Meet The Team

Tahnee Witt

Tahnee is Founder, Director and Principal consultant at Reach Life. She is a well sought after senior mental health clinician best known for her work in and treatment of emotional dysregulation, post-natal depression and anxiety disorders. She commits to using personal presence, attentive listening and warmth to create a safe and secure therapeutic space to cultivate growth and capacity building for her clients. She is passionate about supporting and developing our helpers and health professionals and provides clinical mentoring and supervision.

Catherine Yates

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Catherine is the supporting Principle consultant at Reach Life. Catherine is an Occupational Therapist with a post graduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy. She has a passion for working with both adults, families and in particular, young people, from all walks of life. Catherine specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She works alongside her clients to create rich, values based and meaningful lives.


Catherine works with a range of issues such as life adjustment, identity development, anxiety and depression, OCD, emotion regulation difficulties, and trauma. Catherine is medicare registered, offering medicare and private health rebates and can provide NDIS therapy and Functional Capacity Assessments. 

“As a therapist, I strive to see the whole person. I believe that people are not broken or damage, but that sometimes, we need a little help to find our way. I believe in helping people thrive.” Catherine

Nicole Cowper

Nicole is a Counselling Psychologist with a Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis. Nicole works across the lifespan, and has a particular passion for working with children and their families, including infants.  and with a variety of mental health concerns. Nicole has experience using many psycho-therapeutic approaches and working with a wide range of conditions.


Nicole has a special interest and experience in working with children with Autism and ADHD. Nicole can carry out a number of psychological assessments. Nicole is medicare registered and can provide rebates with a mental heath care plan. She also works with NDIS participants. 

Nicole is not currently taking new referrals.


"I believe in a client-centred approach to therapy" Nicole

Bec Southwood

Bec is an Occupational Therapist. She has a special interest in in pediatrics and works with pre-kindy aged through to high-schools to assess, treat and support developmental milestones, develop fine and gross motor skills, improve attention and classroom adjustment. Bec also uses sensory modulation strategies and environmental assessment with her pediatric clients. Bec specializes in NDIS assessments and supports, CBT and emotion regulation across the lifespan.

Helen Pepper

Helen is a mental health clinician with a Social Work degree and an Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy.

Helen has worked in the youth mental heath space for many years and is passionate about helping people through difficulties, to meet their full potential.

Helen offers expressive therapies, alongside counselling and focussed psychological strategies. 

Helen is able to work with NDIS participants. 

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie is psychologist with many years of experience working across the lifespan. She is calm, compassionate and approachable. Stephanie  understands how challenging it can be to share some of your deepest fears and insecurities at difficult times in your life,  when your resources are at their lowest ebb. She will walk alongside you in this journey.


Stephanie has extensive experience working with individuals and with families on a wide range of issues. These include anxiety and depression, parenting difficulties, adolescent behaviour and development and relationship difficulties. Stephanie delivers CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Couples Therapy.

Stephanie is medicare registered, offering medicare and private health rebates.

Trey Wakefield

Trey is a provisionally registered psychologist working at Reach Life. He has a special interest in working with young people and has a passion toward men’s mental health and wellbeing. Trey has a warm, welcoming and relaxed approach to counselling and therapy, and makes it a priority for people to feel comfortable in the room.


Trey works alongside many presentations, including depression, anxiety, OCD, stress/anger management, Autism, and trauma. Trey specialises in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Emotional Regulation.

" I like to offer a comfortable and relaxed environment to therapy. Whilst therapy covers some of the more serious aspects of a person’s life, I believe there is room for levity and humour at the right times and moments." Trey

Trey is AHRRA registered and can work with NDIS participants.

Danica Neivandt

Danica takes on two roles at reach life, as a support worker and the customer support leader. Danica has completed a degree in counselling and human resource management and is currently studying social work. Danica has worked with adults and teenagers in social support, community access, and daily living skills.

Danica has a degree in Human Resources Management and Counselling. She is currently undertaking a degree in Social Work where she is growing her knowledge and passion for understanding the different lives that we all live and the impacting factors that we face.


"I love seeing my clients reach their goals and feel that sense of accomplishment, sometimes the first steps are really the hardest ones." Danica

Paula Henderson

Paula is a senior OT with experience in workplace rehabilitation, youth mental health, suicide prevention and the community service sector. Paula has a particular interest in developing community support networks through engagement in meaningful activity, and believes that we thrive when we harness our ability to build connections with others.


Paula strengths include use of sensory modulation, and has experience in evaluating and implementing sensory strategies with individuals and groups. In addition she has completed training in various psychological strategies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She enjoys participating in creative activities, and often utilises these skills within the mental health sector, having also completed a Bachelor of Arts in Textile Design. Assisting others to express themselves creatively whilst on their own path of self-discovery is one of the joys that lead her to entering the OT profession.

Paula is medicare registered, offering medicare and private health rebates and can provide NDIS therapy and Functional Capacity Assessments.

Paula is not taking new referrals in 2020.

Alison James

Alison is an experienced clinician passionate about the development and support of personal growth, confidence and body esteem with women. She is equally sought after for her skills in the treatment and management of anxiety and mood related disorders in youth and adult populations.

Alison is medicare registered, offering medicare and private health rebates. She can provide Occupational Therapy and Assessments for NDIS funded clients.

Nathan Porter

Nathan is a support worker with Reach Life. He is friendly, easy going and has a hand-on approach. Nathan has a therapy assistant qualification. More info to come!

Ayesha D'Souza

Ayesha is the most recent addition to our amazing team! Ayesha is an Occupational Therapist who has trained and worked in Melbourne prior to joining us. She has experience in working with people with enduring mental illness. She offers life skill training and enjoys working closely with clients to increase their functional independence. Ayesha works across the lifespan. More coming soon! Ayesha has experience working with NDIS participants. 

Sharne Wakefield

Sharne is our friendly, enthusiastic and empathetic administrator and Support worker. Sharne has a certificate III in Fitness and is an Occupational Therapy student with a strong interest in nutrition, health and fitness. Sharne is passionate about supporting people with theirs physical and psychological well-being; through enabling and developing skills to promote independence to achieve individual goals. Sharne has experience supporting clients across the lifespan and specialises in working with children through to young adults; with special interests in ADHD, anxiety, depression and autism. Sharne loves to incorporate her love of nature, cooking, dance and fitness into her support work.

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