If you are visiting this site because you are looking for a therapist, or you are interested in professional development in the fields of Psychotherapy and Counselling, you may want to know a little more about me.

I am a Couple and Family Therapist, Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor with a Masters in Family and Couple Therapy (UNSW), a Bachelor degree in Counselling and Human Change, and a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling.

I have had extensive training and certification in working with couples and families, and am considered a specialist in this area. I am a clinical member of the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors and Family Therapy Association NSW.

I have been in private practice for over fifteen years and work with individuals, couples and families. I lecture in the field of couple and family therapy at Masters and Post Graduate level.  I am also a clinical supervisor for both new and experienced counsellors and therapists. 

I work in all areas of mental health but have particular expertise and experience in the areas of Couple and Family Therapy which  include but are not limited to complex trauma,all kinds of abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, adolescent behavioural problems, relationship issues and post separation work.

I have been a Lecturer and Tutor at the University of Western Sydney as well as Sydney University. I now hold the position of Head Lecturer for the Family Therapy course at the Jansen Newman Institute and continue to guest lecture at various universities.

I run regular professional development workshops and training seminars to Therapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses. In addition I run a one-day Basic Counselling Course to non industry groups such as corporates, universities, non government organisations and so on.

My practice is located at Suite 305, 185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney CBD NSW2000. The best way to contact me is via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 02 8968 9397

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  • I went to see Jacqueline because my parents were worried about me.

    I had tried to hurt myself and I didn’t think anybody cared about me. But talking to Jacqueline was like talking to a friend except I could say whatever I wanted about stuff without anybody else knowing. She helped me understand that lots of people do care about me and love me.

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    I am not very good in putting my thoughts into words but hope some of my ramblings have been understood the same way that I never understood the need for therapy or therapists. I thank you Jacqueline for helping us understand our joyous daughter and I thank you for delivering her back to us as we had missed her for a very long time, you are in our hearts forever.

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  • I would recommend Jacqueline to any couple who want to get rid of the crap that stops you having what you know could be a really great partnership.

    My now wife and I agreed to see a counsellor because we knew that we’d have to split up if we couldn’t get past the same old arguments. I wasn’t really keen at first. I thought therapy was a lot of hippy mumbo jumbo. Since seeing Jacqueline, I’ve done a complete 360 and I now even tell my mates to go do it

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  • When I first went to Jacqueline I have to admit I was very nervous.

    I wasn’t a very confident person and didn’t feel good about myself. Jacqueline really helped me to work out why I lacked personal worth which for me was a whole load of childhood issues including abuse. Jacqueline made it really easy for me

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    Embarking on a new relationship can be tricky in itself, but when adding children into the mix, the challenges can often be taken to a whole new level.

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    Compassionate Partnering

    In today's world we are time poor and stressed. We have distractions everywhere - careers, children, interests and technology. All of these demands can mean very little time left for ourselves, and even less time for our partners.

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    How should we break up?

    Most of us have been through one, nursed a friend through one or even experienced our parents go through one. They are perhaps one of the most painful human experiences one can go through in life

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