Senior Lecturer

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Teaches in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Ms Biliana Dearly is a psychotherapist, registered clinical counsellor and accredited supervisor with extensive experience working with a wide range of mental health problems, traumas, life transitions and relationship difficulties. She has completed the Master of Counselling at La Trobe University in Melbourne, specialising in Emotion-Focused Therapy. In parallel, she completed years of training in Focusing-Oriented Therapy and was certified by The International Focusing Institute, New York, as a Focusing-Oriented Therapist, Focusing Trainer, and a Certifying Coordinator.

Biliana’s approach to counselling and psychotherapy is humanistic and process-experiential, focused on the present client experiencing and exploring all existential and relational problems. Her practice is informed by her extensive training in Emotion Focused Therapy, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, and Jungian depth psychology. She has worked as a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate programmes since 2010 and contributed to program invitation, development, and coordination.

Ms Biliana Dearly is a PACFA accredited clinical supervisor. She serves as the Chair of the PACFA Education Program Accreditation Committee.


Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, supervision practice, working with trauma.

Research Interests

Ms Dearly’s professional interests include the development of therapeutic presence and the influence of the therapist-as-a person, the process of change and empowerment in psychotherapy and transformational teaching practices.

Recent Presentations

  • “Emotions in therapy: a troublesome variable or a powerful agent for lasting change – EFT perspective” –8th National Anxiety and Depression Conference “Brave worlds: innovations in clinical practice”, 2015 – conference presentation and the workshop
  • “Restoring the wholeness of being: Working with trauma from Focusing-Oriented Therapy perspective” presentation at PACFA national conference “Working with trauma”, Sydney, February 2019
  • Dearly, B (2019). Restoring the wholeness of being: Working with trauma from the FOT perspective. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia. 7 (2).
  • “Therapist’s felt sense as a catalyst for change” presentation at the International FOT conference, New York, October 2020