Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.

FSI Trainer - Lily Mailler

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Lily Mailler is a registered psychologist whose work as a therapist is informed by her rich work and life experience as well as her continued efforts to apply a Family Systems perspective to her personal and professional life. Lily is originally from Peru and arrived in Australia in 1973, she speaks fluent Spanish.

Over the past 30 plus years and before joining the Family Systems Institute, Lily worked with individuals, couples and families in a wide variety of contexts which included community health settings, relationship agencies and residential care facilities for women and children at risk. She was involved in projects addressing issues in mental health such as schizophrenia, domestic violence, anger management as well as parenting education. She has also worked with the aged and their carers addressing stress related issues as well as in the area of migrants and occupational health.

During her time as a relationship counsellor at Centacare, Broken Bay, she worked in conjunction with the mediation team assisting with Child Inclusive mediations and running parenting groups for separating parents. Lily was also responsible for supervising candidates for the Masters in Counselling psychology at Macquarie University.

Lily began using Bowen Family Systems Theory in 1999, she initially found the ideas challenging, given their counterintuitive nature, but persistence in grappling with the concepts resulted in a very interesting and rewarding journey. Lily joined the Family Systems Institute in 2008 as a therapist and became a member of the faculty soon after; as a faculty member she put together a variety of workshops on Bowen Theory as well as running discussion groups and supervision sessions for certificate candidates.

At present Lily is a guest teacher at the Family Systems Institute as well as a supervisor for a number of organisations and individual health professionals; she runs a private psychology practice in the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Lily’s holds a keen interest in how the life sciences contribute to an understanding of emotions and behaviour in the human, as such she continues to read the work of sociobiologists, primatologists, ethologists and others that may add to her understanding of the theory.

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