About Us

History of Trainings

Chris and Graham have extensive histories in training therapists in Australia. They were the first therapists to bring Schema Focussed Training to Australia and New Zealand in 1993.  In 1996 they were the first therapists outside of Francine Shapiro’s original teaching group to get accredited training status by the EMDR International Association.  Graham organised the first Australian trainings in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and national workshops in mindfulness as a clinical intervention.  Chris brought the first international-based trainings in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder to Australia in 1999.

Current Accreditations

Graham is an accredited trainer listed on the official ACT Website. Both Chris and Graham are accredited with the International Society of Schema Therapy as trainers and supervisors and both Chris and Graham are trainers accredited by the EMDR Association of Australia.

Research Grants

In 2010 Chris was awarded a $110,000 Rotary Grant to investigate effective treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder.  This study is part of an international multi-centre randomised control trial (RCT).  This study currently has 480 participants and when published is likely to be the largest RCT of a psychotherapy intervention ever undertaken.

In 2016 Chris was award a $25,000 for an international RCT involving treatment of complex trauma (IREM Study).

Awards

Chris was awarded the EMDR International Association Award for Research Excellence in 1999 and 2015.  In 2009 he received the inaugural European EMDRIA Francine Shapiro Award for research excellence .  In 2006 he received and International Society for Traumatic Stress Study award for contribution to research into trauma.

In 2016 Chris was award a $25,000 for an international RCT involving treatment of complex trauma (IREM Study).

Research Publications

Our research publications are widely cited.  Our 2002 EMDR outcome study has been cited 241 times and our 1999 paper on Schema Therapy has 243 citations.  Our 2006 paper showing EMDR is not exposure therapy has had 92 citations.  A meta-analysis published in 2013 by Chris and Pim Cuijpers on EMDR has already been cited 81 times.

About our clinical practice

Graham and Chris are experienced clinicians.  Graham has worked in private practice for 40 years and Chris worked for community mental health and psychiatric inpatient services for 15 years and half time in a university setting for 10 years. The rest of his time has been in private practice.

About the Trainings

Our trainings have small numbers and there is an emphasis on experiential learning, so that you actively participate in each of the sessions that we conduct.