Our program has a number of practitioners who have experience in delivering training in adult and adolescent DBT and are able to develop professional development packages to meet your specific training needs.

Sandi Plummer

Sandi Plummer, PhD, psychologist and past academic at the University of Kansas and University of Canberra. Sandi was the Head of the Community Counselling Program at the University of Canberra for over 18 years and has been working in private practice for over 40 years. She has undertaken specialised training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, and Body Centred Therapies. She combines an in-depth knowledge of behavioural strategies with applied consideration of somatic issues and the need for a mindful, validating and compassionate response.  Sandi’s training in DBT includes two intensive trainings, a master class, several two day trainings,  training for working with adolescents and training in the use of DBT for Individuals with Substance Abuse Issues.  She undertook her original training with Dr Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT. She has also developed a DBT module for working with Shame.  This module has been taught for the Canberra DBT Program

In the last 15 years, Sandi has been supporting the development of DBT in the Canberra Community,  through training of professionals and working with clients in therapy and advocacy.  She has also provided supervision for professionals implementing DBT programs in both NSW and the ACT, and continues to provide training and supervision within ACT Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services. Sandi currently specialises in issues of Complex Trauma, Self Harming and Personality Disorders.  She is working with individuals, particularly those meeting the diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder with trauma histories.

Sandi can be contacted on 0414 372 888 or

Amanda McCarthy

Amanda McCarthy is a Mental Health Social Worker with ten years of experience working in the Mental Health field with adolescents and adults. She has a Masters in Counselling and has received DBT Intensive Training in New York provided by The Linehan Institute – Behaviour Tech.

She currently works full time in private practice at North Lyneham and sessional work with UC. Amanda has previously worked as a Social Worker at Hyson Green as the Day Program manager and at Centrelink both in the shopfront and the call centre. She is a member of the AASW, is an VVCS and DVA provider, and provides clinical supervision to mental health clinicians. Amanda provides professional development for mental health services.

Rebecca O’Keeffe

Bec is a mental health social worker and joined the Canberra DBT team in 2015 as a trainee.  Bec is currently assisting with teaching and review at skills group training.  Bec has a passion for working with people to improve their lives and reach goals. She currently works at a local youth health service with vulnerable young people.

Sair Gordon

Sarah (Sair) is trained as a Counsellor, completing undergraduate studies in Sydney and postgraduate studies at the University of Canberra.  She is currently enrolled in a Master of Counselling (UC).  Sair has previously worked in schools supporting children socially and emotionally, with parent/s enlisted in the defence forces.

Sair has completed comprehensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with Professor Alan Fruzzetti, a 12-day intensive training program run over 18 months in 2016 and 2017. Sair also completed training with DBT Canberra and commenced as a Skills Group Facilitator in 2017.

Sair currently works full-time as a Counsellor and DBT Therapist in Griffith ACT, through her private practice, Untroubled Minds.  Sair also uses aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and approaches her work with a client-centred focus.  Sair has studied the impact of childhood abuse from a counselling perspective and works with people with PTSD and Complex Trauma.

Sair’s other interests are relationship counselling and working with young adults to overcome anxiety, build their self-confidence and realise their goals.

Elizabeth Hanley

Elizabeth Hanley is a Clinical Psychologist who started her psychology training at University of New England and then Southern Cross University before continuing on to complete a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Canberra University in ACT. She has training and experience in a wide range of established therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Elizabeth has received clinical training in the provision of therapy to a range of populations including children, adolescents and adults. Liz has experience treating a wide range of disorders including anxiety, trauma and mood disorders. In addition to clinical practice, Elizabeth has experience working in the Education and Training Directorate within schools in the ACT and is a member of the DBT Canberra group.

Elizabeth has been a member of the DBT Canberra group since 2017. She has completed the traineeship which included her being a group facilitator for a complete round of skills training. As well as her DBT traineeship Elizabeth has completed online DBT training through Behavioral Tech (Marsha Linehan) and workshops with Australian DBT Institute. A combination of the traineeship and other training has provided Elizabeth with the experience required to begin as an individual DBT therapist for the group. Elizabeth currently is focusing on providing individual therapy for individuals completing the DBT program.

Liz can be contacted through Deakin West Psychology. www.deakinwestpsychology.com.au or phone 0480149639

Amanda Morrison

Amanda is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. She has facilitated Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills groups and individual DBT therapy since 2007. Amanda  has extensive postgraduate training and experience in mental health field assisting children, adolescents, families and adults of all ages as well as in community program management and welfare based programs since 1984.

Amanda uses a range of focused psychological interventions in helping individuals and groups with mental health disorders. Primary therapeutic  approaches include DBT, CBT, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Circle of Security for parents of young children, Family Therapy and Social Work Supervision. Amanda has facilitated other group programs such as the Cool Kids anxiety program for children and adolescents. She is also a Veterans and Veterans Family Counselling Service Counsellor as well as an EAP Counsellor.

Amanda practices in the inner South of Canberra and can be contacted on 0419-250-922 or by amanda-morrison1@hotmail.com

Ellen McKenzie

Registered Psychologist and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Ellen holds a Master of Clinical Psychology degree and is a PhD in Clinical Psychology Candidate for a research project about dementia care.

Ellen has worked as a mental health professional for a number of years in a variety of settings including NGO and community-based organisations. Ellen has worked primarily with children and adolescents experiencing mental health issues, military personnel, and people who have experienced trauma across the lifespan.

Ellen provides individual DBT sessions for Canberra DBT clients and is in the process of training to provide DBT skills group facilitation.