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Dr Sophie Holmes

Chairperson


Dr Sophie Holmes has 30 years experience as a Consultant Psychologist. Since 1996 she has provided intellectual and clinical leadership as the Director of Williams Road Family Therapy Centre, which is a leading training provider in family therapy and also a broad range of psychological services to families. She was born in Australia of Polish parents who came to Australia as refugees after World War II. Her parents passed on their language, culture and a strong sense of social justice.

Dr Sophie Holmes has a longstanding special interest in disabilities and improving the mental health of all families, particularly CALD families. As Director of the Williams Road Family Therapy she has drawn together a team of family psychologists, social workers and counsellors who provide services in at least 12 different languages.

Dr Holmes personally supervises and trains practitioners to work with families where a family member has a chronic disability, mental illness, developmental/ intellectual and physical disability. Some practitioners have developed programs and methods to work with children and families where the parents have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Dr Holmes was a founding member of the Board of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) initially in the role of Secretary and then the Chair of the Ethics Committee. She is a delegate to the PACFA Council and is also currently on the board of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) holding the position of Treasurer, and is a former president of AAFT.