Mindfulness Training Australia
Mindfulness Training Australia (MTA) began as a series of courses delivered to clinicians in 2007-2008. The purpose of these courses was to see if mindfulness could be taught to psychotherapists in clinical practice. The answer was yes. Mindfulness is a skill that therapists can learn. As part of this process, a key challenge for us has been to break mindfulness theory and practice into bite-size chunks that people can understand and relate to. Since 2007, we have conducted mindfulness courses for the general public, in commercial settings, in schools, to rural and regional GPs, and to community-based health staff. Our mission is to make mindfulness training and resources available to interested parties for the purposes of enhancing skill development and psychological wellbeing.
Cameron Aggs B.A. (Hons.), M.Clin Psych., MAPS., is the Director of Mindfulness Training Australia. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. Cameron has been involved with mindfulness practices for over a decade. He has lectured in the undergraduate psychology program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and has facilitated numerous training workshops in mindfulness for professionals. Cameron’s interests centre around the organisational, interpersonal and well-being applications of mindfulness. He is the principle developer of the Mindful Therapy program which has been published by the Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (UK).
Dr. Danielle McCarthy
Dr. Danielle McCarthy is a Clinical Psychologist B.PsySc (Hons) D.ClinPsyc in Private Practice. She works with mindfulness-based approaches when treating children, adolescents, and adults. She brings with her substantial experience with integrating mindfulness-informed treatments with clients in a way that is practical, easy to understand and effective. Her special interests include working with adolescents and their parents in the areas of anxiety, depression, complex-trauma, and behavioural difficulties.
Dr. Mataji Kennedy
Dr. Mataji Kennedy is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Tewantin. She has worked extensively with parents and has a particular interest in motherhood and postnatal issues. She has authored a book for new mums titled “Hanging by a Thread. 12 strategies for staying sane in the first year of motherhood” and is widely published on the topic of parenting.
Mitch Lawrie M.Ed, CDAA. Mitch is a clinical hypnotherapist, career counsellor and positive psychology consultant. He is also an educator with over 20 years’ experience in development & delivery of personal, career, & team development programs in a variety of work settings. Past clients included the University of Qld, Brisbane City Council, Qld State Government, Jupiters Ltd, & Energex. Mitch draws on extensive life experience including employment within the business, community and government sectors, ten years working overseas including leading international services projects in five countries, and, more recently, the challenges of raising a daughter with a significant intellectual disability.
Dr. Nga Tran is a consultant with Mindfulness Training Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Queensland. Nga gained Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2007. Her area of special interest is in mindfulness and related therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to treat mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality problems, substance use problems and eating disorders. In her other roles Nga works as a consultant psychiatrist at a public community mental health service in Brisbane, and as a supervisor for psychiatry trainees.
Ania holds a Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology in the area cross-cultural entrepreneurial differences. Ania has worked in similar organisational contexts in Italy and London where she has managed projects in the areas of vocational, professional and executive training. Throughout her experience Ania managed large training programs for overseas based clients, in addition to academic programs and courses funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). Ania arrived to the Sunshine Coast in September 2011 with her Australian husband whom she met in the UK.
Tamma Sorbello (BBusMan, BA (Psych)(HonsI)) is a specialist in staff performance, employee engagement, and change management. Having worked in corporate, government, community and educational organisations, she integrates perspectives from organisational psychology, human resources and community development into her work. She has a particular focus on positive performance management, and the importance of aligning individual work goals with organisational direction. A skilled facilitator, Tamma is adept at supporting people to change their perspectives and behaviours, and believes in the transformational power of having conversations that really matter.
Freya is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist and consultant for Mindfulness Training Australia. Freya has a broad range of clinical experience including working as a Primary and High School Guidance Counsellor, Child Safety Officer (in child protection) and Youth Worker (in residential foster care). Freya has facilitated mindfulness training for psychologists, other allied health professionals and teachers. In her workshops, Freya draws on her experience in facilitating mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy groups for children, adolescents and parents in mental health settings. Her research into whole class mindfulness interventions in schools also lays a solid framework for understanding the theory, evidence base and challenges in the application of mindfulness interventions for children and adolescents.
Astrid de Ruiter
Astrid de Ruiter MSc (Physics), Grad. Dip. Counseling, Dip. Holistic Counseling, has specialized in the facilitation of mindfulness training courses for individuals in retreat settings and within eight-week training formats since 2006. Astrid has developed the program “Managing Your Emotions” which is an intensive eight-week mindfulness program designed specifically for individuals seeking to relate more effectively to emotions like stress, anxiety, depression and anger. Astrid also has eight years of experience in corporate settings, and consults in the areas of maintaining work related performance and wellbeing. Astrid has trained in MiCBT, MBSR and ACT and has a substantial history of personal practice. Astrid is passionate about facilitating mindfulness training opportunities that assist individuals and teams make lasting changes in how they experience their life & work.