Zohar Berchik


  • Course Coordinator - Counselling and Psychotherapy Masters, GD and GC
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Placement Supervisor
  • Unit Coordinator
Zohar Berchik


  • Person Centred Therapies
  • Process Experiential Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Psychotherapeutic Theories and Models
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
  • Group Work Theory and Practice
  • Trauma Counselling
  • Loss and Grief

Clinical Expertise

Zohar facilitates groups and works with individual clients across the lifespan. She is experienced with a broad range of client presentations including complex trauma. Zohar’s training has been in psychodynamic, systems and humanistic therapeutic modalities. Her work has a strong relational focus. She has also trained in Voice Dialogue and is particularly interested in group dynamics and in the use of personification within therapeutic contexts.


Zohar is a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Group Facilitator with over 20 years of experience in group leadership and facilitation and over 15 years as a counsellor and psychotherapist. She has provisioned Clinical Supervision and has Lectured in Counselling and Psychotherapy for over a decade.

Zohar’s passion for counselling was sparked twenty years ago, after, at the behest of a pushy friend, she reluctantly attended a four-day counselling skills training intensive at The Cairnmillar Institute (followed by every course the institute had on offer at the time).

In 2009 she graduated with a Master of Counselling degree from Latrobe University. She has trained in the United States with Hal & Sidra Stone – founders of the Voice Dialogue approach and has undertaken Counselling Supervision training with Michael Carroll.

Zohar has worked as a counsellor, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in a variety of public and private industry settings with a diversity of client presentations. She takes a systems perspective when working with groups and with individuals and her work is trauma informed. Zohar is the founder and former Director of The Australian Centre for Voice Dialogue and was the principal therapist at Equilibrium counselling and psychotherapy.

She has taught in the counselling, allied health and medical programs at La Trobe University, the Institute for Emotion Focused Therapy, the University of New England and the Australian College of Applied Psychology – where she was the recipient of two Excellence in Teaching Awards (2013 and 2018), in recognition of her “sustained excellence in teaching ” and use of “approaches that motivate and inspire.”

She is delighted to have returned to The Cairnmillar Institute to lead the Counselling & Psychotherapy Academic program.