Rowan Burckhardt

Dr Rowan Burckhardt 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. In addition, he holds a Master of Psychology from the University of Bordeaux in France and was awarded all these degrees with distinction. He gained his PhD from the University of NSW, which examined the relationship between emotion regulation and mental health problems. Rowan is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and spent several years on the committee 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, Ms Lorrie Brubacher, Dr Veronica Kallos-Lilly, and Dr Clare Rosoman, who are all internationally renowned trainers of emotionally focused therapy. Rowan now helps train and supervise other therapists in emotionally focused therapy.  

Rowan's passion for psychology has led him to work at a variety of places in the past. He spent almost a decade working at the Black Dog Institute as both a clinician and a researcher and also worked for many years at the University of Sydney Gambling Treatment Clinic. He also spent several years teaching psychology to undergraduate students at university. Rowan has been involved with a number of psychological research projects, which has helped him extend and consolidate his knowledge for various evidence-based therapeutic techniques. He has published academic papers in the areas of emotion regulation, 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 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 has spent many years living and studying overseas. Living abroad has helped Rowan develop a strong sensitivity to the role of culture in couples counselling. Whilst he is a native English speaker, he also offers therapy in French and Spanish.