Committee

Genevieve David – AABCAP President / Management Committee Executive / Training Committee Executive

MCSW Genevieve is a Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters from Loyola University, Chicago. She then trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Her interest is in life transitions, particularly those of parenthood and midlife. She is working in private practice and is a current member of ANZAP and AASW. Married for 21 years she has three teenage children. Genevieve graduated from AABCAP’s first Buddhism and Psychotherapy Professional Training Course, she says: “it has really inspired new thinking about the way I work and also how I view my life.” She is the current President of AABCAP.

Bec Morath – Treasurer

Bec is a Registered Nurse, specialising and practicing in the Mental Health field for the past 20 years. Bec’s area of expertise is working with current and past serving members of the Defense force and their partners via individual counselling and group work, utilising her background and vast experience with mindfulness, CBT and ACT. Bec has been practicing meditation in the Thai Theravada Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah for 20 years and is a current student of AABCAP’s Buddhism and Psychotherapy Professional Training Course.

Louise Fisher – Director of Training / Training Committee Executive

is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Potts Point. Louise runs a group for people suffering from depression and anxiety at South Pacific Private Hospital in Curl Curl. She is also facilitating a depression group for the Black Dog Institute. Louise previously worked in the media. She was a newspaper and radio journalist and produced documentaries for television.

Chrissie Koltai – Honorary Secretary

Due to her experience on the committee at ANZAP and past Secretary of ANZAP among her many many other skills.

Chrissie’s Bio

Trained as a psychotherapist at ACP in Adult Psychodynamic psychotherap, primarily a Self Psychology approach, she has a private practice in Gordon, specialising in working with people from the performing arts.

Chrissie spent several years as Honorary Secretary on the committee at ANZAP.

Previously a director, choreographer, teacher, producer and devisor of theatre in a career that spans 40 years in Australian Theatre, Chrissie worked in the area of drama, dance, opera, musical theatre and television and film.

At the moment she is discovering and/or inventing a way to work with performers in wheelchairs with Cerebral Palsy coupled with able -bodied actors using empathy as a skill which she is helping all the actors to get to know each individual and develop a physical style that amplifies , mirrors, and responds with vocal sounds, music, song and in turn creates a movement and theatre that communicates in a dramatic style. “They are truthful performers with a strong capacity to be in the moment. Our company is called Can You See Me Theatre? We devise theatre together. The company travels with a full care and medical team as they all need one to one help for absolutely everything. The theatre work is very demanding of them on all levels as theatre is but they never fail to astonish me or the audience.”

Dr. Eng-Kong Tan – AABCAP Founding President / Management Committee Executive / Training Committee Executive / Training Course Presenter

MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP Dr. Tan is a medical doctor, consultant psychiatrist and analytic psychotherapist in private practice, providing individual and couples therapy, meditation, personal development and analytic groups. He is the Founder and Chairman of Metta Clinic, a group psychiatric and psychotherapy clinic in Sydney.  He is a former Chair of the Section of Psychotherapy of the RANZCP and Chairman of Training to the PPAA. He has been a member of the Training Committees of NSWIPP and ANZAP. He is currently a trustee of  the University Buddhist Education Foundation (UBEF), an executive of AABCAP and the first Director of Training of the AABCAP Buddhism and Psychotherapy Professional Training Course. For his contributions to Buddhist Psychotherapy he has been conferred Adjunct Professorship by Nan Tien Institute, Wollongong, Australia.
In the last three decades, Dr. Tan has presented keynote addresses, seminars and workshops to Buddhist and psychotherapy organisations in Australia and overseas.

Des Kahn – Management Committee Member

Des is a psychotherapist in private practice and in two community clinics: JewishCare, where he serves as the Co-ordinator and Clinical Supervisor of the Grief Loss & Bereavement Service, and at Wolper Hospital, as the Palliative Care Counsellor to patients, their families and nursing staff.
Des is an external facilitator for the Department of Corrective Services where he co-facilitates psycho-educational groups for male perpetrators of domestic violence on parole.
He currently teaches Advanced Therapeutic Communication, Grief & Loss Theory and Practice and Interpersonal Communication in the Masters and Bachelor programs at the Jansen Newman Institute.
Des spent many years in corporate and business management, and thereafter business consulting.
Des uses a range of modalities in his practice, but is essentially informed by Existential and Narrative therapies and, with a long- standing, personal Insight Meditation practice, combines these with mindfulness practice.
MCAP (Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy), MBA, BA (Eng.Lit,Philosophy) Grad.Dip (Couns. & Psychotherapy)

Des also chaired the SIM committee for several years.

Geoff Dawson – Co-founder of AABCAP / Training Committee Executive / Training Course Presenter

BA (Psych, Phil), is a Zen Buddhist teacher – a Dharma Successor to Charlotte Joko Beck and teacher of the Ordinary Mind Zen School in Sydney and Melbourne. He is also a psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice in North Sydney. Geoff has a long standing interest in the area of Buddhism and Psychotherapy and has presented at many conferences and published papers in this area.

Nicholas Tabley – Management Committee Member / AABCAP Seminar Coordinator

Master Appl Psych, M Ad Ed, Dip Fam Ther, Dip Clin Hyp, Dip Yog Tch, is a registered psychologist and yoga teacher in private practice on the NSW South Coast.  He works with individuals, couple and families in the areas of mental health and well-being  life transitions, trauma, stress management and personal development. He has been a family and child counsellor and group facilitator with Relationships Australia in Wollongong  and has worked for over 20 years in community health, running small group programs including men’s health, stress management and relaxation, interpersonal skills, yoga and meditation.  He lectures in Holistic and Relationship Counselling at Nature Care College in Artarmon. He is a graduate of AABCAP Buddhism and Psychotherapy professional training program and his current interests include the application of yogic and Buddhist practices and psychology in counselling, psychotherapy and personal development.

Dr. Brian Gutkin – Management Committee / Interstate Branch Coordinator

MB.,BCH, D.TCM,  D.PSYCHOTH,(Advanced), FRANZCP, is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a member of The Australian College of Psychotherapists and The Australian and New Zealand College of Psychotherapists (ANZAP). As a Consultant Psychiatrist with advanced training in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in private practice at St Leonards, he specialises in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, addiction, and life crisis or suffering as a result of trauma in childhood or adolescence. A practising Buddhist for over 18 years, mainly in the Zen tradition, and currently a member of the Management and Training Committees of AABCAP and a lecturer and supervisor in AABCAP’s Buddhism and Psychotherapy Professional Training Course. He also offers supervision and training to therapists interested in integrating psychotherapy with Buddhist influenced therapeutic and Meditation practices.

Elizabeth Lobb – Management Committee Member

PhD (psychological medicine), MAppSci (behavioural science), BAdEd (community), AABCAP
Liz is an academic and Professor of Palliative Care at Calvary Health Care Sydney. She has been a bereavement counsellor and educator for 24 years. She has a private practice specialising in psycho-oncology, palliative care and bereavement counselling. In 1998 Liz commenced practising and meditating with the Friends of the Western Buddhist order (now the Triratna Buddhist Community). She is a graduate of the second AABCAP Buddhism and Psychotherapy Professional Training Course.

Swee-Haa Tan – Management Committee Member

was a High School Teacher in Malaysia and was a foundation member of the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. Currently she is a committee member of the University Buddhist Education Foundation Fund of Australia. She is the practice manageress of Metta Clinic which consists of psychiatrists and psychologists. As an affiliate member, she is interested in supporting Buddhist Influenced Counselling and Psychotherapy and she hopes to represent the views and interests of affiliates – members who are not counsellors nor psychotherapists. She is mainly of the Theravadan tradition.

Wendy Smith – Management Committee Member

Dr. Katie McLachlan – QLD Branch President / QLD Event Coordinator

is a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in Brisbane. She works with adults presenting with mood disorders, anxiety, life threatening illnesses and the effects of trauma. A range of modalities are used according to individual needs and include psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness based therapies. Katie is a practicing Buddhist in the Tibetan tradition and is a graduate of the second AABCAP Buddhism and Psychotherapy Professional Training Course.

Liz Turnbull – Training Course Presenter

PhD (Sociology), AABCAP, EMDRAA, PACFA Reg.
Liz is a psychotherapist in private practice. She was a director of Somatics – Body Oriented Psychotherapy Training (2006 – 2010). Liz has trained in somatic psychotherapy, EMDR and Hakomi EDIS.  Prior to becoming a psychotherapist she was an academic for a number of years engaged in an interdisciplinary approach to the areas of embodiment, subjectivity, and death and dying. Since 1985 Liz has been practising and meditating in the Dharma with experience in the Vajrayana, Zen, and the western insight traditions, and now teaches meditation. During her time as an academic Liz sought to bring Buddhism into her teaching and research and continues to seek ways of bringing Buddhism into the life and practice of psychotherapy.

Megan Thorpe – Training Course Presenter

Megan Thorpe MA, Grad. Dip. Ed. Studies (Health), Dip. Teach., trained in Core Process Psychotherapy, a Buddhist-based psycho-spiritual psychotherapy, at the Karuna Institute in England.  Megan is the manager of the Bereavement Counselling Service at Sacred Heart Hospice in Darlinghurst, Sydney.  Prior to this, she worked as a Spiritual Care Counsellor for people in the last months of their lives, and managed a team of volunteer carers who offered support to palliative care patients and their families.  Megan supervises the Chaplains in the Buddhist Council’s Chaplaincy programme and also the Pastoral Care Team at St Vincent’s Hospital.  Megan is a faculty member on the two year training course. Over the last 20 years she has had experience in a number of different Buddhist traditions, and since 2003 she has been practicing in the Thai Forest tradition.

Subhana Barzaghi – Training Course Presenter

B.A.Soc.Sc., Masters App. Psychotherapy with 20 years experience in the field of psychotherapy. Subhana is a practicing Buddhist for over 30 years and is a Zen Buddhist Roshi & Insight Meditaiton teacher. She is a resident teacher of Sydney Zen Centre and Blue Gum Sangha.  Subhana teaches regular intensive Zen sesshins and Insight Meditation retreats and Dharma programs throughout Australia and New Zealand.  As a psychotherapist she conducts therapeutic workshops, leads intensive 8 week programs in Buddhist psychotherapy, provides clinical supervision and has a private practice in Mosman.

Venerable Chonyi Taylor – Training Course Presenter

(Ven Tenzin Chönyi, Dr Diana Taylor) B Sc, M Ed, PhD, MAPS is a retired psychotherapist, an authorized teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, and a coordinator for the AABCAP professional training course. She has presented a number of papers on Buddhism and western psychology in Australia and overseas. Her writing appears as a regular column in Mandala magazine, and as occasional articles in other Buddhist magazines. Her first book, Enough! A Buddhist Approach to Addiction is to be released by Snow Lion in August. AABCAP will have the honour of hosting the Australian release of the book. Ven Chönyi is well known in Sydney from her continued teachings at Vajrayana Institute where she was the previous western teacher. She maintains a practical and balanced approach through the grounding effect of her children and grandchildren.

Bruno Cayoun – Training Course Presenter

DPsych (Clin), MAPS, CCLIN Dr Bruno Cayoun is Director of the MiCBT Institute and a registered Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Hobart, Australia. He is the principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) and has been teaching this approach to mental health professionals internationally since 2003. He has practised mindfulness meditation in the Burmese Vipassana traditions and undergone intensive training in France, Nepal, India, and Australia since 1989. Dr Cayoun supervises mindfulness research at the MiCBT Institute and in collaboration with several universities in Australia. He is the author of several MiCBT skills-training manuals for professionals, mindfulness teaching CDs, and three books.

Loraine Keats – Training Course Presenter

(Jitindriya) trained as a Buddhist nun for over 16 years in the Theravadan Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah & Ajahn Sumedho.  During that time she lived and taught in England, Australia & the USA. After leaving the monastic order in 2004, Loraine earned a Master’s degree in Buddhist Psychotherapy Practice with the Karuna Institute & Middlesex University in the UK.  From 2005-2007 she was co-manager and resident teacher at Sunyata Retreat Centre in County Clare, Ireland. Loraine returned to Australia in 2008 and now lives in Lismore, Northern NSW, where she has a private practice in Buddhist Psychotherapy.

Ariya Chittasy – Tech Support / Webmaster

is a Bachelor of Psychology student at the University of Sydney. He was the previous President of the University of Sydney Buddhist Society where he led workshops, meditations and assisted the running of Buddhist events. In 2008, he produced and directed HEART, a Buddhist Musical production, for members and friends of the Buddhist community. He also has assisted teaching children and novices the Dharma at Wat Phrayortkeo, a Lao Temple in Bonnyrigg. He is completing his Honours year in the field of positive psychology.

Lauren Porter – Newsletter Editor

Lauren Porter is the co-Director of the Centre for Attachment, a family therapist and a PhD student at the University of Canterbury. She obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University in 1995 and has since been dedicated to working with families, children and adolescents in the field of mental health counselling and training.

Lauren has worked in a wide range of settings and communities, including Germany, the US and New Zealand. She has a special interest in merging attachment theory with ‘non-attachment’ theory.

She is a Lifetime Member of the Infant Mental Health Association Aotearoa New Zealand (IMHAANZ) and is a member of Brainwave’s Scientific Advisory Committee. She is the mother of two, the wife to one, and lives in Queensland.

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