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Our Better Pride Practitioners identify as members or allies of the LGBTIQ+ communities and have a depth of experience working with people of all ages.

Practitioners

Adrien March

(Mediation/Family dispute resolution)

Adrien is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and has been supporting people to have difficult conversations for over ten years. She is also a mediation trainer, with a background in dispute resolution research and psychology.

Her philosophy of mediation is that it provides an opportunity for people to be supported to talk about what they need to talk about, to get clear about what is important for everybody in the situation and to use that space of clarity to make decisions. Adrien’s approach is non-judgemental, and she is experienced in assisting families of all different shapes and sizes to process, discuss and plan.

As a delighted (and occasionally exasperated) parent of LGBTI+ and straight young people, she is familiar with the highs and lows of navigating gender and sexuality in many different contexts.

Emma Gillespie

(Psychological services)

Emma Gillespie is a Provisional Psychologist (AHPRA Registered) currently obtaining a Diploma of Psychological Practise.

Since coming to Australia in 2016 from Scotland, she has continued to work with culturally and linguistically diverse and indigenous populations through her employment in residential rehabilitation facilities for mental illness and in community child and family mental health services.

Emma enjoys incorporating her passions of art and music into her therapeutic practise and is able to adapt to the needs of the individuals she works with and takes a person-centred and trauma informed approach.

Emma prides herself on working in an empathetic, non-judgemental, warm and open manner and enjoys engaging with children, their families and external services to provide collaborative care.

Emma is honoured to be one of the LGBTIQ+ Better Pride Practitioners as it is a community that aligns deeply with her core values of acceptance, honesty and empowerment.

Helen Hunt

(Counselling)

Helen Hunt has worked in the industry for over 15 years. She has been at Better Place Australia for the past 10 years primarily as a child and adolescent counsellor.

As Family Therapist, Helen has extensive experience is working with families. She comes from a systems approach, she is also qualified in Parent and Adolescent work. Her specialties include grief and loss, trauma and anxiety issues.

Helen’s passion is giving the most vulnerable in the community a voice. She has lived experience in the LGBTIQ+ community and strongly believes in justice and equality for all. She believes everyone has a right to be and feel safe.

Helen is open minded and works with her clients to give them practical skills to apply to their life. She values collaboration, authenticity, respect and empathy in her practice.

Helen is a member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists (AAFT) as well as the Australian Counsellors Association (ACA) and comes from an affirmative psychotherapy base. She is trained in family- based therapies, including Narrative Therapy.

Jen Hitchman

(Mediation / Family dispute resolution)

Jen Hitchman is a Family Dispute Resolution practitioner with extensive experience mediating disputes involving children, family law property matters, extended family disputes, and child inclusive practice. Jen has worked with Better Place Australia since 2011 and is an NMAS Nationally Accredited mediator.

Jen has a focus on continued learning and considers herself an LGBTIQ+ ally having supported family members and friends in their journeys over decades.

Jen is a member of the Victorian Association for Restorative Justice (VARJ) and accredited Group Conference facilitator having specialised in Family Group Conferencing. Jen is a Practitioner member of Association of Dispute Resolvers and Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (LEADR) and of Victorian Association for Dispute Resolution (VADR).

Jen came to mediation from being a solicitor in England in Family Law, Vulnerable and Elderly client law, Wills Probate and estates tax and trusts and on emigrating and training in conflict resolution from spent time in University research on conflict resolution.

Kursley Bernard

(Psychological services)

Kursley completed his Bachelor of Social Science (Family studies) at Australian Catholic University in 1998; continuing on to complete Master of Psychology (Child and Family) in 2005. He is a member of The Australian Psychological Society and registered with AHPRA (PSY0001123455).

Having worked as a psychologist since 2006, Kursley has helped individuals from all age groups and backgrounds, with a variety of issues. He is experienced helping those suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship and parenting issues (including separation and divorce) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as a range of childhood issues.

He is confident using various techniques including Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, REBT, Solution focused, Psychodynamic concepts and Play Therapy/ Art therapy to help clients.

Kursley attends regular professional supervision with a board approved supervising psychologist and attends on-going professional development.
Kursley is an ally to the LGBTIQ+ community with over 14 years of experience providing mental health support to people from all walks of life.

Tina McCarthy

(Mediation/Family dispute resolution)

Tina McCarthy is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner providing Family Dispute Resolution services at the Traralgon Family Relationship Centre, with outreach to Warragul and other Gippsland locations as required.

Tina is accredited by the Australian Attorney General’s Department and holds a Diploma in Community Services and a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution.

Tina is passionate about her work in conflict resolution and supports her clients through the mediation process with empathy, strong child focus, strengthening communication skills and by promoting empowerment in decision making.

With a strong background in community services, particularly state government and the not-for-profit sector, Tina has had extensive experience working with people from all walks of life.

Tina is an LGBTIQ+ ally and has a particular interest in supporting the LGBTIQ+ community as they navigate through the conflict resolution process.

Tina has undertaken specialist training which has given her a greater understanding of some of the complexities that some LGBTQI families experience.

Tina prides herself on being welcoming, non-judgemental, inclusive and supportive of all her clients.

Verity Best

(Counselling, Mediation and Family dispute resolution)

Verity Best is a Family Dispute Resolution practitioner, counsellor and clinical supervisor.

As a Family Dispute Resolution practitioner, Verity provides her clients with a safe, judgement-free space to discuss their family’s needs.

Passionate about supporting the needs of the LGBTIQ+ community, Verity’s work with rainbow families is warm, empathic and inclusive.

Drawing on experience in the sectors of mental health, addiction and trauma, Verity is also a qualified counsellor and registered with the Australian Counselling Association. She also provides clinical supervision to workers in the family violence field. In her work across all these platforms, Verity maintains a person-centred and strengths-based approach.

Yogita Medhi

(Counselling and Psychological services)

Yogita Medhi is a registered psychologist and works with people from diverse backgrounds in both public and private settings.

Yogita provides counselling support in a respectful and non-judgemental manner and encourages people to identify their strengths and values as personal resources. Yogita likes to work collaboratively with people to develop their treatments plans that are best suited to their individual needs.

Yogita draws from various evidence-based interventions and focuses on offering practical strategies to people so that they can improve their own psychological well-being.

Yogita also speaks Hindi and Marathi.

Yogita an ally to the LGBTIQ+ community and provides an inclusive, open and non-judgemental space for clients to best support their mental health needs.

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