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Amber Rules is a psychotherapist, counsellor, group therapist, clinical supervisor and facilitator. She has extensive experience with addictions, and specialises in working with the family members of people who use drugs, alcohol, gambling, or have complex mental health needs.She is the Clinical Director of Sydney Addictions Recovery, a specialist counselling clinic in Sydney’s Inner West. She is also the Director and Founder of Rough Patch, an affordable counselling service that uses a unique social enterprise model to make counselling more accessible and affordable. Previously in her career, Amber has worked in both public and private inpatient rehabilitation centres and hospitals, specialist outpatient counselling services, and private practice.Before becoming a therapist, Amber worked in the entertainment industry. She has an understanding of the difficulties that come with non-traditional and high-profile jobs, and is experienced in helping clients manage addiction and mental health difficulties that sometimes accompany these occupations.Amber also has lived experience of substance involvement, family addiction and intergenerational trauma, and draws on this in her clinical practice.Beaté Steller is a Sydney based adult educator, author, accredited mental health social worker, counsellor, clinical supervisor, adult educator, spiritual care practitioner and registered nurse. She has gathered experience in these variety of roles over 35 years in a variety of sectors and industries, including health, palliative and aged care, social housing and long-term unemployment. She has a special interest in working with older people and has been working in Residential Aged Care for over the last 14 years in the roles of Social Worker and Spiritual Wellbeing Co-ordinator.For over a decade Beaté has specialized in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and was a Director of the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss) and Grief between 2009 – 2020. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. She completed her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral Studies in 2019. Her Masters research was on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its Relevance Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing. Beaté has a history of working with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beaté also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.Lizzie Spencer is a highly experienced psychotherapist, coach and academic teacher, based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She is an academic teacher and her passions combine when running workshops and trainings. Her preferred leadership style is experiential and transformational. This is evident in all her work, which is deep, soulful and enlivening. She taught in Steiner Schools for many years. This method thrives on artistry, imagination, sensitive group processes, storytelling, empathy, connection, trust and collaborative leadership. She is also a Social Ecologist. This lens looks to nature for helpful and supportive life systems, and brings active hope to the world. She is a founding member of the Community of Calm whose aim is to train practitioners in Trauma Awareness and to create a Trauma Resource Centre. The event won ‘Event of the Year’ in 2020 Australia Day Awards (Northern Beaches Council) for Arts for Wellness, a month long event where the local community could attend low cost, trauma informed expressive arts classes and workshops.Family Constellations and Process Oriented Psychology are at the heart of her understanding and practice.Dr Judy Lovas is an experienced educator in evidence-based Relaxation Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology and infects others with her passion and enthusiasm for these subjects.Judy teaches simple relaxation techniques so people can cope better with anxiety, depression, pain, sleep disorders, trauma and chronic conditions. She translates leading research in Psychoneuroimmunology into simple and easily understood concepts.In the tertiary sector, Judy lectures in psychology, relaxation therapy, psychoneuroimmunology and cellular health. She researched psychological and immunological outcomes of relaxation in people with spinal cord injury. Judy conducts Relaxation Therapy Classes in Sydney and is a coordinator of the Northern Sydney Persistent Pain and Mental Health Professional Network.When not teaching and presenting, Judy relaxes with family and friends.Kim Billington Kim is the author of: ‘A Counsellor’s Companion: creative adventures for child counsellors, parents and teachers,’ (published 2021) as well as a writer of several published articles in the Counselling Australia Journal.Kim’s passion is sharing creative therapeutic interventions that can bring people renewed hope and understandings about themselves, and fresh ideas about how they want to live in the world.Kim has three adult children and is at her happiest in her roles as counsellor, clinical supervisor, workshop facilitator and playful grandma. Kim loves swimming in the bay near her home in Sandringham, Melbourne.Kim’s current work (now mainly using Zoom online) includes counsellor training, child and family counselling, parent consultations, EAP work, clinical supervision, supervising Monash University’s Masters’ of Counselling students, and Carer’s counselling. Kim has been a regular counsellor training presenter with the Sydney Centre for Creative Change since 2013.Methods and tools in Kim’s therapeutic toolbox include: Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, ACT, CFT, Creative Expressive Arts, Existential Therapy, befriending emotions using metaphors and storytelling, Tree of Life work and creative timelines to understand the life-long emergence of identity.Kim has previously worked with clients whose adversities include surviving: refugee trauma, family violence, divorce, out-of-home-care, bereavement, and carers of family members with mental health troubles. With three years spent responding to callers at Crisis Support Services such as 24/7 MensLine, Kim has also co-facilitated Men’s Behaviour Change Groups.Kim’s treasure chest of creativity has been overflowing, culminating in writing a book about child counselling, and another on its way about working with adults. Kim hopes to inspire others who are working to support children, young people and adults on their heroic journeys.Leona Dawson is a counsellor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and supervisor who works in private practice. She has 3 decades working in adult education and group facilitation in a range of contexts as well as becoming a Focusing Trainer before discovering Internal Family Systems eight years ago. IFS has enabled Leona to work with curiosity and compassion, moment by moment, with her clients as they come back into relationship with themselves. She has found that the IFS way of working is energising for therapists. Leona has completed the three levels of training offered by the Centre for Self-Leadership in the United States and has supported multiple international trainings. She offers IFS-oriented supervision and runs a MHPN peer group for IFS professionals. Leona has a Masters of Arts and a Master of Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy as well as Diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Transpersonal Art Therapy. She has also studied at the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and The Focusing Institute (New York).Merle Conyer supports individuals, teams, organisations and communities responding to interpersonal, institutional, political, cultural and environmental trauma, healing and justice. Contexts in which she contributes include mental health, legal, government, academic and community sectors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, organisations facilitating redress for institutional abuse, and those contributing to human rights, social justice and environmental justice.Her track record includes board, management, service delivery and volunteer roles. Through her independent practice she currently offers counselling, supervision, debriefing, training, groupwork, wellbeing support and consulting services. She interweaves interdisciplinary wisdoms such as somatic psychotherapy, trauma-informed practice, narrative therapy, ecological psychotherapy, focusing and mindfulness practices, and is guided by both clinical and cultural supervision.Merle is an Accredited Supervisor and Clinical Member with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. She holds a Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, Master of Education, Graduate Diploma of Communication Management (Human Resources Development) and Diplomas of Somatic Psychotherapy and Energetic Healing.Morag Paterson is a Senior Counselling Psychologist with specialist endorsement through AHPRA. She qualified at University of Roehamptom (London, UK) in 2005. Morag has worked in Psychology related fields for over 20 years where she has gathered a wealth of clinical knowledge and experience. In London, she was a Manager in two Primary Care Mental Health Services, where she managed and supervised Psychologists and Therapists.  She arrived in Sydney seven years ago and started her Australian Psychology career in a Private Hospital with people with Addictions. She then undertook a role managing the Inpatient and Day Patient Therapy Services for an Eating Disorder Unit in a Private hospital in Sydney. In this role, she managed and supervised therapy staff as well as developed a Therapy Treatment Program for the Day Program. The treatment program modules drew on the therapeutic frameworks of Motivational Interviewing, CBT-E, DBT and ACT.  Morag currently works in private practice in Ultimo and in Sydney CBD.  Robert Brockman is a clinical psychologist and researcher living and working out of Sydney, Australia. Rob has extensive experience lecturing and supervising on Clinical Psychology Masters programs (Western Sydney University; University of Technology) and was a full-time Research Fellow (Psychology) from 2017-2020 (Australian Catholic University). Since 2014, Rob has regularly provided Schema Therapy Training events across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and South-East Asia, and has trained over 2000 therapists in the schema therapy approach. In 2018 Rob co-authored a new schema therapy book Contextual Schema Therapy, and is lead author of the upcoming release “Cambridge Guide to Schema Therapy”, due for publication early 2022.

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