Canberra and Region Leadership Group

Peter Dyke is an experienced psychotherapist who works full time in independent practice in Queanbeyan. In the past he has worked in agencies in the UK and Australia and has trained students of counselling. He provides supervision for new and experienced counsellors and is passionate about counselling and its benefits for well-being and health.


Joy McKay is a Counsellor who has worked in the Community Sector for over 20 years with the majority of clients presenting in one form of crisis or another. They are couples, families, those with disability or mental health issues; some are homeless and others unemployed from all walks of life and ethnicity. Joy has a diploma in Community Counselling, Grad.Dip. Community Counselling, Grad Dip. Family Relationship Counselling.


 Elizabeth Yuile has had a deep interest in the development and promotion of the profession of counselling over the past 20 years. She served for several years on the CAPACAR committee including three years as president. She has both lectured and convened the Post-Graduate Counselling program at the University of Canberra. Elizabeth is now working in private practice as a counsellor and supervisor and has previous experience in community organisations. Her clinical focus has been loss and grief and is currently completing a PhD in the area of meaning making and younger onset dementia.

Ann Burns is a PACFA intern volunteer on the Leadership Group, studying Psychotherapy and Counselling. It is our good fortune that her extensive experience in her first career is available to us. She is keen to inform counsellors and psychotherapists of the practicalities of setting up and running their practice. Anne is a registered BAS agent and has spent over 30 years in booking keeping and financial management roles. She holds several undergraduate Certificates, Associate Diploma in Business (Accounting) and Grad. Cert. in Professional Accounting.

 Willi Bottcher is student volunteer on the Leadership Group. She is a Registered Mental Health Nurse who runs Groups for an acute psychiatric inpatient unit at Canberra Hospital. As part of her training, in 1991, Annette Fisher presented psychodrama to her class as a non-medical model to promote mental health. Willi was hooked, and she still is. Willi is a firm believer that the role of ‘Creative Genius’ is in all people; as was first expressed by Dr Jacob Moreno, the founder of Psychodrama.