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.

We are currently open for face-to-face sessions. At present approximate waiting time for new clients is 2-3 months.

Please contact  us on info@birchtreecentre.com.au or tel: 02 9518 8719.

Remember, take care and stay safe.

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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. 

Next class starts in October 2020.


DBT First Aid – Skills for Managing the Traumatised Self

An eight-week DBT informed psychoeducational group on Mondays at 6pm, starting July 20 and limited to approx 12 people. Develop practical skills to be able to self-regulate during uncomfortable emotional experiences, survive a crisis without making things worse, and learn simple strategies to seek safe interpersonal connection.


Upcoming Classes for Clients

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

Our client workshop will be delivered as an online training as social distancing will be in place for an extended period of time which doesn’t allow us to do the workshop here at Birchtree.

Upcoming Clinician Events

Our Centre for Excellence conducts CPD events across NSW.

Due to the current COVID 19 situation, and social distancing rules in place we have decided to deliver all masterclasses and workshops as an online training.

Testimonial …

“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


“We can do hard things…” when we stick together By Jace Cannon-Brookes

For the past two months at Birchtree we have all been conducting our sessions through telehealth platforms, relying on Zoom to connect with those whom we see. It has been an interesting and challenging period

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Countering the Impact of Social Exclusion on Trauma Survivors

“Stronger Together” is the motto for the Military Wives Choirs formed throughout the UK to help partners come together to manage their sense of aloneness while their other halves were overseas on tours of duty.

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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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