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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.


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.

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 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.

Ms Zohar Berchik (online group)

Master of Counselling, Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling

Zohar is an experienced trainer, consultant, group facilitator, therapist and clinical supervisor. She is the  principal therapist at Equilibrium counselling and psychotherapy and is the founder and Director of The Australian Centre for Voice Dialogue.

She is a sessional lecturer at La Trobe University and a Lecturer at The Australian College of Applied Psychology, where she received The Andrew Little Teaching Excellence Award (2013 and 2018) “In recognition of sustained excellence in teaching and outstanding commitment to education.”

Counselling, psychotherapy and Voice Dialogue

Zohar is a counsellor, psychotherapist and Voice Dialogue facilitator, who brings heart-centred presence and a broad breadth of experience to her work.

She is passionate about facilitating groups and individuals in engaging in genuine reflection, with the goal of accessing fresh perspectives, improved relationships, meaningful change and enhanced wellbeing.

Organisational analysis and consulting

Zohar is passionate about supporting leaders in leveraging their roles to cultivate organisational wellbeing. She draws on experience gained in her former life as an IT executive, as well as on her comprehensive experience and training as a psychotherapist and group leader, to facilitate better interpersonal and systemic outcomes in the workplace.

Zohar holds a Master of Counselling degree from La Trobe University, specialising in Emotion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness, and a Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling. She has trained in the United States with Hal & Sidra Stone – founders of the Voice Dialogue approach and has undertaken Counselling Supervision training with Michael Carroll. She has also trained in psychodynamic and interpersonal psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute and undertaken various professional developments, including at the Gestalt Institute of Australia.

Zohar has delivered training programmes in Australia and abroad and has presented at national and international conferences. Her research paper on the lived experience of Voice Dialogue was published in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. Zohar is registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). She is a member of Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (ACCAPE) and the Australian Counselling Association College of Supervisors.

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.

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.