MEET THE THERAPIST
ROWAN BURCKHARDT – CLINIC DIRECTOR
Rowan is a clinical psychologist and the founder of the Sydney Couples Counselling Centre. He holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Wollongong, where he also completed his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology. He also holds a Master of Psychology from the University of Bordeaux in France and was awarded all his degrees with distinction. Rowan is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and has been a committee member of the Illawarra branch.
Rowan is the only couples counsellor in Sydney that has been certified in emotionally-focused therapy by ICEEFT, Dr Sue Johnson's organisation that oversees accrediting therapists internationally. He was trained by Dr Jenny Fitzgerald, Lorrie Brubacher, Dr Veronica Kallos-Lilly, and Dr Clare Rosoman, who are all internationally renown trainers of emotionally-focused therapy. Rowan has a strong client-centred approach which emphasises the uniqueness and humanness of each person he works with. He sees the process of couples opening up to him and allowing him into their inner world as both an honour and a privilege.
Rowan's passion for psychology has led him to work at a variety of places in the past, including the Black Dog Institute and the University of Sydney Gambling Treatment Clinic. He has also worked for several years teaching psychology to undergraduate students at university. Rowan has also been involved with a number of psychological research projects, which has helped him extend and consolidate his evidence-based knowledge for various therapeutic techniques. He has published academic papers in the areas of bipolar, early intervention, dialectical behaviour therapy, positive psychology, and acceptance and commitment therapy, which can be found here. Rowan has also published a chapter in an emotionally focused therapy textbook for therapists on doing couples counselling when one partner has a gambling problem (this chapter can be found here). He has presented at both national and international conferences and has featured on ABC news on a number of occasions.
Rowan has spent many years living and studying overseas. Whilst he is a native English speaker, he also offers therapy in French and Spanish. Living abroad has helped Rowan develop a strong sensitivity to the role of culture in couples counselling.