(Scroll to bottom of page to view registrations/qualifications).
Why professional registration is important:
In the mental health profession, registration with a professional body usually indicates some or all of the following:
- the therapist has attained certain qualifications from accredited study;
- the therapist has attained a certain level of experience, which is reflected in the level of membership;
- the therapist has a clear record with no professional misconduct;
- the therapist has paid registration fees (which indicates his/her seriousness about practice);
- the therapist has been insured with professional liability indemnity insurance (in case of malpractice, the client can be compensated);
- the therapist has a current first aid certificate (in case of emergency, the client is in good care);
- the therapist has a blue card if working with children (required by law);
- the therapist has agreed to abide by the professional body’s Code of Ethics (see below);
- the therapist is under professional supervision and ongoing professional development (ensuring the client gets the best help as the therapist is kept up-to-date with psychotherapy research).
Entire volumes have been written on ethical issues in the helping profession. Some of the main ethical issues are listed below.
Confidentiality: registered therapists are required to keep confidential all information received during therapy sessions. The client can be assured that information stays safe with the therapist even if parents, partners, or any other person ask for disclosure. The only exceptions are where court subpoena requires disclosure, or when disclosure is mandated by law (varies according to states), or when duty of care requirements override them, such as when potential harm may occur to the client or a third party.
Dual Relationships: registered therapists are mindful of dual relationships where there may be conflict of interest, or where the therapeutic relationship can be compromised. For example, therapists are discouraged to work with family members and friends.
Power Differential: registered therapists are required not to abuse their power differential. When clients seek therapy, they are in a vulnerable state. Registered therapists are not to take advantage of that vulnerability by offering incentives or inducements for engaging in therapy (such as offering guarantees of specific outcome, or offering bartering for services) or by any other means that abuse that power differential.
Referrals: registered therapists are required to cease the therapeutic relationship (or not initiate it) and refer the client on, if the work is beyond their experience/training, if dual relationship is a problem, or if any other ethical issues demand such referrals.
Ongoing Professional Supervision/Development: registered therapists are required to have regular supervision sessions and ongoing training for professional development to ensure they grow as therapists and are kept up-to-date with training.
The following is a list of my registrations and qualifications:
Level 4 (highest level) member of Australian Counselling Association (Level 3 is supervisory level);
Member of Counselling Hypnotherapists College, Australian Counselling Association;
Clinical member (highest level) of Australian Hypnotherapists Association – Listed on the National Hypnotherapists Register of Australia;
Registered as Clinical Supervisor with Australian Hypnotherapists Association.
Masters in Counselling: QUT
Graduate Diploma in Public Health (Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs): University of Queensland,
Bachelor of Christian Ministry: Christian Heritage College Brisbane
Advanced Diploma in Family Counselling: Australian Institute of Family Counselling
Cert IV in Christian Counselling: Australian Institute of Family Counselling
Bachelor of Clinical Hypnotherapy: American Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Certified Practitioner of NLP and Clinical Hypnotherapy: (equivalent to Australian Cert IV), Hong Kong Institute of NLP