APS College of Counselling Psychologists

Committee Information


 

The following members of the National College Committee have been elected by the members of the College of Counselling psychologists. Please feel free to contact the College Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for members of this College.

Chair

Assoc Prof Roger Cook
I have been a member of the National Executive for over 15 years and before that I was Chair of the Victorian Section of our College. I am also a Director of APAC. I am now an Adjunct Associate Professor of Swinburne University of Technology. My professional interests, apart the advocacy of Counselling Psychology, are families and their functioning, men and men's issues, infertility and its treatment, counselling processes. My personal interests are: my wife and our family of four sons, their partners and five grandchildren, swimming and reading.

Deputy Chair and Acting Chair

Mrs Samantha Hill

Secretary

Position vacant

Treasurer

Ms Lidia Genovese
Phone: 08 61611893
Lidia Genovese
B.A. Grad. Dip. M. Psych
Endorsed Counselling, Educational/Developmental and Clinical Psychologist
Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society
Fellow of the College of Counselling Psychologists.

Lidia is the Principal Psychologist at Changing Tracks Psychology. She has been practicing for over 45 and has a wide range of experience from, teaching primary school children, being a school psychologist, teaching GPs Focused Psychological Strategies, to being the psychology advisor to the Department of Veteran Affairs. She now works part-time and is mainly engaged in teaching medical students, training psychology graduates to become Registered Psychologist, mentoring other psychologists, conducting professional development for health professionals and educators. She does not take new clients but continues to support clients whom she treated in the past. Lidia has been on the Counselling College committee since 1990 taking various roles and responsibilities.

CPD Coordinator

Position vacant

Communications / Social Media

Ms Denise Abreu
I am the CEO and Principal Psychologist of Haven Psychology Centre in Brisbane. I am also a member of the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH). I work predominantly in the fields of complex mental health, trauma and sexology. I am also a Psych Board supervisor and offer training and supervising via face to face and online platforms for professionals and the community when working alongside the LGBTIQAP+ community.

Peer Supervision Co-ordinator

Ms Samantha Clarke

Rural and Remote Representative

Ms Julie Waller

Early Career Representative

Ms Angela Gale
Angela Gale is a Counselling Psychologist and is working in private practice. She works with individuals, couples, and groups using evidenced-based therapeutic techniques with a gentle, collaborative, and respectful approach. She sees people who have a number of concerns, such as, relationship difficulties, PTSD, trauma and abuse (physical, sexual, domestic, institutional), anxiety, depression, and identity development. Angela has been a part of the APS CCOUN since 2015.

Committee Member

Ms Karen Fairhurst

Committee Member

Dr Helen Kambouridis

Early Career Rep & Secretary Assistant

Miss Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker is an early career representative on the National Executive Committee and a Student Representative on the WA Committee of the College of Counselling Psychologists. Eleanor completed the Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) at Curtin University in Jan 2020. Her research dissertation explored the lived experiences of the siblings of trans people. For 10 years, Eleanor's work has seen her providing therapeutic residential care for children. Eleanor is currently competing her Counselling Psychology Registrar Program while working in a custodial environment offering assessment, intervention, and consultation for young offenders with complex mental health disorders and trauma histories.

Chair
NSW

Rev Renwick Schmid

Chair
QLD

Ms Denise Abreu
I am the CEO and Principal Psychologist of Haven Psychology Centre in Brisbane. I am also a member of the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH). I work predominantly in the fields of complex mental health, trauma and sexology. I am also a Psych Board supervisor and offer training and supervising via face to face and online platforms for professionals and the community when working alongside the LGBTIQAP+ community.

Chair
VIC

Ms Angela Gale
Angela Gale is a Counselling Psychologist and is working in private practice. She works with individuals, couples, and groups using evidenced-based therapeutic techniques with a gentle, collaborative, and respectful approach. She sees people who have a number of concerns, such as, relationship difficulties, PTSD, trauma and abuse (physical, sexual, domestic, institutional), anxiety, depression, and identity development. Angela has been a part of the APS CCOUN since 2015.

Chair
WA

Dr Catherine Bishop
Catherine is Counselling Psychologist in private practice. She holds a Masters/PhD in Counselling Psychology and has predominantly worked in tertiary and private mental health sectors for over 16 years. Between 2010 and 2020, Catherine worked part-time as a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University in the Masters of Counselling Psychology Program, and has been running a busy private practice with two colleague since 2011. Catherine holds endorsements in Counselling and Clinical Psychology and is an AHPRA-approved supervisor. Catherine has extensive experience working with moderate to severe mental health disorders and complex presentations, and has particular interests in trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. She incorporates a range of therapeutic intinterventions with clients including Schema, EMDR and Psychodynamic approaches, with an overarching focus on the client’s experience of safe connection within self and in the therapeutic relationship.