The Student Counsellors of the ANU Counselling Centre are Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Social Workers and Registered Psychologists. They have a minimum of 6 years' experience.
All Counsellors are skilled and experienced in providing interventions for the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress and trauma. In addition, the Counsellors are experienced at working with factors that could impact a student studying at university such as stress, work/study balance, life transitions, homesickness, procrastination and negotiating relationships and relationship endings.
If you have been sexually assaulted or harassed, you can access the ANU Counselling Centre for support and counselling. You can also access Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. Further information is here.
The Counsellors' expertise is therapy with young people in the tertiary education context. The Counsellors use a strengths-based approach utilising various treatment modalities and work from a person-centred position that fosters a collaborative therapeutic relationship. These treatment modalities include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Person-Centred Therapy and Psychodynamically informed therapy.
Therapy at the Counselling Centre is often short-term with a maximum of six sessions per semester. However, therapy can continue over the year - a student can receive up to 12 sessions per year until academic study is complete. Therapy provided ranges from single-session interventions to ongoing or periodic episodes of care throughout a student's time at university.
For more details about each Counsellor please refer to their individual biographies below.
Mental Health Social Worker
B.A Soc Sc, B. SocWi
Amanda has extensive clinical experience in doing comprehensive assessments, crisis intervention, and therapy with adults, families and children with a variety of presentations. She has worked in a variety of contexts such as public mental health, child protection, domestic violence, juvenile justice, community program management areas since 1984, and has a private practice since 2011. She has facilitated skill based groups to manage mood, relationships and she has worked with a broad range of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups in both remote and urban areas of Australia. Amanda applies a client-centred approach to counselling utilising a variety of psychologically focused therapies, particularly Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and strength based therapies.
Andrew is a Clinical Psychologist and the Senior Counsellor at the ANU Counselling Centre. He has extensive experience in providing psychotherapeutic interventions to clients in public mental health, private practice and the tertiary counselling sector. Andrew enjoys working collaboratively with clients seeking to think about and make sense of their experience and how this impacts upon the way the client wishes to function.
Mental Health Social Worker
Carol has worked at the ANU Counselling Centre since 2003, and is Mental Health Accredited Social Worker with 29 years clinical experience. She has worked in a variety of contexts including child protection, community health, post-natal mental health, mental health crisis work, women's health and tertiary education; sessional lecturer in Social Work and Health.
Carol works from a person centred, psychosocial and trauma informed approach, and has extensive experience in assisting people with their recovery from childhood abuse and family/domestic violence. She is an experienced therapeutic group facilitator, and enjoys working with tertiary students to enhance their wellbeing and engagement at university.
Elizabeth (Liz) Durbock
BSci, GDipAppSci (Psychology), MPsych (Clinical), MAPS
Liz is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years' experience working in various settings and across various issues including addiction (gambling and drug), forensic psychology, community and hospital mental health, EAP and private practice. She adopts a client-centred approach and utilises various therapeutic modalities (depending on client preference) including CBT, DBT, ACT and EMDR. Liz is experienced in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and the provision of trauma focussed therapy. This includes assisting clients to address issues of self-care (e.g. sleep, diet, exercise etc) and self-regulation (e.g. motivation, procrastination, emotion-regulation).
Elizabeth (Libby) O'Neill
BSc (Hons), MPsych (Counselling)
Libby is a Psychologist whose practice draws from person-centred approaches, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, case formulation perspectives and narrative strengths based theories. She has counselled for over 20 years with experience in various clinical government and community settings including palliative care, couples services, hospital clinics and PTSD treatment services for sexual assault and military related trauma. She is trained in critical incident Psychological First Aid and is part of the Australian Psychological Association Interest group for Trauma. Libby is also an accredited Applied Suicide Intervention Skills trainer (ASIST), she has policy development experience and she enjoys running groups.
Jenn is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with adult clients in managing both clinical issues (e.g. anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, PTSD) and general life stress (e.g. grief, academic and occupational stress, relationship difficulties, homesickness). She has training and experience in a wide range of established therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Jenn works in a client-centred, goal-orientated way to identify each person's needs and offer evidence-based treatment to best work towards improved functioning and enhanced well-being. She has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety, sleep problems, and working with neurologically diverse clients.
Dr. Lou Farrer
PhD Clinical Psychology
Lou is an experienced registered psychologist who uses evidence-based, client-centred approaches to address a range of mental health and adjustment-related issues that commonly affect university students. She is trained in a wide range of psychological therapies including cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and emotion-focussed approaches, and integrates these effectively to assist clients to overcome difficulties and bring about positive change. Lou has experience working in a range of settings including hospitals and private practice, and tailors therapy to the individual needs of her clients. Lou has completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the ANU and conducts research specifically in the areas of university student mental health and the role of technology in improving mental health.
BA, BSc, Grad. Dip. App. Psych
Michelle is a registered psychologist with more than 20 years of experience providing counselling, support groups and psychoeducation for individuals and couples within private practice, community agencies, universities and government settings. Michelle enjoys working with clients to create the changes they want in their lives and is experienced in assisting with stress management, identity issues, grief, domestic violence and sexual assault, chronic pain, infertility, sexuality, parenting and relationship issues as well as anxiety and depression.
BArts (Psychology) Hons 1
Moira is a registered psychologist with many years of experience working in clinical roles in government, private and non-government settings. Moira's work is supported by a social justice framework which has informed her work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, refugees and those who identify as LGBTIQQ. Moira has a strong interest in mindfulness and facilitates the weekly ANU community of practice sessions.