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How can we help?

The Birchtree Centre is a collective of Sydney psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists. The centre provides a safe space for survivors of complex trauma, addiction and eating disorders to access treatment.

Birchtree’s program provides Individual and Group Therapy, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and Art Therapy. Groups and workshops are also available for family and friends of those who have experienced complex trauma.

The Birchtree Centre of Excellence also offers training to practising and training psychologists and therapists.


Trauma Support Groups

Our popular Trauma Support Groups run for six sessions, fortnightly. Two therapists look after and guide the group through a number of themes common to individuals struggling with a legacy of complex trauma.


Upcoming Workshops for Clients

We regularly run workshops, seminars, support groups and other services for clients and their families and friends.

January 16, 2019
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May 25th, 2019
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September 21st, 2019
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Upcoming Clinician Events

Our Centre for Excellence conducts CPD events across NSW.

February 27th & 28th, 2019
Tamworth Community Centre
March 12, 2019
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March 12, 2019
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April 9, 2019
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June 25, 2019
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September 10, 2019
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November 19, 2019
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Kind Words …

“The Long Limbs of Trauma” two day workshop presented by Jace Cannon-Brookes and Dr Sophie Reid was a masterly, yet pragmatic introduction to working with some of our most psychologically fragile patients.

The topic was carefully discussed in all its aspects from neurobiology, behavioural psychology, stages in therapy, practice management – even the therapy setting.

It was a great privilege to hear two such experienced practitioners talk about how they work and how they maintain their equanimity, even more importantly how they assist their patients in finding theirs.

Overall the workshop provided a most valuable learning experience and one which was rich with personal vignettes, warmth, humour and heartfelt humanity.

Highly recommended.

– Professor Janice Russell
The University of Sydney


Child Abuse Report

The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry recently published a report on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The report is damning in its criticism of the Catholic Church and

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Childhood Trauma, Stress and the Biology of Addiction

Gabor Maté's 2012 paper in the Journal of Restorative Medicine discusses the degree to which childhood trauma leads to addiction in later life. "Early trauma has consequences for how human beings respond to stress. Trauma

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How the marriage equality debate is affecting LGBTI Australians – a guide for health professionals

With marriage equality continuing to remain out of reach for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians, ACON has produced a resource for health care providers, to assist services to support members of the LGBTI community through what may be a distressing time.

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The Psychology of Eating Disorders

Most of us at some time or another have been on a diet, or had concerns about our body image. In this western society, where a great deal of emphasis is placed on appearance, this is far more common than not. Dieting can become problematic, however, if it is taken too far. If you find yourself stuck in a cycle of dieting, and or out of control eating and a persistent feeling of dissatisfaction with your body, then you might have an eating disorder.

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