Dr Di Stow B.A., Dip.Ed., MA Ed., MA Couns., PhD
Di has served PACFA for a number of years —
President PCA TAS 2008-2014
PACFA Delegate 2005-current
PACFA Ethics Committee 2010-2016
+ Board member responsible for Member Associations 2010-2012
+ Convenor PACFA Conference 2012. What Works: Effectiveness in Counselling and Psychotherapy
+ Secretary 2012-2014
+ Vice President 2014-2016
+ Chair Restructure Working Party
Di is passionate about what PACFA stands for and the great good the counselling and psychotherapy profession does for the mental health and wellbeing of the nation. She is delighted to be PACFA President: To lead the organisation: To represent counselling and psychotherapy to communities and government, and gain further recognition for the profession.Di is a PACFA clinical member, supervisor, and mental health practitioner. She works in a thriving private practice in Hobart — Di Stow Counsellor: Dr Di. Her specialist area is grief and loss; her thesis bears witness to her heart for this work. Di is a volunteer counsellor for SIDS and KIDS, and Cancer Council. Di has also had a successful career working for many years in government in Education, and Justice: Teaching (primary and senior secondary), curriculum development, training standards, human resources managing performance, grievances, and change. She also worked as an elected union representative and Vice President of the Australian Education Union. Di is a member of Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Vice – President
Rob Salmon MCouns, BA (Christian Couns), Clinical Member of CCAA
Rob Salmon is well respected for his relational style and multi-faceted abilities in the workplace. After running his own counselling practice for several years, Rob has set up a counselling centre in Southern Adelaide after being at Life Design Counselling for nearly 9 years. Coming from a dysfunctional family of origin, Rob has used his own journey to help develop a greater understanding of the issues facing people today. He has extensive experience working with men in both individual and group settings providing insight and tools for change. Rob also has many hours working with couples in pre-marriage counselling as well as working through a variety of relationship issues. Rob is President of Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (SA) and National Vice President, Treasurer & Website Manager of CCAA. In addition to his role as PACFA Vice President, Rob is Chair of PACFA’s Professional Development Committee.
Don Secomb MCouns, BA, Dip Holistic Coun, Grad Cert Art Therapies
Don has been privileged to work for ten years in various counselling roles with young people, adults and families dealing with a range of life’s challenges from domestic violence to substance misuse, grief and loss, sexuality, trauma and relationship difficulties. Currently he is working with people struggling with gambling as a central concern. For Don, counselling is about relationship. It seems obvious to him that human beings are relationship beings and we usually achieve our best within relationship. In counselling, our need or desire for connection with others is utilised to create a relationship that increases well-being. Don has extensive experience in the roles of secretary and treasurer in the community sector and with body corporates. He recently served two years on the management committee of the Queensland Counsellors Association and he currently chairs the QCA Professional Development Subcommittee.
George Gintilas Cert Radix Body PsychTh, Dip Somatic Integration, Dip P.S.H Th, Cert Sensorimotor (Trauma) Th.
George is a fully qualified Radix Body Psychotherapist, Somatic Integration Therapist, a Registered P.S.H Therapist and a graduate of the Sensorimotor (Trauma) Psychotherapy Institute (USA.) He has been in private practice for 25 years and works as a Body Psychotherapist in Melbourne Australia. He specialises in trauma and PTSD. He is a past treasurer (3 years) and a past president (6 years) of the Aust Radix Body Psychotherapy Association (ARBPA). He is also a past president (4 years) of the Aust Subconscious Mind Therapists Association (ASTA) and is currently the Chair of the Ethics Committee for ARBPA (8 years.) George was co-founding director of The Elwood Centre for Wellbeing which he ran and managed successfully for over 16 years. In that time 127 different practitioners came through its doors helping thousands of people. George also has a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Economics and has a previous career in IT Accounting (12 years). He is a past qualified Accountant and past member of the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) (9 years.) He specialised in IT accounting, developing, programming and maintaining financial IT systems. In that time he was also a member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and also worked for the chartered accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co.
Charles Wilson BA, MLitt, MA, LTh, Assoc Dip Wel Studies, Grad Dip Mgt, MAPS, AARC, FAIM
Charles Wilson is CEO of Integricare Sydney a not for profit provider in Sydney and has had over 35 years’ experience in the community sector. In the past he has worked as Deputy General Manager, Welfare Services for Anglicare NSW, Regional Manager Campbelltown Life Care Counselling and Executive Director for Churches of Christ Community Care Department. In addition he works in private practice as a relationship counsellor, psychologist and supervisor. Charles has been a counsellor for over 30 years and been actively involved on a National level in the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors (AARC). He served as the National President of AARC for 10 years. He has also held a variety of roles on the PACFA Board including Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Charles is also actively involved in providing pre-marriage and marriage enrichment training programs.
Committee Chair Dr Paul McQuillan (EPAC Chair)
Ph D, Psy D
Dr Paul McQuillan is a Counsellor and Therapist with Anglicare South Queensland, Coordinator of Research with Catholic Education and Director of Lifechange Therapies where he teaches the Advanced Diploma of Logotherapy. Dr McQuillan is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University and a Faculty member of the Victor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. He is on the editorial board of various international journals. He currently chairs PACFA’s Education Programme Accreditation Committee.
Research Committee Chair
Ione Lewis PhD (UNSW), Grad Dip Cont Ed (UNE), Dip Psychotherapy (ANZAP), B Soc Stud – SocWk ( USyd)
Professor Ione Lewis is Dean of Community Training Australia Higher Education. Ione has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate counselling, psychotherapy and supervision education, and supervision of higher degree research students for 20 years, as well as practicing as a psychotherapist and supervisor for over 26 years. She is an active researcher in PACFA’s contribution to the profession, professional identity, the relationship between sexual health and violence, gender, evaluation of women’s health services, supervision and consumer participation in research. She is a member of PACFA and AASW.
Tara Green GradDip Couns, GradDip Psych, PGradDip Transpersonal Psych & Emotional Release Couns (ATERC), BA, Dip Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Following an earlier career in theatre as a director and actor, Tara has spent over 25 years engaged in the field of psychotherapy, counselling, and transpersonal psychology. She is currently in private practice as a Psychotherapist and Supervisor, specialising in complex trauma and couples counselling. Earlier in her psychotherapy career Tara co-designed and facilitated a Transpersonal Counsellor and Therapist training programme. She also developed and facilitated many diverse workshops and Individual Retreat programmes. Tara is a committee member of ATERC and MA council delegate.
Pat Bradley M.Sc. Thr Coun, PG Dip Coun, Dip Primary Care Coun, Dip Sup., Cert CBT, Clinical Member CASA & PACFA, BACP Snr. Accred. Counsellor, Supervisor Individuals &Groups
Pat runs a private practice in Adelaide offering counselling and supervision to individuals and EAPs. Pat originated from the UK where she was employed as a Senior Specialist Counsellor and Supervisor by the National Health Service (NHS) as well as running a busy private practice. She began her career in the NHS as a Primary Care Counsellor working in a GP surgery taking referrals from the 5 practice Doctors and the Nurse Practitioner for 9 years. She then joined a mixed team of Counsellors, Psychologists, CBT therapists and Wellbeing Practitioners in a stepped care program for the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust, delivering time-limited interventions in a deprived inner London Borough. Pat is currently serving her 2nd year as President of CASA and prior to that she was Secretary for 18th Months.
Chief Executive Officer (ex-officio)
Maria Brett BA (politics) and BA (Laws), PG Dip Couns & Psychotherapy
Maria Brett brings to PACFA a wide range of skills, developed through a rich and varied career. After being admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor, Maria worked as a Solicitor and then left the law to campaign for the environment and human rights. Maria was Executive Director of the East Timor Human Rights Centre. While living in the UK, Maria gained expertise in human resources and organisational management and worked as a trainer in the voluntary sector. While in the UK, Maria re-trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist and went on to manage mental health and family services. Since returning to Australia Maria has been Executive Director of the International Social Service Australia and Manager of the Melbourne Counselling Service for The Salvation Army.