Working with Challenging Clients in Counselling & Psychotherapy


The Australian College of Applied Psychology Industry & Alumni Team is excited to host Professor Denis O'Hara to present our next professional development session in Brisbane on:

Working with Challenging Clients

Many of the clients we see have experienced developmental and/or adult trauma. Often this results in enduring problems of the ‘self’ including, poor emotion regulation, confused boundaries, substantial interpersonal difficulties, and developed mental health problems. Our clients can present with several comorbid diagnoses and therefore an array of presenting problems. The challenges for us as therapists in our work with these clients include:

  1. Identifying which presenting problem to address in any given session
  2. Managing strong transference
  3. Discerning value differences
  4. Identifying when referral is appropriate
  5. Attending to self-care

This presentation will explore these issues from both theoretical and practice perspectives. Opportunities will be provided to share knowledge and experience.

Registration Link: Registration for this event is through the following link


Dr Denis O’Hara is Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Director of the Hope Research & Practice Institute, and Adjunct Professor at Griffith University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Denis is an experienced researcher, teacher, author, therapist and supervisor. He has worked in universities both in Australia and overseas for over twenty years and published extensively on counselling and mental health. He has written on a range of topics including hope studies, the differentiation of self, depression, psychotherapy integration, and the professionalisation of counselling and psychotherapy. Denis enjoys researching and writing, and providing professional development experiences.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops
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Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: ACAP Brisbane Campus, 410 Ann St, Brisbane, 4000
Room: G.27 & G.28

On-site Workshop $20


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