Dr Judith Ayre


Dr Judith Ayre began teaching in the Masters of Counselling program at Latrobe University in 2003 whilst simultaneously working as an individual, child, couple and family counsellor in the public health and welfare sectors in Victoria. Judith has also experience working with child focused play therapy, sand play and symbol work, child focused mediation and parent -child mediation.

Over the past 18 years, she has taught counselling at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and in the Vocational Education and Training sector, designing curriculum for all levels, and has maintained a clinical practice that includes the clinical supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists. In more recent years she has been a senior manager for a private higher education provider.

In 2005 Judith introduced Emotion Focused Therapy as an 80-hour counselling specialisation into the Masters of Counselling at Latrobe. There are now more than 200 hundred graduates practicing EFT and a specialised centre for emotion focused practice and practitioner training has been established by a graduate in Victoria.

Research Interests

Research interests include: counselling and psychotherapy process; conflict resolution; working with children;  emotion in psychotherapy, including shame, anger, sadness, joy;  therapeutic groups; empathy and resonance in counselling; mindfulness in psychotherapy; sand play; dream work; arts- based therapies; person–centred and experiential  counselling; counselling integration  and single case studies.

Professional Affiliations

  • Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA) - Clinical Member;
  • SCAPE – Society of Counsellor and Psychotherapy Educators (Since 2004);
  • Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of Victoria (CAPAV) - Clinical Member;  
  • Australian Counselling Association - Member Level 4;
  • College of Supervisors, Australian Counselling Association; 
  • World Association of Person-Centred and Experiential Counsellors;
  • European Association of Transpersonal Counsellors (Eurotas) - Clinical Member

Research & Scholarships

Book Charter

Allen, J., Ayre, J., Lloyd C. (2005) New Paradigm Research in Education. In B. Neville, P. Heywood, T. McCann and P. Willis (Eds) (2005) Towards Re-enchantment: Education, Imagination and the Getting of Wisdom. Post Pressed Publishers, Brisbane.

Conference Papers

April 2008 Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators of Australia SCAPE conference, ‘The Investigation of Student Experiences of Experiential Psychotherapy Training’

July 2008 World Association of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy Counsellors conference, ‘What works and what doesn’t work in the training of Process Experiential Emotion-Focussed Therapy and with whom: a learning outcome-oriented study” 


Investigation of students’ experiences of training in process-experiential emotion-focused therapy (PEEFT) between 2005 and 2007

The aim of this research was to investigate (both quantitatively and qualitatively) how students who underwent training in Process-Experiential Emotion-Focused Therapy (PEEFT) perceived the effectiveness of teaching that they received at La Trobe University in the Department of Counselling and Psychological Health. In addition, the research aimed to offer an opportunity for students to evaluate their training.