Key Personnel

IFS Trainings Australia 

Simon d’Orsogna is a Psychotherapist with a Clinical Masters in Systemic Family Therapy, and training in Adult Developmental coaching with Harvard professors Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey. Based in Melbourne Victoria, he is the US IFS Institute’s Partner and IFS training organiser in Australia and NZ. Over the last fifteen years he has developed and led trainings in a variety of experiential and group learning approaches including Coherence Therapy, and applied Poly Vagal Theory and since 2015 has organised and run more than 240 days of IFS workshops and trainings. In June 2019 he completed his Level 3 IFS training in Sheffield, UK.

Simon has led the introduction of the IFS model to Australia, NZ and SE Asia offering workshops and training since 2015. Previously he was a member of Jay Earley’s online Advanced Practice Group before bringing US therapist Bonnie Weiss to Australia for an annual series of 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. Currently there are a series of official certification Level 1 trainings offered, as well as visiting IFS practitioners and Introductory events. The Level 2 Trauma and Neuroscience training (the first time offered outside of the USA) ran in December 2018 in Hoi An, Vietnam. Introductory lectures and workshops are planned ongoing across Australia and New Zealand, and a series of Level 1 trainings are proposed for the coming year See the Events page for details, and join the email list for updates.

In 2018 Simon completed the Level 2 ‘Intimacy from the Inside Out’ (IFIO – IFS informed couples work) training with Toni Herbine-Blank in the UK, as well as presenting on ‘Memory Reconsolidation and IFS’ at the International IFS Conference in Providence, Rhode Island in December. 

Simon’s 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.


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.