ACIS Staff - Directors
Servaas van Beekum
Drs (sociology and psychology), Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA)
Servaas van Beekum was born, raised and trained in The Netherlands where he was a journalist, a teacher, a school manager, an academic, a psychotherapist and eventually a director of the Institute for the Applications of Social Science (IAS International). He moved to Australia in 1998, where he holds directorships in the Australian Centre for Integrative Studies (ACIS) and in Van Beekum Consult. He also works as a senior consultant with the Aspirall-group.
Servaas has worked with executives and senior managers in over 50 countries on all continents. He has been involved in supporting resolutions in cases of ‘strife in the boardroom’ and has successfully led cultural transformation and organisational development programs. He is passionate about the dynamics of groups and works with the belief that the way ahead in organisations is available within the organisation itself, but often hidden and blocked by unconscious process on individual and collective levels.
Servaas is highly experienced in working with cultural diversity, which is a key focal point in international operating companies and organisations. He has run group relations conferences and training programs for managers and consultants. Servaas holds a Masters in social sciences (psychology and sociology), is trained and practiced in psychotherapy, organisational consulting and coaching.
His extensive corporate experience includes clients in the aviation industry, the finance & mining sectors, electronics & telecommunications, breweries, lawyers & consulting companies. Non-corporate clients vary from hospitals, education (polytechnic and University), psychiatric clinics, government health departments to welfare and hospitality organisations.
Servaas is a prolific author and has published over 25 articles in international journals. Servaas is the 2015 recipient of the International Eric Berne Memorial Award, for his writing on the re-integration of the concept of unconscious into the canon of theory of transactional analysis. He has recently promoted the inclusion of sibling dynamics in organizational work as well as consulting from a relational perspective.
B.Sc. Social Work (University of Cape Town). MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex London).
Certified Transactional Analyst CTA and Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst TSTA (ITAA).
Elana Leigh originally trained as a social worker in Cape Town, South Africa during the apartheid years. She left from South Africa in 1980 and after a brief time in Sydney Australia she migrated to London where she began her journey as a Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor.
Training in the 80’s and early 90’s was an exciting, revolutionary and expansive time in the history and evolution of psychotherapy. She graduated as a Transactional Analyst, an Integrative psychotherapist with extensive training in body-orientated psychotherapies. She also became an accredited trainer and supervisor.
She was part of the founding years at the Metanoia Institute for psychotherapy in London where she worked for 12 years as clinician, trainer and supervisor. She returned to Sydney in 1994.
Her passions and interests are in integrating both theory and practice across modalities and cultures as well as history and context within contemporary times
Her social work training, South African heritage and psychotherapy training have influenced her extensive interest and desire in working in India, South Africa, Japan, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
Professionally she identifies herself with Relational theory and practice and philosophically believes that healing occurs within the complexity of the relationship which consists of two subjectivities and the interpersonal space between.
She currently works as a clinician in Sydney with Individuals, couples and families. She is a supervisor and trainer and teaches both nationally and internationally.
She has been and continues to be involved in various psychotherapy associations at a national and international level. Her involvement is in training and accreditation standards of psychotherapists.
Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) - Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA - ATAA & ITAA)
Jo arrived into the world of psychotherapy from the corporate sector. In upper management, she worked with people to develop their skills and strived to better assist them in their personal and professional development.
During this time she worked, educated staff and travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the USA and the Middle East.
It was her interest in working with people that led her to psychotherapy almost two decades ago, to work as a clinician, long term with clients.
Jo uses Transactional Analysis and the relational model in her work, informed by psychoanalytic theory and thinking.
She is an advocate for psychotherapy as a profession and constantly works to improve ethical procedures, training standards and professionalism in her field. As a result, for the majority of her professional life she has served on executive boards and as President of various professional associations in Australia. This interest, or passion, lead her to take up a role as a director with the Australian Center for Integrative Studies in 2009.
During her time in the profession Jo has convened many conferences, spoke and run workshops and seminars on varying topics related to psychotherapy.
In her consultative role, Jo actively assists people in finding the appropriate path in a field fraught with confusion around mental health. Her current interest is the notion that the general public are not clear about the differing professions servicing this sector, and as a result has written a book on the topic.
Alongside her work as a psychotherapist in private practice Jo is an author, speaker and blogger. She lives in Sydney with her family and co-worker Saydee. Her book, Delving Deeper: Understanding diverse approaches while exploring psychotherapy was launch in December 2016.
She is currently working on her second book that has been contracted by a prominent publisher.
After 20+ years in the IT industry working for companies such as Unisys, PwC & IBM, Kelly Graham brings her experience in the areas of Administration, Finance and Operations to ACIS. After helping to co-ordinate the “Allies and Enemies” conference in 2012, Kelly joined ACIS as an Administrator looking after the training courses, website and database
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