- Master of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
- Graduate Diploma of Counselling
- Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling
- TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- Earlier qualifications obtained before entering the field of counselling include Bachelor of Business (Management and Accounting) and Graduate Certificate in Company Secretarial Practice.
I have worked with individuals, couples and families across a wide range of cultures, ages, presentations and settings since 2008. Settings have included face-to-face counselling, telephone counselling, Skype counselling, group facilitation, community recovery (disaster field response). I have also provided critical incident stress debriefing, consulting, and training services to employers. The knowledge and insights I have gained over my previous career as a manager and accountant have been useful when helping clients deal with issues arising from their experiences in business, organisations and the workplace.
Working with Children
I am cleared by the Office of the Children’s Guardian to work with children. To verify this clearance, go to http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/check or phone the Office of the Children’s Guardian on (02) 9286 7219. You will need to quote my full name (Peter Desmond Foster), my date of birth (20/05/1949) and my Working With Children Check Number (WWC0958853E).
I prefer not to work directly with children under the age of 8 years (unless conjointly with a parent or as a family member) as such work is best done using specialised approaches (using such aids as sand trays, selected toys and creative arts materials). I am happy to provide a referral to another appropriate practitioner.
Professional affiliations and standards
I am a Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and am listed on its National Register (PACFA Reg. Clinical 22515). Counsellors who are listed on the National Register must demonstrate that they meet PACFA’s standards of professional training and ethical conduct, have sufficient experience to deliver quality counselling services, undertake ongoing professional development and receive professional supervision of their work, and hold professional indemnity insurance.
In the interests of the well-being of the community in assisting the containment of the COVID-19 virus, face-to-face counselling services are suspended until further notice. Counselling is available via telephone, video and chat. The fee for these services is $90/hour and an invoice will be emailed after each session is concluded. Counselling by email is also offered. See Forms of counselling for further information.