Office Address

PO Box 4087

Tel: (02) 8004 9873 if calling from Australia
Tel: (04)   887 0300 if calling from New Zealand

Fax: (02) 9012 0546


Office Address

PO Box 4087

Tel: (02) 8004 9873 if calling from Australia
Tel: (04)   887 0300 if calling from New Zealand

Fax: (02) 9012 0546

  • ANZAP Office Address

  • ANZAP Office Address




How do we best care for ourselves as Therapists?

Presented by Linda M MacKay
& Elisabeth Shaw

Live streaming available

Sydney University
New Law Seminar Room 100
Saturday, 29 April 2017
9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Our speakers will address this question from a variety of viewpoints with particular attention to working with trauma.

The presentation will help us think about factors which contribute to our successful practice and effectiveness as therapists, at the same time as valuing our own welfare and preserving our health and wellbeing.

Both our speakers are experienced therapists and supervisors who have written and lectured in this area of practice. They have much food for thought to offer us!

Register here to attend in person or to live stream this event



"ANZAP Today"

29 September to 1 October 2017

Primus Hotel
Pitt Street, Sydney

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the ANZAP Conference. To celebrate this important occasion, we are planning to make our annual conference an extra special event this year, with the theme of “ANZAP Today”.

Our Conference venue this year is the Primus Hotel, one of Sydney’s finest examples of the art deco style, perfectly positioned in the Heart of Sydney in Pitt Street.  (Venue tba for workshops).

We propose to commence on Friday 29 September with pre-conference workshops followed by the conference itself on 30 September and 1 October and we will feature a selection of internationally renowned psychotherapists.

In acknowledgment of ANZAP’s history, those who were involved in the early days will talk about their role in establishing our organisation, and the development of the Conversational Model, while current practitioners will discuss the application of our therapeutic perspective in the community, referring to case studies when relevant.

We welcome our two international keynote guest speakers in addition to our own international speaker, Professor Russell Meares.  Professor Meares will remind us of the contribution made by Dr Robert Hobson to the Conversational Model.

Also presenting will be Professor Else Guthrie who is Professor of Psychological Medicine and Medical Psychotherapy at University of Manchester and a disciple of Dr Robert Hobson.  Professor Guthrie retains an interest in psychotherapy research, and is currently involved in a research programme investigating the relationship between long term illness, psychological factors and care seeking behaviour.

In addition, we will also be looking at the political, environmental and social challenges faced by therapists today and this theme will be taken up by Jungian analyst and Professor of Jungian Studies at the University of Essex, Andrew Samuels who has written extensively on this subject.

In addition to inviting papers relevant to the title of the conference “ANZAP Today”, the ANZAP Conference Committee invites practitioners who are working with people from marginalised communities to share their experiences and skills, for example, some people from our indigenous society and our refugees.  The conference would like to open a discussion on this group and how the psychotherapy community might address some of their issues. We particularly encourage newer graduates trained in the CM model to share their experiences.

There are of course many methods of helping people with complex presentations and it is helpful to be informed of other approaches being offered in the community so please consider presenting.

For further information, please contact Anne Malecki at the ANZAP office – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it





Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy

ANZAP was formed in 1987 to improve opportunities for the exchange of ideas, to establish a regular training program in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and from time to time a supervisor training program for those who have received training.

ANZAP arose out of the psychotherapy program developed and run since 1983 by the Psychotherapy Unit, University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital, where the ideas of Russell Meares and the late Robert Hobson which began to develop in 1965 in the United Kingdom, linked here in Sydney with those of Kohut’s Self Psychology, the humanistic tones of which resonated with their ideas. Based on their many years of combined clinical experience, and the clinical experience developed within this unit, it took a new direction and came to be known as the Conversational Model.

The Conversational Model
Self is conceived as a particular form of mental activity, or process, the dynamic and moving form of which is manifest in the stream of consciousness (William James) and in certain kinds of conversation. The theoretical framework of the Conversational Model depends mainly on the development of self in relationship, and the integration of unconscious traumatic memory. It has integrated psychoanalytic understanding with research in the fields of trauma and developmental theory, linguistics, memory and neurophysiology, in a way that is applicable in day-to-day psychotherapeutic practice, and can be taught through the supervision of audio-taped sessions with patients and clients, complemented with didactic seminars and reading material. It has been and continues to be scientifically tested and has been recognized internationally as a significant development in the treatment of those with severe emotional disorders. It continues to evolve while maintaining its core features.

Seminars & Publications
ANZAP publishes a Bulletin three times a year and presents a bi-monthly seminar on contemporary issues in psychotherapy with a mix of clinical and theoretical content. It has published 7 editions of The Self in Conversation, a yearly journal of articles related to the Conversational Model. Although this is no longer being published it is possible to purchase past editions (see below).

The Annual Conference
With invited and submitted papers, interesting key-note speakers and workshops is the highlight of the year and attracts quite considerable interest in the psychotherapy community.

Several Training programs have been successfully conducted over the years in Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville, Canberra, Newcastle, Brisbane and Hobart.

ANZAP will commence another Distance Training Course in the Conversational Model in March 2016