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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.
Robyn Elliott is a Mental Health Social worker and family therapist with 28 years experience. She lectures in family therapy and other adjunct therapeutic approaches, with a specialisation in trauma. She also provides trainings in trauma work locally, interstate and internationally.
Robyn completed her EMDR basic training in 2000 and has a particular interest in not only improving her EMDR skills but also in integrating this with systemic (family based) approaches. She has facilitated in EMDR trainings since 2010 and has been an accredited consultant with EMDRAA since 2012. She has been a member of the Board since 2014.
Zineta is a psychologist and currently works in private practice with adolescents and adults with a wide variety of presenting mental health issues, but her main interest is in working with PTSD and trauma.
Zineta previously worked in the community sector for a Disability Employment Service, as the resident psychologist for people with barriers to obtaining or maintaining an employment outcome, due to multiple disabilities and complex issues. Zineta is an Accredited EMDR Practitioner. As a member of the board, Zineta is part of the EMDRAA conference organising committee and also helps organise the EMDRAA webinar programme.
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.
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.
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.
Jenny is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and child and family therapist. She is an EMDRIA approved Consultant, EMDRAA trainer, and approved R-TEP and G-TEP facilitator. She has specialised in clinical and systemic responses to trauma, and advises government and organisations in developing trauma-informed services.
Jenny is new to the EMDRAA Board and looks forward to contributing to the promotion of EMDR as a first line treatment for trauma. She has a particular interest in ensuring disadvantaged and marginalised members of our community have access to high quality, culturally appropriate EMDR, supporting workers at the front line, and promoting innovation and research.
Ainslee Gibbs holds a Bachelor in Counselling, with clinical experience in trauma, domestic violence, grief & loss, and drug & alcohol addiction. Ainslee has undertaken further post graduate training in DBT, Narrative Therapy, ACT, Motivational Interviewing and EMDR.
Ainslee’s interest in EMDR led to her being elected to the board of the EMDR Association of Australia in 2017, and she is a registered practitioner for Eudoxia EAP, specialising in trauma and critical incident counselling. Ainslee holds professional memberships with the Australian Counselling Association and EMDRAA.
Annabel McGoldrick is an Accredited EMDR Consultant in private practice in Sydney and in Oxford, UK. She’s passionate about developing standards, research and best practice of EMDR in Australia. She’s also part of a company running Advanced EMDR training courses.
Annabel has a diverse professional background, from journalism and TV reporting to working in an addiction recovery treatment centre as a family therapist; also as an academic, researching, teaching and campaigning for a new discipline of peace journalism for which she was awarded a peace prize and a PhD.
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.