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


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.

By |August 15th, 2016|Categories: Birchtree News|Comments Off on The Psychology of Eating Disorders