2017 – 18 QCA Committee
I have been a member of QCA for many years and would like to see the profile of Qualified Counsellors raised in the community and among other professional groups. The professionalism and dedication of QCA members is evident to our members but not always widely recognised. Over my working life I have worked in Government, “Not for Profits”, Education and my own businesses. I have found Counselling work provides me with rewarding challenges. I have particularly enjoyed Rehabilitation Counselling with injured workers, tutoring at QUT, and working with people with a disability. My clients and students have been an inspiration to me on my life’s journey and now I would like to inspire others to achieve the most they can as professional Counsellors. I look forward to working with the Board to bring recognition and benefits to the members of QCA.
Hi my name is Julie Evans I am a provisional member of QCA and am looking forward to learning a lot from the rest of the committee, being the baby in experience. I have been a QCA member for 7 years and attended and enjoyed so many of the PD events I am really thankful to have the opportunity to be part of the committee and give back some of the efforts that others have put in over the years making QCA what it is today. I have my own practise in Elimbah and also work with Glasshouse Mountains Neighbourhood Centre offering counselling to local people. Clients come to me from various referrals so I tend to class myself as a generalist counsellor practising and integrating Gestalt, play therapies, person-centred and strength based theories, mindfulness and some CBT. Like most counsellors, it’s what works well for the clients that matters.
Having worked as a drama teacher for 30 years, with a Post Grad Cert, I consider my drama knowledge helps me with therapy decisions as working with all ages and situations it gives me the confidence to try creative solutions. My belief is that drama definitely has a therapeutic element and if I combine that with counselling therapies it could be a great combination. I still have to develop those ideas more intensely. I finished my bachelor degree in Applied Social Sciences (counselling) with ACAP in 2012, which started me onto a new journey to finding where I now belong. It’s a continuing story……..
Kevin has many years of practical experience in the field of counselling. For over twenty years he has worked as a school guidance counsellor within the education sector. Prior to moving into the counselling role, Kevin was a teacher and school administrator. His interest in exploring alternative ways of delivering counselling to young people in schools has led him to conduct research in this area with a focus on online counselling and integrating technology into service delivery. Kevin currently teaches postgraduate students at the university in preparation for working as school guidance counsellors. His counselling work is predominately a supervisory role for counsellors and practitioners in schools. He has been a member of QCA since completing his counselling studies in the early nineties. Kevin is looking forward to contributing further to the counselling profession by working towards the goals of the association.
Nathan is a clinical member of QCA and a PACFA registrant. He is a full-time counselling lecturer at USQ and operates a part-time counselling/supervision practice. He has previously manages counselling services delivering general counselling; drug, alcohol and gambling counselling; financial counselling; and telephone counselling. He has published on topics including online counselling, domestic violence, male-friendly counselling and counsellor effectiveness.
Carly is a Clinical member of QCA & PACFA having completed a Masters of Counselling in 2008. Carly has worked in the industry for over 15 years in both government and non-government organisations. She currently manages a small counselling service as well as her own private counselling practice. Her areas of interest are in supporting women, men and their families around parenting, disability, grief and loss and perinatal mental health. Carly is looking forward to working with the committee to continue to support its members and provide best practice principles to the counselling profession.
I have been a psychotherapist for 14 years. I am a clinical member and a registered supervisor with both QCA and PACFA. Although now working in private practice, I have worked for many charities over the past years including sexual exploitation and drug projects. I also have abundant experience of working with young people – both in the community and in a school environment. As an integrative therapist, I take a keen interest in exploring other modalities and learning. I am interested in areas such as ‘Tapping’ and EMDR. I am always wanting to find new skills to meet a client wherever they are at and be with them through their own process of integration. Due to working with clients and supervisees globally, I do a lot of Skype and telephone work as well as my face to face practice.
I am very excited to be part of the QCA Management Committee and feel passionate about helping to raise the profile of Counsellors. I am new in this role and will relish the learning that will come out of this for me.
Clair enjoys having time to stop and pause! This is harder than it sounds to gain that quality mindful time. Being on a hobby farm with 8 beautiful horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a bird allows me to be in the moment and slow down to enjoy them. Clair is currently a part-time relationship counsellor, with a counselling service in Maryborough. Clair completed BASocSc 1999 and for the last 19 yrs worked with several not for profit organisations delivering counselling and case management work. Clair has worked across a range of settings in her career including work with children, young people and adults with trauma backgrounds and complex blended families. Clair applies a person-centred strength and mindfulness-based approach. In the past 5 years, Clair has been following EAGALA framework with equine assisted psychotherapy. Clair is anticipating to start private practice delivering EAP in the Wide Bay Area from October 2018.
I have been a member of QCA since the mid 80’s when we used to meet at the Kelvin Grove Campus and have been a clinical member of PACFA since its inception. I have been on the Committee as a Member and Vice-President at different times during those years. I have worked in the Qld Govt. for the past 27 years as a leader in the organizational development, education and training and run a small private practice in Counselling. I hold two Masters degrees in both Education and Social Science Counselling, as well as degrees in Education, registration as a teacher and counsellor.
I am passionate about humanising organisations and have delivered papers at the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) on Authentic Leadership in Prague, Birmingham and Rome. I have undertaken extensive counselling and workplace coaching delivery at all levels.
Hello, I am Ros Turner and I am the frontline of QCA being the first contact when you phone or email us. With an extensive background in administration and finance, I am responsible for the smooth running and bottom line of QCA. I am currently acquiring skills in website administration. I also apply my financial expertise at a forward-thinking Community Centre where I also work part-time.
My name is Paul Neumann and I am your QCA Registrar. This title means that I look after all membership matters pertaining to the Association. I am a Fellow of QCA and have been a member since the early 1980’s. I have also had many years’ experience on the QCA management committee in previous years and have previously held the positions of President, Treasurer and Membership Secretary.This position is now a paid part-time position to allow more attention to be given to this important area. I am a registered Psychologist but have devoted my career to counselling and the supervision of counsellors for the past 34 years. I hope that I can bring all this experience to bear in answering all your membership enquiries to your satisfaction.
Membership & Marketing Support Officer
I have over ten years of information technology experience, having graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Information Technology, and worked as a database developer and IT helpdesk. In 2001, I pursued my psychology and counselling degrees. I am eager to get things done in a smarter and more innovative solution. My aim is to assist QCA with its strategic planning towards an online presence. Please email me if you are keen to write a blog or have a digital idea for members. firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Smith is studying a Bachelor of Counselling at the Brisbane ACAP campus. He hope’s his studies will take him through to a Masters in Sexology, and is looking to work with the LGBTQI+ community as a counsellor. He has previously sat as a volunteer on various committees in both LGBTQI+ community and community health orgs.