Australasian Journal Of Psychotherapy
NO.2 - 2019

Biographical Notes

Paul Coombe is a psychiatrist and individual and group psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. Formerly Consultant Child Psychiatrist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He was the Overseas Senior Registrar in -Psychotherapy at the Cassel Hospital, London 1990 to 1993. Past President of the Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists and member of the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. He has published widely in local and international journals including in the areas of family therapy, psycho-analytic aspects of eating disorders, small and large analytic groups, Munchausen’s Syndrome by proxy(also included as a chapter in a book), the works of William Shakespeare and recently on Epistemology and the nature of Truth. He has an interest in the works of Norbert Elias, Sociologist.

Joanne Emmens is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and lecturer working at AUT University in Auckland New Zealand and in private practice. She teaches psychoanalytic theory and practice to psychotherapy masters students and supervises academic dissertations.

Joanne is currently completing her Doctor of Health Science that examines the phenomenon of non-investigation into psychopathology in contemporary mental health care settings, using a psychoanalytically informed methodology. Joanne specialises in working with complex trauma, psychotic disturbance and dissociative disorders. She is passionate about the teaching and learning of psychoanalytic theory and technique.

Neil Maizels is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Melbourne. He has published many clinical and theoretical papers​  ​particularly in the post-Kleinian field. He also has a longstanding interest in the mutual enhancement and cross-fertilization of Psychoanalysis with the Arts, and contributes film reviews to Arena Magazine.

Frances M. Moran (BBSc Hons), MSc (ClinPsych), PhD is in private practice, Armadale, Victoria, working within the psychoanalytic tradition. She is the author of many journal articles and a number of books including: Subject and agency in psychoanalysis: Which is to be master? New York University Press, 1993, New York & London and The paradoxical legacy of Sigmund Freud, Karnac, 2010, London.

Paul Valent is a long term member of the VAPP. As doctor, psychiatrist, psychotherapist and traumatologist, he has written extensively on the effects of trauma ( In Heart of violence: why people harm each other he turns his attention from consequences to causes and potential prevention of trauma.


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