Forensic Psychology and Psychoanalysis
"To be is to be perceived and so to know thyself is only possible through the eyes of the other. The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds that go on apportioning themselves throughout all time... Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future."
Sonmi 451, Cloud Atlas
DR GERARD WEBSTER
Training & Supervising Psychoanalyst
Counselling & Forensic Psychologist
Gerard Webster Ph.D., Psy.D. is a highly trained and experienced psychotherapist, having worked with children, adolescents, and adults for over 35 years. He is a published theorist and has presented academic papers and workshops at over 50 national and international conferences.
QUALIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychoanalysis) - Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICPLA)
Doctor of Psychoanalysis - ICPLA
Master of Counselling - Macquarie University
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)- Macquarie University
Graduate Certificate in Adult Education - University of Technology, Sydney
Member and Training & Supervising Psychoanalyst, ICPLA
Supervisor Accreditation by NSW Children's Guardian for assessing and treating inappropriate or abusive sexual behaviour by children, adolescents, and adults.
Fellow of APS College of Counselling Psychologists, and past member of the National Executive
Fellow of APS College of Forensic Psychologists
Founding Member & Vice-President of Australian Forensic Psychotherapy Association
Member of International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy (IARPP) Child & Family Committee
Member & past president of Australia & New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse
Past president of the Australian Chapter of IARPP
Member of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
Member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy
All services are evidence-based (relying on current research) and are informed by 'relational self psychology' psychoanalytic theories.
Sessions are conducted in-person at Rosebank or online.
Build self-understanding to make important changes in your life
Your emotional struggles can be greatly relieved by building a safe and open therapeutic relationship with a highly trained psychotherapist. Psychotherapy is different from other counselling approaches as it acknowledges that safety and insight often need time to grow so that old patterns of being and relating to others can change in lasting ways.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY
Growing up doesn't have to be so hard
Children have different needs as they develop and have to face the complex challenges of life. A supportive therapeutic relationship early in a person's development can lead to major positive change in the present and save a lot of suffering in the future.
Discover your strengths and patterns that need to change
Forensic evaluations are often very useful to people who have committed crimes and who want to do all they can to make sure their mistakes are not repeated. When forensic psychological evaluations and risk assessments are conducted in a safe and respectful environment, they can provide you with greater self-understanding so you can make better choices about your future treatment. Independent assessment reports are often influential in the Children's, Family, and Criminal Courts.
Change harmful patterns of behaviour
People who are highly motivated to change can radically alter their destructive patterns of behaviour, no matter how entrenched. Forensic psychotherapy can help you discover why and how unwanted patterns of desire and behaviour have evolved and are so hard to eliminate. In a supportive therapeutic relationship, you can build internal strength to manage problem behaviour, build healthy relationships with others, and maximise your inner sense of wellbeing. Sometimes old, ultimately harmful desires give way to new ways of experiencing yourself and of being in the world.
Develop skills in general and forensic psychoanalysis
Training and supervision in contemporary relational psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and forensic psychotherapy are offered to experienced and qualified psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, counsellors, and pastoral professionals.