Daniel Simsion, President
Dr Daniel Simsion is a psychologist with the Victorian government specialist forensic mental health service, Forensicare. Following undergraduate studies in law and psychology, he completed his clinical training at La Trobe University, where he was introduced to ACT and CBS through training and supervision with Dr. Eric Morris. Since this time, Daniel’s professional home has been with the ACBS and he has focused particularly on implementing ACT interventions with acute populations, both in a community mental health service and in a forensic inpatient context. Daniel is an active member of the ANZ ACBS, including organising and presenting at conferences, involvement in the development of a student ACT study day and previously serving on the Board as secretary.
Tiffany Rochester, Past President
Tiffany Rochester has served as a Board Director for the past four years. Tiff is a clinical psychologist at Three Waters Psychology Clinic in Perth and provides resources, training and supervision through The Same Mountain. With over 15 years’ experience in clinical psychology, she has been using ACT and CBS with children, adults, couples and families for around 10 years. Tiff facilitates a local CBS intervision group, and is part of the WA-ACBS events team. She writes a CBS-infused blog (thesamemountain.com), is an occasional speaker on CBS topics at corporate events, and has had CBS-informed articles published in magazines such as InPsych. She has a great love for mentoring students and registrars, and bringing them into the ACBS family. In the ACBS community Tiff finds a sense of belonging, with people who share a passion to use contextual behavioural science to bring about worldwide change. Tiff aims to be a part of CBS moving into the fabric of community, in schools, organisations, right through to informing government policy.
Andrew Duirs, Secretary
Andrew Duirs has been working as a counsellor and psychologist for over 25 years. He has worked in schools, corrections, addictions, refugee and asylum seeker services and a number of universities in New Zealand, China and Australia. He has both a counselling and community psychology background and currently manages the student counselling service at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle). Andrew’s interest in ACT began about 6 years ago and he is passionate about how ACT and RFT processes have positively impacted counselling outcomes and improved his enjoyment and satisfaction as a clinician. Andrew has enjoyed discovering the ACBS community and is an organising member of the ANZACBS (WA) community, committed to training and supporting ACT practitioners and promoting the work of ACBS in Western Australia. Andrew is passionate about working with young people. He runs ACT groups for tertiary students and men. He provides workshops promoting the processes of psychological flexibility for thriving at university, at work and in relationships. Andrew is an LGBTIQ+ Ally and provides LGBTIQ+ Ally training. He has a strong social justice interest and works closely with marginalised community groups.
Farah Gulamoydeen, Treasurer
Members at Large
Jennifer Kemp is a Clinical Psychologist who works at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and in private practice. Jen hasn’t always been a psychologist. After her honours degree at UNSW, she abandoned psychology for a while to work as a consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM. After a brief dalliance with marketing (and completing a Graduate Certificate in Marketing at UTS), Jen found herself drawn towards training, facilitation and change management, and ran programs for the Australian Institute of Management. Fast-forward a few years and Jen, having completed a Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology at USyd and the 4+2 pathway to registration, was in Adelaide, running coaching psychology business The Teleran Group, with her now husband Trav. After selling the business, Jen retrained as a Clinical Psychologist at UniSA and started learning ACT, quickly becoming fascinated with contextual behavioural science. Jen has presented at ANZ ACBS conferences as well as at the ACBS Montreal WorldCon on treatment adherence and perfectionism. Jen is passionate about developing new perspectives using CBS theory, increasing the reach of ANZ ACBS, and supporting others via training, supervision and mentoring.
Sarah Mooy is a psychologist working in private practice at Kid and Teens Psychology in SE Queensland, providing psychological services to children, adolescents and their families. With more than two decades of experience in Behaviour Analysis, Sarah felt at home when she came across ACT in 2009. Since then Sarah has brought ACT and CBS to her professional work, as well as her personal life. Sarah is currently enrolled at Monash University in a MEd specialising in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Sarah is passionate about mixing behavioural science with compassion, to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and their families by drawing on extensive experience, ongoing learning, and her own parenting experiences.
Sarah enjoys being creative and this resulted in her designing a board game based on the DNAv model (Hayes and Ciarrochi, 2015) called #mydna.
Sarah believes accessibility and diversity are central to the sustainability of our chapter, and is excited about representing members voices, at a board level, to assist in ongoing growth and cultivation of our community.
Shelley Viskovich is a Researcher, Tutor, Research Assistant, and Clinical Master’s student passionate about using ACT to enhance the lives of others. Shelley has over ten years of clinical experience working as a psychotherapist/counsellor and her love of learning and mastery led to her undertake a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology after the birth of her first child. After falling in love with research during honours, Shelley was awarded a PhD (supervised by Kenneth Pakenham), obtained this year from University of Queensland (UQ), for the development of an online mental health promotion program, called YOLO, which aimed to teach students mental health skills using an ACT framework.
UQ are offering YOLO as a mental health resource on their wellbeing page, as well as marketing it for the student body to use so it can be further evaluated over the next 12 months. In addition, further projects are also planned for 2020, including its translation into Italian for evaluation with young carers (Giulia Landi, University of Bologna) and for individuals with subthreshold Obsessive and Compulsive Disorder (Emma Thompson, Monash PhD student).
Shelley has presented her published research at two ANZ ACBS conferences (2016 and 2019) and the international ACBS conference held in Montreal (2018). Shelley has also attended other ACT workshops and courses, and will continue to do so, in order to live her passion for learning and mastery of working within an ACT context, both through research and clinically.
Karen Hielkema, New Zealand Representative
Karen Hielkema is a psychologist practicing in Auckland. She splits her time between working for a public health organization, private practice, and being mum to her 2 daughters and 4 cats. She is also on the board of a charitable organization working with survivors of family violence.
Karen was introduced to ACT and ACBS during her internship and quickly moved towards ACT as a modality and has never looked back! She has been working with ACT in primary health brief intervention, group work, and in longer term therapy in her private practice and uses ACT with youth extensively. She has also supervised student and intern psychologists on their journey to becoming ACT practitioners.
Karen has a special interest in working with teenagers, alongside working with diversity. Karen has strong values around personal and social growth, inclusiveness, collaboration, and social equity which links to her keen interest in expanding ACT availability to New Zealanders in CBS; to grow and develop strong resources and increasing variety within New Zealand to make our mark as the small country with the big voice in the CBS world.
Nathan Phillips, New Zealand Representative
Nathan Phillips is a senior clinical psychologist with over 10 years’ experience, primarily working in community mental health. He also provides support for the NZDF as a reservist, and works in private practice through ACC.
Nathan was first introduced to ACT by Dr Ben Sedley during his clinical training. The seed was planted! He then completed an introduction to ACT with Ben Sedley and Giselle Bahr in Wellington, followed by an ACT for Trauma workshop with Russ Harris in Auckland, and the ANZ ACBS Skills Intensive in Melbourne.
Although Nathan considers himself relatively new to the ACT world, he is thoroughly enjoying the dance between defusion and committed action, and finds client-guided metaphor a powerful way to validate experience and identify steps towards “the stuff that matters”.
Nathan has joined the board as a way of living his values, and is looking forward to the challenge of adding value to a team (and community) that is full of knowledge and experience.
Claire Turner, Student Representative
Claire Turner is a part time undergraduate psychology student with the University of Auckland. She first encountered ACT through lived experience of mental distress, and was drawn to the question of how she wanted to live in the world.
Claire has peer co-facilitated ACT groups in a community mental health setting and worked as a consumer advisor for both her local district health board and the Ministry of Health. She has attended several ACBS conferences, including the 2017 World Conference, for which she received an ACBS diversity scholarship. Claire has a passion for mental health and living well, and looks forward to a future career in mental health.
As a student representative on the board, Claire’s primary aims would be to remain open and accessible to students, to operate on a flattened hierarchy, and to thoroughly gather and represent their diverse views. She intends to create networking and mentoring opportunities for both undergraduates and postgraduates, and to introduce more students to contextual behavioural science. Claire is on a six month break from her studies, so she has time and energy to dedicate to serving the ANZACBS community.