Psychotherapy Working Party

The Psychotherapy Working Party has been established by the PACFA Board to help advance psychotherapy as a distinct profession within PACFA.

Download the Psychotherapy Working Party Terms of Reference

Members of the Working Party

Subject matter experts:
  • Dr Alison Strasser (Chair)
  • Dr Kate Briggs
  • Tara Green
  • Dr Zoë Krupka
  • Christina Nielsen
  • Valerie Redman
  • Dr Jelena Želeskov-Đorić

PACFA Representatives:

  • Maria Brett (PACFA CEO)
  • Dr Di Stow (PACFA President)

Progress Reports form the Chair of the Psychotherapy Working Party

Update – February 2019

Biographies for subject-matter experts

Dr Alison Strasser (Chair) trained as an existential psychotherapist. She is Founder and Director of the Centre for Existential Practice, a professional development and training organisation. Alison completed her doctorate on the topic of supervision which entailed developing a training program for supervisors that was congruent with Australia’s unique culture. Alison is in private practice in Sydney as a psychotherapist and supervisor. As a former member of the PACFA Board and former Chair of the PACFA Training Standards Committee, Alison is ideally suited to Chair the Working Party.


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.

Tara Green, GradDip Couns, GradDip Psych, PGradDip Transpersonal Psych & Emotional Release Couns, is in private practice as a psychotherapist and supervisor, specialising in complex trauma and couples counselling. 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. 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 retreat programmes. Tara is a committee member of the Association of Transpersonal and Experiential Therapy, Psychotherapy Representative on the PACFA Board, and Convenor of PACFA's College of Psychotherapy.

Zoë Krupka, MCouns., PhD, is a psychotherapist in private practice with training in both existential and emotion-focused psychotherapy. Zoë has a Masters of Counselling from Latrobe University and was recently awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in supervision ethics, also 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. She has worked as a lecturer in welfare, community development, public health, psychology and counselling at La Trobe and Victoria universities. Zoë currently lectures at Carinmillar Institute. She has 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.

Christina Nielsen, BSW, BAC, M App Sci, Cert of Advanced Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine (China), Process Oriented Psychology (Phase 1), is a qualified and passionate holistic therapist. Building on her early years in Social Work and ongoing studies in Chinese Medicine, Anthroposophy and Process Oriented Psychology, Christina has worked for over 30 years to synthesize these paradigms, eventually finding a way of integrating health, psychological insights, and personal and professional development in a unique holistic approach which she teaches at the Metavision Institute. Christina has published papers on the use of these methods and has supervised diverse professionals both individually and in groups, including allied health professionals, teachers, doctors, complimentary therapists and managers for over 20 years.

Valerie Redman is the Director of the Redman Institute. She is a Psychotherapist and Supervisor, working with individuals, couples and families, and runs a Registered Training Organisation. She provides Advanced Transactional Analysis Training and Supervision for trainees who want to become Certified Transactional Analysts and a range of Transactional Analysis based, Nationally Accredited courses in Counselling and Management, including a Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling. Her qualifications include: Certified Member International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA) (Clinical Psychotherapist and Educational); Accredited Family Business Advisor and Bachelor Degree of Education (Adult Education), University of SA. Her passion is to have psychotherapy recognised for the important role it plays in the support and healing of deep and complex trauma with clients.

Dr Jelena Želeskov-Đorić, PhD and MSc in Psychology, BSc Hons in Psychology, BA Hons and MA in Gestalt Therapy, has been involved in psychology courses, psychotherapy education, supervision, and research for 15 years. She has been practicing as a psychologist, psychotherapist and supervisor for over 10 years. Jelena was a Vice-President of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) and a Board member of the European Association for Psychotherapy. Jelena is an International Chair of Gestalt Australia and New Zealand (GANZ) and a GANZ Council member. Jelena is also a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and a member of Research Committee of the EAGT. Jelena lectures at the Australia College of Applied Psychology in Sydney and is in private practice as a Gestalt Psychotherapist.