Meet the team at BEACON Psychology

Katherina Doherty MAPS

Director / Psychologist

BA (Hons) Psych, MPsych Sc.
   Adults and Adolescents (age 16+)
Katherina is a Psychologist and Director of Beacon Psychology. She brings a breath of skills to the practice, with over 25 years experience across private practice, employee assistance services for the resources sector in Perth and the Pilbara, Relationships Australia and prior senior consulting roles with government, international agencies and not-for-profit sectors.

With a strong interpersonal focus, Katherina uses effective, evidence-based therapy to help people adapt and develop healthy coping in a safe, non-judgemental environment. She adopts an individual approach, working collaboratively to help explore difficulties and underlying emotional issues. Katherina has a warm and supportive approach, recognising the central importance of the therapeutic relationship as a key driver of change in therapy.

Katherina wants clients to benefit from therapy by helping them achieve their goals, gain insight into their difficulties and experience change and growth. She takes the time to listen and understand. She applies feedback informed practice to help ensure therapy works. Katherina uses treatment approaches which have been shown to be effective, including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), trauma-focused therapy and the Gottman Method for relationships.

James McIntyre


BPsych, Grad Cert (Leadership and Coaching)
   Children, Adolescents and Adults
With over 20 years extensive experience working with clients across the lifespan, James is valued for his compassionate, client focused approach, tailored to the individual. His current work with children, adolescents and adults is enriched by his skills and experience working across generations and with families, parents, and carers. James has a considerable and varied background practicing within the school psychology environment, employee assistance (EAP) for the mining industry, military veterans and private practice.

Always striving to achieve the best outcomes for clients, he works as a team, continually monitoring progress along their personal therapeutic journey. With a strong background in educational and developmental psychology, James brings a deep understanding of how early life events and attachment experiences can impact on clients throughout their lives. He brings a knowledge of neurodiversity and trauma, helping clients understand the complex ways in which the brain impacts behaviour.

James uses an evidence-based approach and draws from a range of therapies including Compassion Focussed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT and Psychodynamic Therapy

Nima Farrell MAPS


BS Psych (Hons) MPsych (Industrial and Organisational)
Nima is a psychologist who adopts a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating optional practices such as reconnecting with nature, alongside a more traditional focus on cognitive behavioral therapies to deliver effective, specific, long-lasting treatment to his clients. Working collaboratively with his clients using evidence-based techniques, he is able to support them in managing change and progress along their therapy pathway with a growth mindset.

Coming from an organisational psychology background, Nima is experienced in using a systematic approach to dig deep into his client’s presenting issues and focus on the areas that will have the greatest impact for them. Together with his understanding of change management, and his experience working in and consulting for various industries ranging from hospitality to the FIFO resources sector, he is well equipped to help clients from all cultures and walks of life to navigate their lives a little easier.

Through the creation of a welcoming space where you can feel understood and not judged, Nima wishes to empower his clients to not only see how thoughts, feelings, and actions connect to each other, but to be able to walk away from therapy having learned the practical skills to tackle life’s challenges in whatever form they take.

Melissa Lancaster


Member  (Australian Counselling Association)
For the last 10 years Liss has been looking after women, listening to thier stories, offering them support to create a life they desire, with relationships they value and creating connection within our communities.

Liss is a qualified Counsellor who specialises in working with women at all the varying stages of their lives.

Her approach to counselling is person centred, gentle and non-judgemental and she sees counselling as a valuable tool as we navigate our way through our lives.

Life can offer up challenging times and situations, feelings of loss, fear or confusion are all part of the human journey. Relationships and life stages change and we can feel like we’ve lost some direction or sense of self.

Liss will work alongside you, supporting you to walk through these times, offering you a safe space where you’ll be listened to with care and supported to discover tools and strategies that may be helpful.

Working from a holistic approach means that Liss will focus on supporting each client as an individual, taking into consideration the interconnectedness of the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual aspects of a person’s life.