appropriate clients: Young persons age 12 to 18 and their families.

I have been working with families as a counsellor for 10 years and work with clients  individually, or whole family units. I enjoy the opportunity to listen to and get to know young people and families, in order to provide assistance to them in what can be an exceptionally difficult stage of life. I provide support to clients by facilitating a better understanding of both themselves and other people in their life, in order to help them attain their personal, and relationship goals.