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Meet the Practitioners from the Adelaide Trauma Centre

Krystie EdwardsVina Grossmann | Dr Lesley Porter

Nina Mekisic | Tracey Greaves| Robyn Duckworth | Liz Teesdale-Smith

Sheri Zala



Krystie Edwards

I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. I have been providing therapeutic services in the community for over 20 years. Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – a body inclusive developmentally based trauma therapy, are frameworks that shape how I work.

I am particularly interested in the relationship between the mind and body and how overwhelming experiences can affect us in ways that can’t be understood or processed through conversation alone. Incorporating the physical aspects of traumatic memories and symptoms into therapy allows me to support people to stabilise, process and heal traumatic experiences in a safe and regulated way. I am also interested in the way trauma symptoms are often identified as anxiety and depression and the importance of identifying this and treating the underlying traumatic injury from a holistic framework.

I believe the essence of therapeutic change and healing is relational. Presence, authenticity and collaboration are values that underpin my work, alongside a resilience and strengths based approach that privileges your experience and the inherent wisdom of your bodymind.

I have particular interests in the overlapping areas of violence and abuse, sexual and reproductive health, grief and loss and trauma. I work with adults.

Sessions are generally for 1 hour and a Medicare rebate ($77.80) is available with a Mental Health Care Plan from a GP. The session fee is $160.  I offer a limited number of bulk billing spaces to HCC holders.

I also offer clinical supervision (in person and via Zoom) and training in Trauma Informed Care, Vicarious Trauma/Self Care and Embodied Practice.

Please note: I am not currently taking new clients. 

Krystie Edwards
Location: 29 Regent Street North, Adelaide CBD, 5000
Appointments available: Mon, Tues & Wed 9am – 5pm. Zoom based Supervision & Training Thurs & Fri.
Mobile: 0413 654 555  Fax: 8127 9525
Email: krystie.edwards@icloud.com


Vina Hotich

Vina Grossmann

I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a particular interest in using body-inclusive psychotherapy when working with the effects of trauma, as a means to re-balance and heal the disturbances to mind and body that often result from the impact of traumatic experiences. My second area of special interest is the field of attachment related problems and the repair of those.

In my experience recovery from trauma is possible, and more secure attachment styles can be learned, or re-learned. Creating a therapeutic relationship that allows trust and a sense of security to grow and help the healing is central to my work.

I specialise in working with adults affected by childhood or more recent trauma, working with grief, working with attachment related problems, and working with children, teenagers and their parents on a wide range of  psychological and behavioral problems.

I use  trauma-informed practice, attachment-based therapies, child-centered play therapy, EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, mindfulness, narrative therapy concepts and some ACT and CBT, as my main therapeutic modalities.

I am available to facilitate Circle Of Security Parent groups and other parent education groups.

My private practice is available Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Vina Grossmann
Mobile: 0400 017 064
Email: vina@adelaidetraumacentre.com.au


Dr Lesley Porter

Lesley Porter

I am a relationship and trauma therapist and I see individuals, couples and families. With Adelaide Trauma Centre I offer relationship counselling, body sensitive trauma therapy and supervision. I am also an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and work part time as a Mental Health Clinician/Therapist.

I describe my approach as relational narrative therapy. I have a PhD in trauma therapy and the therapeutic relationship and qualifications in Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Mental Health & Breast Cancer Care. For me the therapeutic relationship is so important and I see the therapeutic relationship as the holding space for everything that happens in therapy. My therapy practices draw on the client’s resources (body, breath, mind, heart & spirit), their language, strengths, humour, culture and hopes to enter into a place of sense making, inquiry and discovery.

In working with the body and trauma I draw on Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher’s body sensitive approaches, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and mindfulness meditation. My approach assists people experiencing mental and physical health problems and trauma to move towards and into a balance of rest and wellness. I have worked for Relationships Australia in Sydney as a Couple & Child Therapist and in the area of sex therapy & sexual concerns, sexual abuse, domestic and family violence in NSW and SA. In therapy I encourage people to explore their deeper hopes and commitments for relationships and life purposes, while living well with co-existing conditions. My supervision interests include ethical considerations and the way therapists and counsellors discover and make their own unique therapy practices.

I work from Parkside. Concessions are available and Medicare rebates apply with a Chronic Disease Management Plan from a GP and for Supportive Pregnancy Counselling (referral from your GP).


Dr Lesley Porter
Location: Parkside SA
Appointments available: Day time & evenings Thursday, Friday
Mobile: 0407040944
Email: drlesley@relationalnarrativetherapy.com.au

Nina Mekisic 

Nina Mekisic

I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a background in working with adults, teens, children and families.

I take a holistic approach to therapy that takes into account the link between body, mind and environment. I work from the foundation of establishing a therapeutic relationship that is respectful, kind and collaborative. I will work with you to set goals for therapy that align with your values and the outcomes that you are seeking. My focus is on providing you with practical strategies and tools that fit your particular circumstances.

I am often inspired in my work through witnessing how addressing current challenges within ourselves and our relationships, can lead to healing and growth beyond our experiences of adversity and trauma.

In my practice I utilise my training in a number of therapeutic approaches such as DBT, ACT, narrative therapy, and the Gottman Method of relationship therapy.   I also draw from the specific training I have completed in working with trauma- this has included training with the Australian Childhood Foundation, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Dan Siegel and Kent Hoffman. I am currently completing intermediate level training in Somatic Experiencing

I work with individuals, couples and families.

I have Masters level training in supervision and have worked in roles consulting with schools and other organisations to support them to move towards integrating trauma informed approaches.

Individual sessions are an hour in length ($145.00) and couple’s and family sessions are 1.5 -2 hours in length ($220.00-300.00). Medicare rebates of $77.80 are available with a Mental health care plan and referral letter from your GP. Consulting work is negotiated on a case by case basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately I am unable to take on new clients at this stage.

Location: 29 Regent Street North, Adelaide 5000
Appointments available: Mondays and Tuesdays- including after hours times. Zoom appointments can be arranged outside of these hours by negotiation.

Ph: 0432 153 432 Fax: 8312 6008
Email: nina@adelaidetraumacentre.com.au

Tracey Greaves

Tracey Greaves

I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and have over 20 years’ experience providing therapeutic counselling services. I have a strong interest in working with trauma related issues recognising how un-healed difficult experiences impact on our present day emotional states, our sense of selves, and on our interpersonal and intimate relationships. I have worked extensively  with adults who have experienced childhood trauma and with people who have experienced traumatic experiences in their adult lives.  I am a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) practitioner and have trained in somatic based therapies. My other training includes Mindfulness and Self-Compassion practices and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.  

I work with people living with depression and anxiety and/or chronic mental health issues. I also hold an interest in working with problems arising from family of origin, relationship issues and gender and sexual identity. I am strongly influenced by relational approaches to therapy and by Narrative Therapy practices. Both of these approaches recognise that helpful therapy relies on collaboration between therapist and client and on clients feeling safe, respected and recognised as the experts in their own lives.  I have worked in community health services, non-Govt mental health services, sexual and reproductive health services, and domestic violence services as well as teaching in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at both the University of South Australia and Flinders University.  

Sessions are generally for 1 hour. My fee is $150.00. Medicare rebates are available for people who have a Mental Health Care Treatment Plan. I reserve some reduced fee and bulk-billing appointments for people who have both a Mental Health Care Plan and a Health Care Card.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not currently taking new clients

Tracey Greaves
Location: Adelaide and Tea Tree Gully
Appointments Available: 
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (Saturday mornings only)

Mobile:  0410512665
Email: tgreaves34@gmail.com

Robyn Duckworth

I am a psychotherapist and family therapist with more than 30 years’ training and experience working with adults, children and families, as well as in supervising and mentoring other clinicians’ learning and self-reflection. My work has covered areas such as depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse, high emotional distress, and persistent family relational problems including between parents and children who long to connect better.

I am continually amazed and touched by the courage and resourcefulness people bring to therapy, and delight in helping them notice this when the time seems right. I’ve observed that although the way forward from confusion and distress may not be clear, our mind/body/hearts often intuitively know the next step which can be uncovered with gentle, caring attention, in the knowledge that someone else is alongside as we explore these troubling places. I take the responsibility of providing a safe trustworthy space for such exploring very seriously and check in with clients frequently to make sure this is happening. It is a great privilege to be trusted with accompanying others into their most vulnerable places, and I seek to bring my whole self (mind, body, heart and spirit) into being with people through this work. (And in case all this seems rather serious, I hasten to add that therapy often brings times of warm humour, and enjoyment as well!)

I consult in Adelaide on Thursdays charging $150 per session and request payment on the day. I reserve a few places for negotiating concessional rates for those who could not otherwise afford to come. If your GP considers a mental health care-plan is appropriate, then a Medicare rebate for up to 20 sessions in a year (currently $77.10) can be claimed as I am an accredited mental health as well as a clinical social worker. Currently a similar rebate for those affected by the bushfires is also available without a GP referral. I am also available for clinical supervision and consultation on other days, which I prefer to provide in sessions of 90 minutes to enable sufficient reflective time, also at a cost of $150.

For those interested in more technical information, my work is informed by training in CBT (particularly ACT, DBT), somatic and mindful approaches to the latest neuroscience research in trauma and attachment (Briere, Porges, Van der Kolk, Ogden, Kurtz, Amos, Schwartz) and systemic therapies (Family, Internal and Narrative.) I have also had the privilege of working closely with Aboriginal workers in developing culturally safe approaches to social and emotional family wellbeing.

Please note: unfortunately I am currently unable to accept new clients

Robyn Duckworth
Location: 29 Regent Street North, Adelaide CBD, 5000
Appointments available: Thursdays, and by zoom or negotiation other times
Mobile: 0468 321 449
Email: Robyn@adelaidetraumacentre.com.au

Liz Teesdale-Smith

Liz Teesdale-Smith

I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and trauma therapist and my background is working with adults and young people who have experienced childhood trauma or more recent trauma. I have many years
experience in working with anxiety,  depression,  PTSD, relationship and domestic violence issues.

I am interested in the relationship between mind and body and how body centred approaches can help us feel a sense of aliveness. Over the years I have learnt in my work that conversation alone may not address the overwhelming experiences in relation to trauma. I am inspired by the resilience and resources people bring to sessions and how in collaboration we find ways forward from distress to achieving a clear mind, heart and body integration.

I use trauma informed practice, Narrative therapy, Mindfulness,  DBT,  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am also a fully qualified Kinesiologist which complements the body centred work that I do. Kinesiology uses muscle monitoring to tune into what the body needs to heal.

Sessions are 1 to 1/12 hours .Medicare rebates are available for people on a Mental health care plan from their Doctor. Some bulk billing appointments are available.

Full Kinesiology treatment is $100. No medicare rebate available.

Liz Teesdale-Smith
Location 29 Regent Street North Adelaide,  5000
Time: Friday 9.00 to 5.00
Mobile 0415862813

Sheri Zala

I’ve been exploring the impacts of interpersonal wounds for the better part of my life.  I’m really interested in the ways early life experiences shape the way we view ourselves and the world around us, and I’m particularly drawn to explore the shadow side of life experiences that most of us go through but struggle to share or speak about with others.  I wholeheartedly believe that when the conditions are right within a safe therapeutic relationship that we each have the capacity to shed painful or frightening memories, beliefs and feelings and that we all have it in us to expand and transform.  I’m a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker specializing in trauma, attachment and interpersonal violence.  I’ve been practicing for over 20 years in Victoria, NSW and newly to South Australia.  Since 2005 I’ve also been in private practice working therapeutically with a particular emphasis on trauma and the body.  I provide clinical supervision to professionals across Australia both individually and groups. 

I’ve published numerous articles (for a full list see my website: sherizalacounselling.com.au) and presented at local and international conferences in relation to therapeutic practice with people who suffer traumatic symptoms and impacts.  I enjoy providing training to other health and welfare professionals specifically in relation to trauma and can provide tailored workshops.  I work with adults and adolescents over 16 years.  I also see couples where trauma is part of their current difficulties.

I’m currently in full time private practice in Willunga, Adelaide.

Please note: I am not currently taking new clients. Please contact me at the email address below if you would like to be placed on my waiting list.

Location: Willunga (address provided upon appointment)

Fees: Please inquire.  Medicare Rebates for approx. $77.10 available with a Mental Health Care Plan

Availability: Mon-Fri 10-3pm

Mobile: 0427 228 425, email: sheri@sherizala.com.au

Sheri has training in Clinical Mental Health Social Work, Psychology, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, Havening, Couples Therapy and Clinical Supervision.