OPD Points: 8



Presenter / Provider:

Brenda Sutherland

Presenter Qualifications:

B.Soc Sc (Psych) TAE, Cert Initiatic Art, PACT I, ETIA Ltd

Brenda is a Holistic Counsellor, Founder & Director of The Awakening Group Pty Ltd. She founded the only accredited Holistic Counsellor training program in Australia integrating Systemic and Structural Constellation work.

Over the past 37 years Brenda has taught at universities, lectured at conferences, appeared on TV and radio, written for magazines and conducted seminars throughout Australia and NZ. She has facilitated many workshops for private, corporate and governmental organizations on personal growth and professional development including the use of Organisational Constellations.

Throughout her career Brenda has combined her personal commitment to her own self growth and extensive, yet unique, professional training including Psychology, EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming, Sensorimotor Art Therapy, Tantra, Eco-psychology, , Kinesiology, Family & Organizational Constellation with world renowned facilitators (Dr Gunthard Weber, Dr Albrecht Mahr, Dr Guni Baxa, Dr Ursula Franke, Jakob Schneider, Bertold Ulsamer, Dr Jane Peterson, Ed Lynch, Stephan Hausner etc). Furthermore, Brenda has trained with Bessel van de Kolk (one of the worlds leading trauma experts), Peter Levine as well as Pat Odgen; body centred psychotherapy. She has also trained in The Work of Byron Katie and is an Effectiveness (Communication) Training instructor.

Brenda also combines the latest neuroscience, attachment styles, arousal regulation, memory reconstruction with somatic techniques. She also combines her training as a PACT Level 1 Couples counsellor developed by Dr Stan Tatkin, the Founder of the Psychobiological Approach for Couple Therapy with her training and experience as one of top Tantra teachers in Australia in the 90’s. Furthermore Brenda pioneered one of the first Holistic Counsellor training organisations in Australia in the 90’s.

Brenda is renowned for developing unique dynamic processes combining various techniques to elicit long lasting change in clients in a short period of time. For instance her 2018 Australasian Systemic Conference presentation of “My Sexual Self and I” combined research on womens’ Unique Sexual Arousal System (Emily Nagoski’s work) with Internal Family Systems Therapy (Richard Schwartz) and Structural Constellations to disentangle social conditioning, beliefs and familial loyalties affecting womens’ experience of sex and their sexual brakes. In 2022 she developed a systemic constellations process “Working with Sexual Abuse: The Missing Piece”, working with relieving the burden causing sexual abuse survivors suffered over decades in a matter of moments. In 2023 Brenda developed the process called ‘Walking the Zone” combining Deb Dana’s polyvagal ladder with Structural constellations and art therapy to uncouple systemic entanglements in one’s nervous system. Brenda runs the Systemic Constellation Facilitator Training program, the Certificate and Diploma in Holistic Counselling, PD Certificates in Effective Communication, The Work of Byron Katie and Family Constellation. She is currently developing an online counsellor training program on “Healing Sexual Abuse Trauma: A Systemic Approach”For more details: www.awakening.com.au


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