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 Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. Further information is here.
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. Information about our Counsellors is 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.
Head of ANU Counselling
Andrew is a Clinical Psychologist and Head of ANU Counselling . 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.
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
B Arts/B Social Work
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.
Mental Health Social Worker
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
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).
Erin is a Clinical Psychologist experienced in working with adults, children and families in public health settings and the tertiary counselling environment. She is skilled in providing psychotherapeutic interventions for a range of clinical and life based issues. Erin has training and experience in a wide range of established therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Erin adopts a client-centred approach in working with clients to meet their goals and work towards improved functioning and wellbeing. She enjoys helping clients better understand their experiences and the influences these may have on their functioning.
M Psychol (Clinical)
Liz is a clinical psychologist and has extensive experience working with young people and adults of all ages. Most recently, she has been enjoying working in a number of university counselling centres. She has also worked in TAFE counselling providing career and personal counselling, in health settings such as hospitals, in an addictions centre, and in private practice work.
Liz's therapeutic work 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 clients 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 people learn to enhance and maintain their own mental health and wellbeing
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.
B Psych, Dip Clinical Hypnosis, M Management
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.
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.