Dr Elizabeth Day


Elizabeth has been a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Counselling at ACAP since its establishment in 2011, where she has held roles as Manager of Academic Programs (Melbourne) (2010-2011), Deputy Head of School (2011-2013) and Academic Head (Melbourne) (2013-2014).  She led course re-accreditation for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and was the course convener (2013-14). 

Before training in counselling and psychotherapy Elizabeth had 10 years of experience teaching and researching at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University in the areas of literary and cultural studies, with emphasis on theories of self and agency, phenomenology, gender and sexuality identity. 

Research interests include the mechanisms of mindfulness, field theory and the change process in therapy. Elizabeth has also published on phenomenological ethics, intersubjectivity, and gender and sexuality identity; and she is committed to LGBTI advocacy, leading the development of PACFA's position statement for LGBTI people (2014). 

Elizabeth has practised mindfulness meditation for over 20 years including an intensive burst as an ordained Buddhist monastic (2001-2008). In addition to her academic career she has developed a yoga and meditation studio in New Zealand and runs a private psychotherapy practice with an integrative and intersubjective orientation.  

Journal Articles

  • Day, E. (2015). Psychotherapy and counselling in Australia: Profiling our philosophical heritage for therapeutic effectiveness. PACJA 3(1) http://pacja.org.au/?p=2413.
  • Day, E. (2015). Field attunement for a strong therapeutic alliance: A perspective from relational Gestalt psychotherapy. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 56(1), pp 77-94. doi: 10.1177/0022167815569534
  • Day, E. (2015). Review of Contemporary psychotherapies for a diverse world (first revised edition). Jon Frew and Michael D. Spiegler (Eds). PACJA 3 http://pacja.org.au/?p=2842
  • Day, E. & Riley, E. (2013). Ethics: A phenomenological enquiry. The CAPA Quarterly Journal.
  • Day, E. (2013). Review of The Tribes of the Person-Centred nation: An introduction to the schools of therapy related to the person-centred approach. (2nd Ed.) Pete Sanders (Ed.). Counselling Psychology Review, 28(3).
  • Day, E. (2013). Review of A Safe Place for Change: Skills and capacities for counselling and therapy. Hugh Crago and Penny Gardner. PACJA http://pacja.org.au/?p=769
  • Weinberg, T, Day, E. & Keats, J. (2010). The time has come. Buddhadharma, (Summer), 42-46.
  • Dever, M. & Day, E. (2001). Beyond the campus: Some initial findings on Women’s Studies, careers and employers. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 2(2), 53-66.
  • Day, E. (1994). Transgression: the ‘’safe word’ in s/m discourses. Mattoid. 48(1), 241-53.

Book & Chapters

Book: Noble, C. & Day, E. (Ed.). (2016). Psychotherapy and counselling: Reflections on practice. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters:

  • Noble, C. & Day, E. Psychotherapy and counselling: Context and content.  In Noble, C. & Day, E. (Ed.) (2016). Psychotherapy and counselling: Reflections on practice. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp 1-12.
  • Noble, C. & Day, E. Feminist therapy: Theories and practices.  In Noble, C. & Day, E. (Ed.) (2016). Psychotherapy and counselling: Reflections on practice. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp 16-27.

Research Supervision

  • 2016, The mindful counsellor: An interpretive phenomenological analysis of how counsellors experience mindfulness in their personal and professional lives, Tanya Luangsangthong, MCounselling & Psychotherapy.
  • 2016, A phenomenological enquiry into the relationship between veganism and depression, Robert Lower, MCounselling & Psychotherapy.
  • 2016, Shame and Countertransference in Couples Counselling, Karen Mitchell, MCounselling & Psychotherapy.
  • 2015, Eaten stories untold, Jacqueline Byrne, MCounselling & Psychotherapy.

Conferences and Presentations

  • Day, E. (2014). Potentising change through field attunement. Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors (APECA) Conference, Singapore, 6 December.
  • Day, E. (2014). Counselling and psychotherpy in focus. Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Colloquium, Melbourne, 2 December.
  • Day, E. (2014). Locating a middle path: Buddhist philosophy and psychotherapy. Gestalt Therapy Australia, Melbourne, 10 July.
  • Day, E. (2014). Promoting your therapy through effective research: From EBP to outcome-informed practice. PACFA Conference, Melbourne, 14 June.
  • Day, E. (2013). Building participant capacity and resilience. National Disabilty Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Geelong, 12 November.
  • Day, E. (2013). Mindfulness and the relational field. Alumni presentation, Australian College Applied Psychology (ACAP), Melbourne, 11 November.
  • Day, E. (2013). Intentional field attunement in relational psychotherapy. Psychology and the Other conference, Boston USA, 8 October.
  • Day, E. (2013). Presence: The potentiser of change.  SNAPshots seminar series, School of Counselling, Melbourne 6 July.
  • Day, E. (2013). Negotiation and Mediation Skills. National Disabilty Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Geelong, 4 June.
  • Day, E. (2012). Now I see you, now I don’t: Engaging the UN Millennium Development Goals in postmodern counsellor education. SCAPE conference, Sydney, 30 May.
  • Day, E. (2010). A Quantum approach to the higher educational training of psychotherapists. ACAP Conference, Melbourne, 28 September.

Research & Scholarships


Elizabeth has developed curriculum for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her contributions to learning and teaching include:

  • Course convenor for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and unit coordinator for units in the Master Graduate Diploma courses.
  • Chair of the School of Counselling Curriculum Committee (2011-14).
  • Teaching units in the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Graduate Diploma of Counselling: Existential Therapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, Contemporary Psychotherapy, Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling, Grief Counselling, Counselling Methods.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member and past Chair (2012-14) of Research Committee for the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • Member and past Vice President (2013-14) of the Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators
  • Member of National Heads of Counsellor Education (NHCE)
  • Member of Gestalt Australia New Zealand (GANZ)

Expert Comment Topics

  • Field theory and relational psychotherapy
  • Intersubjectivity and constructions of subjectivity
  • Constructions of gender and sexuality identity
  • Ontology and epistemology in the discipline of counselling and psychotherapy