Gerard Webster & Associates has provided psychotherapeutic services since 1993 to a diverse range of people (age, cultural background, gender, and sexual orientation) for a vast array of issues. All services are human rights centred – meaning we are highly motivated to ensure that every client is treated with dignity and that their worth, uniqueness and capacity to make choices remain core values. We assist people with any issues associated with problem thoughts, painful feelings, and/or unwanted behaviours according to what current research suggests. This can be short-term counselling or long-term psychotherapy. We also undertake confidential psychological assessments for the family, children’s, and criminal courts and provide consultation services to organisations such as schools. We provide clinical supervision to psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapists and to both fully and provisionally registered psychologists. We have a special interest in building sexual well-being for people of all ages, genders and sexual orientations which is reflected in our areas of research. We also share our expertise by presenting at conferences, seminars, workshops, and public forums, as well as publishing articles in professional journals.
Dr Gerard Webster is a psychoanalyst, having been awarded the degree of Doctor of Psychoanalysis by the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles (U.S.A.) in May 2015. He is also a nationally registered psychologist and supervisor with endorsements as a Counselling and Forensic Psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and has served as a member of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists National Executive. He is past president of the Australian & New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse and has received Supervisor Accreditation for the assessment and treatment of both child and adult sexual abusers under the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian Child Sex Offender Counsellors Accreditation Scheme.
Gerard has been in private practice for over twenty years. During this time, he has worked with adults and children - offering psychological assessments and psychotherapeutic services to both victims and perpetrators of child abuse of all age groups. Prior to commencing private practice, he worked for ten years in the Departments of Community Services and Juvenile Justice in the areas of child protection and juvenile offending. During this decade he worked in various areas of specialisation and received specialist training and supervision to undertake such work. These included assessing and working with sexual abusers, victims, and their families; juvenile offenders; people with drug and alcohol dependence; and adults and children with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.
In addition to his clinical work, Gerard lectured in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the Australian Catholic University for a decade in the fields of child protection and developmental psychology. Gerard has also presented papers and workshops on child protection and the treatment of victims and perpetrators of abuse at over 30 conferences throughout Australia as well as in New Zealand, the United States of America, and Europe. He authored a training package on behalf of the NSW Government for interagency use on 'Working with Children and Young People with Sexualised and Sexually Abusive Behaviours' (© Crown, 2006). He was the forensic expert consultant to the NSW Catholic Education Commission as they developed their systemic response to child and adolescent victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse and co-wrote the resulting document, 'Responding to Children and Young People with Sexual Behaviour Problems' (© CEC, 2011) - guidelines that are now to be followed by school executives in Catholic primary and secondary schools throughout the State of New South Wales. He has also published in peer reviewed journals about the assessment and treatment of children who engage in problematic sexual behaviour and adult sexual offending.
Gerard is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles (USA). His research examines the complexity of psycho-sexual diversity within a human rights framework that prioritises the right of children to protection from abuse. Gerard was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of Australian Catholic University in 2012 on the basis of his "outstanding professional reputation as a psychologist and educator, his extensive work in the Catholic education sector, and his involvement with the Institute for Advancing Community Engagement (IACE) as a volunteer researcher and resource person." He is currently developing an online training package for psychologists and other clinicians who are committed to the prevention of child sexual abuse, and the treatment of victims and perpetrators of child sexual assault for the APS Institute.
Joel is a recently provisionally registered Psychologist currently holding Associate level membership with the Australian Psychological Society. He is a graduate of a Bachelor of Psychology program with Honours and has a background in counselling within the LGBTIQ community. Joel has a passion for working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Joel also has a special interest in working with children and in working with people who identify as members of a minority culture. Joel believes in the value of long term interventions that address the core issues facing people who are seeking relief from psychological issues, and advocates for sustained and meaningful interventions.