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Dr Peter Meister



Peter has been teaching at ACAP since 2012 in the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and the Bachelor of Counselling in On Campus and Blended Delivery modes. He is also providing clinical supervision for placement students. Peter is situated at the Brisbane Campus.

Peter has experience as a Research Fellow at Monash University. He conducted social research around men and counselling, alcohol and drugs and child protection. His emphasis was on mixed methods and qualitative (grounded) research methods.

He has been practicing counselling and psychotherapy for 27 years in Switzerland and Australia and provides clinical supervision for 16 years. He originally is a psychodynamic counsellor (Individual-Psychology according to Alfred Adler) and subsequently adapted methods such as CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Systemic approaches into his practice.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Health), Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Master of Social Work (MSW), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSc), ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Social Work Zurich – Switzerland
  • Diploma in Individual-Psychological Counselling, Alfred Adler-Institute Zurich – Switzerland

Professional Accreditation and Affiliations

  • Australian Social Work Association (AASW), Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW)
  • Counselling Advisory Committee member at University of the Sunshine Coast (2013 – 2017)
  • Alfred Adler- Institute of Psychology (AAI) member, Switzerland (1991-2001)
  • Swiss Society of Individual Psychology (SGIPA) member, Switzerland (1991-2001)


  • Allan, J., Meister, P., Clifford, A., & Whittenbury, K. (2014). Drug and Alcohol Use by Farming and Fishing Workers: Key Findings for Primary Industry. In Sowing The Seeds Of Farmer Health. Ballarat, Australia: VURRN.
  • Allan, J., Clifford, A., Ball, P., Alston, M., & Meister, P. (2012). 'You're Less Complete if You Haven't Got a Can in Your Hand': Alcohol Consumption and Related Harmful Effects in Rural Australia: The Role and Influence of Cultural Capital. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47(5), 624-629.
  • Allan, J., Meister, P., Clifford, A., & Whittenbury, K. (2012). Drug and alcohol use by farming and fishing workers (Report). Barton, ACT: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). Retrieved from
  • Meister, P. (2000). Portrait of counselling in the private economy sector.Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Individualpsychologie, 4, 3-4.
  • Meister, P. (1997). Comparison of the Phenomenological Theory of Bert Hellinger and the Individual-Psychology of Alfred Adler. Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Individualpsychologie,   3, 5-10.
    Also held as Lecture on 23. Nov. 1997 at Alfred Adler Institute for Psychology in Zurich.

Research and Theses

  • Meister, P. (2010). Male help-seeking behaviour: why men access and continue with mental health counselling treatment. (Doctoral dissertation, PhD). Retrieved from 
  • Research assistant:Alexander, R., Naylor, B., & Saunders, B. (2011). Lawful correction or child abuse: Clarifying the boundaries, sanctions and decision-making surrounding the physical discipline of children (Legal Services Board Grant No 2008-MG007, Oct, 2011). Retrieved from
  • Meister, P. (1997) How to Improve Cooperation between Social Worker and Client. (Unpublished Bachelor thesis, BSc). Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Meister, P. (1996) The Phenomenological Theory of Bert Hellinger and the Individual-Psychology of Alfred Adler compared. (Unpublished Postgraduate Diploma thesis, Psychological Counselling). Alfred Adler Institute, Zurich, Switzerland.