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Ken Loftus

Founder

BA Degree Psychology

Diploma Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

Diploma CBT

Certificate Mindfulness

During Ken’s studies obtaining his Psychology and Psychoanalysis degree, he started his work in Child Protection and mental health with residential care work. After returning from travelling, Ken worked in the ISPCC as a national supervisor for Childline, where he trained volunteers around Ireland in Active Listening skills, Children’s First and Child Protection policies and procedures.

Ken moved back towards residential care work as a Social Care Team Leader, and during this time he completed his Diploma in Clinical and Therapeutic Guided Imagery and then his integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist Diploma.

After working as a tutor in St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada, Ken returned to Ireland and worked as an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist in a crisis intervention centre, his private practice, and creating and facilitating workshops, completing his Diploma in CBT and studies in therapeutic Mindfulness.

In early 2017 Ken moved to Brisbane, began private practice and founded the Sunlight Centre.

Ken realised not enough was being done to actively help the youth and adults in suicidal distress. Ken was told stories of people who had asked for help and were told to “go to A&E”, or “Go home and go to your GP tomorrow”, and “You need a Mental Health Plan”, and knew more needed to be done. The Sunlight Centre was created in 2017 and began seeing its first client in October. As a new charity, grants and funds were hard to come by, so Ken and his team created their own fundraising events to help keep the doors open and the lights on in the Sunlight Centre. With that came unique fundraisers such as our Retro Movie Nights, and ANON, the Sunlight Centre’s annual anonymous art exhibition.

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Julie Messenger

Therapist

Julie has been a major asset to the Sunlight Centre since it began seeing clients in 2017 and is a provisional member of the Queensland Counsellors Association (PACFA Member Association) after completing her Masters of Counselling through the University of Queensland. Julie currently works as a Sexual Abuse Counsellor for children and families impacted or at risk of experiencing sexual abuse and has recently started her own Private Practice providing after hours counselling services.

Julie started her career working with individuals recovering from drug and alcohol dependence. Followed by approximately 12 months working with young women experiencing homelessness.

As well as being a solution focused therapist with the Sunlight Centre, Julie enjoys working creatively with her clients utilising models such as non-directive play therapy and creative expressive therapies such as art and sand tray and has a passion for working with individuals who have experienced trauma as well as children and adolescents.

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From the beginning, the Sunlight Centre has been supported by amazing people, such as: Di Farmer, Kara Cook and Ryan Murphy. And a big special Thank you to Bikash Pandy of CarPort Cafe, Cannon Hill, for opening half of his premises for the Sunlight Centre.

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