Key Personnel

IFS Trainings Australia 

Simon d’Orsogna is a Psychotherapist with a Clinical Masters in Systemic Family Therapy, and a background in Adult Developmental coaching having trained with Harvard professors Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey. Based in Melbourne Victoria, he is the US Center of Self Leadership’s Partner and IFS training organiser in the region. Over the last fifteen years he has developed and led trainings in a variety of experiential and group learning approaches including Coherence Therapy, and since 2016 has organised and run more than 50 days of IFS workshops.

Simon has led the introduction of the IFS model to Australia offering  workshops and training since 2016. He was a member of Jay Earley’s online Advanced Practice Group before bringing US therapist Bonnie Weiss to Australia for a series of annual workshops. In 2017 the Center for Self Leadership invited him to become their partner in running workshops and official certification trainings in Australia and the region. In 2018 there are a series of official certification Level 1 trainings offered, as well as visiting IFS practitioners and Introductory events. See the Events page for details, and join the email list for updates.

His clinical work normalises the inevitable cycles of disorganisation and coherence, of messy stuckness and calm between heightened moments that signal our adult growth and self-elaboration.

Click here to read the Neuropsychotherapist magazine’s 2017 interview with Simon

Simon is a La Trobe University alumni, a member of the International Association of Integrative Coach-Therapists (UK);  member of the McLean Institute of Coaching (Harvard University affiliate);  Associate Instructor with the Coherence Psychology Institute; and an Associate Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists. Currently he is a level 2 training candidate for Leslie Greenberg’s EFT with the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy. 


Leona Dawson

Leona Dawson, a  Sydney-based qualified Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist,  Transpersonal Art Therapist & Coach.  Leona also has two decades experience  helping adults and teens succeed in achieving their personal and educational goals as a teacher, facilitator and educational manager.

Chris Clay is a Canberra-based Registered Psychologist with endorsements in Counselling Psychology and Organisational Psychology, having worked in organisations settings in her early career and now being self-employed in private practice. She is currently completing a registrar program for Clinical Psychology endorsement after completing a Master of Clinical Psychology program. She has a special interest in experiential psychotherapies.


Dave Williams is a Sydney-based Registered Psychologist, with Grad Dip Counselling, Advanced Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, EMDR Practitioner, Grad Dip Employment Relations, and a BEcon(Hons).