About Us

The Cognitive Processing Therapy Australia website is hosted and supported by a group of CPT proponents in Australia.
The purpose of the website is to promote Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to members of the general community and mental health practitioners in Australia. This includes promoting the benefits and maintaining the quality of CPT in Australia, facilitating access to CPT for community members, and offering options for CPT education and training to practitioners.
Ultimately, our goal is to help improve the wellbeing and quality of life of individuals who have experienced trauma and developed PTSD.

Group members

Reginald D.V. Nixon, PhD

Reg NixonProfessor Reg Nixon is a clinical psychologist and researcher in the School of Psychology, Flinders University. He has been involved in the treatment and research of traumatic stress for the past 18 years. He was trained in CPT by Dr Patricia Resick, the creator of CPT, and was the first Australian to attain CPT Trainer status. He and his colleagues have undertaken numerous dissemination projects of CPT in Australia that have involved services such a community mental health, Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service and the Australian Defence Force.

 

Jon Finch, DPsych

Jon FinchJon has worked in the trauma field for over 10 years. Initially he worked with soldiers, war veterans/peace keepers at Veteran and Veterans Families Counselling Service, working in the role of Counsellor and Deputy Director.  He then worked for Davidson Trahaire Corpsych as the manager of the Victorian Trauma Assist program. He moved on to work with police members at Victoria Police as the Senior Psychologist. He has since developed a private practice and has specialised in treating people with complex trauma histories and specifically Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has worked with people exposed to a wide range of traumatic events, victims of assault, sexual assault, childhood sexual assault and domestic violence, and those involved in motor vehicle accidents. He has used CPT for PTSD for the past eight years. In 2014 he completed training in the USA with the authors of the CPT manual to deliver training to other clinicians.

 

Richard Cash, PsyD

Richard CashRichard is a psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems. He has worked extensively in forensic, alcohol and drug, and veteran community treatment settings. He is a senior clinical specialist at Phoenix Australia, and was previously the Deputy Director of the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service in Victoria. Richard has substantial training experience and is passionate about supporting the use of evidence-based interventions. He has received CPT training and supervision to reach US CPT standards with Professor Reg Nixon, and currently provides CPT training and clinical supervision for Phoenix Australia.

 

Anne-Laure Couineau, MA (CounsPsych)

Anne-Laure CouineauAnne-Laure is a psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems in hospital and community settings. She has specialised in the treatment of war veterans and emergency personnel diagnosed with PTSD and the effects of long-term childhood sexual abuse and neglect. Anne-Laure is a senior clinical specialist at Phoenix Australia, The University of Melbourne. She is an experienced trainer and has a strong background in education and knowledge translation. She has led several projects aimed at improving the uptake of evidence-based practice among mental health practitioners. She has received CPT training and supervision to reach US CPT standards with Professor Reg Nixon, and currently provides CPT training and clinical supervision for Phoenix Australia and the Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service.

 

Darryl Wade, PhD

Darryl WadeDarryl is the Director of Education and Training at Phoenix Australia and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. He is a clinical psychologist with many years’ experience in a diverse range of mental health settings. For much of his recent career he has held senior leadership and consulting positions with primary responsibility for the design and development of innovative education, training and implementation programs to improve uptake of evidence-based interventions and mental health outcomes. He received training in CPT by Dr Reg Nixon.