Our counsellors

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.

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.


Carol Beynon

Mental Health Social Worker
Student Counsellor

Carol is Mental Health Accredited Social Worker with 27 years clinical experience. She has worked at the ANU Counselling Centre since 2003, and in a variety of other contexts including child protection, community health, post-natal mental health, community services, mental health crisis work, and tertiary education.  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 has extensive experience in narrative therapy, and providing therapeutic group work and psychoeducation.


Elizabeth (Liz) Durbock

Clinical Psychologist
BSci, GDipAppSci (Psychology), MPsych (Clinical), MAPS
Student Counsellor

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).


Carolyn Farrar

Mental Health Social Worker
BSW, MA (Counselling)
Head, Counselling and Health Centre

Carolyn is an Advanced Accredited Social Worker and Head of the ANU Counselling and Health Centre. She has 20 years' experience in the mental health field as a counsellor, clinical supervisor and clinical manager. Carolyn has worked in public health, community organisations, private organisational psychology and for the past six years in tertiary education. She has extensive experience in program, resource and policy development, and expertise in organisational trauma management. Carolyn is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid trainer and Mediator.


Maureen MacGinley

Mental Health Social Worker
Student Counsellor

Maureen is an Advanced Accredited Social Worker who enjoys building a collaborative relationship with clients that provides a safe place to explore and resolve the difficulties and dilemmas confronting them. Maureen has extensive training and experience in providing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions in community health, specialist sexual assault and child abuse services and in the tertiary education sector.



Elizabeth (Libby) O'Neill

Registered Psychologist
BSc (Hons), MPsych (Counselling)
Student Counsellor

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.


Dr Melissa Pech

Clinical Psychologist
BA/BPsych, DPsych(Clin)
Mental Health Adviser

Melissa is a Clinical Psychologist employed as the Mental Health Adviser. Melissa provides tertiary student counselling combined with mental health and wellbeing promotion across the ANU. Melissa has been practicing for at least 10 years across areas such as occupational rehabilitation, private practice, and as a published researcher with expertise in the assessment and treatment of common sleep conditions, such as insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders. She is an accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training facilitator. Melissa applies a flexible needs-based and client-centred approach to counselling, having trained in clinical therapies such as CBT, ACT, IPT, and problem-solving therapy (PST), across a range of presentations.


Andrew Staniforth

Clinical Psychologist
Senior Counsellor

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.


Moira Turnbull

Registered Psychologist
BArts (Psychology) Hons 1
Student Counsellor

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.


Amanda Morrison

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.  


Bernadette Ellis Raya

Registered Psychologist
BApSc, BA (Psychology) Hons

Bernadette Ellis Raya is a psychologist who has worked in both clinical and organisational settings. She uses a range of therapeutic frameworks and interventions with a special interests in trauma therapy and incorporating mindfulness into therapy. She has worked with a range of client groups including those attending primary health care settings, asylum seekers in detention, employees working in remote areas and the Australian Defence Force. Bernadette is thrilled to be at the ANU working with our students and enjoys bike riding in Canberra.