Dr John Meteyard

Biography - In Memoriam

Dr John Meteyard was a Senior Lecturer and Course Convener of the Master Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Discipline of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), as well as a member of the Research Committee and former member of the Board of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). He was involved in the counselling profession as an academic, researcher, teacher, professional organisation representative and practitioner for more than 20 years.

In addition to his work as a counselling academic at ACAP, Dr Meteyard was a practising counsellor and educational psychologist with over 10,000 hours of supervised counselling experience working with a wide range of clients and presenting issues, including Australian Aboriginal young people and families living in far northern Australian Indigenous communities.

As well as his ongoing involvement in delivering counselling and educational psychology services in remote Australian Indigenous communities, Dr Meteyard practiced in a number of cross-cultural and culturally diverse settings. These included developing and delivering Diploma and Bachelor level counselling courses in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 2003 and 2013, and working with refugee and immigrant young people and families in an English language immersion school in Brisbane, Australia. 

Dr Meteyard passed away on 28 May, 2018 and he is greatly missed by his ACAP colleagues and students. 


Recent publications include:

Meteyard, J., & Gilmore, L. (2015). Psycho-educational assessment of specific learning disabilities: Views and practices of Australian psychologists and guidance counsellors. J. Psych. Couns. In Schools. 25(1), 1-12.

Meteyard, J., & O’Hara, D. (2014). Counselling Psychology: A view from Australia. Counselling Psychology Review, 27 (4), 3-6.

O’Hara, D., O’Hara, F., Meteyard, J., & Andersen, K. (2013). Therapist characteristics of Self Differentiation and Epistemic style and their relationship with therapist dispositional hope. Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology, 33-39.

Meteyard, J., & Andersen, K. (2012). The effect of counselling training on differentiation of self, religious quest and epistemological development. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, 1(1).

Meteyard, J., Andersen, K., & Marx, E. (2012). Exploring the relationship between differentiation of self and religious questing. Pastoral Psychology, 61(3), 333-342.

Meteyard, J., Andersen, K., & O’Hara, D. (2012). The relationship between anxiety and managing interpersonal difference: Implications for counselling. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, 1.


  • Differentiation of self;
  • Counsellor training effectiveness;
  • The state and development of the counselling profession in Australia, and
  • Psychoeducational assessment.