Senior Lecturer

MCounsHumServ PACFAClin

Teaches in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Ms Biliana Dearly is an experienced psychotherapist with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care sector. She graduated with a Master of Counselling from Latrobe University and has since worked in her private practice with clients presenting with a diverse range of problems, and in DHS funded counselling and education programme addressing benzodiazepine and analgesics dependency and complex mental health problems. Biliana’s approach to counselling and psychotherapy is humanistic and process-experiential, focused on the present client-experiencing and exploring of all existential problems, with cognitive-affective processing and developing of psychological resilience. Her practice is informed by her extensive training in Emotion Focused Therapy, Focusing Oriented Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. She has worked as a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate programmes since 2010.

Ms Biliana Dearly is a PACFA accredited clinical supervisor.


Emotion Focused Therapy, Focusing Oriented Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Supervision Practice and Ethics, Suicide Risk Assessment.

Research Interests

Ms Dearly’s research interests are in a domain of process-oriented, experiential therapy and they include creation of experiential environment in therapy with focus on moment-to-moment processing of the client’s experiencing, deepening of experiencing, the influence of the therapist as a person, experiential teaching and development of the congruence and advanced level of empathy.

Recent Presentations

  • (2015) – “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” – conference presentation and the workshop