Our Counsellors

The Student Counsellors of ANU Counselling 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 ANU Counselling for support and counselling.  You can also access Student Safety and Wellbeing, email student.wellbeing@anu.edu.au  or contact  Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.  Further information is here.

To make an appointment please contact us.  Information about our Counsellors is below.

Amanda Morrison

Mental Health Social Worker
B.A Soc Sc, B. SocWi
Student Counsellor

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.  


April Archer

Registered Psychologist
B Psychology (HonsIIA)
Student Counsellor

April is a registered psychologist experienced in working with people across the lifespan within the public mental health system, private practice as well as organisational consultation to government departments.  April offers comprehensive assessment and evidence-based interventions for individuals experiencing a wide range of concerns by utilising a client-centred approach, moulding therapeutic interventions to suit clients' specific needs and strengths. April has a particular interest in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders as well as supporting the goals and mental health needs of the LGBTQIA+ student community.


Brooke Rowlands

Note: Brooke is unavailable from 23 September 2022
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
B Arts/B Social Work
Staff Counsellor
Student Counsellor

Brooke is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with 17+ years' experience working with adults and older persons in public mental health, and with young people in private therapy.
Brooke is warm in her approach; and affirms the importance of the therapeutic connection, listening, and understanding each individual experience.  Brooke will work together with you to better understand your experiences; and how the counselling space may be helpful for you.
Brooke's work is informed by Self Psychology. Brooke is also experienced in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Carol Beynon

Mental Health Social Worker
BSocWork (MAASW)
Student Counsellor

Carol has worked at ANU Counselling 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

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).


Liz (Elizabeth) Hoad

Clinical Psychologist
M Psychol (Clinical)
Student Counsellor

Liz is a clinical psychologist and has extensive experience working with young people and adults of all ages. Most recently she has been working in university student counselling centres. She has also worked in TAFE counselling (i.e. like CIT), in health settings such as hospitals, in an addictions centre, and in private practice.

Liz is primarily based in cognitive and behavioural approaches, integrated with a focus on motivation and on self and emotional regulation. She is keen to assist students to work on their goals in the here and now and with the challenges they encounter while working towards those goals. She enjoys working in both individual counselling as well as with group based interventions and workshops. Overall, her aim is to help students learn to enhance and maintain their own mental health and wellbeing.


Emily Matenson

Clinical Psychologist Registrar
Student Counsellor

Emily is a psychologist with experience working with clients across a variety of settings, including public child and adolescent mental health, in schools, and in the community. She is passionate about providing a safe and validating space for clients to explore their experiences whilst supporting them to create behavioural change through learning evidence-based skills and strategies. Emily's therapeutic style is warm, relaxed, and compassionate. Emily's treatment approach draws on a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and incorporates elements of mindfulness and positive psychology. Emily is able to support clients experiencing a range of concerns including stress management, goal setting, adjustment and relationship difficulties, emotional distress and dysregulation, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Emily is also endorsed by the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders to provide therapeutic support for clients experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, or body image concerns.

Dr. Lou Farrer

Registered Psychologist
PhD Clinical Psychology
Student Counsellor

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.


Mark Gleeson

Registered Psychologist
B Psych, Dip Clinical Hypnosis, M Management
Student Counsellor

Mark is a psychologist with a wide range of experience in student counselling, performance psychology in Sport and Theatre arts and Career Management and Transition. Mark utilises a variety of therapeutic, experiential and solution focused modalities to match the current experiences and requirements of each client.


Michelle Linmore

Note: Michelle is Senior Counsellor and is not taking new clients at this time.
BA, BSc, Grad. Dip. App. Psych
Student Counsellor

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.


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.


Sarah Harrison

Social worker
B.Social Work and Social Planning
Student Counsellor

Sarah has extensive experience working across a range of settings including youth mental health, student wellbeing and youth justice. She works collaboratively with individuals to develop a shared understand of their current situation, set goals and build on their skills to improve their mental health and enhance their overall wellbeing. She takes a holistic, strengths-based approach, recognising each person is an expert in their own lives. Sarah draws from a range of different therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness. Sarah has a special interest in working with students and young people, and is currently undertaking her masters in Youth Mental Health.


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