Harmonious Discussions

Our trainings are offered for mental health practitioners who are registered with a regulatory body, and are not suitable for the general public.

These events are sponsored by the Brisbane Harmony Centre and are free to participants. We developed them as community building and educational events for mental health practitioners working with trauma.

We endeavour to stimulate interesting and lively discussions about therapeutic trends and current controversies in psychology, while maintaining collaborative, civil and professional standards of communication, as befits the helping professions.

Together, we can learn, thrive, enjoy each others’ support, and set the tone for appropriate and robust debate in the mental health community and the community at large.

Upcoming Harmonious Discussions
Bookings for Harmonious Discussions
Past Harmonious Discussions

Upcoming Harmonious Discussions

Harmonious Discussions are normally held on a Friday evening from 6pm to 8pm at Brisbane Harmony Centre in Woolloongabba (Ground floor, 6 Broadway Street, Woolloongabba QLD 4102).

Harmonious Discussion – Friday 20 August, 2021.

Dr Bianca Sebben: Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy.

Emerging evidence from a variety of clinical trials across the United States, Europe and Israel is highlighting the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelics in the treatment of various mental health conditions such as PTSD and depression. This Harmonious Discussion will discuss the current research both in Australia and overseas, and application of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, with a particular focus on MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD, and psilocybin-assisted therapy in the treatment of addiction, depression and disorders of control.

Dr Bianca Sebben is a psychologist with a particular interest in working with trauma and dissociative disorders. Bianca completed her PhD in Indigenous Psychology in Mexico, where she became interested in the application of plant medicines in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions.

Harmonious Discussion – Friday 12 November, 2021.

Ainsley Salsbury: EMDR Dilemmas – Reflections from one EMDR Therapist's Experience of Being Called to the Stand

Psychology and the law intersect, often in ways which are stressful, unwanted and complex. The law's view of EMDR is particularly fraught and complex when our clients may seek to prosecute traumas which represent criminal abuses against them. It appears there are no clear or certain answers about how to navigate this murky and confronting labyrinth of dilemmas. Ainsley would, however, very much like to share her experience, and facilitate supportive discussion in the hope we can embolden and inform each other to face this series of challenges bravely and wisely.

Ainsley Salsbury is a psychologist, co-owner and co-Director of Brisbane Harmony Centre who has the privilege of working with brave individuals in their healing from traumatic and distressing life experiences. Her approach is respectful and recovery focussed, and integratively draws upon various trauma-informed modalities including EMDR; Therapies for Structural Dissociation; Mindfulness; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

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Past Harmonious Discussions

Browse through our past Harmonious Discussions, listed below:

Inaugural Harmonious Discussion – 30 November, 2018.

We were delighted to have held our first event on 30 November, 2018.


The event was a raging success, and it was a delight for us to watch our colleagues mingle, learn, and question with a spirited attitude and lots of laughter.

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Second Harmonious Discussion – Friday 1 March, 2019.

Stabilisation in EMDR Therapy

Our second Harmonious Discussion was hosted by our colleague Sarah Miller, who skillfully navigated us through a review of the theory and the research covering both sides of the argument for stabilising, and not stabilising people before addressing their traumatic memories in therapy.

Our second Harmonious Discussion was hosted by our colleague Sarah Miller.

We were lucky to have Sarah's incisive presentation in her entertaining and witty style. Fun was had by all, and our discussion raised more questions than it answered. The participating therapists were emotionally engaged by research that may challenge received wisdom in trauma therapy. Food for thought, and further research and discussion.

Watch this space!

Third Harmonious Discussion – Friday 19 July, 2019.

A Book Club Discussion Part One: "EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach" by Anabel Gonzalez and Dolores Mosquera.

We recently hosted our first Harmonious Discussion run in a 'Therapist Book Club' format. Thank you to everyone who attended and took a deep dive into the first few chapters of this insightful book, with the presentation led by Ainsley Salsbury.

Our third Harmonious Discussion: A Book Club discussion

The book and the model integrate clinical wisdom, science and knowledge from a broad range of fields. The model seeks to equip EMDR practitioners with a rich theoretical framework for planning and delivering safe effective treatment for people who have suffered early and/or severe traumatisation.

It was incredibly useful to explore and discuss these perspectives as a peer group. We look forward also to future Harmonious Discussions where we can further immerse ourselves in the practical application of this broadly informed framework and associated techniques. These approaches hold so much promise for addressing complexities and getting good outcomes for clients.

The authors will be presenting at a 4 day conference in Sydney in November 2019, which Ainsley will be attending on behalf of Brisbane Harmony Centre. If you are going to be there too, please say hi!

Fourth Harmonious Discussion – Friday 13 September, 2019.

A Book Club Discussion Part Two: "EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach" by Anabel Gonzalez and Dolores Mosquera.

We held our second book club and were pleased to have some new faces in the crowd at this event – welcome to all who are passionate about offering high quality trauma informed therapy. Amanda Hansen led us through a couple of very dense chapters, and made sense of some complicated therapeutic concerns for us.

Our fourth Harmonious Discussion: A Book Club discussion, part two

We are looking forward to Ainsley hosting a follow up discussion in the beginning of 2020 to share the wisdom she collects at the Mosquera and Gonazalez training in Sydney in November.

Fifth Harmonious Discussion – Friday 29 November, 2019.

The Self in Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Thanks to Karen Reid and Marisa Bertello for coming from Toowoomba and sharing their enthusiastic presentation on the Self in Internal Family Systems. They livened us up with great demonstrations, and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Our fifth Harmonious Discussion: The Self in Internal Family Systems Therapy.

We are looking forward to more great events in 2020! 🙂

Sixth Harmonious Discussion – Friday 13 March, 2020.

Therapist Book Club: "EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach" with Ainsley Salsbury.

On 13th March, the clinic hosted the final instalment of a book club Harmonious Discussion related to Gonazalez and Mosquera's "EMDR the Progressive Approach". The lively discussion was led by Ainsley who was one of quite a few participants to also have attended the 4 day EMDRAA conference where the authors were the keynote speakers.

Our sixth Harmonious Discussion: Therapist Book Club: "EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach" with Ainsley Salsbury.

It was incredibly valuable to collectively unpack the remaining chapters of the book, intertwine the content and wisdom from the EMDRAA conference, and to really feel a greater sense of integrating this approach into working with complex cases and dissociation.

It was a wonderful opportunity to have our learning enriched by the insights, experiences and perspectives of a room full of committed and talented peers. Also a valuable opportunity to socialise and enjoy some lighter moments together.

Seventh Harmonious Discussion – Friday 17 April, 2020.

Supporting Mental Health Practitioners through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Due to the global pandemic, our in-person Harmonious Discussions have been postponed, but that didn't stop us at Brisbane Harmony Centre! Catherine hosted an online event to check in with our network of mental health practitioners about the challenges of working on healing trauma during a global pandemic in which the world feels a little less safe and a little less under control.

Our seventh Harmonious Discussion: Supporting Mental Health Practitioners Through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We heard from our colleagues about the frustrations, difficulties and silver linings associated with moving our practices online, we shared tips and wisdom that we accumulated rapidly over those early intense weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. We took time to gather hope for the future, and enjoyed warmth, support and laughter together. Thanks to everyone who participated – our community and the support that we enjoy and offer has never been more valuable than now!

Eighth Harmonious Discussion – Wednesday 9 September, 2020.

Dr Sarah Schubert: Trauma-focused therapy: The role and paradox of stabilisation and attachment.

Again modified by the global pandemic, which made our group room too small to host an in-person crowd, and left Sarah in Western Australia due to border closures, we hosted an online Harmonious Discussion with 20 participants.

Our eighth Harmonious Discussion: Dr Sarah Schubert: Trauma-focused therapy: The role and paradox of stabilisation and attachment.

Sarah put together a thought-provoking presentation about the role of attachment in stabilisation that will have many of the participants working more somatically and socially from here on. She gave a most straightforward explanation of polyvagal theory, and tied our work in EMDR Therapy solidly to social neuroscience, and challenged us all to think a little differently about the importance of connection with others during the early phases of therapy. She also tantalised us with an offer to present part 2 – a more practical take, later this year. Thanks to Sarah for such a great talk, we are looking forward to part 2, and thanks to all who attended!

Ninth Harmonious Discussion – Friday, 30th April, 2021.

Dr Sarah Swannell: A closer look at dissociative experiences in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

We were delighted by our first post-Covid in-person event at the Red Brick Hotel in Annerley. Sarah presented research of her own and from others looking into the fascinating issue of how dissociative symptoms are address, or not, in treatments for borderline personality disorder. This is what a scientist-practitioner looks like:

Our Ninth Harmonious Discussion: Dr Sarah Swannell: A closer look at dissociative experiences in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Sarah's presentation was fascinating, and like all great research, brought up more questions than it answered, and the discussion afterwards was really thought provoking. We look forward to learning more about this and seeing some of this research incorporated into clinical practice. Thank you Sarah!

Tenth Harmonious Discussion – Friday, 4th June, 2021.

Dr Sarah Schubert: Preparation – science and techniques to create integrative memory processing capacity with complex trauma presentations.

Sarah put together a fascinating, stimulating online event for us from Perth. She presented her informed and well researched thoughts on how to prepare people with attachment trauma for EMDR reprocessing. She dazzled us with a powerful method she's developed, drawing on neuroscience, polyvagal theory, structural dissociation, and EMDR, that assists clients to befriend their parts and integrate them into a cooperative collaboration. As always, Sarah brought us a thought provoking and highly valuable presentation in her warm and encouraging style.

10th Harmonious Discussion with Dr Sarah Schubert
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