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About The Therapist-Qualifications, Experience, Projects 

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  • Parental Alienation.

  • Adult children of Parental Alienation

  • Parental Alienation Researcher

  • Severe and Persistent mental Illness

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Family and Domestic Violence

  • Disabilities and sex education for people w a disability

  • First responder trauma counselling (SES, fire, police, ambulance officer's).


  • Alcohol Use

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Asperger's Syndrome

  • Autism

  • Bereavement

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Borderline Personality

  • Career Guidance

  • Chronic Impulsivity

  • Chronic Pain

  • Codependency

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Divorce

  • Domestic Abuse

  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Eating Disorders

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Family Conflict

  • Hoarding

  • Infidelity

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Internet Addiction

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Life Coaching

  • Life Transitions

  • Marital and Premarital

  • Men's Issues

  • Narcissistic Personality

  • Obesity

  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships

  • Relationship Issues

  • School Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harming

  • Sex Therapy

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Sexual Addiction

  • Sleep or Insomnia

  • Stress

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Teen Violence

  • Transgender

  • Weight Loss

  • Women's Issues

Mental Health
  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Impulse Control Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

  • Psychosis

  • Thinking Disorders

  • Bisexual

  • Gay

  • Lesbian



A personal message from Alyse:


Hello and welcome to my profile page. I am a professional, Clinical Psychotherapist with a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy, Psychology and Counselling, and have worked in the field of disability and mental health for 34 years.

I am currently studying for a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and my research work is about designing a new treatment protocol for adult survivors of severe Parental Alienation.


I believe passionately in equal rights and a world without discrimination.

I advocate on behalf of people living with a mental health issue and/or disability to ensure that they are included and supported within their workplaces, with their own personal choices, and all other areas in our community. My life goal is to see everyone live without discrimination, no matter what abilities they have or don't have. We are all walking this journey together and need to support each other. Inclusivity, self-worth, self-esteem, dignity, protection of rights, personal freedom and growth are all basic human rights that we are all entitled to for ourselves, no matter what we are experiencing. I look forward to meeting you soon,


Warmest regards, Alyse

About The Therapist 


Alyse is the founder and CEO of Bowral Road Counselling and Psychotherapy Center and Retreat in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. 

Alyse has a second private practice at Torrens University in Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW.

Alyse is a fully qualified, professionally trained Clinical Psychotherapist and Counsellor with 34 years of experience in the field of disabilities and specialist mental health within the community, and works as a crisis counsellor for numerous EAP providers while studying a PhD.

Alyse also counsels the final year Master's of Psychotherapy students at Torrens University in Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Please see the 'issues' list on the left-hand side of this page under the photo.


Specialty Counselling Areas:


Parental Alienation, & in particular, counselling adult children of P.A.

Research into treatment protocols for Parental Alienation regarding adult children of severe P.A.


Severe and persistent mental illness,

People living with disabilities/special needs and special needs, including sexual education,

Family and domestic violence.

Emergency first responder's (SES, fire, police, ambulance officer's).


Emergency Crisis Counselling:

Alyse is available for crisis/emergency counselling at her private practice, at the place where the incident has taken place, or over Skype, during business hours, and outside of business hours when available.


Therapist Qualifications  


Alyse holds a Master's Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a registered member of PACFA Australia. Currently studying for a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).


Master's Degree Thesis

Alyse's masters' thesis data collection was performed in Sydney, Australia, with women who were homeless and living with a mental illness and or a disability. Extensive research measuring 'stigma from the general public toward these vulnerable women was conducted by Alyse.

Research participants were all from The Exodus Foundation, in Ashfield, NSW, Australia, and were experiencing primary homelessness (sleeping rough on the street).

Therapist Experience

Alyse has an extensive 30+ year professional career in the areas of disability and mental health on the front line in both Victoria (Dandenong Ranges Shire), and NSW, in Sydney city, and southern and western suburbs.


Alyse has worked as a professional counsellor, psychotherapist, front line crisis worker/case manager, community care worker, disability employment support specialist and Western Sydney DES Area Manager for the SFNSW (also known as 'One Door').

Wingecarribee State Emergency Service,

Alyse has been a member of the New South Wales State Emergency Service, on and off for the past 20 years, and counsels emergency services volunteers, 

NSW SES is an agency of the Government of New South Wales, providing emergency and rescue services dedicated to assisting the community in times of natural and man-made disasters.

The NSW SES is made up almost entirely of volunteer members, numbering over 9,000 in 2020.



Certificate of Honor

Alyse was awarded a 'certificate of honor' by the Governor-General of NSW for her part with the Wollondilly SES Unit, in the long and arduous Thredbo Landslide Rescue.

The Thredbo landslide was a catastrophic landslide that occurred at the village and ski resort of Thredbo, New South Wales, Australia, on 30 July 1997. Two ski lodges were destroyed and 18 people died.

Certificate of Commendation

Alyse also received a 'certificate of commendation' for achieving the highest rescue exam score in the NSW SES, by the State Rescue Board of NSW.

International and National speaking Engagements at Conferences and Events

Alyse has recently spoken at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Melbourne, Victoria, as well as the Vision2020 Conference in Sydney, and The Virtual Guardians and Gatekeepers Conference based in Florida, America.

Alyse speaks about the SEMPI Social Communication Model, Parental Alienation, and topics on the psychology of interest to particular audiences. 


Alyse is also available to speak with Dawn McCarty about their experience as adult survivors of parental Alienation over Zoom, across the world.

Please go to

to message either Dawn or Alyse to book.

Current Projects

Humanly Possible Channel on Facebook

Alyse is a co-host with Dawn Endria McCarty (in Florida, America)

The 'Humanly Possible Channels' mission is to encourage and support people who are often working steadily, and quietly on their own altruistic community projects, as well as showcasing people who are advocating on behalf of those without a voice (especially children), or people wanting to tell their stories of hope and resilience, with the ambition of inspiring others.


Dawn and Alyse also interview adult children of divorce and separation, as well as adult children who have also experienced Parental Alienation on top of their parent's divorce/separation, to shine a light on the voice of the adult child, and to let people hear exactly what growing up as a child whose parents have divorced/separated is truly like, 


Dawn and Alyse interview people who have altruistic, empowering, pay it forward views toward helping our communities, and who are also very clear about their own life purpose and mission.

People working toward shining a light on the voice of the children are also highly regarded.


There are many people with these qualities out there and the 'Humanly Possible Channel' wants to show everyone what others are doing to change our world for the better!


Collectively, Dawn and Alyse hope to weave together a new community of warriors, who are using positive messages, and non-violent communication styles to teach hope, happiness, love, healing, and resilience to those longing for this type of inspiration.


Dawn and Alyse would love to introduce you to some of the inspirational people that we have already interviewed over at our Humanly Possible Channel on Facebook!


Parental Alienation International Platforms:


Dawn and Alyse are both adult children of Severe Parental Alienation, and they stand on the P.A platforms on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to give a voice to the children who are experiencing divorce and/or separation of their parents.

Dawn and Alyse are the combined voice of the child in years to come and we invite all grandparents, siblings, cousins, and anyone else exposed to Parental Alienation to speak up on this platform, so we can raise awareness and protect our children.


​Dawn and Alyse are the combined voice of the child in years to come and we invite all grandparents, siblings, cousins, and anyone else exposed to Parental Alienation to speak up on this platform, so we can raise awareness and protect our children.


NOTE: We are not attorneys, so if you have questions regarding your case, please speak to an attorney or reach out to the various parental alienation support groups.


Free Resources:


The FREE SEMPI Social Communication Model


Alyse is the author and creator of

'The SEMPI Model of Communication ©".


The Australian designed SEMPI Social Communication Model teaches and empowers any community member (child or adult), from any social class, how to have a deeper level of conversation, if you ask someone, ‘Are you OK?’ and they say "No".

SEMPI teaches the next step to the 'Are you OK?' question,
if this question feels too hard to sit with, seems confusing,
or just doesn't feel right for the person saying 'No.' 

The 'SEMPI© Model' is written for everyone, no matter what your disability, mental health challenge, occupation, or religion.


'SEMPI' is written to help your community, and the children's and community version is FREE! You can use 'SEMPI' one on one, or in a group today. 


The SEMPI Model is currently being taught in over 20 countries around the world!


Join us today in our CALL TO ACTION, and change the world by learning how to be a #SEMPIfirstresponder and HELP YOUR COMMUNITY NOW! #howsyoursempi #sempi 


To download your free community and/or children's model, please SIGN UP to our community by selecting the login button at the top of any SEMPI web page, and a link will be sent to you.
SEMPI Happiness and Friendship Group
Alyse is the founder and mentor for the SEMPI Happiness and Friendship group.
This group is for members who are living with mental health challenges, and feel isolated, and would like to meet new people and have some fun!
This group is member-run, and they decide as a group, what they would like to do, and when.
There is no staff, and this group is not a dating group.
If you would like to join us or start your own group, go to


FREE 'STILL Digital Recording.'

Alyse is the author and featured speaker in the digital recording series known as "STILL ©' 'how to settle your anxious thoughts and learn to be still' in collaboration with world-renowned musician, teacher and author, Tania Rose.

You can download a free copy of this album from Bandcamp at

Damo's Law

Alyse has teamed up to help and mentor Tessa Sarich with her project and petition named "Damo's Law.'

Damos Law is named after Tessa's brother Damien, who lived with paranoid schizophrenia and died by suicide on December 5th,2016. 

Damo's Law is a law that we are trying to get passed at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia via petition, that will allow anyone who is feeling at imminent risk of suicide, the chance to get a second opinion if they feel that mental health professionals or services are not listening to them.

Damo's Law project helpers speak to people who are needing someone to speak to and also utilise the SEMPI Social Communication Model to help when people are not feeling O.K both over the phone and in meetings on Facebook and Instagram.

To sign the petition, please go to   

Or to see more social media posts, please go to

Local Animal Shelter Committee Member

Alyse is a current serving committee member (4 years) for the local Wingecarribee Animal Shelter, known as FOWAS (Friends of Wingecarribee Animal Shelter) 


FOWAS Mission Statement
“We work with Wingecarribee Animal shelter, community, business and Wingecarribee Shire Council (WSC) to enhance the welfare, enrichment and re homing of displaced animals until their adoption”.

Our Aims
To benefit the welfare of animals prior to rehoming and to assist (WSC) in maintaining a minimal euthanasia policy. We achieve this by providing a safe and caring environment at the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter through the upgrading of facilities, provision of specialist veterinary care/specific dietary needs, dog training and enrichment activities.

To assist with strategies for rehoming
Advertising on relevant media platforms, promoting awareness of the shelter through public education and sponsorship programs leading to successful rehoming.  FOWAS provides transport for animals requiring specialised referrals and foster care.  All our activities are achieved through philanthropic avenues. 


If you would like to donate or help us, please go to

Equine Therapy

Alyse studies and practices Equine Therapy, and is a

level 2 'Parelli Natural Horsemanship' student. as well as a member of Horse rescue Australia.

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