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


Jenny Brown TrainingJenny Brown

Faculty – Jenny Brown PhD, has worked as a social worker and family therapist since the early 1980s.  Her clinical work has been in alternate care, couple therapy, family therapy, adult mental health, family homelessness, expatriate families and child and family health. Jenny’s research over the past years has focussed on parents and their involvement in their child’s mental health treatment. She is well regarded in Australia for her training in Murray Bowen’s Family Systems Theory and has been dedicated to developing the application of this model in clinical practice and training since the early 1990s.

Having trained in family therapy with the Marriage Guidance Council, Jenny moved to the United States and completed her Masters doing her field work with Dr Salvador Minuchin and his Family Studies Institute in New York City.

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Linda MacKay

Faculty – Linda MacKay PhD is an accredited psychotherapist & counsellor. She has degrees and qualifications in counselling, couple and family therapy and her PhD in critical psychology (UWS). Linda is a highly regarded relationship and trauma therapist and teacher in the field nationally. 

Linda Mackay PhD has a well-established reputation in the family therapy field in Australia. She is well-known as a very engaging trainer who brings complex ideas to life, not only as a clinician and supervisor, but also in non-clinical organisational and workplace environments. 

Linda also works private individuals and with business executives who wish to optimise their performance as leaders.  Linda is a clinical member of PACFA & Accredited Supervisor for AAFT. Linda is also a lecturer in the undergraduate and Masters program in Counselling at Notre Dame University.

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Jo Wright FSI Trainer
Jo Wright

Faculty Emeritus –  Jo Wright has been founding member of the FSI team from 2004 to 2012.  From 2013 Jo has transitioned to a valued visiting contributer to the FSI training programs.  Jo is a registered Psychologist and has been working in the field of couple and family therapy since completing her initial training with Marriage Guidance NSW. She is highly regarded for her expertise in couple therapy. Jo worked as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer for Relationships Australia NSW for over 8 years and was manager of Unifam’s Sydney regional office for 5 years following this.

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Lily Mailler TrainerLily Mailler

Faculty – Lily Mailler is a registered psychologist whose work as a therapist is informed by her rich work experience and continued efforts to apply a Family Systems perspective to her personal and professional life.

Over the past 30 years and before joining the FSI, 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 such as: migrants and occupational health; mental health i.e. schizophrenia; domestic violence; anger management as well as parenting education. She has also worked with the aged and their carers addressing stress related issues.

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Charlie Ellis

Associate Faculty – Charmian (Charlie) Ellis is a registered psychologist and Medicare provider with post graduate qualifications in couple counselling.  Prior to joining the FSI, she worked at two of Australia’s leading counselling organizations, including 24 hour crisis counselling alongside work with individuals, couples and families.  Her specialty interests include “Prepare”  pre-marriage counselling, and assisting parents to be a calmer resource for anxious children.  With a country background herself, Charlie is also committed to assisting rural families, either through extended visits or through technology, such as skype or conference calls.

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Martina Palombi

Martina Palombi 

Associate Faculty – Martina Palombi is a mental health clinician with qualifications in counselling, Gestalt psychotherapy and Bowen Family Systems Theory & Practice. Martina also has training in Brainspotting, Gottman Method Couples Therapy and a Certificate in Group Leadership and Facilitation. She is a clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Martina co-owns a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Over the last decade Martina’s clinical work has included private practice, group therapy, couple therapy, family therapy and adult mental health. She has experience in drug & alcohol having worked in relapse prevention programs, is skilled in the area of addictions and recovery and well versed in 12 step programs. Martina has also worked in organisations such as ACON (AIDS Council of New South Wales) and has experience working with LGBTQI people as well as people with HIV. Martina became interested in the work of Dr Murray Bowen in 2013, since then she has been an avid reader and a committed scholar of Bowen Theory which she applies to both her clinical work and personal life.

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Veronica Peters

Faculty – Veronica Peters is a psychologist and family therapist with over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  She has worked extensively with people experiencing mental health difficulties and a range of clinical issues.   Veronica has worked for many years in the mental health sector and in private practice and currently is in private practice in the Newcastle area.  Veronica has been trained in family therapy beginning in 1999 with Relationships Australia and began her interest in pursuing formal training in Bowen Family Systems Theory over 10 years ago.

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Fiona Taylor

Faculty-  Fiona is a Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist working with
adults, children, adolescents, young people and parents. She has worked in
numerous settings, including hospital, community mental health and private practice. The majority of her experience has been working with adolescents, young people and their families who present with anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, trauma, chronic pain, and emotion dysregulation.

Fiona is interested in assisting adults and young people to improve all aspects of their mental health, wellbeing and relationships. Fiona’s approach is informed by Family Systems Theory and mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Fiona has a special interest in working with the unique challenges related to either being a twin or multiple or parenting multiples (being a parent of multiples herself).

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