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President Dr Di Stow B.A., Dip.Ed., MA Ed., MA Couns., PhD Email Di Stow

Di has served PACFA for a number of years — President PCA TAS 2008-2014 PACFA Delegate 2005-current PACFA Ethics Committee 2010-2016 PACFA Board + 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 Zoë Krupka MCouns., PhD

Zoë has an honours degree in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from the University of Concordia in Canada. In 2004 she graduated with a Master of Counselling from Latrobe University and was recently awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in supervision ethics from Latrobe University. She has worked with refugees and asylum seekers, in homelessness, with young parents, in employee assistance, with the federal police and in suicide prevention. Her methodological training is in Emotion Focused Therapy and Existential Therapy. She has worked as a lecturer in welfare, community development, public health, psychology and counselling at the Universities of La Trobe and Victoria since 2003. Zoë has also written regularly for industry publications and the media and provided radio commentary with a focus on relational ethics, the psychology behind the news and understanding the therapeutic process.

Zoë is a psychotherapist in private practice and has had extensive training in both existential and emotion-focused psychotherapy. Zoë is an individual member of PACFA and a member of PACFA’s College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators, she co-wrote and delivers the PACFA Ethics training and is a Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute in Melbourne. Zoë is passionate about supporting the diversity of the professions of psychotherapy and counselling within the community.

Research Chair Dr Alexandra Bloch-Atefi Lecturer, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, South Australia

george-gintalis-2016Treasurer  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.

Secretary Nigel Polak M. Counselling & Psychotherapy, Nigel is a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, couples, groups, and supervisees online and in person in Coffs Harbour. He is an academic teacher and supervisor in the School of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. As founding Secretary of the Victorian Association for Restorative Justice, and having been Secretary of key community organisations in the wake of the Black Saturday Bushfires, he brings more than 20 years of experience leading diverse volunteer organisations. Having had prior careers as a Solicitor, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and mediator, he also brings knowledge of the law, corporate governance and diverse industry experience to his role on the Board. Nigel served for a number of years with the PACFA Victorian Branch, continues to sit on the College of Counselling Leadership Group, and also serves as Convenor of the PACFA 2022 “Safety in Therapy” Conference Committee. He lives in Bellingen, NSW, where he enjoys cycling, ocean swimming, learning to surf and spending time with his partner and three growing boys.

Committee Chair Dr Paul McQuillan  (Education Program Accreditation Committee Chair) PhD, Psy D

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.

simone-photoCommittee Chair Simone Falvey-Behr (Ethics Committee Chair) Diplomee en Ethnologie (France), MA Psych (Australia), AdvCert Sup

Simone Falvey-Behr is a Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice, a member of the Centre of Ethics and a Member of the Australasian Association of Supervision. She was a member of PACFA Ethics Complaint panels, became a member of the PACFA Ethics Committee in 2013, and the PACFA Ethics Committee Chair in October 2016. Over the years, she has served on the PACFA Professional Practice Committee and as a Panel member for EPAC accreditation of master’s degree courses. Simone has regularly participated in PACFA AGM and Council meetings. Previously President of CAPAV, she successfully led it to merger with PACFA as a member of the Restructure Working Party. Her international experience related to conflict includes some 50 missions on behalf of the Council of Europe and the UN.

Committee Chair Dr Kate Briggs (Professional Standards Committee Chair) PhD

Dr Kate Briggs is a Lacanian psychoanalyst who has worked as a clinical specialist in publicly funded counselling services and consulted widely in the field of social welfare. Kate has been a lecturer in psychology, womens’ studies, and counselling & psychotherapy since 2003 and was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by ACAP in 2010. Her research interests include complex care teams, contemporary critical practice, psychoanalytic feminism and how the work of invention informs clinical work. She has published on sublimation and symptom formation and contributed to Notes on the Child, A collection of essays on contemporary Lacanian child and adolescent clinical practice. Kate is a PACFA Accredited Supervisor, Mental Health Practitioner and Clinical Registrant, and a member of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne.

Psychotherapy Representative Tara Green GradDip Couns, GradDip Psych, PGradDip TPsych & ER 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-2016Counselling Representative 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, Advanced Certificate Gestalt Therapy

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.

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