Our People

Founder of Heal For Life

Liz is a survivor of childhood trauma and child abuse. She originally founded ASCA (now Blue Knot Foundation) followed by the Heal For Life Foundation (Mayumarri) in 1999 – utilising her innate knowledge as a survivor of child abuse to formulate a program to empower others to heal themselves from child abuse.

Liz Mullinar

AM, B.Th, M.Couns Founder & Facilitator

Liz has authored three books “Breaking The Silence”, “The Liz Mullinar Story” and most recently, “Heal For Life” a guidebook detailing her knowledge from over 20 years of supporting survivors of childhood trauma to heal.

She was awarded an order of Australia in 1997, A Centenary Medal in 2000 and honoured on “This is Your Life” in 2001. She was awarded the first Humanitarian Award in 2003 and in 2009 she was named NSW Volunteer of the Year. In 2010 Liz was a NSW finalist for the Australian of the Year – Local Hero. Liz has 2 sons, 3 step-daughters and six grandchildren.

Healing Program Facilitators

Our experienced Healing Program Facilitators are survivors of childhood trauma and have tertiary level qualifications or equivalent in relevant fields, as well as training in our 12-month internal certification program for Peer Support Volunteers.

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Denise Kelly

Aboriginal Coordinator & Facilitator

Denise is an Aboriginal woman from the Wiradjuri nation and has been involved with Heal For Life since 2005. Denise has extensive experience in education and in supporting Aboriginal children and families. Denise’s experience in culturally appropriate education is now being applied to support Indigenous people heal from childhood trauma and abuse. Denise has adapted and facilitated Aboriginal healing weeks to meet the particular needs of Aboriginal people. She has completed her Heal For Life Certificate in Trauma Healing, is a trained facilitator and has been invited to share her knowledge and wisdom with health professionals from all over Australia.
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Nic Phillips

Dip. Couns.
Registrations Program Coordinator

Facilitator of Youth Programs

Nic is the first friendly voice you are likely to hear when you make an enquiry to Heal For Life. As well as being our registrations counsellor, Nic has facilitated over 80 youth programs at Heal For Life since 2010. He is passionate about working with youth and increasing the reach of Heal For Life programs and support for young people. Nic’s main goal in life is to be happy, healthy and family-orientated and when he’s not working, you’ll likely find him bushwalking or travelling abroad. Nic holds a Diploma of Counselling and has completed his PSV and facilitation training at Heal for Life.

 

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Kim Taylor

Facilitator of Adult Programs

Kim is a counsellor and facilitator on our Adult Healing Programs. Her counselling training includes over 30 years of supporting people with their concerns. She has worked in women’s health, community outreach counselling, and with women housed in a refuge fleeing domestic violence. In private practice Kim has been educating and counselling parents of troubled teenagers and offering workshops. Kim lives in Sydney and has been married for over 22 years. She is mother to four children and a grandmother.

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Di Bischoff

Ad Dip. Couns. Grad Cert Mental Health, Private Retreat Facilitator

Di is an experienced counsellor and is working towards her qualification as a Synergistic Play Therapist. After many years facilitating  and providing peer support on  our Kids Kamp program, Di now runs her own private practice and facilitates private retreats at Heal For Life. She is passionate about helping adults and kids help themselves and especially enjoys the one-on-one guest focus of facilitating private retreats. Her motto is “empowerment despite adversity” and in her spare time she loves reading non-fiction books, watching mindless TV, gardening and craft.

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Jenny Mazotta

Facilitator of Adult Programs

Jenny is a counsellor and facilitator on our Adult Healing Programs and has been a Peer Support Volunteer since 2016. Jenny’s most important role in life is as a mother and grandmother as her children and grandchildren have inspired her personal healing journey. Jenny finds deep reward in holding space for guests and seeing them finally realise their true needs, understand what is happening to them, and meet and bond with other people who have shared similar experiences. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband – singing and watching live bands.

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Bernie Broughton

Facilitator of Adult Programs, Dip Couns, Dip Welfare

Bernie is  a proud Maori woman who has been living in Australia for over 30 years. She is an experienced counsellor with additional qualifications in welfare studies. It was at Heal for Life that Bernie learned what she needed to function in her life. This gave her the knowledge of the areas she had missed out on in her childhood and helped her understand what personal work she needed to do. She loves witnessing the transformation that happens within each guest, and seeing them when they realise they really do have the power to heal themselves, once they have the right knowledge and tools.

Supervising Psychologists

Our experienced psychologists are either survivors of childhood trauma or have been trained in our survivor-led model. 

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Kerin Taoho

BPsych

Kerin is a survivor of childhood trauma and has been a guest of Heal For Life’s residential healing program. She has worked extensively in residential care, supporting children, teens and adults with complex mental health issues. Since completing her  psychology degree and gaining registration,  she has been working in private practice and extensively in employment services where she has worked alongside clients with complex mental health presentations. She holds Certificates in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical and Behavioural Therapy and has completed training in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Trauma.  She considers Heal For Life’s concept of survivors for survivors an empowering fit for her preferred modes of therapy which have always been trauma informed. 

Lesley Hills

BS (Psych)
MS (Clinical Psychology)

Lesley has experience working across the mental health sector from juvenile detention to women’s refuges, private practice and hospital settings where she has worded with a wide range of presentation including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma and critical incidents and substance abuse. She has completed qualifications for ACT for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Narrative Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and the Heal for Life Trauma Informed Practice and Healing certification.

Training Facilitators

Our experienced Training Facilitators are survivors of childhood trauma and have tertiary level qualifications in relevant fields of study. 

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Gloria Cartmel

Dip. Prac Mgmt, Educator & Training Facilitator

Gloria is a counsellor, trainer and speaker with over thirty years experience in welfare, education and health, in both the public and private sectors. Highly attuned to the human condition, Gloria has deep knowledge of the impact of personal and relationship issues on health, learning and interaction in the family, workplace and community. She is a published author in the area of stress and its relationship to psychosomatic disease. She currently provides training to our new staff, facilitators and peer support workers at Heal For Life in NSW. She has delivered training in trauma-informed practice to service providers in Bunbury, Fitzroy Crossing and Balgo, a remote indigenous community, in Western Australia.

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Kirsty Bragg

Dip. Couns. Training Facilitator

Kirsty has been involved with Heal For Life for four years. Initially as a Peer Support Volunteer, then as a co-facilitator and trainer. In West Australia, she has run programs in Myalup, southern WA and to Balgo in the remote Kimberley.  Kirsty has spent the past year in Kalumburu, a remote indigenous community in the Kimberley, as the Kalumburu Strong Women’s Centre Coordinator. Coordination of the centre involves managing the domestic violence refuge and the provision of safe, emergency accommodation for women and their children escaping family and domestic violence; and a range of educational, healing, diversional and recreational activities.

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Nic Phillips

Dip. Couns.
Educator & Training Facilitator

Nic is the first friendly voice you are likely to hear when you make an enquiry to Heal For Life. As well as being our registrations counsellor, Nic has facilitated over 80 youth programs at Heal For Life since 2010. He is passionate about working with youth and increasing the reach of Heal For Life programs and support for young people. Nic’s main goal in life is to be happy, healthy and family-orientated and when he’s not working, you’ll likely find him bushwalking or travelling abroad. Nic holds a Diploma of Counselling and has completed his PSV and facilitation training at Heal for Life.

International Facilitators

Our International Facilitators run Heal For Life programs across Asia and Europe.  

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Lucy Huntington

Facilitator - UK

Lucy’s first contact with Heal For Life was as their Landscape and Garden Design Consultant when back in 1997 she prepared the landscape drawings for the Healing Centre in NSW.  Since then she has committed a part of her time each year as a volunteer with the Heal For Life Foundation programme. Lucy is a survivor of extreme childhood trauma and has undertaken Counsellor training in the UK followed by a Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling at St John’s College Nottingham, UK.  In Australia she has been trained as a peer support volunteer and more recently as a facilitator for the HFL programme.  She is now a part of the team  who run healing weeks in the UK. 

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Joy Laverentino

Facilitator - Phillippines

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