Our people

While Dulwich Centre is located in Adelaide, Australia, you can find our team members in many different parts of the world. Different faculty members and community workers are engaged in diverse projects. 

Adelaide Team

Cheryl White

Cheryl White is the Director of Dulwich Centre and the founder of Dulwich Centre Publications where she works as publisher, editor, teacher, training co-ordinator, conference host, and initiator of projects. Cheryl is the author/co-editor of various books, including A memory book for the field of narrative practice and Conversations about gender, culture, violence & narrative practice: Stories of hope and complexity from women of many cultures. More information about the work of Dulwich Centre Publications can be found in the book A community of ideas: Behind the scenes. Cheryl is particularly interested in finding ways to support the work of practitioners in difficult and challenging contexts. She is the Secretary of the Dulwich Centre Foundation which is vitally interested in the interface between narrative therapy and work with wider groups and communities.

David Denborough

David Denborough (PhD) works as a community worker, teacher and writer/editor for Dulwich Centre. He is particularly interested in cross-cultural partnerships which limit the chances of psychological colonization and create possibilities for cross-cultural inventions, such as the Team of Life Narrative Approach and Tree of Life (with Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo). These collective narrative methodologies seek to assist people to address the effects of traumatic experiences without having to speak directly about them.

David is also vitally interested in how collective narrative practices can spark and/or sustain social movement and in projects that respond to racism and seek to strengthen social cohesion/inclusion.  Recent teaching/community assignments have included Brazil, Palestine, Singapore, Austria, Brazil, Hong Kong, Kurdistan (Iraq), India, Canada, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and a number of Aboriginal Australian communities. David is also a coordinator of the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work with the University of Melbourne where he is also involved in supporting/supervising graduate researchers. His songs in response to current social issues have received airplay throughout Australia and Canada. His books/publications include:

Barbara Wingard

Barbara Wingard has been involved with Dulwich Centre since 1994 when she played a key role in the 'Reclaiming our stories, reclaiming our lives' gathering for Aboriginal families who had lost a family member due to deaths in custody. Barbara was one of the first group of Aboriginal Health Workers trained in South Australia. She is the co-author, with Jane Lester, of the influential book Telling our stories in ways that make us stronger. Barbara is one of the teaching team of the Dulwich Centre Foundation. She also plays a key role in Dulwich Centre's engagement in community projects. Barbara was named Elder of the Year (Female) in South Australia in 2008 and she is a current Commissioner for the Environmental Resources and Development Court.

Carolyn Markey

Carolyn Markey has considerable experience and great interest in counselling children, young people, and their families or caregivers in relation to a broad range of problems that are affecting their lives. Carolyn has particular experience in the areas of family separation, effects of violence and abuse, school-related difficulties, and working with people affected by concerns about anxiety or depression. Carolyn also enjoys using narrative ideas in group settings; this has included groups about sole parenting, living with the effects of violence and abuse, or groups of men wanting to take responsibility for abusive actions. Carolyn also has considerable experience supervising other practitioners in narrative therapy. Alongside her counselling practice, Carolyn works with the Teaching Partnership at Dulwich Centre and has taught narrative therapy workshops in Adelaide, throughout Australia, and in Hong Kong.

Chris Dolman

Chris Dolman values and enjoys working with individuals, couples, children, and families who are responding to a broad range of problems and concerns in their lives and relationships. Chris works both in private practice and for a non-government organisation. In addition to having considerable experience in working with people facing issues of violence and abuse, he has worked with people around family separation, parenting, grief, addictions, mental health concerns, and relationship matters.

Jane Hales

Jane Hales started work in reception at Dulwich Centre on 30 April 1984, and has very much enjoyed her time here being involved with the office work, typesetting and layout of the journals and books, general accounting, workshop and conference organising including travelling to Atlanta and Liverpool for the conferences, database management, managing bookstalls, and more! Currently Jane is working as an assistant to Cheryl White.

Carolynanha Johnson

Carolynanha is an Adnyamathanha, Aboriginal person from the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia and currently works as a counselor and educator at the Cancer Council SA. She is passionate about supporting Aboriginal people to find ways of making changes around the way they are smoking. Carolynanha has been involved with narrative practices since 2005. She has a Diploma in Narrative Approaches for Aboriginal People (Counselling, Group and Community Work) and is a recent graduate of the Inaugural Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. Carolynanha is involved with Dulwich Centre Foundation’s community projects.

Manja Visschedijk

Manja Visschedijk was born in the Netherlands and raised on Meru Country in an immigrant community in the Riverland region of South Australia. Manja’s family and cultural values fostered a passion for social justice early in life, later embracing feminist ideas and practices. Manja was recognised in the ACT Government Centenary Women’s Honour roll for her contribution as a women’s advocate and she remains committed to addressing issues of privilege, dominance and marginalisation. Manja has worked with individuals, couples, groups and communities over the past 35 years in a range of roles including counselling, advocacy, case-management, group work, community work, supervision and senior management. Manja is currently employed as a Counsellor Advocate with the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service (STTARS) in Adelaide. Manja has been associated with the Dulwich Centre as a Graduate Advisor since graduating from the Inaugural Advanced Diploma in Narrative Therapy in 2002. She has previously taught Narrative ideas as part of the Canberra Narrative Collective in the early 2000’s, and more recently with the Australian Institute of Relationship Studies, on the Diploma of Counselling and Group Work course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community workers.

Molly Jureidini

Molly has worked at Dulwich since October 2016 as a member of the admin team, and as student liaison for the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. She completed a Bachelor of International Development and Bachelor of Media at the end of 2017.

Hetty Byrne

Hetty (short for Henrietta) has worked at Dulwich Centre since February 2018 as assistant to David Denborough and Student Liaison for the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. In 2017, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology and French Studies. 

Charlotte England

Charlotte England has worked at Dulwich Centre since June 2018 as a member of the admin team, and as a Student Liaison (along with Hetty) for the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. She completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science in 2018 and is hoping to complete a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research in 2019.

National and International Faculty 

Jill Freedman

Jill Freedman is director of Evanston Family Therapy Center in North America, where she teaches narrative therapy and has a therapy and consulting practice. Together with her partner, Gene Combs, she has authored three books: Symbol, story, and ceremony: Using metaphor in individual and family therapy, Narrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realities and Narrative therapy with couples... and a whole lot more! and more than 30 book chapters and articles. She is an Honorary Associate of the Taos Institute and in 2009 was given the Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award by the American Family Therapy Academy. She teaches internationally.

Angel Yuen

Angel Yuen is a school social worker and private practitioner in the multicultural context of Toronto, Canada. She has a particular interest in finding and co-discovering hopeful and creative ways of responding to hardship. She is also a founding member and faculty of the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto. In 2006 Angel joined the Dulwich Centre team to become a faculty member for their international courses. She is coeditor with Cheryl White of the 2007 book Conversations about gender, culture, violence and narrative practice: Stories of hope and complexity from women of many cultures.

Lorraine Hedtke

Lorraine Hedtke (MSW, LCSW, PhD) is a professor at California State University San Bernardino, where she teaches school counselling and coordinates the program in Counselling and Guidance. Lorraine’s career has blended clinical practice and educational endeavor. She writes, researches, and teaches about social constructionist practices in conversations with the dying and the bereaved. She regularly teaches about death, dying, and bereavement and narrative therapy throughout the United States and internationally. She is an associate member of the Taos Institute in the US. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional and trade publications and newspapers. Along with John Winslade, she is the co-author of Re-membering lives: Conversations with the dying and the bereaved. Her children's book, My grandmother is always with me, is co-authored with her daughter, Addison. Further information and articles can be found at www.rememberingpractices.com.

John Winslade

John Winslade is a Professor at California State University San Bernardino and also teaches part-time at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. He has co-authored six books on narrative practice and was the founding managing editor of Explorations: An E-Journal of Narrative Practice.

Ruth Pluznick

Ruth Pluznick is the clinical director a public children's mental health centre in Toronto and a senior faculty of Narrative Therapy Centre. For the past three years, Ruth and her colleague, Natasha Kis-Sines have participated in the 'gathering stories ' project initiated by Dulwich Centre, developing narrative ideas and practices where a parent is experiencing mental health difficulties. Ruth's agency, Oolagen Community Services, is also involved in a partnership with Dulwich Centre in an initiative designed to foster intergenerational alliances within the Tamil and other multicultural communities in Toronto and the Kite of Life exercise.

Sekneh Beckett

Sekneh Hammoud-Beckett is a Narrative Therapist and Registered Psychologist (MAPS) based in Sydney. For over a decade she was employed with the New South Wales Department of Health (Youth Mental Health) engaging in health promotion and therapeutic services for young people and their families. She also worked as a researcher with the Division of General Practitioners and a Consultant Psychologist for Twenty10, a NSW community service for young people and their families navigating diverse identities. In addition, Sekneh she was part of the teaching faculty for the Masters of Social Health and Postgraduate Applied Psychology Course at Macquarie University for ten years. Currently, Sekneh works in private practice providing therapy, consultancy, teaching and supervision. She has papers published, received media and parliamentary attention and given numerous talks both nationally and internationally exploring the relationship between sexuality, religiosity, and issues around gendered violence and racism. When not immersed in the therapeutic space, she is actively engaged in community advocacy roles. Sekneh enjoys the practitioners' space and revels with an innovative and collaborative blend of creativity, social justice activism and narrative therapy with the people and communities she meets. Sekneh believes her 'work is love made visible.'

Palestinian Institute

The Palestinian Narrative Institute is based at the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC) in Ramallah and provides narrative training and supervision in Arabic. Nihaya Abu Rayyan, Wael Dawabsha and Sahar Mohammad (pictured here in Egypt) are the three senior narrative teachers and supervisors. Dulwich Centre Foundation International works closely with the TRC and the Palestinian Narrative Institute.
Click for more information about these collaborations or the TRC.

David Newman

David Newman lives and works in Sydney. He works part time in a psychiatric unit for young people and has an independent counselling practice through Charing Cross Narrative Therapy Centre. David has recently taught in Turkey, Hong Kong and Palestine. He is currently passionate about working with those who are struggling with suicidal experience, narrative approaches to mental health work and the possibilities of group work. He is the author of the influential paper 'Rescuing the said from the saying of it: Living documentation in narrative therapy'. Click to contact David c/o Charing Cross Narrative Therapy Centre.

Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo

Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo is an educational psychologist and a narrative therapist with over ten years experience working with children and communities affected by and infected with HIV and AIDS in east and southern Africa. She currently works as an independent consultant/service provider providing services that include training and capacity development on child-centred, family, and community-focused approaches/ methodologies to help alleviate trauma and hardship. Ncazelo works with different organisations and government departments throughout Africa. In 2008, Ncazelo formed the Family Strengthening Center of Southern Africa which helps families cope with hardships in the context of HIV and AIDS, poverty, and conflict.

Tileah Drahm-Butler

Tileah Drahm-Butler is a Darumbal woman who lives in Kuranda, North QLD.  Tileah was born in Brisbane and has family connections throughout Queensland. Tileah currently works as a Social Worker in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit of the Cairns Hospital and offers Narrative Therapy in and around Kuranda.  Tileah has also worked in a range of programs in Cairns and Cape York, including the Drop the Rock program in Cape York.  Tileah is on the teaching faculty and teaches Narrative Practice through an Aboriginal lens and works to co-research ways that Narrative Therapy can be used in a range of settings as decolonising practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Tileah also teaches on the Masters course and is currently undertaking an Apprenticeship in the art of Narrative Practice with David Epston and others.  Tileah is a member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia.

As well as enjoying these realms of Narrative Practice, Tileah is a beekeeper and enjoys camping, bushwalking and home decorating.

marcela polanco

marcela polanco, originally from Bogotá, Colombia, lives and works in Monroe, Louisiana, U.S. She is part of the faculty team of the family therapy programs at University of Louisiana at Monroe. marcela’s clinical, teaching, supervision, and research work is inspired by a narrative practice framework. She is particularly interested in exploring decolonizing means by which to renew narrative practices to maintain cultural solidarity, in her case, to her Colombian/Latin American perspectives. Other of her interests includes the development of narrative inquiries informed by cultural and linguistic sensitivities learned from postmodern translation studies, bilinguality, and Latin American magical realism. This is, to contribute to people, their families, and their communities to intervene in their lives and relationships aesthetically and ethically.

Mark Hayward

Mark Hayward works as a Family Therapist in the health service in UK and applied himself to a number of systemic models before training in narrative therapy. He works with young people and their families in a mental health setting and often uses videos of practice to analyse and demonstrate practice skills. Mark has been teaching narrative practice for about ten years after studying with Michael White and qualifying on the first Dulwich Centre post-graduate International course. Mark is a founding Director of the UK Institute of Narrative Therapy which brought together teachers and therapists in UK to co-ordinate training in narrative practice.

Saviona Cramer

Saviona Cramer is a Narrative and Family Therapist and co-owner of the Barcai Institute of Narrative Family and Couples Therapy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Saviona has been practicing, teaching and supervising Narrative Therapy for the last 22 years, since connecting with Michael White while training at the Ackerman Institute. As a Narrative Family therapist, she works with couples around relationships and sex, with children and their families, anorexia and bulimia, and trauma. She has published several articles about her work and presented at Narrative conferences since 1997.

Sue Mitchell

Sue Mitchell has over 20 year’s experience working as a psychologist, community and project worker in urban, rural and remote Australia as well as internationally. She has long held a commitment to approaches that are informed by social justice frameworks, consider the contexts of people’s lives and that honour people’s unique meaning making, capacities and skills in living.

Yael Gershoni

For over 25 years I have been working with the narrative practices and ideas as a teacher, supervisor and therapist, applying these to a wide range of problems. A large part of my work is connected to working with trauma, loss, couple therapy and women that struggle with eating difficulties. In 1984 I joined the Barcai Institute, the Center for Individual, Family and Marital Therapy in Tel Aviv, a center for teaching, supervising and therapy with couples, individuals and families. Since 1994 the Barcai Institute has been a leading institution for teaching and training of Narrative Therapy in Israel for which I have personally played a major role in developing the curriculum and teaching it. I am a clinical certified member of AAMFT (1983) and a certified Supervisor in Marriage and Family Therapy by the Israeli Association (1985). I have published articles on Narrative work in English and Hebrew.

Christian Beels

Christian Beels is a retired psychiatrist who has specialized in work with the families of the severely mentally ill, helping to form institutions and narratives that make use of their numbers and their common experience. At Bronx Psychiatric Center, he founded an inpatient and outpatient service that served the mentally ill of a large area of the Bronx with multi-family groups as the centerpiece of their psychiatric services. At the Psychiatric Institute affiliated with the Columbia Psychiatry Department, he founded the Public Psychiatry Fellowship, a program that introduces psychiatrists after residency to the possibilities of a career in the public sector. He is the author of A different story: The rise of narrative in psychotherapy.

Poh Lin Lee

Poh Lin Lee has engaged in narrative practice and been involved in conversations in Australia and overseas in the area of family violence, state violence, displacement and seeking asylum with individuals, families and children for the past 12 years. Poh Lin is now based in France and alongside therapeutic work, supervision and training Poh Lin has been collaborating with a film maker for the past three years combining narrative practice ideas with the development of a feature hybrid documentary.

Lobna Yassine

Lobna works as a clinical supervisor for the Community Restorative Centre in Sydney and as a casual tutor (social work) at The University of Sydney. She has been connected to narrative practices for almost 10 years, with a particular passion for people affected by the criminal justice system. Lobna is interested in exploring alternative possibilities, alternative knowledges, and in people’s acts of resistance from the periphery. Narrative therapy practices have allowed Lobna to remain committed to acts of social and political activism, while at the same time positioning individuals and communities as experts and knowledge-producers. Her current PhD research is focussed on juvenile justice policy, and draws on Michel Foucault and Carol Bacchi to disrupt dominant current discourses that produce particular types of subjects. Lobna hopes to explore alternate discourses that have less-harmful effects on people and on communities.

Loretta Pederson

Loretta works for a non-government organisation in a community facing significant disadvantage. She also works in private practice through Narrative Therapy Connections Sydney. Loretta meets with people responding to a range of issues in their lives including relationship concerns, parenting issues, grief, and problematic drug use. Loretta is particularly passionate about assisting people where expressions of distress (including self-harm or suicidal thoughts) have arisen from witnessing or being subjected to violence, in reclaiming their lives from these effects. She enjoys her work very much, especially seeing the liberating effects of conversations deconstructing dominant ideas about ‘mental illness’ labels, gender, family, race and class.

Ola Elhassan

Ola Elhassan is a Social worker with over 15 years’ experience working across different communities. Through having the opportunity to work in both the NGO and Government sector she has managed to acquire a variety of skills and had the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about working with young people and has developed and facilitated a range of training tools and programs for young people that have been, and continue to be, effectively delivered within various community organisations & schools.  She sits on several steering committees and She also founded the Locked Out Support and Network committee, which supports women and children with a relative in Prison.

Sarah Webster

Accidental web-wizard. Sarah picked up some web-development skills while stranded for a few months in Silicon Valley, California.

Since then it has been her pleasure to work with narrative therapists (in her off-hours), to create an engaging presence for narrative therapy online.

In particular she is thrilled to collaborate with the Dulwich Centre—tending to their their ever-evolving online space. 

Sarah works in mental health for the New Zealand government, and hopes to one day call herself a published poet. 






Phillipa Johnson

Phillipa Johnson is a narrative practitioner experienced in community development, community education and social change projects. Phillipa has worked across areas of international aid and development, intimate partner and family violence, child protection, schools and the disability sector since 2005. She most recently completed a collective narrative film project emerging from co-research with a group of young people with lived experience of family violence. Phillipa is committed to working towards both healing and social justice with those experiencing oppression and hardship.

Troy Holland

Troy works as a psychologist in public and private practice in Rockhampton and Woorabinda in Central Queensland.  As a whitefella Australian man of mostly Cornish and Irish descent he sees himself as very privileged to have increasingly worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities over the last 10 years and he has learned respectful practices and two-way learning journeys are vitally important.  He is currently also collaborating on a collective narrative practice project named:  ‘Shy or Quiet when we want to be, but never Silenced.’

Marc Leger

Marc is a narrative therapist and community worker living in Ottawa, Canada.
As a narrative therapist, Marc meets with young people and their communities of concern who are responding to a broad range of issues in their lives, including living with the effects of abuse and gendered violence, grief, mental health challenges and relationship concerns. Marc is particularly interested in co-developing gender and cross-cultural partnerships in his local community to support his work with gender diverse youth and Indigenous youth and their families. Over the past number of years, Marc’s engagement with narrative practices has been very much inspired by creative developments in Collective Narrative Practices appearing in diverse contexts around the world. In 2004, Marc had the opportunity to study with Michael White as part of Dulwich Centre’s post-graduate International course and most recently he completed the Master in Narrative Therapy and Community Work program through the Dulwich Centre/University of Melbourne. Marc has had the opportunity to teach narrative practices in Australia, Turkey and Canada.  

Kylie Dowse

Kylie is a Saltwater Aboriginal Feminist living and working across the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia, whose preferred pronouns are ‘her’ and ‘she’.  Kylie joined Dulwich Faculty in 2016 and is enthusiastic about access to higher education for Aboriginal people, believing this key to becoming decision makers in policy matters that affect Aboriginal communities across Australia.  Her professional background includes 18 years working alongside women and children in NGOs to respond to domestic and family violence, and developing respectful program material with men who have used violence in relationship.  Presently, Kylie has been working independently on a range of community projects implementing and stretching Narrative Practices, and hopes to complete her PhD research... eventually!  Kylie relishes teaching and tutoring with the Masters program, and meeting with people from diverse cultures, contexts and preferred selves.

Kylie’s favourite role is that of grandmother to an (exponentially) growing family who knows Nanny can be found in the veggie garden.

Mr Mohamed Fareez

Fareez is currently a Senior Assistant Director at AMKFSC community Services where he has worked for more than 10 years. He has an honor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from the National University of Singapore, and had also completed his Master in Narrative Therapy and Community Work in 2014. Fareez has experience in working with older adults, families with multiple difficulties, and families affected by incarceration. His current areas of interest are in the areas of grief work and culturally sensitive collaborative family interventions. Fareez was awarded the Promising Social Worker Award in 2011, and the Prime Minister Social Service Award in 2012. A volunteer mediator with the community mediation centre, Fareez was also awarded the Ministry of Law Outstanding Newcomer Award in 2012. 

Fareez has contributed to the sector through various roles such as practice leader for FSC (Family Service Centre) onboarding, Strengthening Families Together Praxis group, Champion for the Community of Practice for Narrative Therapy, and the Group Work Practice Guide. He is also active in the Singapore Association of Social Work (SASW) where he had served in the Executive Committee for the past 6 years. 


As a practitioner, he is keen on developing ways of integrating narrative ideas into collaborative social work case management and community work in Singapore. Fareez also works with persons affected by grief and loss, where he values ideas of ‘re-membering’ as important counter-stories to the dominant discourses of grief work


We involve a wide range of consultants in all the different projects we are engaged with. The following people, however, are longstanding consultants whom we turn to time and again for advice, feedback, and reflections.

Barbara Wingard (Australia)

Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese

Angela Yuen (Canada)

Tim Agius (Australia)

Charles Waldgrave (NZ)

Mary Pekin, Mim Weber,
Manja Visschedijk (Australia)



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