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Accreditation and Standards
Phil is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and has a Master of Science degree in Integrative Psychotherapy.
He has worked extensively in acute mental health settings both in the UK and New Zealand. He completed his EMDR therapy training in 2003 and is an Accredited Trainer with EMDRAA and an Accredited Consultant with EMDRAA, EMDR Europe and EMDRNZ.
Phil works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychological Interventions within a large Community Mental Health Centre in Auckland where he provides EMDR therapy to clients with complex PTSD and provides clinical consultation to EMDR therapists on an individual and group basis.
Phil is Chair of the Accreditation & Standards Committee and coordinates the New Zealand branch of EMDRAA.
Lindsay Munyard is a Mental Health Social Worker and family therapist with 14 years experience. He works as a senior mental health clinician in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and also runs a small private practice.
Lindsay graduated from a Master of Clinical Family Therapy at the Bouverie centre in 2009. He completed his EMDR basic training in 2017. Lindsay has a specialist interest in the treatment of trauma and attachment difficulties in children and adolescents. He has worked for a range of mental health services, both in Victoria and the UK, working with vulnerable children and young people who have suffered serious trauma, abuse or neglect.
Jane became involved with the EMDRAA Board of Directors taking on the role of Secretary because of her interest in supporting and promotion EMDR therapy as well as ensuring EMDR best practice in Australia. Jane is currently the Secretary of Australian Psychological Society (APS) EMDR Therapy and Psychology Interest Group. She has held APS positions of Chair of Victorian State Chair’s Committee, Victorian State Chair’s Committee member and Chair of Barwon Branch. Jane also co-ordinates a Geelong EMDR Therapy Peer Supervision Group. Jane has completed a Masters of Psychology and works in Private Practice in the Geelong region in Victoria. Prior to building a private practice, Jane worked in the Forensic settings. Jane’s belief and enthusiasm in the effectiveness of EMDR Therapy came from seeing how clients greatly benefited from their sessions with significant improvements in their daily living.
I am passionate about bringing the healing power of EMDR therapy to as many people as possible through making connections that build support for those in need. Previous experience includes: Director Social Justice – Department of Immigration (1992 – 1996); Chair Professional Standards Committee – ACT Medical Board (2003 – 2013); Psychology Member – ACT Victims of Crime Board (2006 – 2008); contract psychologist to Department of Defence (2003 – 2017); President EMDR Association of Australia (2008 – 2015); Secretary for Standards and Training EMDR Asia (2010 to 2015); Rotary Club of Melbourne Director (2016 – 2018) and Vice President-Elect 2020.
Vania is a NZ Registered Psychologist (Health psychology). She has worked in Mental Health Services (Public, Non-Governmental and private) for the last 14 years.
She was trained in EMDR in 2011 and has been an Accredited EMDR Consultant since 2015.
Her clinical practice has special interest in trauma, including critical incidents/natural disasters’ impact. Vania also provides supervision, facilitates EMDR trainings and provides EMDR educational workshops. She is interested in closer collaboration with tertiary psychology training programmes with the goal for EMDR to become part of the training curriculum. She is also interested in the cultural considerations of EMDR application.
Elise has 15 years’ experience in business administration roles across varying sectors including the arts, community services, and finance. She is also a composer, and her music has been featured in both national and international film and tv campaigns.
Anthony Hurst is the Director and Principal Psychologist of a private practice and consulting business, Systemic Psychology. He works therapeutically with individuals, families and couples, and consults with and trains a range of teams and organisations. Anthony has also been involved in the teaching of counselling and psychology at a tertiary level for a number of years, currently as a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
Anthony uses EMDR therapy with many of his clients, and has a focus on ensuring new and emerging mental health workers have exposure to the therapy and an awareness of its effectiveness. Anthony is also undertaking a PhD in trauma-based treatments with a consideration for new ways of delivering treatment.
Anna-Michele is a psychologist and an EMDR Accredited Practitioner. She currently works in private practice and has considerable experience in working with individuals who have experienced adverse traumatic events throughout their lifespan. Anna has a deep appreciation for life and seeks to share a genuine connection with others.
Anna-Michele has previously worked in the not for profit sector in a number of settings, and extensively with Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, which is where her passion for EMDR started. Anna-Michele strongly believes in the effectiveness of EMDR and hopes to grow awareness around it’s effectiveness and positive outcomes for clients.
Karen originally qualified as an early years teacher and then specialised in Specific Learning Difficulties. This was followed by a Masters degree in Educational Psychology (2001) and then later a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from USQ, Australia (2014). Her interest in working with children shifted to Adults and Trauma work to help clients overcome the effects of trauma, adversity and neglect to lead a meaningful life. In support of this role Karen is a registered EMDR consultant and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1 trained therapist working in private practice since 2009. Karen also uses Schema, CBT, Narrative and ACT therapies to dovetail with IFS and EMDR. Another area of interest is providing consultancy to other clinicians.