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Dr Ari Badaines obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the United States. In 1980 he was awarded a one-year Post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington,DC where he completed his certification requirements to be a psychodramatist. In about 1984, Ari qualified as a Trainer-Practitioner-Educator by the American Board of Examiners, the highest level of certification in psychodrama and group work.


  In the 1980's he undertook training in Gestalt Therapy and from 1985 to the present he has been a member of the faculty of various psychodrama and Gestalt therapy training institutes. He also runs experiential and training groups in the USA, UK, Europe, and Sydney each year. Ari also studied group therapy and Family and Couple Therapy. Later he did further training at the Institue for Family Therapy in London; both these courses had a component on sex therapy. Ari did additional training workshops and he then began presenting workshops on Sexual Problems: Assesment and Treatment in the UK and Australia - these were well-received, fun and dynamic in their style.  In addition to the training and experiential workshops that Ari runs, he also maintains a private practice in Balmain (Sydney).

Watch Ari's YouTube interview with Terry from the London Psychology Collective where he talks about his life and career of over 40 years as a Clinical Psychologist and Therapist. Ari discusses his therapeutic approaches including Gestalt Therapy and Psychodrama and the powerful experiences he has helped facilitate for people in his therapy groups. Ari also gives an insight to his experience of being a therapist and making therapeutic decisions in his work.


Alison Bell  has a background in Nursing and Psychology, and has worked in the alcohol and other drug and mental health fields since 1987. Alison has been involved in the development of motivational interviewing since 1989, when she became involved in researching the clinical application of the model in collaboration with Dr Stephen Rollnick at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.


  Alison has published a number of papers and book chapters, particularly in relation to the application of motivational interviewing in health care settings. Having conducted hundreds of training courses on motivational interviewing for a broad range of groups, Alison is considered to be among the leading trainers on this subject in Australia.


Adrian van den Bok, M.A. trained in Analytical Psychotherapy, The Psychotherapy Centre, London; Accredited Diploma in Individual Psychotherapy & Relationship Counselling, Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney; Internship Certificate (supervised practice); Masters Degree in Cultural Psychology – Narrative Studies, University of Western Sydney; Certified Focusing Oriented Therapist, the Focusing Institute, New York;


Consultant, faculty member, individual and group supervisor at the Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney; lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology; workshop leader, Centre for Community Welfare Training; supervision, coaching, counselling & psychotherapy in private practice; clinical member of CAPA (Counsellors And Psychotherapists Association of NSW); PACFA (Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of Australia) registered, PACFA Accredited Supervisor. Visit, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 0411 435 972.


Dinah Buchanan, is currently the Director of Terrigal Gestalt Institute on the Central Coast, NSW, which offers professional development and training programs in Gestalt Therapy and Clinical Supervision. Dinah is a Gestalt psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and educator, with many years of experience in counselling and supervision, Gestalt Therapy, group training and child and family health.


She has offered therapeutic services for over 20 years on the Mid North Coast, Sydney and now on the Central Coast, NSW. She has also been a Gestalt Therapy trainer and counselling skills educator for the past 15 years. She currently has a private practice in Sydney and on the Central Coast.

Dinah’s particular focus includes personal / spiritual development, working with dreams and metaphor / working with depression and anxiety / grief and bereavement. Dinah has a particular interest in working with dreams and imagery in creative and spontaneous ways, and has seen astonishing and profound changes in clients she has worked with in this way over the years. She also has a special interest in integrating spirituality and psychotherapy, and understanding psychological crisis through a transpersonal framework.

Dinah has a particular passion for training, mentoring and supervising practitioners, and helping them develop creative and life enhancing clinical practices. In addition to being Director of Training at Terrigal Gestalt Institute for the past six years, Dinah has conducted Gestalt training at the Sydney Gestalt Institute and Avondale College, and has published in the GANZ Journal. She has also been involved in program development for community organisations such as Interrelate, Lifeline and Home-start, and has been involved in educating and supervising counsellors and psychotherapists, pastoral care workers, coaches and community service volunteers.

Dinah has also developed and facilitated many different workshops, courses, and seminars to do with personal and spiritual development, dream-work, relational skills, relationship enhancement, practice management and integration of spiritual and Gestalt concepts. For more information visit

“It gives me great delight to see others open to the possibilities that the Gestalt journey has to offer. As the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, so the intangible ‘more’ awaits ...”


Janice Cade has run a private counselling/psychotherapy/supervision practice for 16 years. She also has an extensive background working with print media as a change management agent. In her practice she works within an integrated approach that is supported by her love in particular for all matters psychodynamic. She currently teaches in Undergraduate, Post Graduate and Masters Programs both at the Jansen Newman Institute and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Read More...

Janice is recognized for bringing passion and humour to her work and for the spectrum of her professional interest ranging through personality development, assessment of clients, psychodynamic practice, personality disorders, cultural anthropology. counselling skills, modalities of counselling and the ongoing journey of exploring and challenging what really works in therapy.

M.App.Sci. (Crit.Psych.), B.Adult Ed., Adv.Dip.App.Soc.Sci. CMCAPA, PACFA reg 20575


Dr Leon W. Cowen is a highly experienced clinical hypnotherapist and clinical hypnotherapy educator. With over 40 years as a therapist, thirty as an educator and completing his PhD in clinical hypnotherapy education in 2015, he is acknowledged as a leader in the profession. He has served as the chair of the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia Educational Advisory Board and lectures at various universities, hospitals and conferences on hypnotherapy techniques and applications.


As the Executive Director of the Academy of Applied Hypnosis he brings his experience into the Academy’s training. Leon is a member of many professional associations such as the Australian Hypnotherapist Association, the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists, Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (NSW), Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia, Australian Counselling Association and the Australian Integrative Medicine Association.


Sarah Edelman PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specialising in the treatment of anxiety disorders. She worked at the University of Technology Sydney for many years, originally as a researcher in health psychology, and subsequently as a lecturer in the Master of Applied Psychotherapy program. In addition to her clinical work Sarah facilitates training programs for psychologists at the Black Dog Institute Sydney and the Australian Psychological Society.


She also runs training programs for government and business organisations, and conducts public workshops on the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Sydney University Centre for Continuing Education. Sarah has published several articles on the use of CBT in professional journals and mainstream media. She is a frequent guest on 702 ABC radio, and her book 'Change your Thinking" is a best seller in the self-help genre.


Dr Jon Finch is an experienced clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Jon initially worked with soldiers, war veterans, and peace keepers at Veteran and Veterans Families Counselling Service, in the role of counsellor and deputy director. He has also held a senior role managing a state wide trauma response team for Davidson Trahaire Corpsych.


Later, he moved on to work with police members at Victoria police as the senior psychologist. He has since developed a private practice and has specialised in treating people with complex trauma histories and specifically Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has worked with people exposed to a wide range of traumatic events, victims of assault, sexual assault, childhood sexual assault, domestic violence, and those involved in motor vehicle accidents.

He has used CPT for PTSD for the past 7 years. In 2014 he completed training in the USA with the Authors of the CPT manual to deliver training to other clinicians.


Maya Floyd is a Psychologist and Counsellor with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. She has worked therapeutically with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Maya is passionate about connecting with people and working in ways that inspire them to engage meaningfully with their lives.


Maya holds a BA in Psychology, Post Graduate studies in Psychology, a specialisation in Existential Therapeutic Practice, is an Educator at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), is an accredited Trainer and Assessor, and is currently completing a Certificate in Existential Practice. Existential approaches to therapy have been a long-time interest of Maya’s work and training, as they reflect a personal philosophy of existence and what it means to be human. Maya continues to study existential philosophy and apply its wisdom to life, her teaching, supervision, and clinical practice.


Gerald Haslinger, is a mental health training specialist and provisional psychologist who works widely within the community, health and corporate sectors, educating Australians about their mental health, empowering them to seek help, help others do the same and providing support to individual clients in private practice. He is a gifted presenter and educator who has extensive experience working with corporate, health/hospital, employment, insurance, banking, and not-for-profit organisations all over Australia.


He is skilled at delivering a wide range of mental health, suicide intervention and workplace programs and is considered a Principal Master instructor of Mental Health First Aid because of the experience he has in delivering this program. Gerald is able to create a training environment where content is effectively delivered and where participants feel at ease and able to participate fully.


Richard Hill, is acknowledged internationally as an expert in human dynamics, communications, the brain and the mind. He is an international lecturer and keynote speaker on the topics of neuroscience and psychosocial genomics; has developed special training courses for suicide prevention; and is the originator of the Curiosity Oriented Approach. In addition to lectures to the psychological profession in Australia and the world, Richard has a strong engagement with the coaching and business community.


His Curiosity Oriented Approach offers an innovative new perspective for therapeutic practice of all forms. He is President of the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS), a select member of the International Psychosocial Genomics Research Group, an Esteemed Member of the International Council of Professional Therapists. He is on the editorial board of The International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy and The Journal of Psychosocial Genomics and is director of the Mindscience Institute.

He holds Masters degrees in Arts; Education; and Mind and Brain Sciences and holds a diploma in counselling. He has two books, "Choose Hope" and "How the ‘real world’ Is Driving Us Crazy!" as well as numerous articles, journal papers and book chapters, including in "Perspectives on Coping and Resilience and Strengths Based Social Work Practice in Mental Health" and "Advancing Social Work in Mental Health through Strength-Based Practices", published worldwide.


Anthony Hillin, BSW, M Adol MH has over 30 yrs experience working on adolescent issues, as a clinician, trainer and service manager.  Anthony is a certified trainer in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute) and provides teaching and consulting in the adolescent version of IPT in the USA and in Australia.Anthony's training and consulting has been commissioned by over 100 agencies in the UK, USA and India.


His work spans a range of issues including grief and loss, sexuality, supervision and team building.  Based at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry for the last 11 years, Anthony co-developed Australia’s most comprehensive interagency training program in adolescent mental health and delivered it to over 2000 clinician's, initially for the NSW School-Link initiative and now for the Queensland Ed-LinQ program.

Anthony is delivering this workshop in Working with adolescents and young adults independently of his role with the NSW Institute of Psychiatry.


Melissa Hughes was the first Psychotherapist to be accepted into the intern program at Tresillian Family Care Centre. She went on to develop and run a postnatal depression support group, which has trained counsellors and lead perinatal psychiatrists in the area of postnatal depression group work. In 2009, Melissa won the Australian Centre for leadership for Women's award for her work in the postnatal depression therapy area and was nominated for Telstra Business woman of the year (2009).


Melissa has written articles for parenting magazines and is often asked to contribute to parenting, relationship and postnatal depression articles. Most recently Melissa was interviewed for a documentary entitled "What is Love" specifically speaking about the Mother/Baby attachment.
Melissa began her interest in therapy by studying and lecturing in management techniques at the Australian Catholic University. She was awarded the University medal for her studies in human resource management and was published in the field of organisational change management.

Melissa is regularly asked to present to GP professional development evenings on the topic of the psychotherapeutic delivery of postnatal depression intervention strategies. Melissa works in close contact with Early Childhood Centre Nurses, Royal North Shore Social work department and GPs, Psychiatrists and OB/GYN's across Sydney. Melissa established a PND support group in 2007 and continues to run this Yalom model interpersonal therapy group for mothers. Currently Melissa is the principal therapist at Baby and Beyond Parental Counselling and is Director of Ridge 26, a multidisciplinary clinic in North Sydney.


Barbara Jones is Executive Mandala's founder and Managing Director, and is widely acknowledged in the corporate arena as a specialist in the field of human change. She specialises in leadership development, both at an individual and team leadership level. Her career spans 30 years - and during this time, her business experience has been gained both domestically as well as internationally.


She is a Board member of Disability Services Australia, and also provides pro-bono services to a number of not-for-profit organisations as part of Executive Mandala's social responsibility strategy. As a consequence of her recent doctoral research conducted with a group of senior executives, Executive Mandala now include Mindfulness teaching elements in many of their organisational and individual development projects. She is a registered member of PACFA (Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia) and also of AABCAP (the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists). She holds membership of the International Coach Federation also.


Kevin Keith PhD BBA (Hons) (University of North Texas 1973); MA and STL (University of Louvain, Belgium, 1986 & 88); MPhil (Oxford University, 1991); Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (Jansen Newman Institute, 2005); PhD Candidate (University of Sydney, Faculty of Science, Research interest Attachment Theory, projected completion 2015). Kevin is a counsellor/psychotherapist, supervisor, educator and researcher.


He has been teaching off and on for most of his career. He currently splits his clinical time between community service work and private practice. He has worked at ACON for nearly 10 years where he served as both Counsellor and Senior Counsellor and gained deep experience working with trauma, especially in the context of HIV risk. He also teaches in the Masters program at the Jansen Newman Institute in Sydney. Kevin is a recognised presenter in the field of Attachment Theory (his PhD interest) and regularly provides professional development for his fellow mental health workers. He has recently presented research “Can Attachment Theory shed light on adult risks and HIV?” in February 2014 at a UNSW conference on Social Science. He will present a paper on attachment and trauma in August 2014 to the International Child Trauma Conference in Melbourne. Kevin is also a facilitator/trainer with Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA). Kevin is a clinical member of CAPA NSW and PACFA (professional societies). He is also a member of several academic societies, including the International Society for Psychotherapy Research, the International Society for Emotion Research and the Australian Association of Philosophy. Kevin is now an Australian citizen and has become a convert to Australian Rules Football as a keen Sydney Swans supporter.


Dr Bronwyn Leigh is a clinical and health psychologist and Director of Perinatal Psychology, a private practice specialising in psychological services to parents, infants, couples and families during the perinatal period. The Centre for Mindful and Reflective Parenting is the parent education arm of Perinatal Psychology. Providing group parenting programs that strengthen relationship capacities and facilitate joyful and confident parenting is the primary aim of the Centre.


Bronwyn has a particular interest in integrating mindfulness, mentalization and infant mental health principles and has developed the ‘Mindfully Parenting Your Baby’ group program. She has contributed to research in the areas of maternal mood, prematurity and early parenting difficulties, and has been a national trainer in perinatal loss counselling. Bronwyn facilitates training workshops nationally in perinatal and infant mental health and is the founding member and national convener of the Australian Psychological Society’s Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group (PIPIG). She is experienced in the provision of clinical supervision, training and consultancy and has published in academic journals, presented at conferences and provided media interviews. Bronwyn co-authored Towards Parenthood: Preparing for the Changes and Challenges of a New Baby (ACER Press, 2009) an evidence-based self-help guidebook for parents during pregnancy and in the first year after having a baby.


Dr Judy Lovas is a highly experienced speaker in Psychoneuroimmunology and Relaxation Therapy, with an approach that is both scientific and holistic. Judy is passionate about teaching health professionals how to successfully implement simple Relaxation techniques into their clinical practice, to improve patients’ health and wellbeing. Judy’s dynamic presentations explain the art and science of Relaxation Therapy. In our increasingly fast paced world, everyone needs to relax, yet few know how.


Judy’s extensive experience in teaching, clinical practice and research, enables her to offer important insights into the role of relaxation for stress related conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, fatigue and pain. Join Judy in her unique presentations that include both theoretical and practical components and learn Relaxation to enhance your professional practice as well as your personal life.


Jacqueline McDiarmid is passionate about delivering high quality professional training that is immediately useful to Therapists, Counsellors and anyone working in mental health. Her dynamic presenting style and considerable experience as a Presenter, Lecturer and Therapist combine to make her seminars engaging, relevant and inspiring. She is a Couple and Family Therapist, Lecturer, and Clinical Supervisor with a Masters in Family and Couple Therapy (UNSW), a Bachelor degree in Counselling and Human Change, and a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling.



She is a clinical member of the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors and Family Therapy Association NSW. Jacqueline is a Clinical Supervisor for Counsellors and Therapists, and runs mentoring groups for senior and introductory level Therapists/Counsellors. She lectures in couple and Family therapy at both Masters and undergraduate level, and is currently Head Lecturer for the Masters Family Therapy course at the Jansen Newman Institute. Jacqueline is also a popular trainer and presenter with PDP. She has been a Lecturer and Tutor at the University of Western Sydney and Sydney University, and continues to guest lecture at other tertiary institutions. In addition, she has created or customised training for organisations including Centacare, University Centre for Rural Health and the Justice Health Department. Jacqueline has been in private practice for more than fifteen years, working successfully with individuals, couples and families. She has extensive experience in couple and family therapy and is considered a specialist in these areas. As one of the few highly trained systemic couple and family therapists in private practice, she is often referred challenging cases and is highly sought after. Jacqueline is also the Director of Sydney Couple and Family Specialists. This private practice located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney is dedicated to providing highly specialised treatment in couple and family work. Please visit our website for further details.


Narelle McKenzie is the Director and a Senior trainer of the Australian Radix Body Centered Training Centre and the Radix Institute, USA and Canada, which offers a three year training program in Radix Body Centered Psychotherapy. She is a registered psychologist with over thirty years experience working in private practice with adults, adolescents, families, couples and groups. She has a Masters in developmental psychology and extensive experience and training in psychotherapy and psychology.


As part of her private consultancy Narelle has led experiential and training workshops on Embodied Psychotherapy throughout Australia and the USA. From 1975 - 1983, she was a full time tenured lecturer in psychology in the School of Education, at Sturt College of Advanced Education, later Flinders University, South Australia developing curriculum and teaching courses in developmental psychology and communication and group work skills for nurses, teachers and speech therapists at an undergraduate and graduate level. More recently she has been a part time lecturer for the Masters in Clinical Psychology programme at the University of South Australia and the Development, Learning and Teaching programme at Flinders University. She is a Clinical Member on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (PACFA) Register, a member of the Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators and a member of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapists as well as a member of Peer Review Committee for the International Journal of Body Psychotherapy.


Jo McAlpine has partnered many organisations over the last sixteen years as a Facilitator, Coach, Designer and Mentor. She has worked extensively across the financial services sector, infrastructure, consumer electronics, education and training, medicine and the law, insurance, publishing and government agencies. Jo teaches at the Australian Institute of Management in their MBA program and the College of Applied Psychology specializing in Positive Psychology and Coaching.


Her clients include IBM, KPMG, Macquarie Bank, Westpac, HSBC, Avant Insurance Ltd, Children’s Hospital Westmead, BlackBerry, Canon, Railcorp, Roads & Maritime Services, Transgrid, Vodafone Australia and New Zealand, Steps Programs and Comminsure.

Jo combines her business experience and coaching with the concepts and application of positive psychology, transformational learning and authentic workplace practices. These practises support organisations to achieve outstanding business results through transforming individuals, teams and organisational culture by harnessing the unrealised potential and value of the people in the business. Her specialty areas include developing leadership programs for high potential people, coaching, high performance teams, meaning and purpose, crafting conversations that matter, strategy implementation, employee engagement, career satisfaction and creating constructive cultures.

Recently Jo designed and delivered the Authentic Leadership program for IBM and BlackBerry, the Leadership AvantEdge program for Avant Insurance Limited and the Top and Professional STEPS program for women at STEPS Leadership programs. She also designed and facilitated the development of internal coaches for several organisations that wished to develop their internal coaching capabilities to enhance employee growth, engagement and customer focus across the business. This included the supervision of internal coaches and mentors.

Jo holds a Master of Education where she graduated with the Dean’s Medal for her research and application of Authentic Leadership practises, a Master of Applied Science with a major in Critical Perspectives of Psychological Practice and a Graduate Diploma of Psychotherapy. She has over 4000 hours of individual and group coaching experience, over 2000 hours of leadership facilitation and is a Lifetime accredited Lifestyles Inventory (LSI) facilitator.


Dr Monica Moore is a GP with a full-time psychotherapy practice in Sutherland, who understands the pressures of working in physical health settings. She is in the unique position of being able to combine over 20 years of experience in general practice with expertise in a range of counselling modalities, and has been involved in training GPs and other health clinicians since 2000, helping them to integrate practical psychological strategies into their work.


Monica has a special interest in personality disorders and the practical implications for clinicians in managing challenging behaviours, as well as the ways in which clinicians can improve work satisfaction and patient outcomes, and prevent burnout.

Monica graduated in 1983 and undertook initial training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in 1996. As well as further training in CBT and ACT, she has completed the Advanced Certificate of Interpersonal Therapy, the Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and the Certificate of Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Monica has been the coordinator for the Sutherland Mental Health Practitioners Network since its inception in 2009, and has been involved in a training capacity with the RACGP; GP Synergy; CESPHN; Australian Society of Hypnosis; Black Dog Institute; General Practice Conference, Exhibition and Medical Education; NSW Institute of Psychiatry; Rural Doctors Association; Sphere, and the Sutherland Division of General Practice.


Renata Porzig-Drummond PhD shares the positive psychology view that it is equally important to focus on clients’ strengths and what is going well in their lives as it is to explore the problems they are facing. Accordingly, she is passionate about integrating positive psychology strengths-focused techniques into clinical practice. Renata is a lecturer at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney, specialising in the fields of Mental Health and Positive Psychology.


She uses an interactive presenting style that is engaging and emphasises practical application in a clinical context. Renata holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a BSc Psychology (Hon) from Macquarie University; a GradDip in Psychology and a BA from the University of Sydney; and a Certificate of Holistic Counselling from Nature Care College. Renata’s research has focused on behaviour change, particularly on the use of emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioural strategies in effecting behaviour change.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Australian Social Work and Social Science & Medicine. Renata’s clinical experience includes crisis counselling, psychological assessment, working with parents of children with behaviour difficulties, and working with clients with depressive and anxiety disorders. Renata is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Coaching Federation.


Christine Pope, is an experienced and entertaining trainer and facilitator. After 15 years in Investment Banking and a significant career change she has moved from training bankers in Risk Management to lecturing students in Nutrition, Natural Health and Business Skills. Christine also presents regular corporate workshops and writes for health publications such as “Nature and Health” and “Wellbeing”. Corporate clients include Foxtel where she recently presented a specifically tailored series of Stress Management Workshops.


In clinical practice her focus is on using diet, lifestyle modifications and appropriate supplements to improve the health and wellbeing of her clients. Christine has been teaching at Nature Care College since 2010 and was Head of Nutrition at Nature Care College until 2015. During that time she was involved in rolling out an E-Learning platform, which has contributed to significantly improved retention rates in many of the distance subjects. Christine also rewrote two of the major subjects presented including “Introduction to Nutrition” and “Food Fundamentals”. Currently Christine serves as a Director of the largest Natural Therapy Association and is the Treasurer as well as Chair of the Marketing Committee. She is presenting training on business development for members, which specifically covers social media marketing, networking and business improvement. As a presenter her focus is on making the complex simple and the simple compelling.


Clinton Power, is a relationship counsellor, Gestalt therapist, and author. In 2011 he founded Australia Counselling, Australia’s leading online directory for finding a counsellor or therapist in Australia, which has a large membership of Australian counsellors, therapists and psychologists. Clinton is the director of Clinton Power + Associates, a busy clinic of relationship counsellors, which offers relationship counselling for individuals and couples from three Sydney locations.


Clinton is the author of 31 Days to Build a Better Relationship, which is available in the Amazon store on Kindle and has been downloaded over 3000 times.

Clinton is passionate about online marketing, social media and online networking and has been coaching and consulting therapists and counsellors for many years helping countless therapists grow their businesses and attract more clients.

In 2011, he founded Australia Counselling so the Australian public could easily search for a counsellor in their area, and counsellors could receive promotion for their businesses, as well as get valuable clinical and practice-building ideas. Clinton created The Australia Counselling Podcast in 2013 where he has interviewed many internationally recognised therapists including Harville Hendrix PhD, Sue Johnson PhD and Rick Hanson PhD. The Australia Counselling Podcast now has over 50 episodes available and has been downloaded over 10,000 times in the iTunes store.


Dr Elizabeth Anne Riley is a Sydney-based counsellor, supervisor, and educator specialising in supervision, ethics and gender identity and has been in practice for nearly 20 years. Elizabeth is also a supervisor of supervisors and has written supervision training curriculum for students and supervisors. Elizabeth is currently the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and was a counsellor and consultant for the St James Ethics Centre for many years.


Elizabeth has a Masters in Counselling and a PhD titled ‘The needs of gender variant children and their parents’. Elizabeth is a member of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (CAPA), Society for Counselling & Psychotherapy Educators (SCAPE) and the Australian and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH & WPATH). Elizabeth has published and presented papers and workshops, both locally and internationally, in the areas of Supervision, Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Ethics. Qualifications: PhD, MA (Couns), Grad Dip Couns, Dip Hom, Bsc.


Professor Alan Rosen Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Professor (Professorial Fellow), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, and subsequently Illawarra Institute of Mental Health, University of Wollongong, Australia, Clinical Associate Professor, Brain & Mind Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia, Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of New South Wales (2013-2015), Research Psychiatrist, Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health Services, University of Newcastle, 2004-13 & Visiting Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Far West LHD Mental Health Service, NSW (1985-present). Former Service Director, and Former Director of Clinical Services, (retired April 2009 after nearly 30 years of service) Royal North Shore Hospital & Community Mental Health Services, Sydney.


  Alan Rosen was Senior Specialist Psychiatrist, Service Director, and then Director of Clinical Services 1979-2009 of the Royal North Shore Hospital and Community Mental Health Services, which received the National Community Outreach Award for 1990 from the Australian Hospital Association. and Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Services Gold Achievement Awards in 1992, 1993 and 1995. He is Professorial Fellow, Illawarra Institute of Mental Health, University of Wollongong and Clinical Associate Professor, Brain & Mind Centre, Sydney Medical School,, University of Sydney; Research Psychiatrist, Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, & Visiting Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Far West Local Health District Mental Health Service in NSW.

He was recipient of the lan Simpson Award, Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 1994, and the Margery Johnston Award, Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill, 1989; co-author of the Life Skills Profile, 1988, the Area Integrated Mental Health Service (AIMHS) Standards 1993 , 1995 and the National Mental Health Standards 1997; Chair. National Clinical Reference Group for the Australian Mental Health Classification and Casemix Service Costs Study, 1997-8; Chair, Early Intervention in Psychosis Steering Group, NSW Department of Health. 1997 - 2004, Secretary, Comprehensive Area Service Psychiatrists Special Interest Group (CASP); and Steering Committee Member, The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference of Australia and New Zealand, Inc.; Member, National Mental Health Outcomes Measures Expert Committee, 2002-, NSW Mental Health Outcomes and Assessment Training Steering Committee 2002; Consultant to Australian Governments’ Psychiatric Project to East Timor, 2000-2002. From 2003-2007 he was a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Quality Improvement Committee, and from 2008-2011, a committee member of the RANZCP Board of Community Relations. From 2005-2009 he was chair of the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards working party on psychiatric clinical indicators and a member of the Project Management & Steering Group for the Review of the Australian National Mental Health Standards from 2006-9. He was a member of the Ministerial Taskforce to form a Mental Health Commission in NSW, 2011. He was part of a team which published an International review of Recovery measures for the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council and the Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing in early 2011, and is on their panel developing a national Social Inclusion/workforce participation/residential tenure survey tool for individuals living with mental illness.

He was the independent expert consultant to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Framework for Community Pharmacists in Mental Health 2011-2013. In June 2012, he was appointed to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Mental Health Advisory Group. In March 2013, he was appointed inaugural Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales, and completed his term there in March 2015.

He has reviewed mental health services for governments and administrations in 5 Australian states and the ACT. He has been invited speaker and/or performed consultancies on service development in several Australian states and territories, UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, USA, Canada, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and New Zealand. He was an invited speaker for the WHO Collaborating Centre’s International Think-tanks in Trieste, and both international and national Assertive Outreach conferences in Spain annually over recent years.

He was Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry 1990 and Visiting Senior Fellow, Departments of Medical Anthropology and Social Medicine, Harvard University, Boston in 2006. As a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Center on Mental Health and Social Conflict, University of California, Berkeley, he has lectured there annually over recent years.

He is the author or co-author of more than 140 published and submitted journal articles or chapters on studies of 24 hour community based alternatives to acute and long-term inpatient care, rehabilitation and recovery, psychiatric crisis services, assertive case management, early intervention in mental health services and integrated mental health service systems; more inclusive interdisciplinary mental health teams, including peer workers, early intervention in psychosis; psychiatric stigma; dual disorders, deinstitutionalization, consumer issues, family interventions, Aboriginal, developing country, rural and remote mental health, cultural influences on mental health service systems, qualitative and quantitative outcome measures, recovery measurement, impaired doctors, community treatment orders, research and evaluation in mental health, service standards, the National Mental Health Strategy, Global community psychiatry, Human Rights of individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses, international comparisons between Mental Health Commissions, and the history of Australian Psychiatry. He has been an assessor for and/or editorial board member of several national & international journals. He has recently co-edited a book on the Early Intervention of Nearly Everything in Mental Health Services for Blackwell-Wiley, and was recently guest editor for a special issue on International Mental Health Commissions for the Mental Health Review Journal (UK), and guest co-editor of a Special Mental Health Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Current Teaching: Advanced Psychiatric Trainee Clinical Leadership Advanced Training 2 day Workshops, 2009-11, convened by Alan Rosen & Tom Callaly, repackaged since 2012 for HETI (Health Education & Training Institute of NSW) on-line course. Co-Convenor, Leadership & Management Update Seminar Series, Comprehensive Area Service Psychiatrists (CASP) Network and Section of Leadership & Management (SLAM) Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (2009-current). Postgraduate Teaching for Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney, in 4 courses every year plus in-person assessments /examining for postgraduate trainee psychiatrists and mental health professionals and Curriculum Development (2009-Current).

Selected Publications: 1. Rosen A, Clenaghan P, Emerton F, Richards S. Integration of the Crisis Resolution function within community mental health teams in Johnson S, Needle J, Bindeman JP, Thornicroft G (eds). Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment in Mental Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 2. Miller V, Rosen A, Gianfransesco P, Hanlon P, Australian National Standards for Mental Health Services: a blueprint for improvement, International Journal of leadership in the Public Service, October 2009, 5, 3, 25-42. 3. Gisev N, Bell JS, O’Reilly CL, Rosen A, Chen TF, An expert panel assessment of comprehensive medication reviews for clients of community mental health teams, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, October 2009, 45:11: 1071-1079. 4. Rosen A, Gurr R, Fanning P. The Future of Community-centred Health Services in Australia: Lessons from the mental health sector. Australian Health Review 2010, 34, 106–115 5. Rosen A, Goldbloom D, McGeorge P, Mental Health Commissions: making the critical difference to the development and reform of mental health services, Current Opinion in Psychiatry 2010, 23:593–603 6. Pirkis J, Burgess, P, Coombs T, Rosen A, Assessing the value of existing recovery measures for routine use in Australian mental health services, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2011; Early Online, 1–14 7. Killaspy H, Rosen A, Case Management and Assertive Community Treatment, Chapter in Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health, 2nd edition, Thornicroft G, Szmukler G, Mueser K, Drake R, eds. Oxford UP, Oxford, 2011. 8. Rosen A, Gorrell J, Miller V, Cornish C, Tennant C. Impact of Clinician Attitudes on Implementation of Early Intervention Services: Triangulation and Stages of Concern methodologies, in Boydell K, Ferguson HB, eds. Qualitative Inquiry in Early Psychosis, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2012, Waterloo, Ontario. 9. Rigby CW, Rosen A, Berry HL, Hart CR, If the land is sick, we’re sick: The impact of prolonged drought on the social & emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal Communities in NSW, Australian Journal of Rural Health 19, 249–254, 2011. 10. Rosen A, Rosen T, McGorry P,. Human Rights of People with Severe and Persistant Mental Illness in Dudley M, Gale F eds. Human Rights and the Mental Health Professions, Oxford University Press,2012. 11. Rosenberg S, Rosen A, It’s Raining Mental Heath Commissions – Prospects and Pitfalls in Driving Mental Health Reform, Australasian Psychiatry, 1 (85-90) Feb 2012. 12. Rosenberg S, Rosen A, 2012 Can mental health commissions really drive reform? Towards better resourcing, services, accountability and stakeholder engagement, Australasian Psychiatry. 2012 Jun; 20(3):193-8. 13. Rosen A, O’Halloran P, Mezzina R, International Trends in Community Mental Health Services in Handbook on Community Psychiatry, McQuiston H, Feldman J, Sowers W, eds, Springer New York, 2012. 14. Rosen A, McGorry P D, Hill H RM, Rosenberg, S P, The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and mental health services: it is not a case of “one size fits all”, Medical Journal of Australia, 196 (11), 675-677, 18 June 2012 15. Rosen A, Mental Health Commissions of Different Sub-species. Can they effectively propagate mental health service reform? Provisional taxonomy and trajectories. Mental Health Review Journal, Dec 2012. [Editors Award] 16. Rosen A, Killaspy H, Harvey C, ( 2013) "Specialisation and marginalisation: how the Assertive Community Treatment debate impacts on individuals with complex mental health needs." The Psychiatrist, November 4, 37, 345-348. 17. Rosen A, Byrne P, Goldstone S, McGorry P, Early Intervention for Better Mental Health Services, Ch 99, Psychiatry, Fourth Edition. Edited by Tasman A, Kay J, Lieberman JA , First MB, and Riba MB, © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, in press.


Noa Rothgiesser, has over 15 years’ experience in the field of somatic (mind-body) psychology, including holding a Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology, specializing in the mind-body relationship, through Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Noa designed and taught a Somatic Counselling and Coaching Skills program for the South African College of Applied Psychology for 10 years prior to relocating to Sydney, Australia in 2016.


She also has facilitated numerous programs over the years, tailored to groups in different contexts in the private sector and in the corporate world. Alongside teaching, Noa practices as a psychotherapist working with individuals and couples and she is an internationally published author on Yoga as a mind-body practice. Her work revolves around the cultivation of wellbeing and human potential, integrating Eastern mindfulness with Western psychological and scientific perspectives.


Mary Sawyer is a psychologist with wide experience as an ACT therapist. In Sydney she works in private practice and is one of the most experienced and foremost ACT therapists in Australia. She has trained with leading ACT researchers and clinicians in Australia, Britain, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy and USA.



Mary is a peer reviewed ACT Trainer and former board member of the Association of Behavioural Science (ACBS) and regularly presents at ACBS World Conferences. She applies ACT working with a variety of psychological problems such as; depression and anxiety, grief and loss, post traumatic stress disorder, addictions, adult survivors of sexual abuse and relationship issues. Mary is committed to enhancing ACT clinical skills by facilitating workshops such as you are attending today, and by providing supervision.

She is the convener of a monthly ACT discussion group in Sydney that provides ACT therapists mentoring and assistance in developing case conceptualization.


Pam Stavropoulos PhD is an educator, consultant and therapist, with a particular interest in the politics of trauma and depression. A member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) she is co-author of the nationally and internationally endorsed Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery (ASCA).


A former Fulbright scholar, Pam has held lectureships at Macquarie University and the University of New England, and is a former Program Director at the Jansen Newman Institute where she also taught in the Masters program. She is the author of Living under Liberalism: The Politics of Depression in Western Democracies (Florida: Universal, 2008) has written research reports in the community health sector, and is also a clinical supervisor.


Beate Steller brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of sectors and industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. Beate also currently works as a Pastoral & Spiritual Care Team Leader in aged and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for organizations including the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Lifeline Sydney.


Her experience in the Health Services’ Industry includes specialising in HIV AIDS, palliative care and aged care. In the last ten years Beate has specialised in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and has been on the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009. She has both graduate and post graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and is currently completing her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral studies at Charles Sturt University. Beate also has experience in Community Development Work, Strategic Planning, Long-term Unemployment Support, Social Housing and Relationship Education. She has worked with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beate also holds professional membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers, the N. S. W. Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.


Professor Bruce A Stevens (PhD, Boston U, 1987) is an endorsed clinical and forensic psychologist. He holds the Wicking Chair of Ageing and Practical Theology and is director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at Charles Sturt University/ St Marks Canberra. He is an advanced trainer and supervisor in both individual and couples therapy with the International Society of Schema Therapists.


He has written six books with the most recent: Schema Therapy with Couples: A Practitioner’s Guide to Healing Relationships, with Chiara Di Francesco & Eckhard Roediger, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. He has seen patients at Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology for over 25 years and has given professional workshops throughout Australia including regional areas. The workshop topics include Marketing Forensic Practice, Cross-examination in Court, Mindfulness with Personality Disordered, Therapy with Difficult Couples and Schema Therapy for Couples. He was convenor of the clinical psychology training program at the University of Canberra from 2010-2014 with over 60 graduate students.


Betty Tannous is an experienced and successful business consultant, who has developed her skills from initial management in small business then working her way to a Masters of Business Administration. Betty is also qualified as a Workplace Trainer and Assessor. From grass roots retail, through to customer service and to senior level management and Executive Board Member, Betty has worked across industry sectors ranging from Complementary Health, Telecommunications, Automotive, IT, Finance and Education.


Betty has broad experience in assisting small businesses to reach their full potential. With advanced IT and project management skills, she has facilitated many organisations to streamline policies and procedures, introduce software and hardware solutions to increase productivity and implement changes by training the staff. Having a broad diversification of experience and proven results, coupled with her engaging and collaborative motivational style, Betty continues to successfully deliver business improvement programs to all facets of industry.

Currently Associate Director of Education at Nature Care College, Betty has transferred her experience and capability into the Vocational and Educational Training sector where she supports the counselling faculty to foster new graduates into successful practice. Her extensive knowledge has allowed her to create tangible and long lasting change through project implementation and organisational behaviour.

Her wide ranging portfolio includes development of training materials, training and assessing, health and community health sector training packages curriculum mapping and Australian Skills Quality Authority compliance reporting and auditing.


Mirna Tarabay is a Psychotherapist, Educator and Trainer. Her work with survivors of trauma, abuse and loss spans over a decade. Mirna has worked in a range of capacities primarily with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, both adults and children. Mirna has a practice in Sydney where the focus of her clinical work is with survivors of child abuse, trauma and loss. Mirna has been conducting training for both government and community based organisations for many years.


She holds a Bachelor of Education, Post Grad Diploma in Counselling and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE). Her training experience includes employment as a Training and Development Coordinator at The Centre for Community Welfare Training, providing counsellor education to students at the College of Applied Psychology and working as a State-wide educator for the Education Centre against Violence in the Cultural Equity Unit. Mirna is a Clinical member of the Counsellor and Psychotherapist's Association of NSW.


Rina Taub has over 20 years of professional experience as a Counselling Psychologist and Couple and Family Narrative Therapist. She has worked alongside people to define themselves away from problems and towards preferred territory, inviting individuals to live with integrity and find ways of responding in accordance with what is important to them. Rina facilitates reflective practice groups and workshops for various health and welfare agencies and has presented at National and International Conferences. She has been the convener of the ‘Narrative Theory and Practice in Psychology’ interest group of the APS since 2011.


Rina’s use of Narrative Therapy considers culture and context and allows for conversations with young people which identify and name what is missing in their lives and works alongside them to navigate difficult times and support movement towards preferred territory. Narrative therapy fosters hope, and is appreciative of diversity.

Rina has extensive experience working with young children and families in the public sector, with NGOs, consulting with schools, running groups in high schools, as well as seeing youth and their families in private practice. She enjoys supervising school psychologists, and other counsellors in a variety of youth services including Headspace. Rina provides training to intern psychologists as well as fully registered psychologists, social workers and other allied health professionals. She is committed to investing in the future of those working in the field and enjoys sharing in people’s learning journeys and storying of their professional identities. Rina values opportunities to mentor professionals in developing a framework and vision of best practice.


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