Meet The Team

Richard O'Connor


A desire to make a difference and a love of people and exercise, inspired my entry into the wellness industry in 1991. In that time I have worked in many capacities within Fitness specifically, including creating two businesses, one educational (est 2007), focussing on professional development, and a Personal training gym which was established in 2002 that I still operate today in Robina.

During this time I have had the opportunity to care for many people from diverse backgrounds with varying health and wellness challenges and help them achieve their individual goals. Many of these people for almost 20 years.

Along the way my interest in mental health has deepened, leading me to undertake my Bachelor of Counselling degree at Griffith University Gold Coast. Walk and Talk for Wellness is another small way I hope to make a difference in the lives of the people in my community.

I look forward to walking and talking
with you soon!

Debra Bath


One of the things that really motivates me is meeting people from all walk of life. Everyone has a unique story to tell! 

I’ve worked as a lecturer for the past 20 years, and I love being part of the learning process, inspiring others and being inspired by the people around me. This flows into my work as a counsellor and psychologist, where I have the privilege of being with young people and adults, supporting them in their journey through difficult life transitions, learning about themselves and the world around them.

A big part of what I enjoy about teaching and counselling is the creativity that comes with developing new ideas, and in my role as the Program Director for the Bachelor of Counselling at Griffith University, I have the privilege of working with a great team to develop Walk and Talk for Wellness from just an idea into a reality. People are what make life worthwhile, and this program is all about making connections with others, nature and the world around us, and steering a path towards better well-being. 


I look forward to hearing many stories as we walk and talk!

Timothy McInnes
Counsellor trainee

Helping others is one of the most important things that we can do as humans. Whether through construction of houses, researching the expansive world around us or by working as an educator and carer for the next generation, we all must cooperate in order to secure the well-being of our planet and it's inhabitants.

As a young adult I have discovered that the way that I am most effectively able to assist others is by simply being available to have a chat. During the past three years of study I have developed many skills and techniques to assist me in better supporting those around me. As a volunteer youth worker I have had the privilege of walking alongside many teenagers as they navigate that often difficult and confusing time of life.


Through the Walk and Talk program I am able to apply these skills and further develop them. This program is more than just an excellent way for novice counsellors to hone their skills though. It also provides an excellent opportunity for participants to spend some time in one of the beautiful locations and chat about about their lives with someone that is genuinely interested and willing to help.

Natasha Fay
Counsellor trainee

Hello! My name is Natasha, I’m 24 years old, and the most important thing you’ll need to know about me is that I love animals! 

Counselling has been my professional dream for a few years now, however, being a friendly face and helping people, has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I’m so honoured to be a part of this mental health initiative, not just because I graduate at the end of this year.. but because mental health is really important to me; I feel that we can only truly self actualise once we have worked from inwards out.

Work aside, I love dogs, food, people, photography, and travelling 

Stefan Todorovic

Counsellor trainee

Hi, My name is Stefan. I am 23 years old and I am a third year Counselling Student. I am originally from Serbia and I have been living in Australia for four years.


Since I was 16 I enjoyed studying Psychology in High School and since then I knew that my life's mission will be to listen to peoples problems and to try, in the best way I can, to help! I am a great listener and full of empathy.


Through the Walk and Talk program
I am beginning my life journey as a Counsellor and I am looking forward to meeting you all!

John McAvoy

Counsellor trainee

Hello, my name is John, and over the last three years of my Counselling degree, I have found my passion of helping and developing people. I bring an energetic and enthusiastic personality to everything that I encounter. I really enjoy working side by side with others and stepping into their life experiences and challenges to gain an understanding into their life and provide the best type of support and insight.


I enjoy being outside and going on long drives around Queensland, I enjoy getting out and going camping while bringing along my camera and doing some photography. I love being social and I really enjoy being around animals.

I feel really lucky to be a part of this Walk and Talk for Wellness programme as I believe it can be a really beneficial service that people can gain a great amount of support and comfort from. I look forward to meeting everyone 😊

Reen Karsten

Counsellor trainee

Hi ! My name is Maureen or Reen for short. I am a Bachelor of Counselling student with Griffith University, Gold Coast campus. 


Over the past 20 years I have raised a beautiful teenage daughter, been running my own photography business, supporting my family business and I also completed a Diploma of Counselling. 


Things I love to do for myself include gardening, photography, interior design and hiking with friends. I also recently went surfing for the first time, which was the best feeling, particularly because I had a fear of ocean swimming.

I want to help people find their inner strength through whatever adversity they may be experiencing. Being a counsellor to me means professionally supporting people on their walk through life. I believe we all have strengths and gifts, sometimes we just need someone to shine a light on them to help us see them. I am very grateful to be a part of the Walk and Talk program and team and look forward to walking and talking with you

Bikramjit Singh

Counsellor trainee

Hi my name is Bikramjit Singh. You can call me Bikram or Bikky. I am final year Bachelor of Counselling student.


I have always wanted to help people and do something to make a positive change in the world. This passion made me study Counselling. While studying I have developed many skills and enhanced my knowledge about human nature and behaviour.

Training to be a cousellor has given me the opportunity to be self-aware. I have become more resilient and confident in my daily life. I want to use the skills developed over past three years to facilitate people to find the answers to their problems. It is not just a part of my professional development but also part of my core values and beliefs.


I have been very lucky to be part of Walk and Talk for Wellness program. It is a great initiative of the Gold Coast City Council, Griffith University, and a great team.

I am really looking forward to Walk and Talk to you in the nature for our physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.

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