Psychology and Integrative Mental Health

Committee Information

Below are details of the current committee and vacancies. The APS is always on the look out for members who are interested in joining a Member Group committee, to help support and promote members, the profession, and the APS. For more information about joining a Member Groups committee, click here.

Have questions? Please feel free to contact committee members via PsyCommunity direct message here or reach out to APS Member Groups via [email protected].


Dr Misia Temler
Misia has been an APS member since 2005 and served as a committee member of the Psychology and Integrative Mental Health Interest group for the past two years. Based in Sydney, she operates in private practice, with a focus on fostering client autonomy and highlighting the importance of achieving psychological well-being through balance across various life domains. Misia advocates for integrative frameworks and interdisciplinary research collaboration. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioural Neuroscience from UBC in Vancouver, Canada, a Master's in Psychology (Forensic) from UNSW and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Macquarie University at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Her expertise lies in the field of memory. She has published in top academic journals and presented at national and international conferences on the subjects of autobiographical memory, trauma, and cognition. Misia is also a research affiliate at the University of Sydney.


Dr Rebecca Ridge
Dr. Rebecca M. Ridge PhD, is a registered Health Psychologist, Trainer, Practitioner and Educator in Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy. As an Integrative therapist she specializes in working with clients who have experienced familial trauma, abuse and neglect. She applies body centering and mindful therapies to regulate the nervous system She also offers Women's retreats that integrate psychodrama with guided relaxation meditation and movement. She has a private practice in Drummoyne and also in Minnesota, USA. She spends 6months in each country. She is the author of The Body Alchemy of Psychodrama and teaches this internationally.


Mrs Carrie Thomson-Casey
Carrie has worked in a variety of mental health care settings for 25 years. Roles included child and adolescent mental health, sexual assault, and rehabilitation in rural and regional settings. Carrie is also a qualified naturopath and nutritionist, with an interest in evidence-based herbal, nutritional and lifestyle interventions for mental health treatment and prevention. Carrie is undertaking a PhD supervised by Distinguished Professor Jon Adams. Her research is looking at psychology/psychologist engagement with client preference for complementary and integrative health care approaches. Past/present committee roles include APS Advisory Council, APS Strategic Leadership Group, Facilitator MHPN, Mental Health Steering Committee, and Student Representative for APS College of Counselling Psychologists. Carrie is based on the Sunshine Coast and works in private practice (endorsed as a clinical psychologist).

Committee Member

Ms Caroline Raphael
Caroline Raphael has been practicing as a psychologist since 2000 and has been an active member of the North Coast Committee and of Psychology and Integrative Mental Health, both of which she has found very enriching and rewarding. She loves the profession of psychology and finds being on the APS Committees a great way to give back and support the development of the profession. She encourages all members to contribute in any way they can, because with us all we can only be greater.

Committee Member

Ms Amber Howard
Amber Louise Howard has worked as a clinical psychologist for 16 years in academia, government and non-government agencies, and the private sector. For 14 years she has also provided Board approved supervision and for the past 4 years has been a Board approved Program Lead, delivering Psychology Supervision Workshops and Master Classes. Amber has held many advocacy roles over the years and has published research on the importance of dietary patterns and physical activity to support mental health. More recently, Amber has worked in private practice addressing client's sleep difficulties using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and trauma with Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) strategies. Amber has been an active APS member, initially volunteering five years of her time to act as the Secretary of the Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology Interest Group and recently accepted a Committee Member role with the Psychology and Integrative Mental Health.

Committee Member

Position vacant

Student Representative

Position vacant