Dr Nathan BeelCounsellor - Clinical Supervisor - Educator
My current professional role is Associate Professor at the Australian College of Applied Professions (ACAP) and the Discipline Lead – Counselling (Brisbane and online). I am also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. 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 (specialising in male-friendly counselling).
My first practice as a counsellor was in my internship in Tabor House in Adelaide commencing in 1998. 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. Just prior to my current role, I was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ), where I was the Academic Discipline Lead (Counselling). Whilst there, I held leadership, teaching, and research responsibilities in my 14 years of employment.
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.