About Biliana Dearly

I work as a Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist, Emotion Focused Therapist, lecturer and supervisor in Melbourne, Australia.

I have real passion for sharing the power of Focusing, as both a personal process that can help everyone navigate their life's journey, as well as a therapeutic process that brings deep transformation and lasting change.

My whole life I have wondered about and explored human potentials, and observed the dynamics of human interactions in private, corporate and therapeutic domains. After undergoing a major life transition, migrating to Australia and changing my career, I embarked on a life-long journey of studying counselling and psychotherapy. During this time I came across Focusing and Eugene Gendlin’s work. Gendlin’s views of human beings, his Process Model, and experiential approach to therapy have had an essential influence on me.

I completed a Masters in Counselling at La Trobe University in Melbourne, specialising in Emotion Focused Therapy. In parallel, I have done many years of training with various Focusing teachers, and continually practiced Focusing as my own process of self-awareness. I was certified by The International Focusing Institute in New York as a Focusing-Oriented Therapist, Focusing Trainer and a Certifying Coordinator.

My extensive clinical experience covers a diverse range of presenting problems, including working with anxiety, depression, other complex metal health and addiction problems, psychotropic mediation dependance, life transitions, traumas and relationship difficulties.

My professional interests are in the domain of a process-oriented therapy and they include the creation of an experiential environment, understanding and working with emotional experience, therapeutic presence and the influence of the therapist-as-a person. As a trainer, I am interested in applying Focusing in experiential and transformative teaching and in developing congruence and advanced levels of empathy.

Beyond my qualifications and training, I have the courage to stay open in ‘not knowing’, to continue exploring the shadowy depths of the human psyche, and to be vulnerable and touched by the pain of the other. I have a passion to whole-heartedly engage in learning about myself and others, and to create connections within, and between people. My capacity for compassion, deep connection and insight are the result of my inner work and many years of continual practice of Focusing.

QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

Master of Counselling and Human Services, LaTrobe University, Melbourne
Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, Phoenix Institute, Melbourne
Certificate in Supervision, Centre for Supervision Training, UK
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, AIET, Melbourne
Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist

Certified Focusing Trainer

Certifying Coordinator for The International Focusing Institute, New York                  

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & INTERESTS

Focusing Oriented Therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Jungian Sandplay Therapy
Counselling Supervision

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Emotions in therapy: a troublesome variable or a powerful agent for lasting change – EFT perspective” at 8th National Anxiety and Depression Conference Brave worlds: Innovations in Clinical Practice, Melbourne, October 2015

TEACHING & GROUP FACILITATION

  • Curriculum development and lecturing at Phoenix Institute of Australia - taught Experiential Focusing, Ethics and Professional Practice, Foundations of Mental Health and Counselling Skills in the Bachelor of Holistic Counselling, and Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling courses

  • Developing and ongoing teaching Focusing Training programs:

- “Your Body Knows the Answer”, level 1-3

- “The Art of Focusing Connection", the Focusing Trainer and FOT Certification Program

- “Focusing in Therapeutic Practice: A Gentle Path to Radical Change”, a program for therapists, health and healing professionals

  • Facilitation of on-going Focusing study and supervision groups

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

  • Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists – Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist

  • Clinical Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

  • Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Level 4

  • Accredited Supervisor with PACFA

  • Practicing member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Member of International Association of Focusing-Oriented Therapists