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Our People

Educating counsellors, social workers and therapists in Emotionally Focused Therapy throughout Australia.

IEFT academic teaching staff members and clinical supervisors are highly regarded academic teachers and practitioners in private practice, who have come together to develop and teach the Emotionally Focused approach to counselling, therapy and supervision. Each academic specialises in other modalities which have been integrated with the Emotionally Focused approach. Staff members are committed to a supportive, practical and respectful learning environment.

Academic teaching staff have also been trained in other modalities as well as the Emotionally Focused approach.

Dr Andrew McAuley, Chief Executive Officer

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Andrew attended the University in Nottingham, England where he completed his BA and PhD in Geography. His academic career began as a Research Assistant at Lancaster University before moving to the University of Stirling in Scotland where he worked for 22 years. Having begun his career at Stirling as a Research Fellow in the Scottish Enterprise Foundation, he finished his time there as Professor of Marketing Management, Head of the Department of Marketing and Vice-Dean for Learning & Teaching.

He has published in many leading marketing journals including the European Journal of MarketingJournal of Marketing ManagementJournal of Strategic MarketingJournal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Consumer Marketing. Professor McAuley serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards for the European Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, reflecting his research interest in small business marketing and entrepreneurship. In 2009 he moved to Australia as Professor of Marketing and Head of the Department of Marketing at Griffith University in Brisbane.  Professor McAuley joined Southern Cross University in December 2010 as Pro Vice-Chancellor Business & Law. In April 2014 he became Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) with responsibility for Teaching and Learning, Equity and Diversity, Student Engagement and Retention, UniLife and the Student Associations.   Further additions to


his management responsibilities were made when he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). His passion is for the transformative power of teaching and learning, and the enhancement of the student experience.

He is a founding co-Editor of the Journal of Social Marketing launched in 2011. In addition, he is a past Chair and Vice President of the UK based Academy of Marketing. In 2015 he was created Fellow and Life Member of the Academy of Marketing in recognition of his distinguished service.

In July 2018 Andrew was appointed CEO of IEFT.

Ishrat Siddique, Campus Manager

Ishrat has a Master degree in E-commerce and a master degree in Home economics. Ishrat worked at the Australian College for Applied psychology for over 7 years, where she specialised in blended online learning and teaching. Ishrat has a strong passion for e-learning. Her presentation in the 6th Annual Blended Learning Summit 2017 on Using an online Teacher Lounge to build a strong sense of community, was highly regarded by her colleagues from other universities.

Dr Margaret Drever FCPA, Academic Director, Business IEFT

Dr Drever has strong beliefs about the accounting profession and in 2011 Margaret was the President of CPA Australia New South Wales Division and continues to work in education.

Margaret has achieved a Doctorate in Small Business Liquidity, Masters in Economics (Accounting and Entrepreneurship), Graduate Diploma in Technical Education and a Bachelor in Commerce with a sub-major in Law.

Back in 1999, she received the inaugural Southern Cross University Foundation Award for the Outstanding Staff member, as she cared about her students being ‘job ready’. This was achieved by running a mentoring program and having students assist low-income earners through the Australian Taxation Office program called Tax Help.

Margaret’s goal is to continue working in education and to make a difference to students just starting out on the lifelong journeys by providing courses that will assist them in their future careers.

Her former experience covers Academic Director & Deputy Dean as well as Academic Board member at King’s Own Institute, CEO and former Board member at Woolgoolga & District Retirement Village Ltd, Director of Accounting and Business Programs for Charles Sturt University Study Centre (Study Group). Secondly as an academic with Charles Sturt University (Adjunct Associate Professor from 2007 until 2012), Southern Cross University, University of NSW (ATAX) and TAFE in Sydney and Coffs Harbour, thirdly as a consultant for TAFE and fourthly as an accountant for Boral Limited, Brumar Pty Ltd and Drever Engineering Pty Ltd.

She is a Fellow of CPA Australia, with service on NSW Divisional Council from 2004 to 2012 and NSW President in 2011. Margaret was the President of Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) 2009/2010 and served on the International Council of Small Business (ICSB) for a number of years as a Director at Large and Senior Vice President of Programs in 2009.

Besides her TAFE accounting qualification, she has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major with sub-major in Law), Master of Economics (Accounting and Entrepreneurship) and a Doctor of Philosophy in small business liquidity, plus a Graduate Diploma in Technical Education.

Dr Judith Ayre, Senior Lecturer

Dr Judith Ayre began teaching in the Master of Counselling program at La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2003 whilst simultaneously working as an individual, child, couple and family counsellor in the public health and welfare sectors in Victoria.

In 2005, Judith introduced Emotion-Focused Therapy as an 80-hour counselling specialisation into the Master of Counselling at La Trobe University. There are now more than 200 La Trobe University graduates practising EFT in Victoria.

Over the past 15 years, Judith has taught counselling at post-graduate and undergraduate levels, written curriculum for all levels, and has maintained a clinical practice in both Emotion-Focused Therapy and Jungian Sandplay that includes the clinical supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists.

Judith’s Story

My attraction to La Trobe University arose through my contact with a number of the academic staff at that university who had either worked personally with Carl Rogers, developer of ‘Person-Centred Counselling’, or had an in-depth involvement in the area of person-centred and experiential therapies. These factors had led to Person-Centred and Experiential (PCE) philosophy, theory and practice becoming central to the curriculum and teaching in the faculty of Counselling and Psychological Health. I continue to be grateful for the mentoring I received in humanistic practice within this faculty, both in my teaching and in my doctoral studies, and I carry those principles over to my work as a teacher of counsellors and as a clinical supervisor and therapist.

In the 1990s, the La Trobe faculty became interested in the emotion process work of Robert Elliott, Leslie Greenberg and Laura Rice, and Robert Elliott was invited to Melbourne to speak about their new model of Process-Experiential Emotion-Focused therapy, as it was then known. Friendships developed and a continued interest in the growth of the new model ensued. Manuscripts for chapters for the 2004 EFT manual by Elliott, Greenberg, Jeanne Watson and Rhonda Goldman, which came to be titled ‘Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy’, were sent to Melbourne, to keep the La Trobe staff up to date with developments. Faculty members also began practising and supporting each other in the implementation of the method. In 2003, the faculty established a single EFT subject in the Master of Psychology. The Master of Counselling students heard how exciting the subject was and demanded that they also have the opportunity to study EFT. And so it was that I was given the task of developing a two-unit (80-hour) specialisation in EFT to begin in 2005.

Flowing from my experiences with developing and teaching EFT at La Trobe, I completed a Doctorate of Clinical Science (Counselling and Psychotherapy), which explored the experience of students learning EFT with a strong experiential focus.

Professional Affiliations

  • Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA) – Clinical Member.
  • ACAAPE – Australian Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (Since 2004).
  • Australian Counselling Association – Member Level 4.
  • College of Supervisors, Australian Counselling Association.
  • PACFA registered Supervisor.
  • World Association of Person-Centred and Experiential Counsellors.
  • European Association of Transpersonal Counsellors (EUROTAS) – Clinical Member.

Nicky LockMs Nicky Lock (group)

BSc(Hons) Grad Dip EFT MMin PACFA reg AAOS

Nicky has been working in the counselling field for over 20 years as an emotionally focused therapist and professional supervisor in Sydney. She has conducted research into professional supervision at master’s level and developed the St Marks RTO Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, a post-graduate training program for professional supervisors https://stmarks.edu.au/course/graduate-certificate-professional-supervision-clinical-pastoral-10706nat/ . Currently Course Coordinator for the Masters of Pastoral Counselling program at Charles Sturt University, she lectures in Pastoral Counselling theory and practice, Crisis Intervention counselling and Professional Supervision.

Ms Fiona Hird (individual)

BA (Psychology) Macquarie University
Grad Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy in Individual Psychotherapy and Relational Therapy – Jansen Newman Institute
Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy – The Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy

Fiona Hird has twenty years of experience working with clients from an Emotionally Focused perspective, creating practices in Annandale, Glebe and Balmain.  Fiona has assisted thousands of clients to clearly understand their emotional states, patterns and perceptions.  Clients learn to develop their emotional intelligence, creating flexibility in adapting and moving through challenging life events.  Fiona assists clients to recover and newly discover their strengths and resources in an empathic and supportive environment.  Fiona has considerable experience working with trauma, anxiety, addiction, depression, conflict, self-esteem, decision making, separation, loss and issues relating to psychological well-being.  Fiona offers Therapy, Supervision, Life Coaching and has over the last six years developed an interest in Neuropsychology.

Keeping up with current advancements in Neuropsychology and increasing information on Neuroplasticity Fiona has now integrated into her practice a computerised medical bio-resonance technology, which is the world latest scientific achievement.  This technology allows Fiona to develop a further understanding of a client’s emotional experience.

Fiona has a passion for mentoring and supervising students and assisting in the process of developing an individual understanding of EFT while encouraging self-awareness and curiosity of the students own reflective process.


Yasmine WahabMs Yasmine Wahab (individual)

Counselling Psychologist, M.A.P.S.
A. (Psychology & Sociology) UNSW
A. (Hons Psychology) Macquarie University
M Counselling Psychology Macquarie University

Yasmine has been working closely with people as a Counselling Psychologist for over twenty years. In addition to her private practice in Glebe, she has worked with adults and adolescents in a variety of settings including university counselling, therapeutic residential units and community services. She is especially interested in working with issues across cultures.

Her approach to supervision is grounded in the co-creation of a secure supervisory relationship where counsellors and therapists are offered a safe reflective space to deepen their understanding and application of EFT theory whilst encouraging contact with their own emotional experience.

Yasmine is a registered counselling psychologist, member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Counselling Psychology. She is available for individual supervision at the Valhalla Counselling Practice in Glebe.

Jeremy BarbouttisMr Jeremy Barbouttis (individual)

Jeremy Barbouttis has an established private practice in the Sydney CBD, working with both individuals and couples. His focus and interest has been particularly around the impact of complex trauma on the presenting issues of his clients, and works extensively with trauma, as a result. He has integrated Emotionally-Focused Therapy and interventions into his practice, which either complements or is core to his work with other therapies. His practice also focuses on intimacy issues within relationships and how to overcome those through an emotionally focused lens.