Phoenix Institute of Australia

Academic Staff

Head Of Faculty Counselling
Dr. Judith Ayre

BA, Grad Dip Counselling, Grad Dip Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy, Dip Ed, Cert lV Assessment and Workplace Training. Clinical Member ACA (CPC Status), Individual Register Member PACFA, Member CAPAV(Clinical), Member IAPCC, VAHTC Full Member

Judith is a counsellor and psychotherapist who works holistically within a Transpersonal and soul-centred framework. She uses experiential and arts-based practical processes with couple and families, as well as individuals. Judith is on the Individual Register of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia and she also teaches at La Trobe University.

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Head of Faculty Art Therapy
Dr Janine Brophy Dixon 

Janine is an artist, art therapist and researcher. She completed a PhD at La Trobe University (Health Sciences), with an arts-based inquiry into experiences of mother-daughter separation and dislocation. Janine is interested in the area of community arts and health and has created several art-based projects by developing postcard communication methods for children, youth and the aged. Having a background in social work, Janine has a varied history of practical experiences, including many years working as an art therapist in private practice and with people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.  A period in Alice Springs working with traumatised Aboriginal children was followed  by art-based projects with those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires. Janine has presented her research and projects both nationally and internationally and has been a guest lecturer at several universities including, New York University, Adler School of Psychology in Chicago, MIECAT and the art therapy masters degree at La Trobe University, Bundoora.

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Co-Ordinator, Bachelor of Holistic Counselling
Professor Bernie Neville

MA Classics (Adel), PhD Education (La Trobe), Cert lV Assessment and Workplace Training

Dr Bernie Neville is a retired Adjunct Professor of Education at La Trobe University where he was involved for many years in the professional education of both teachers and counsellors. He is the author of Educating Psyche: Emotion, Imagination and the Unconscious in Learning and Olympus Inc: Intervening for Cultural Change in Organizations and numerous papers on Education and Counselling. He is president of the Australian Association for Holistic and Transpersonal Counselling.

Head of Faculty, Diploma Dance Movement Therapy
Dr. Kim Dunphy
BA., Grad. Dip. Movement Dance, M. Ed, PhD.

Kim Dunphy is a dance movement therapist and performing arts educator who has extensive experience working with diverse client groups, including people with disabilities, people from diverse cultural backgrounds, children and the elderly, in a range of settings.  She is Vice-President of the Dance Movement Therapy Association, and has previously been a Board Member and President of Ausdance Victoria.  Kim is also Director of NGO Many Hands International based in Timor-Leste where she works to promote development through culture. Her research and practice interests focus on understanding the nature of therapeutic or social change through the arts.  Her PhD at Deakin University explored the role of arts in social change in Timor-Leste.  She has published widely in international journals and books on dance-movement therapy, including  her books, Freedom to Move: Movement and Dance for People with Intellectual Disabilities with Jenny Scott, (Elsevier 2003) and Dance Therapy Collections 3 with Jane Guthrie and Elizabeth Loughlin (DTAA 2009). Forthcoming publications include journal articles,  Exploring dance-movement therapy in Timor-Leste, American Journal of Dance Therapy, with  Meredith Elton and Alex Jordan, and book chapter Dance movement therapy and student learning and well-being in special education with Sue Mullane in Karkou V., Oliver, S. and Lycouris, S. (eds) The Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, Oxford University Press: London.

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Co-ordinator Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy
Lloyd Volkwyn
B Comm, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Dip Hyp CMAHA
Transpersonal Counsellor, Dip TPC SNTR

Lloyd’s initial training is a professional background in accounting and business management.  He is a clinical hypnotherapist and transpersonal counsellor, and is a clinical member of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association.  Lloyd has long been associated with the Phoenix Institute of Australia as both lecturer in Transpersonal Counselling and Transpersonal Art Therapy; and as strategic advisor to the Institute.  For several years he practiced as a Counsellor for the Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University.

During the mid to late 90’s he joined Victor Sanchez’ nagual party in Mexico, and trained in the Toltec approach to non-ordinary reality and Toltec shamanism.   He has a passion for navigating pathways into altered states of consciousness, to engage the full spectrum of human awareness toward healing outcomes.

Lloyd developed the accredited, nationally recognised Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy, which is delivered at the Phoenix Institute in Melbourne.  This comprehensive hypnotherapy course has a dual emphasis: to develop skill and expertise in a) the clinical treatment model and b) the exciting holistic, transpersonal applications in therapeutic work.

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Lecturer, Transpersonal Counselling
Dr Ralf Humphries

BA(Hons), MA, PhD, Dip. Transpersonal Counselling, Cert IV TAE

Ralf completed his PhD in 2001, after 20 years of research, teaching and publication across a number of fields, including social theory, literary & cultural studies, postmodernism, psychology & psychoanalysis, Anglo-American & European philosophy. His dissertation on Deconstruction was awarded the Doctoral Medal at Monash University for 2001.

Returning to the Eastern states of Australia in 2008 after an extended period of immersion in spiritual practice, Ralf spent a number of years training and facilitating in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). He settled back in Melbourne in 2011, and is now a transpersonal counsellor with a particular interest in supporting people who, in the process of healing, are looking to meet and integrate the full spectrum of Who they are.

Ralf’s current research projects include:
(1) discriminating an emergent form of awakening that is whole-being, bio-spiritual, embodied, non-separate & non-dual, in the context of Eastern and Western wisdom traditions
(2) editing an online book which describes the effects of an emerging new paradigm in spiritual development on the mechanics of awakening & awakened relationships.

Head of Faculty Complementary Medicine
Christopher Rowe

Dip. H Sci HK, Dip. App Phys, Dip. Shiatsu, NLP Master Practitioner, Cert IV T&A

Chris is a pioneer on the field of Kinesiology, he wrote the first fully integrated practitioner training programs based on Kinesiology and these programs were also the first to gain Government Accreditation. Chris has more than two and a half decades of experience in clinical practice, clinical research and teaching experience in Natural Therapies and Personal Development. The Australian Kinesiology Association has twice awarded Chris for “Outstanding Contribution to the Development and Recognition of Kinesiology in Australia”.

Lecturer, Bachelor of Holistic Counselling
Julie Lacy

Dip. Prim Teaching, BA (Humanities), Dip. Psychodrama & Group Analytic Psychotherapy, Adv. Dip. Arts (Prof. Screenwriting), MA (Creative Writing). Reg. Psychodrama Psychotherapist, (British Psychodrama Association & UK Council for Psychotherapy), Reg. Teacher, (Victorian Institute of Teaching), Full Member, Australian Writers’ Guild.

Julie is an educator, psychotherapist, trainer, and writer with a performance arts background. She focuses on, and is uplifted by Story, as the essence of building relationship with Self and others. As a practitioner of psychodrama, she is enlivened by our stories in action and how our engagement in spontaneity, play, and performative ritual can spark deep insight and encourage healing and transformation. She has worked in prisons, hospitals, schools, universities, theatres, television, and government and non-government agencies in the arts and health sectors. She graduated from the National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne and trained and worked as a psychotherapist in the UK and was the founding Director of London Playback Theatre Company. She has written for theatre and TV, is writing two novels, and has co-written a chapter in Healing the Inner City Child: Creative Arts Therapies with At-risk Youth (JKP). She has taught psychodrama in the Master of Art Therapy program at a Melbourne university for eight years and currently works as a Group Program Facilitator for Veterans & Veterans Families Counselling Service. She is in private practise in Carlton working with individual clients and groups.

Lecturer, Transpersonal Counselling
John Watkins

For many years John worked as a registered psychiatric nurse before moving into private practice as a counsellor, independent researcher, and mental health educator. The fact that “psychiatry” literally means “healing of the soul” has served as a personal beacon for John for over three decades, during which time he has written several books applying holistic principles to treatment, healing, and recovery, including Living With Schizophrenia (1996); Healing Schizophrenia: Using Medication Wisely (2006); Hearing Voices: A Common Human Experience (2008); and his current book Psychosis: Understanding and Healing the Wounded Soul was published in 2012.

Lecturer, Dance Movement Therapy, Bachelor of Holistic Counselling
Linda Murrow
BA Anthropology, MA Counselling Psychology/Expressive Arts Therapy, Cert. Family Therapy, Specialist Training Couple Therapy, Cert lV Assessment and Workplace Training. Member: DTAA, VAFT, AARC, PACFA Reg. 20758

Linda completed her Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy in Boston and became a registered dance/movement therapist. She has taught Dance Therapy at Melbourne University and helped to develop the Master of Creative Arts Therapy and Graduate Diploma of Dance Therapy at RMIT, where she worked as a lecturer and supervisor for 12 years. Having further specialised in relationship counselling, she works for Relationships Australia and is part of their training faculty. She has a longstanding interest in depth-psychology, and has a private practice providing individual and couple psychotherapy, group work, and supervision. For many years she has been practicing and facilitating 'authentic movement', a Jungian-oriented approach to dance/movement therapy.

Lecturer Transpersonal Counselling & Transpersonal Art Therapy
Bridget Pannell

BA, Dip Transpersonal Counselling, Dip Health Sc, Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training, MACA

'Be' has a background in people management and development, teaches at Phoenix  and works as a healer in private practice. Her focus is to inspire others to connect to their true Self, and from that place, cultivate a profound, intimate and fulfilling connection with all of life experience. She has studied Integral psychotherapy with Ken Wilber and Awakening Coaching with Arjuna Ardagh in the US and has been exploring the wisdom of Eastern spirituality and meditation for many years. She is currently completing a Phd at La Trobe University investigating non-linear or quantum ways of learning, thinking and being in the world.

Lecturer, Transpersonal Counselling
Biliana Dearly

Master in Counselling & HS, Grad Dip Counselling, Dip Transpersonal Counselling, Certificate IV in training and Assessment, Registered Clinical Member PACFA, Clinical Member CAPAV, MACA (Level 3)

Biliana is a counsellor and psychotherapist who works within humanistic, experiential and transpersonal approaches. Initially from an engineering and corporate background, as a therapist, Biliana has been trained in Transpersonal Counselling, Person-Centred Therapy, Process-Experiential Emotion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Jungian Sandplay Therapy. She has extensive clinical ecperience covering a diverse range of mental health problems in a "dual diagnosis field". In her private practice, she provides individual therapy for children, adolescent and adults, as well as couple therapy.

Biliana has long-standing interests and explorations in the field of psycho/spiritual empowerment.

Lecturer, Transpersonal Art Therapy & Transpersonal Counselling
Tra-ill Dowie

B.A (history ideas/ Socio), B.A (Philosophy), Dip Transpersonal Counselling, Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy, Grad Dip Psychology, Grad Dip Jungian Studies, Masters of Counselling, Master of Mind and Society. Currently Preparing Ph.D in Psychological Medicine. Cert IV Assessment and workplace Training.

Tra-ill has worked of a number of years in various settings as a psychotherapist. Tra-ill’s Major practical interests have centered around and group psychotherapy and Existential approaches to therapy. Intellectually Tra-ill interests are broad covering topics such as the politics of therapy, the body in therapy, existential philosophy and phenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Consciousness and applied Anthropology. Tra-ill’s Masters thesis was conducted on Nietzsche and Therapy and his Ph.D is exploring Merleau- Ponty’s phenomenology and its relationship to Immanence and psychotherapy.

Lecturer, Transpersonal Counselling & Transpersonal Art Therapy
Jane Hall

BAppSci (Adv Nurs), Cert Midwifery, MEd, Grad Dip Counselling & HS,M Counselling & HS, Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training, Cert TT & HT. Member: FRCNA (ret), AAHTC, CAPAV, TTAA

Jane is a counsellor, psychotherapist and bioenergetic therapist who works from a holistic and transpersonal perspective to support movement towards balance and growth. She uses a combination of person centered, experiental, art and process based approaches in her life, practice and teaching.

Lecturer Transpersonal Art Therapy
Katrina Grant

Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy, Dip Rem and Chinese Massage, Cert Lomi Lomi, Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training, Dip Yoga Teaching KHYF

Katrina works with individuals and groups using art therapy and music. She was involved in establishing an art therapy program in Sri Lanka for orphans of the tsunami. She also teaches music and has a background in performance, body work and yoga. She has been teaching at Phoenix for the last 4 years.

Lecturer Transpersonal Art Therapy
Saskia Post

Dip Trans Art Therapy, Cert lV Assessment and Workplace Training, Cert IV Professional Writing and Editing

As a professional transpersonal art therapist, Saskia currently works in the community with a special interest in facilitating Mental Health and Palliative Care programs. She also runs Creative Expression and Drama workshops for children, adults and women’s groups.

Lecturer, Transpersonal Art Therapy
Carla Temple

Dip Trans Art Therapy, NLP, Dip Prim Teaching, Grad Dip Spec Ed,
Cert Assessment IV Workplace Training

Carla has been in education for 25 years. In conjunction with her business partner she has run an educational consultancy practice for the last 10 years, designing and presenting workshops for students, parents and educators nationally and internationally. She is coauthor of two books on education.

Lecturer, Transpersonal Counselling
Andrew Mournehis

Dip Transpersonal Counselling, Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training

Andrew Mournehis graduated from the Phoenix Institute of Victoria in 2001 with a very clear vision that his gifts and passions were best directed in the power of group, story, archetype and the potent healing energy that is exchanged in each others stories, both personal and Universal. Being an already established yoga teacher, he spent the past 8 years facilitating many Healing groups, workshops, intensives and retreats both nationally and internationally working with the healing potential of Yoga and Transpersonal work.

Lecturer, Transpersonal Counselling
Paul Huxford

BSc(Hons), Adv. Dip, Dip Transpersonal Counselling,
Cert IV Training and Assessment, MACA, QMAAHTC

Paul comes from a professional background in the Business/IT industry, where he worked for 11 years as an analyst/manager.

He has been a practitioner of various spiritual therapies, a meditation teacher and a men's group facilitator for the last four years. He now combines teaching at Phoenix with a private counselling practice called Conscious Counselling, and is also a presenter with Bully-Busters, educating primary school children about the issues of bullying.

Lecturer, Transpersonal Art Therapy & Transpersonal Counselling
Sean O'Carroll

BA Hons (Philosophy), Dip Transpersonal Counselling, Cert lV Assessment and Workplace Training, Qualified Member AAHTC

Sean is a psychotherapist who works holistically with clients to facilitate deep and lasting change. Working from an authentic place of connection he utilizes multiple modalities including dream work, sand-tray therapy, and focusing to help clients gain clarity and initiate a journey of integration and healing. Sean’s practice is theoretically grounded in over a decade of study and exploration in the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis and psychology. He completed his honours thesis in the field of phenomenology, exploring the interface between the scientific paradigm and subjectivity, with a particular focus on the phenomenon of sacred experience. His current areas of interest include theories of psychosis and spiritual emergency. Sean maintains an active practice as a visual artist working in photography and video. Sean is a lecturer in both Transpersonal Counselling and Art Therapy at Phoenix Institute.

Lecturer, Transpersonal Art Therapy
Gina Bloom

BA (Hons + University Medal), M.Phil, Dip Transpersonal Counselling, Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training

Gina has worked in the field of mental healthcare for over 20 years, originally as a researcher and more recently as a practitioner. She is a Transpersonal Counsellor, a Voice Dialogue Facilitator, and is currently completing the Somatic Experience Practitioner training (through the Peter Levine Institute).  In addition to working as therapist providing individual sessions, workshops and support groups. She serve on the Australian Association of Holistic and Transpersonal Counsellors (AAHTC) Executive as the Professional Development Convenor. Her postgraduate studies at the Universities of Sydney and Cambridge have been in literature and myth. She also holds a research position at the University of Melbourne (Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences).

Lecturer, Dance Movement Therapy
Sue Mullane

B. Ed, Grad Dip Movement Dance, M. Ed. (Dance)

Sue Mullane is an experienced dance-movement therapist. She has worked with a focus on trauma and disability with adults and children in in NSW and Victoria. Sue's early involvement with dance in education in Wollongong, NSW included a role as inaugural Regional Dance Consultant K-12 (1990). A NSW Department of Education 'Teacher Service Fellowship' in 1990 assisted Sue to investigate dance therapy research and practice. She completed the Graduate Diploma of Movement and Dance (University of Melbourne) and worked with the therapeutic use of movement with special needs adults and children in a variety of community and educational settings. Her five year collaboration with Sarah McGregor developing group movement based programs for women at the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA), Melbourne, was documented in her M. Ed research project. Sue currently works as a movement specialist in a large special developmental school in Melbourne, Australia, with children aged 5-18 years. She has led workshops and made presentations on this topic for tertiary students, teachers and dance-movement therapists through the Dance Movement Therapy Associations of Australia and America; Department of Education and Early Childhood; RMIT; and La Trobe University.

Lecturer, Dance Movement Therapy
Sharon Paetzold

BSW (Hons), GradDipMntHlth (Child, Adolescent & Family Therapies), Dip Gestalt Therapy,  Integrative Tanztherapie (Germany), Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training.
Member: DTAA, MAASW, AMHSW (Medicare Reg.4609381A)
Sharon has a background in psychiatric social work, gestalt therapy and dance movement therapy.   She has worked in diverse settings such as child and adolescent psychiatry, primary health care, education and training sectors for over 23 years.  She commenced dance therapy training with the DGT, Integrative Dance Therapy, in association with the European Academy of Psychosocial Health and Fritz Perls Institute.  Upon returning to Australia, her dance therapy practice was then complemented by undertaking further training in relational gestalt therapy with GTA.  As an accredited mental health social worker, she has a special interest in complex trauma and body movement psychotherapy that is grounded in existential, phenomenological practice, psychoanalytic-oriented therapy and somatic experiencing which are integrated into her clinical work with individuals, groups in private practice, as well as providing supervision to allied health and mental health practitioners.

Lecturer, Dance Movement Therapy
Jane Guthrie

MCSP – Chartered Society Physiotherapists, UK; Bachelor Applied Science (Phty),
Grad Dip Movement and Dance, Grad Diploma Rehabilitation Studies, Movement and Dance Therapy Certificate, Master of Education, CMA (Certified Movement Analyst),  Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Jane Guthrie is an experienced dance movement therapist, physiotherapist and Certified Movement Analyst who was formerly head of department in a busy rehabilitation hospital.  She is currently President of the Dance-Movement Therapy Association of Australia, editor of DTAA’s journal Moving On and associate editor for the International journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy.  She has lectured in dance movement therapy at IDTIA and Phoenix Institutes and RMIT University.  Jane is skilled in working with clients who have head injuries, work related injuries and other neurological problems.  She incorporates dance-movement therapy as part of a holistic approach to her clients’ needs, using a combination of functional and expressive approaches to movement.  She was recently acknowledged as DMT elder and ‘wisewoman’ at the ADTA Conference in New Mexico, USA, 2012.

Lecturer, Hypnotherapy
Alison Burton,

BAppSc.(OT), Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy, Dip Psychotherapy, Kinergetics Practitioner, Clinical Member Australian Hypnotherapy Association (AHA), Member Australian Association of Occupational Therapists, (AAOT) Accredited HypnoBirthing Practitioner, SleepTalk for Children Facilitator.

Alison Burton is one of Melbourne’s leading Hypnotherapists and owner of a Natural Health Clinic in East Doncaster, Melbourne. Alison is also an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years experience in mental health, education and in private practice as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. 

Alison has a keen interest in all aspects of natural health and wellbeing, energy medicine and raising human consciousness.  She often incorporates energy healing in her hypnotherapy work. Alison specialises in Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gut disorders, Alison has found that Hypnotherapy can be profoundly helpful for a vast range of physical, emotional and mental health problems.  She is a sought after public speaker and has appeared on ABC National Radio, SBS Radio, Foxtel’s “Living Life Now” and “The Healer’s Way”.

Lecturer Art Therapy & Counselling
James O'Brien

Bachelor of Holistic Counselling, Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, Cert IV TAE

James completed the Bachelor of Holistic Counselling at Phoenix in 2013. He runs a private counselling practice called Skies Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has worked as a therapist for children with autism spectrum disorder, and with intravenous drug users, and has led support groups for people who hear voices.

Fiona Mawson
Lecturer, Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy

Masters in Psychology (Counselling), Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling,  Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Fiona has worked as a counsellor in a community health setting and as a community development worker.  She is a registered Psychologist currently has a private practice in Healesville, Victoria.  In addition to her Masters in Psychology (counselling), Fiona has completed specialist training in Transpersonal Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Process Experiential Emotion Focused Therapy and Schema Therapy.  Fiona is also a ceremonial leader with Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society and has completed research into spirituality and psychological wellbeing.

Fiona teaches the Counselling module in the Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy course.  Fiona believes wellbeing can be enhanced through holistic counselling approaches that are founded in evidence based practice and that counselling can assist in clarifying confusion and providing strategies to increase emotional and psychological well being.

Abby Lee
Lecturer, Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy

Transpersonal Counsellor & Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Mater Practitioner. Ego State Therapist, Psychosomatic Therapist, Qigong & Tai Chi Instructor, Sound Healer, Shamanic practices. B.Ec. (Accounting major), former CPA.
A natural therapist adopting various modalities, Abby practices and aims to bring balance and harmony, vitality and serenity into her own live and the lives of others.

Having come from a corporate background in banking, accounting and IT consulting, she has transitioned and immersed herself in the field of personal development, spirituality, healing, shamanism and natural therapies for over a decade. She continues to evolve while helping her students and clients to do the same, should they choose to.

Her current focus is in teaching NLP in the Phoenix Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy. Abby also runs sound meditations, teaches Qigong and sees clients one on one using the appropriate tools, knowledge and wisdom gained through formal and informal studies, practices and extensive travels.
Abby’s passion is to help people access their inner stillness thereby tapping into their inner essence and wisdom to uncovering their highest potential.

Gena Fawns
Lecturer Transpersonal Couselling

(BSW, BCom.(Hons), MCouns., Cert IV TAE, MASPA, AMHSW, PACFA Reg.)

Gena is a somatic psychotherapist and mental health social worker with 25 years' experience in private practice as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor. She has studied many healing modalities, from biodynamic massage to Tibetan yoga and mindfulness meditation. She has 8 years' experience teaching psychotherapy and counselling. Gena is interested in aliveness and embodiment as dimensions of psychological health, and her theoretical influences include self psychology, trauma theory, attachment theory, neuroscience, intersubjectivity theory and somatic psychotherapy.