MBT Australia (MBT-AA)


Contact: Margie Stuchbery



The people listed below are recognised by the Anna Freud Centre as having completed all the requirements to be MBT supervisors and associate trainers. Together they have formed MBT Australia which is the focus for further developments in Australia. Their joint knowledge about mentalizing and its application to clinical work is extensive, ranging from mothers and infants, families, and adolescents to adults and personality disorder.

Supervision with people listed here is approved by the Anna Freud Centre International MBT Network as counting towards requirements for practitioner level in MBT.

Dr Clara Bookless

Dr Clara Bookless is a psychoanalyst and psychologist with a particular interest in the early prevention of mental health disorders. She worked for 25 years teaching and researching in University Departments of Psychiatry before taking the role of Senior Consultant Psychologist engaged in the development and clinical support of a State-wide Early Intervention and Home Visiting Programme. Clara is particularly interested in infant mental health, the impact of traumatic experiences on child development and adult mental health and the personal meaning of mental disorder in the recovery process. Clara maintains a private psychotherapy practice. She also works as a clinical consultant to agencies and clinicians providing adult psychotherapy, child protection and child - parent psychotherapy. Clara supervises the therapeutic work of a range of clinicians and psychotherapy trainees across a number of government services and private practice. cbookless@internode.on.net

Michael Daubney

Michael Daubney is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with clinical interests in psychotherapy, trauma, infant mental health and adolescent inpatient and outpatient treatment. He is Medical Director of Specialist Teams CHQ HHS and the consultant psychiatrist to Brisbane north, Brisbane North and Caboolture Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services and the Day Program Brisbane North. He is the current Chair of the binational Committee Section of Psychotherapy (RANZCP), Queensland President of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (Inc.), an Accredited Mentalization Based Therapy supervisor with the Anna Freud Centre and is undertaking a Higher Research Degree at Griffith University developing an instrument assessing social emotional development in 3 year olds. He is the supervisor of the junior and advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry trainees in psychodynamic psychotherapy, conducts supervision of other professionals including GPs and maintains a psychotherapy component in his private practice. He has been receiving psychotherapy supervision from Professor Bateman for a number of years. michael_daubney@bigpond.com

A/Prof Lynn Priddis, M.Psych., M.Psych (Clin), PhD

Lynn has over 30 years’ experience working with infants, children, adolescents and their families in health, education, and private practice contexts. Lynn directs the Clinical Psychology and Master of Infant Mental Health programmes at Edith Cowan University, where she introduces postgraduate students to MBT. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in which she focuses on relationship issues, parenting, parent- infant psychotherapy and supervision. Lynn began her training in MBT and Reflective Functioning in 2006 and has been receiving group supervision from Professor Bateman since 2011. Lynn provides supervision for many psychologists and IMH practitioners locally and internationally. Lynn plays a significant role in advocacy for infants and young families and is a past president of the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) and also of the West Australian Branch of AAIMHI. l.priddis@ecu.edu.au

Margie Stuchbery, M.Psych (Couns), MAPS, MCCLP

Margie has over 20 years’ perinatal mental health experience working with infants, children and their families in public and private health systems. Margie is the Senior Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Coordinator at Karitane, a parenting organisation where she practices MBT and applies MBT principles in supervision to clinical psychologists, postgraduate students, advanced trainees in Psychiatry and mental health workers in juvenile justice and child protection. Margie maintains a private practice delivering clinical services to adults and children and education and clinical supervision to MBT practitioners. She is an accredited MBT supervisor and has been supervised by Professor Anthony Bateman since 2011. Margie is also an accredited practitioner of the infant-parent therapy Watch, Wait and Wonder and has trained in the use of the Parent Development Interview to assess Parental Reflective Functioning. She is Chair of the NSW branch of the APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group. margiestuchbery@hotmail.com