Lighthouse Health and Education was founded by husband and wife team Wayne and Jane Franke in response to the need for further psychological and educational services in the Coffs Harbour region. Together they have over 50 years of experience working with children, young people and their families. Due to significant growth and demand for their services in the region, an additional psychologist Sharna St Leon has joined the team this year.
Jane Franke - Registered Psychologist
Jane has over 19yrs experience working with children, adolescents and their families in primary and secondary schools, high needs behavioural intervention settings and private practice.
She has completed a Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Welfare and specialist training in the assessment and counselling of children and adolescents on issues such as depression, anxiety, behavioural disorders, trauma, self harm and suicidal ideation.
Jane has extensive experience with psychoeducational assessment and working with individuals living with neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities and specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).
As a mother of two, she also enjoys working with parents to increase their parenting confidence and to improve their emotional connection with their children.
Wayne Franke - I Can Read - Educator
Wayne has taught in both Primary and Secondary Schools and has a Master of Education.
He has operated the I Can Read Total Literacy Centre for 6 years, providing students and adults with the skills necessary to reach their potential in both an increasingly challenging and demanding educational system as well as the work place.
Wayne's philosophy is that reading is essential to our lives and the necessary skills required to be a confident and competent reader need to be developed effectively.
He believes that the total literacy approach of the I Can Read System offers the most efficient pathway to the development of lifelong reading skills.
The programme's focus on phonemic awareness enables the student to understand the relationship between letters and sounds. This is crucial in the process of decoding (breaking down) unfamiliar words.
The programme moves from the initial pre literacy stage through to the advanced language and literacy levels. It caters for those who are experiencing difficulties with reading through to those students who want to extend both their understanding and proficiency of language.
SHARNA ST LEON - Registered Psychologist
Sharna completed her Masters of Professional Psychology at University of New England. She has a wealth of experience in both the public and private K-12 schooling sectors and is trained in administering evidence-based assessments across the lifespan.
Sharna is passionate about supporting children, adolescents and their families to reach their goals in terms of overall emotional, social and academic wellbeing.
Sharna approaches her therapeutic practice from a positive psychology framework using a collaborative approach to treatment, designing intervention strategies to seek to improve behaviour and routines, self-esteem, self-regulation and social skills and developing strategies to suit the needs of both the individual and their family.
Sharna has a special interest in supporting people to work through the challenges of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and gender dysphoria.