Peter Chown – Consulting Psychologist

Peter Chown has nearly 30 years experience as a Psychologist. He has extensive experience in working with trauma resolution, including providing clinical services to NSW Police, Vietnam Veterans, NSW Department of Corrective Services, as well as those suffering from developmental trauma.

Peter is an Honorary Consultant in the Department of Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Westmead, and is a specialist trainer for Headspace, the national youth mental health and substance use prevention program.

Peter has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation, UNFPA, UNESCO and other international agencies on health programs in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. He has written numerous publications for journals, text books, schools, GPs and counsellors and has been a keynote speaker at conferences in Australia and internationally.

Peter specialises in working with adolescents and their families, as well as adults with trauma. He uses a range of sensitive and evidence-based therapeutic approaches to empower clients in functioning effectively in their daily lives, relationships and work.


Dr Harry Freeman – Psychiatrist

Dr Freeman is a senior psychiatrist with North Coast Health District and has been working in psychiatry for over 30 years. Dr Freeman completed his studies in psychiatry whilst working at St George Hospital Sydney and moved to the North Coast where he took up a position with the new comprehensive mental health system.

Regional psychiatric practice requires a very broad set of interests and skills, and while acute hospital psychiatry has been his major interest he has worked extensively in outpatient and community psychiatry as well as administrative psychiatry and private practice.

From 2000 Dr Freeman worked as a consulting psychiatrist with The Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AUSAID) in East Timor where his interest in Psychological Trauma deepened, working in the UK, Northern Territory and Queensland furthering his interest in psychological trauma, finally influencing his work in Northern NSW in 2008 in Lismore Base Hospital.

Dr Freeman has maintained a critical stance toward the domination of the medical model in the understanding and treatment of emotional problems and has long been a supporter of a more holistic non-medical approach.


Dr Susan Joyce PhD

Registered Art Therapist AThR

Susan qualified as an art therapist in England in the late eighties and migrated to Australia where the profession of art therapy was just emerging. She was involved in forming the Australia and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association, which is now the central registration and accreditation body for art therapy in Australia. Susan has taught art therapy at Master degree level at three Universities. She has a PhD in art therapy/mental health/sexuality, and has published two art therapy theory chapters, she is currently writing a book demonstrating how she has personally benefited from using art to gain self-understanding. Spanning 25 years, her clinical work has predominantly been in the area of mental health and more recently specialising in eating disorders.

Susan finds that the use of art in a therapeutic setting can enable the safe expression of difficult issues by way of using symbolism, abstraction, line, colour and shapes. Externalising feelings into artwork can in itself provide a sense of relief for the artist, as the artwork becomes a symbolic container. Working with an art therapist and talking through an image can help gain clarity and the permanent nature of art allows the artist to reflect on previous sessions. The artwork as a visual record can help the artist witness personal change and acknowledge continual progression.


David Godden – Consulting Psychologist

David Godden is a registered psychologist and has worked in the field of mental health, addiction and associated psychological trauma for the past six years. David has gained a reputation for working with clients who are experiencing the continuum of psychological trauma and associated addictive behaviours.

David worked at the Buttery Drug and Alcohol facility for four years where he gained a solid understanding of the basis and function of addiction and the factors that contribute to ongoing destructive behaviour. Working in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre David has developed a broad range of skills in the treatment of addiction and psychological trauma.

More recently David has worked at the Lismore Adult Mental Health Unit Lismore Hospital. Treating both mental health and substance abuse David regularly worked with individuals and their families gaining a better understanding of dual diagnosis and how best to support loved ones.

As a member of the clinical team at The Australian Addiction & Trauma Treatment Centre David plays a leading role in the development and implementation of evidence based interventions for adolescents and adults experiencing pervasive psychological trauma and addiction.


Bruce Lee

Equine Therapist

Natural Horsemanship Specialist

 Bruce Lee joined the clinical team in 2012 and has proven to be an asset to the program managing the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program. Apart from possessing an intimate understanding of holistic model of treatment, Bruce also has extensive knowledge of drug and alcohol dependence and associated behaviours.

In 2002 Bruce performed natural horsemanship demonstrations at Equitana, Australia’s largest horse expo. He was also the head instructor at Cedar Lake Equestrian Centre on the Gold Coast instructing dressage, show riding, natural horsemanship and trail riding.

Bruce has operated private clinics in natural horsemanship, incorporating equine therapy as a modality to develop relationships with horse and rider.  It was here that Bruce saw the potential for natural horsemanship to be used with adolescents and adults experiencing the pervasive effects of substance abuse. Bruce went on to develop horsemanship programs for disadvantaged youth, co-ordinated  youth self esteem programs and went on to further his training and holds qualifications in both drug and alcohol treatment and aboriginal mental health.

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