Associate Professor Nathan Beel

Associate Professor Nathan Beel

Associate Professor and Discipline Lead, Counselling


Doctor of Philosophy University of Southern Queensland
Master of Counselling Queensland University of Technology


Associate Professor Nathan Beel is the Counselling Discipline Lead (Brisbane and Online) at ACAP. He has been a counsellor for over twenty years, and an academic for 14 years. His previous position was at the University of Southern Queensland as the Academic Discipline Lead (Counselling).


Nathan has research and scholarship publications in counsellor education, ethics, common factors of successful therapy, and male-friendly counselling.

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Beel, N., Brownlow, C., Jeffries, C., & du Preez, J. (2022). Show no weakness: Male-friendly counsellors’ descriptions of men. Australian Counselling Research Journal, 16(1), 12-22.
  2. Beel, N., Hoare, N., Davies, M., O’hara, D. J., & Preez, J. d. (2022). Applications and careers for counsellors and counselling psychologists. In T. Machin, T. Machin, C. Jeffries, & N. Hoare (Eds.), The Australian handbook for careers in psychological science (pp. 115-138). University of Southern Queensland.
  3. Beel, N. (2021). COVID-19’s nudge to modernise: An opportunity to reconsider telehealth and counselling placements. Psychotherapy & Counselling Journal of Australia, 9(1).
  4. Philip, K., Beel, N., & Machin, T. (2020). Understanding the cues and strategies counsellors use to develop rapport with clients through telephone counselling. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, 8(1).
  5. du Plessis, C., Winterbotham, S., Fein, E. C., Brownlow, C., du Preez, J., McKenna, B., . . ., Beel, N. & du Plessis, G. (2020). I’m still in the blue family: Gender and professional identity construction in police officers. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. doi:10.1007/s11896-020-09397-9
  6. Beel, N., Brownlow, C., Jeffries, C., & du Preez, J. (2019). Counseling men: Treatment recommendations from Australian men’s therapists. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 1-21. doi:10.1177/1060826519861969
  7. Beel, N., Jeffries, C., Brownlow, C., Winterbotham, S., & du Preez, J. (2018). Recommendations for male-friendly individual counseling with men: A qualitative systematic literature review for the period 1995–2016. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 19(4), 600-611. doi:10.1037/men0000137
  8. Beel, N. (2016). Therapy that fits: Feedback informed, client directed counselling. In C. Noble & E. Day (Eds.), Psychotherapy and counselling: Reflections on practice (pp. 88-99). Oxford University Press.
  9. Beel, N. (2013). Domestic violence, gender, and counselling: Toward a more gender-inclusive understanding. Psychotherapy in Australia, 19(4), 44-52.
  10. Beel, N., & Court, J. H. (1999). Ethical issues in counselling over the internet: An examination of the risks and benefits. Clinical Psychologist, 4(2), 35-42.

Industry Reports

  1. Bayliss, L., Krishnamoorthy, G., Malhotra, A., Beel, N., du Plessis, C., & Burton, L. (2022). Future-proofing Queensland families following National Family Law Reforms. University of Southern Queensland.

Other publications

  1. Beel, N. (2020). So you want to be a lecturer in counselling. Psychotherapy & Counselling Today. 2. 48-54.
  2. Beel, N. (2020). Tips in working with men for helping professionals: Creating male-friendly services.  Retrieved from–Creating-male-friendly-services.aspx
  3. Beel, N. (2019). Therapy dropouts and how to reduce them. Psychotherapy & Counselling Today. 1. 18-26.
  4. Beel, N. (2017, July). Counselling men: An introduction to male-friendly counselling. PACFA eNewsletter, pp. 5-8.
  5. Beel, N. (2017, May). “But we do that too”! Terminology and the challenges in differentiating the counselling profession from other professions who counsel. PACFA eNewsletter, pp. 16-17.
  6. Beel, N. (2014). If it weren’t for those darned psychologists and social workers! Counselling Australia, 14(5), 4.
  7. Beel, N. (2011). What can we learn from what works across therapies? Counselling Australia, 11(4), 14-18.

Professional Registrations

Registered Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor.

Professional membership

Clinical Member of PACFA.

Academic Member ACA (NP)

Steering Committee member of the National Heads of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education

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