Our Alumni

  • Our Alumni
    • Neil Lucas
    • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Neil Lucas’s career change from marketing and business development to clinical psychology began at ACAP with the Bachelor of Psychological Science in 2012. He continued to the Honours degree, finishing in 2016 and began his PhD in 2017.

    What inspired you to become a psychologist?

    I’ve always been interested in human behaviour, personality differences and the abnormal psychology topics we hear about in popular culture. I have always been quite an empathic person too, so it seemed a natural fit for me to study something that incorporates brain, behaviour, personality and helping others.

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  • Our Alumni
    • Claudia Beinhoff
    • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Former naturopath Claudia completed one of her two ACAP counselling placements at Mosman Private Hospital, in Sydney, where she ran group sessions for patients. Before the internship was complete, Claudia was offered a job as an Allied Health Assistant.

    What inspired you to study counselling?

    I had studied the Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and found when I began working in the field that one of the major skills I was lacking was counselling. Most clients are at the end of their tether and naturopaths are the last people they visit, after seeing every type of specialist. I thought in most cases they probably needed a counsellor, rather than a naturopath.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Deborah Martinez
    • Bachelor of Counsellor
  • Former industrial engineer Deborah Martinez was the first placement student to be accepted by the Dorothy Impey Home (DIH), a community-based aged care facility in suburban Melbourne. The 92-bed centre was so impressed by the results Deborah achieved with its residents while she was completing her Bachelor of Counselling that they recruited her as their first onsite counsellor in the home’s 45-year history. Deborah graduated from ACAP in 2016.

    What led you to studying counselling?

    I migrated to Australia in 2000, first as an international student and I became permanent resident as a skilled migrant in 2002. I worked in logistic roles within the fashion industry for over a decade.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Lisa Wilson
    • Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Lisa delayed her start to a counselling and psychotherapy career, but the rewards of her studies have been swift. She was employed by her placement agency, Mosman Private Hospital (MPH) in 2016, in its Mood and Anxiety Disorders Unit. Her multi-disciplinary role includes counselling, clinician work and outpatient therapy. Lisa’s Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy degree from ACAP is an addition to prior psychology qualifications.  

    What inspired you to study counselling and psychotherapy?

    I have held a lifelong passion to work as a mental health therapist but was unable to pursue this career until the last ten years.  Now I have graduated with an honours psych degree, however 

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Sara Bertolini
    • Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Meet Sara Bertolini

    Good people skills came naturally to former beauty therapist, Sara. She enrolled to study the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy at ACAP, to apply her interest in helping others to a new profession. Sara’s commitment during her dual placement at Mosman Private Hospital (MPH) – as a counsellor and provisional psychologist – resulted in her appointment as an Allied Health Officer at the facility in 2016. She is also continuing her study pathway to become a provisional psychologist.

    What inspired you to study counselling and psychotherapy?

    As a qualified beauty therapist, I found myself counselling clients every day.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Tony Johannsen
    • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Meet ACAP Graduate, Tony Johannsen

    Tony began working towards his career change by enrolling in the Bachelor of Counselling at ACAP. The course content matched his desire to help others in a professional capacity, as well as satisfying his personal curiosity about psychotherapy and sociology. The turning point for Tony’s new vocation came during placement in his final year of studying when he was offered a job as an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Clinician at TaskForce Community Agency in Melbourne. Tony graduated from ACAP in late 2015 .

    What inspired you to become a Counsellor?

    For 15 years I had been owner-operator of my own garden maintenance and landscape gardening business. 

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Sarah Corkran
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling
  • Meet Sarah Corkran

    Sarah was nearing completion of her Graduate Diploma of Counselling studies in 2015, when she accepted a job offer as an alcohol and drug counsellor from her placement agency, SalvoCare. Her position at the facility combines face-to-face counselling, agency networking and care and recovery coordination. 

    What inspired you to become a counsellor?

    As a teenager I had a few family members experience post-natal depression. My interest in counselling grew from wanting to understand their experience, and finding out how to support others who may be experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Callie Hooper
    • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Callie Hooper

    Callie graduated with her Bachelor of Counselling in May 2016. She began the course at the Brisbane campus part-time while working in an unrelated industry, and later switched to full-time study. After her placement at a charity that counsels children through grief, loss and illness, Callie decided to stay on as a volunteer. Soon after graduating she was offered the role of manager. Callie credits her successful application to the combination of her prior career skills in business, familiarity with the centre through placement there and her new Counselling degree.

    Why did you choose ACAP?

    I chose an Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) course after looking into a few different options

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Annet Jansen
    • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Coaching)
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Annet Jansen

    Annet graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Coaching)* in 2013.

    Why did you choose ACAP?

    I liked the combination of online and on-campus study. Also the mature students and small classes.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Dianne Spencer
    • Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Dianne Spencer

    Dianne graduated with a Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) in 2013 through a combination of online study and on-campus study in Brisbane. She runs the Breaking Free Healing Centre on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

    Why did you choose ACAP?

    I chose ACAP after much research because of the flexibility it offered; I was impressed by the range of options which enabled me to study online at my own convenience whilst still providing me with the opportunity for peer-interaction and support services. ACAP was definitely the right place to study for me. 

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Michael Shea
    • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Michael Shea

    Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)*, which he studied online, in 2009. He is studying to become a teacher and has his own counselling practice, Counselling and Life Management Skills (CALMS).

    Why did you choose ACAP?

    I chose ACAP because of the convenient delivery methods and the time-frame of the courses.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Karen Hazell-Raine
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Master of Counselling
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Karen Hazell-Raine

    Karen studied a Graduate Diploma of Counselling via blended delivery at ACAP's Sydney campus.

    Today she works as the Perinatal and Infant Program Manager of Mental Health - Children and Young People, which is part of the NSW Ministry of Health's Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office.

    Why did you choose ACAP?

    I chose ACAP because of its student-centred philosophy: ACAP offers flexible study options, small class sizes, convenient CBD campuses and teachers with a wealth of professional experience.   

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Peter Smith
    • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Peter Smith

    Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)* in 2008 which he completed through a combination of online and blended delivery. He has a private practice, Praxis Counselling and Therapy, as well as completing his PhD in Medicine.

    Why did you choose ACAP?

    I chose to study at ACAP because lots of the teaching staff are practitioners and the students get to benefit from their wealth of professional experience. I wanted to study online and ACAP offered that flexibility whilst ensuring that I still learnt in a hands-on way.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Jani Marshall
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Jani Marshall

    Jani graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Counsellingfrom our Brisbane Campus in 2013. She is currently in private practice, running Pure Counselling.

    How has studying with ACAP benefited you?

    ACAP has helped make my dream of being a Professional Counsellor come true. I have received an intense training and knowledge base through ACAP. The practical skills that I have learnt have helped me to feel confident in the real world with real clients. My dream of opening a business is now a reality.

    ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling is accepted throughout the field of Counselling Services as Professional and well regarded.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Heather Bunting
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Heather Bunting

    Heather graduated in 2012 with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling via a combination of online and on-campus study in Melbourne. She is currently studying her Masters of Social Science (Counselling)* at ACAP and working part time as a Counsellor at Joseph’s Corner.

    Why did you choose ACAP?

    The flexibility. I was working and was not able to do the whole course on campus as it would have been too disruptive to my work. However, being able to do one unit on campus where you get to meet other people and enjoy rich and interesting conversations, and another unit by distance which enabled the degree to be accomplished more quickly, was a good combination for me.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Clare Randall
    • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Clare Randall

    Clare graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)* in 2012 in a combination of online study and on-campus study in Melbourne. She is currently in private practice, running her business Oak Tree Counselling.

    Why did you choose ACAP?

    I wanted to study amongst a more mature peer group; I also wanted smaller class sizes and a hands-on experiential course. I got all three.

    I also wanted flexibility in what I studied and how much I took on. ACAP was ideal for that.  It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made. 

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Kathryn Phillips
    • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Kathryn Phillips

    Kathryn graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)* studied online. She is currently working as a counsellor at Centacare Family Services and St Paul’s Primary School, both in Mildura, Victoria, while studying the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy with ACAP.

    Why did you choose ACAP?

    In 2009 I was between professions. I knew I wanted to be a Counsellor instead of an Adult Disability Worker, but I didn’t know the best pathway. So I had been self-employed as a cleaner for two years pondering how to go about achieving my goal.

    More Detail >>
  • Our Alumni
    • Angie Soumilas
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling
  • Meet ACAP Graduate Angie Soumilas

    Angie graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling in 2013 studying on-campus in Melbourne. She is currently in her fourth year of Psychology at Deakin University.

    How has studying with ACAP benefited you?

    When I began my studies with ACAP, I had already completed an undergraduate degree in psychology, which provided me with no practical experience. The two fieldwork placements I completed via my experience at ACAP refined my career pathway for me, and provided me with a taste of what it is like in the workforce within the mental health field.

    More Detail >>
Neil Lucas

Neil Lucas’s career change from marketing and business development to clinical psychology began at ACAP with the Bachelor of Psychological Science in 2012. He continued to the Honours degree, finishing in 2016 and began his PhD in 2017.

What inspired you to become a psychologist?

I’ve always been interested in human behaviour, personality differences and the abnormal psychology topics we hear about in popular culture. I have always been quite an empathic person too, so it seemed a natural fit for me to study something that incorporates brain, behaviour, personality and helping others.

More Detail >>
Claudia Beinhoff

Former naturopath Claudia completed one of her two ACAP counselling placements at Mosman Private Hospital, in Sydney, where she ran group sessions for patients. Before the internship was complete, Claudia was offered a job as an Allied Health Assistant.

What inspired you to study counselling?

I had studied the Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and found when I began working in the field that one of the major skills I was lacking was counselling. Most clients are at the end of their tether and naturopaths are the last people they visit, after seeing every type of specialist. I thought in most cases they probably needed a counsellor, rather than a naturopath.

More Detail >>
Deborah Martinez

Former industrial engineer Deborah Martinez was the first placement student to be accepted by the Dorothy Impey Home (DIH), a community-based aged care facility in suburban Melbourne. The 92-bed centre was so impressed by the results Deborah achieved with its residents while she was completing her Bachelor of Counselling that they recruited her as their first onsite counsellor in the home’s 45-year history. Deborah graduated from ACAP in 2016.

What led you to studying counselling?

I migrated to Australia in 2000, first as an international student and I became permanent resident as a skilled migrant in 2002. I worked in logistic roles within the fashion industry for over a decade.

More Detail >>
Lisa Wilson

Lisa delayed her start to a counselling and psychotherapy career, but the rewards of her studies have been swift. She was employed by her placement agency, Mosman Private Hospital (MPH) in 2016, in its Mood and Anxiety Disorders Unit. Her multi-disciplinary role includes counselling, clinician work and outpatient therapy. Lisa’s Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy degree from ACAP is an addition to prior psychology qualifications.  

What inspired you to study counselling and psychotherapy?

I have held a lifelong passion to work as a mental health therapist but was unable to pursue this career until the last ten years.  Now I have graduated with an honours psych degree, however 

More Detail >>
Sara Bertolini

Meet Sara Bertolini

Good people skills came naturally to former beauty therapist, Sara. She enrolled to study the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy at ACAP, to apply her interest in helping others to a new profession. Sara’s commitment during her dual placement at Mosman Private Hospital (MPH) – as a counsellor and provisional psychologist – resulted in her appointment as an Allied Health Officer at the facility in 2016. She is also continuing her study pathway to become a provisional psychologist.

What inspired you to study counselling and psychotherapy?

As a qualified beauty therapist, I found myself counselling clients every day.

More Detail >>
Tony Johannsen

Meet ACAP Graduate, Tony Johannsen

Tony began working towards his career change by enrolling in the Bachelor of Counselling at ACAP. The course content matched his desire to help others in a professional capacity, as well as satisfying his personal curiosity about psychotherapy and sociology. The turning point for Tony’s new vocation came during placement in his final year of studying when he was offered a job as an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Clinician at TaskForce Community Agency in Melbourne. Tony graduated from ACAP in late 2015 .

What inspired you to become a Counsellor?

For 15 years I had been owner-operator of my own garden maintenance and landscape gardening business. 

More Detail >>
Sarah Corkran

Meet Sarah Corkran

Sarah was nearing completion of her Graduate Diploma of Counselling studies in 2015, when she accepted a job offer as an alcohol and drug counsellor from her placement agency, SalvoCare. Her position at the facility combines face-to-face counselling, agency networking and care and recovery coordination. 

What inspired you to become a counsellor?

As a teenager I had a few family members experience post-natal depression. My interest in counselling grew from wanting to understand their experience, and finding out how to support others who may be experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

More Detail >>
Callie Hooper

Meet ACAP Graduate Callie Hooper

Callie graduated with her Bachelor of Counselling in May 2016. She began the course at the Brisbane campus part-time while working in an unrelated industry, and later switched to full-time study. After her placement at a charity that counsels children through grief, loss and illness, Callie decided to stay on as a volunteer. Soon after graduating she was offered the role of manager. Callie credits her successful application to the combination of her prior career skills in business, familiarity with the centre through placement there and her new Counselling degree.

Why did you choose ACAP?

I chose an Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) course after looking into a few different options

More Detail >>
Annet Jansen

Meet ACAP Graduate Annet Jansen

Annet graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Coaching)* in 2013.

Why did you choose ACAP?

I liked the combination of online and on-campus study. Also the mature students and small classes.

More Detail >>
Dianne Spencer

Meet ACAP Graduate Dianne Spencer

Dianne graduated with a Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) in 2013 through a combination of online study and on-campus study in Brisbane. She runs the Breaking Free Healing Centre on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Why did you choose ACAP?

I chose ACAP after much research because of the flexibility it offered; I was impressed by the range of options which enabled me to study online at my own convenience whilst still providing me with the opportunity for peer-interaction and support services. ACAP was definitely the right place to study for me. 

More Detail >>
Michael Shea

Meet ACAP Graduate Michael Shea

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)*, which he studied online, in 2009. He is studying to become a teacher and has his own counselling practice, Counselling and Life Management Skills (CALMS).

Why did you choose ACAP?

I chose ACAP because of the convenient delivery methods and the time-frame of the courses.

More Detail >>
Karen Hazell-Raine

Meet ACAP Graduate Karen Hazell-Raine

Karen studied a Graduate Diploma of Counselling via blended delivery at ACAP's Sydney campus.

Today she works as the Perinatal and Infant Program Manager of Mental Health - Children and Young People, which is part of the NSW Ministry of Health's Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office.

Why did you choose ACAP?

I chose ACAP because of its student-centred philosophy: ACAP offers flexible study options, small class sizes, convenient CBD campuses and teachers with a wealth of professional experience.   

More Detail >>
Peter Smith

Meet ACAP Graduate Peter Smith

Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)* in 2008 which he completed through a combination of online and blended delivery. He has a private practice, Praxis Counselling and Therapy, as well as completing his PhD in Medicine.

Why did you choose ACAP?

I chose to study at ACAP because lots of the teaching staff are practitioners and the students get to benefit from their wealth of professional experience. I wanted to study online and ACAP offered that flexibility whilst ensuring that I still learnt in a hands-on way.

More Detail >>
Jani Marshall

Meet ACAP Graduate Jani Marshall

Jani graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Counsellingfrom our Brisbane Campus in 2013. She is currently in private practice, running Pure Counselling.

How has studying with ACAP benefited you?

ACAP has helped make my dream of being a Professional Counsellor come true. I have received an intense training and knowledge base through ACAP. The practical skills that I have learnt have helped me to feel confident in the real world with real clients. My dream of opening a business is now a reality.

ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling is accepted throughout the field of Counselling Services as Professional and well regarded.

More Detail >>
Heather Bunting

Meet ACAP Graduate Heather Bunting

Heather graduated in 2012 with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling via a combination of online and on-campus study in Melbourne. She is currently studying her Masters of Social Science (Counselling)* at ACAP and working part time as a Counsellor at Joseph’s Corner.

Why did you choose ACAP?

The flexibility. I was working and was not able to do the whole course on campus as it would have been too disruptive to my work. However, being able to do one unit on campus where you get to meet other people and enjoy rich and interesting conversations, and another unit by distance which enabled the degree to be accomplished more quickly, was a good combination for me.

More Detail >>
Clare Randall

Meet ACAP Graduate Clare Randall

Clare graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)* in 2012 in a combination of online study and on-campus study in Melbourne. She is currently in private practice, running her business Oak Tree Counselling.

Why did you choose ACAP?

I wanted to study amongst a more mature peer group; I also wanted smaller class sizes and a hands-on experiential course. I got all three.

I also wanted flexibility in what I studied and how much I took on. ACAP was ideal for that.  It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made. 

More Detail >>
Kathryn Phillips

Meet ACAP Graduate Kathryn Phillips

Kathryn graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)* studied online. She is currently working as a counsellor at Centacare Family Services and St Paul’s Primary School, both in Mildura, Victoria, while studying the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy with ACAP.

Why did you choose ACAP?

In 2009 I was between professions. I knew I wanted to be a Counsellor instead of an Adult Disability Worker, but I didn’t know the best pathway. So I had been self-employed as a cleaner for two years pondering how to go about achieving my goal.

More Detail >>
Angie Soumilas

Meet ACAP Graduate Angie Soumilas

Angie graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling in 2013 studying on-campus in Melbourne. She is currently in her fourth year of Psychology at Deakin University.

How has studying with ACAP benefited you?

When I began my studies with ACAP, I had already completed an undergraduate degree in psychology, which provided me with no practical experience. The two fieldwork placements I completed via my experience at ACAP refined my career pathway for me, and provided me with a taste of what it is like in the workforce within the mental health field.

More Detail >>

Keep Learning

We offer you the option to continue your studies from a VET Diploma to a Bachelor, and gain credit from your past studies at ACAP. Call 1800 061 199 or email info.acap@navitas.com for more information. 

About ACAP

The Australian College of Applied Psychology has been delivering specialist courses in applied psychology since 1983 and is a leader in the field. We cover a broad range of courses including counselling, psychology, case management, social work, social science, coaching and elite athlete mentoring. 

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