College of Counselling Leadership Group

Pat Bradley (Convenor), M.Sc. Counselling, Dip Supervision, Dip Primary Care Counselling, is a counselling practitioner (clinical), accredited supervisor and Mental Health Practitioner in private practice in West Beach, Adelaide, SA. She qualified in the UK in 2000 and was in both private practice and employed by the National Health Service in the UK before emigrating to Australia in 2013. Pat has been heavily involved in and committed to the profession of counselling and previously served as both Secretary and President of the Counselling Association of South Australia before becoming a member of the PACFA Board in 2017. She is deeply passionate about progressing our profession and strengthening our collective voice both nationally and locally.

Emma Hodges is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a Master of Counselling and BA (Psychology), both from the University of Queensland; she is a doctoral candidate for her Professional Doctorate in Therapeutic Arts Practice and experienced in Post Qualitative Inquiry methods. Emma has a passion for the area of complex trauma for the past decade particularly with infants, children and women who have experienced violence and abuse. Partnering with Swinburne University and MCRI, Emma is the Chief Investigator of Australia’s first study using the Alarm Baby Distress Scale investigating mental health outcomes for infants (and mothers) living in refuge who are participating in a group psychotherapy program. Drawing from a trauma-informed framework, Emma employs primarily arts and play-based modalities and is one of a few practitioners to use Narrative Exposure Therapy in Australia with adult clients.

Theodora Qassrani was a lecturer in counselling from 2004- 2011. Prior to that she took 10 students per year at her workplace, from Doctoral, Master, Pastoral, Psychology, Social Work, Bachelor and TAFE courses as Manager of a Counselling Unit, and provided training and supervision when working as a Counsellor in previous positions. Theodora’s qualifications include a Master of Arts in Counselling, Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology, Advanced Diploma of Community Services Management, Diploma of Community Welfare Work, Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs Work.

Tracy Dickens developed a solid background in Nursing, Human Resources Management and Hypnosis before returning to Uni to acquire her MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Tracy is developing her private practice underpinned by her strengths which include being a bright, focused, strategic, and lateral thinker and planner. She has extensive experience with workplace counselling. Tracy holds a Grad Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Nursing, Adv Dip in Bus Mgmt., Adv Dip in Human Resources, Dip of Hypnosis in Psychotherapy, Ass Dip in Soc Sc (Child Care) & Cert NLP Practitioners.

Anne Wiggins is undertaking the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy program at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, working towards accreditation as a counsellor and psychotherapist. A solutions-focused, strengths- and evidence-based Executive Coach, she has a previous career as a senior executive and academic. With deeply-held social justice values, she champions educational engagement, enablement and empowerment, inclusivity, support structures and understanding. Guided by these values and principles, her approach and practices are informed by current research. She completed the MSc (Coaching Psychology) program at the University of Sydney, an applied positive psychology program providing a solid grounding in the theoretical and methodological aspects of coaching psychology, teaching fundamental applied coaching skills to help people improve their performance in work, relationships and life. She undertook the program to enhance her effectiveness, engagement and performance as a mentor and coach, a vocation about which she is passionate. Her deep interest in exploring the psychological and neuroscientific basis of applied positive psychology interventions is also evidenced by her having undertaken: two counselling courses in the UK in order to train as a volunteer pet bereavement counsellor; two years of part-time training in Core Process Psychotherapy, a Buddhist-influenced Mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice, at the Karuna Institute in the UK; and two Mental Health First Aid courses here in Australia. She has previously earned a BA from University of Sydney, a MA from Birkbeck, University of London, and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and will soon complete an Executive MBA at UTS.