Dr Nathan BeelCounsellor - Clinical Supervisor - Educator
My current professional role is as a Senior Lecturer in counselling at the University of Southern Queensland. I am currently the Counselling Discipline Coordinator and the Undergraduate Counselling Program Coordinator. I have taught interpersonal communication, counselling skills, counselling theories, ethics, clinical supervision, and field education.
I am a Clinical Member and registered Clinical Supervisor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Additionally, I am a member of the College of Counselling & Psychotherapy Educators within PACFA.
I have a Bachelor of Arts (Christian Counselling), Graduate Diploma (Christian Counselling), Masters of Counselling, and Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology stream).
My first practice as a counsellor was in my internship in Tabor House in Adelaide 20 years ago. Following this, I worked for the Salvation Army as a counsellor in the Brisbane Rehabilitation Services Centre (Moonyah), then coordinated and supervised a telephone crisis line (Salvo Care Line), before being offered the position of Counsellor Manager with Fraser District Lifeline Community Care QLD. In this role I managed the general face to face counselling program, the region’s multi-site Gambling Help Service, and the financial counselling service.
I have formerly served as Secretary and Treasurer on the QLD Counsellors Association management committee, and in this role I had a particular interest in addressing the needs and challenges of counsellors in the regional and remote areas of our state, particularly in accessing adequate support, supervision, representation, and professional development. In 2020 I organised and chaired the recommencement of the National Heads of Counsellor and Psychotherapy Education network.
My professional interest is in the common factors of what works in counselling across modalities, feedback informed therapy, telehealth, and counselling men. I completed a PhD program and researching male-friendly counselling. I also create online courses for professional development and for the public.