Presenters' Profiles

Associate Professor Josephine Beatson is the Senior Clinical Advisor to Spectrum, a consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience in public and private settings. Dr Beatson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and has a particular interest in the understanding and treatment of severe personality disorders. 

Pip Bradley has a background of 20 years’ experience in mental health nursing, most of those specialising in the treatment and management of borderline personality disorder. She has worked in specialist personality disorder services in New Zealand and more recently at Spectrum. Pip provides therapy, training and consultation across public and non-government sectors regarding complex presentations, therapeutic risk management and DBT.

Rita Brown is a carer consultant for Spectrum and provides a lived experience of supporting/caring for someone with BPD at a number of Spectrum’s workshops. Rita is a volunteer and board member of the Australian BPD Foundation and a co-facilitator of the Mind Australia BPD Family and Carer Support Group.

Julian Browne is a psychologist with a background in psychotherapy with individuals, groups and couples, and has worked in both forensic and community settings around complex clients with a history of trauma. He has an interest in innovative training methods, and systems theory as applied to families and organisations.

Clive Collins is a mental health nurse who has twenty years’ experience working in a variety of settings. He has worked in inpatient and outpatient services both in government and non-government sectors.  Since the early 2000s Clive has specialised in working with people with BPD. He has been part of the direct care services at Spectrum and that work has been predominantly influenced by DBT and ACT.

Debbie Dick is a nurse consultant and family therapist at Spectrum. She has over 26 years experience in mental health working in a variety of areas including inpatient, crisis and outpatient community treatment settings.  She has been working at Spectrum for about 16 years providing consultation to public mental health, training and direct treatment for clients and families.

Dr Charlotte Duncan is a consultant psychiatrist for Spectrum with an interest in psychotherapy, personality disorder and the treatment of complex clients.  She has worked in community and forensic settings in the past and with Spectrum for 3 years where she has had experience in psychodynamic, MBT, DBT and ACT therapeutic work with clients with BPD.

Peter Fairbanks is a senior social work clinician who has worked at Spectrum since its inception in 1999. Over this time he has worked in various parts of the service including 9 years in treatment services and 6 years as the intake clinician and training coordinator. Recently Peter has moved into providing secondary consultation to services and is part of Spectrum's new consumer and carer program

Flick Grey is Consumer Consultant at Spectrum. She works in consumer-perspective academic roles at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, and lectures at several universities. She is a trainer and consultant for mental health organisations around the country, with particular expertise in contemporary Recovery theory, co-production, diverse explanatory frameworks, advance directives, consumer leadership, “benevolent othering” and Intentional Peer Support. She supervises both consumers and clinical staff from a consumer perspective. She is currently training in the UK to be an Open Dialogue Practitioner.

Luisa Hannan is a social worker with over  20 years’ experience in providing psychotherapy and training to individuals and groups in a range of settings  including alcohol and other drugs, mental health and sexual assault services.  Luisa has been utilising ACT in her work with people for the past nine years and currently works in Spectrum’s ACT clinic providing individual and group psychotherapy with the Wise Choices model.

Andrew Mottram is a senior clinical psychologist with broad experience in working with people with complex and severe personality disorders across several therapeutic modalities. His work with Spectrum includes specialist psychological assessment and the delivery of MBT to both groups and individuals. Andrew is passionate about this treatment approach and the value it holds for both consumers and clinicians.

Dr Julian Nesci is a senior clinical psychologist whose work with Spectrum includes direct delivery of MBT in group and individual formats, plus complex care service treatment and consultation for consumers, carers, clinicians and services. Together with Andrew Mottram and Kate Cooke Julian is advancing Spectrum’s MBT program accreditation with the Anna Freud Centre in London.

Associate Professor Sathya Rao is the Director of Spectrum and a consultant psychiatrist. He is a DBT therapist and has a keen interest in teaching and training. He held the position of chair of the Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee for over six years. Sathya is an adjunct clinical associate professor at Monash University.

Natasha Tisbury is a general psychologist who has worked at Spectrum for over a decade. Her work in both individual psychotherapy and group treatment has been heavily influenced by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has a growing interest in the application of Schema Focused Therapy to the treatment of personality disorder.

Janina Tomasoni is the senior clinical psychologist at Spectrum and discipline senior for Statewide Services. Janina has extensive experience and specialisation in assessing and treating individuals with complex personality disorder. She has a particular interest in risk assessment and management, interpersonal violence and aggression in BPD.  Janina has been with Spectrum for  12 years and has provided a range of clinical, consultancy, training and supervision to a range of stakeholders such as mental health case managers, emergency services, ED staff, Victorian Courts and Corrections Victoria. Current role at Spectrum includes the Assessment Unit, DBT treatment program and Service Senior Activities including membership to a number of expert committees

Robert Trett is Associate Clinical Director and Senior Nurse Consultant with Spectrum. He has over 35 years’ experience in nursing with over 20 of these as a nurse-psychotherapist. Since the late 1990’s Robert has specialised in working with borderline personality disorder (BPD). He completed advanced training in Mentalization Based Treatment with Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy in 2011 at the Anna Freud Centre in London, and uses this model when working directly with BPD patients 

Dr Yvette Vardy is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in training and supervision in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and a long standing interest in assessment and treatment of BPD clients. Dr Vardy focussed her doctorate on the experience of aloneness in BPD clients, and is passionate about training others in understanding BPD and working effectively with BPD clients.