Catherine is a clinical psychologist, registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and member of the Australian Psychological Society, The Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, The Family Therapy Association of South Australia and a clinical member of the Victorian Association of Family Therapists.
Catherine has more than thirty years public and private sector practice experience as teacher and clinician. She has explored many areas of clinical practice and has particular expertise as a family therapist. She has an enduring interest in work with children and their relationships with family, friends and their world.
Catherine has a relationship with all three South Australian universities as a clinical supervisor and lecturer and has sat on course advisory committees for the University of South Australia. She and other professionals at Bower Place are currently engaged in research in collaboration with psychologists from Adelaide University.
Catherine is a past president of The Family Therapy Association of South Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. From 1984 to 1998 she was associate editor of this journal.
Catherine was president of the Family Therapy Association of South Australia from 1988-1992. She was president of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy from 2004 to 2005. She was associate editor of this journal from 1984-8.
Catherine is joint coordinator of the Bower Place Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and co-coordinator of the Graduate Vocational Diploma in Relationship Counselling. She is a regular presenter in the Bower Place professional development workshops series and lectures and also delivers workshops, seminars and lectures throughout Australia to psychologists, social workers, lawyers, nurses, marriage guidance counsellors and educators across a wide range of theoretical issues and client problems relating to therapeutic practice. Catherine has presented to family therapy and psychology meetings within Australia and overseas and has published in excess of a dozen papers both locally and overseas in peer reviewed journals and books .Her most recent publication is a chapter on working with children in a book A Practical Guide to Family Therapy edited by Paul Rhodes and Andrew Wallis published in 2011.