About us

Greetings to Psychotherapists and Counsellors Australia-wide!

John Andersen webMeet John Andersen, the new President of CCAA as of September 2016.  
        What is distinctive about the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia is our commitment to not be merely counsellors who happen to be Christian but counselling professionals whose work is informed by our personal faith in Jesus Christ and the Christian values that go with that. While out members have a wide range of perspectives, theological viewpoints and values, which reflect the diversity of theological and faith traditions that contribute to the richness of the Church as a faith community, the Association provides a place where we can dialogue and reflect together on the questions of how does our faith work out with respect to our professional work. We are committed to encouraging Association members to joins us in this ongoing process of reflection, which is what integration of faith and professional practice is all about. Out of our desire to honour Jesus Christ in all that we do, we are also committed to encouraging our members to pursue excellence with respect to their professional practice. This commitment is reflected in our three core values: Professionalism in counselling, Valuing in relationships, Integrity In Character. We promote these values through providing ongoing professional development, provision of supervision, and developing a culture that reflects these values.

       It is our intention that members of our association will have a reputation for professional excellence alongside of an openness to provide a counselling space where reflection upon faith, our spirituality as a source or resilience, and where does God comes into the picture, is a welcome part of the counselling process. This openness does not amount to an agenda, but an option. We are committed to accepting and providing a safe space for our clients, validating their experiences, and walking with them in their journeys for as long as our paths intersect, with the intention of making a positive contribution to their lives.


  • We are a nationwide federation of State based CCAAs who join together to promote and maintain professional standards of quality counselling across Australia.
  • Conforms to the standards of training and supervised experience and ethical standards required by PACFA.
  • Also requires theological training or equivalent to enable the counsellor to address spiritual and faith issues as part of the counselling process.
  • Continued professional development through meetings and conferences, and by continuing supervision. Accepts counsellors of many modalities (e.g. psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural), and client groups (individual, marriage, family).
  • Members work in a variety of organisations (religious and secular) and in private practice.

Meet the Team

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  John Andersen
National President
National Ethics Chair
PACFA Representative
Victorian V.President

Rob Salmon
National V.President & Treasurer
National Website & Publicity Portfolio
PACFA Representative
South Australia President
Vanessa Bendikov web Vicky Hamey web philhenry suejohnston
Vanessa Bendikov
Committee Member
South Australian V.President
Vicky Hamley
Committee Member
New South Wales President
Phil Henry
Committee Member
Queensland President
Sue Johnston
National Governance Chair
Western Australian President
genevieve Val Steele WEB
Genevieve Milnes
Committee Member
Western Australian V.President
Sharon Nillsen
National Journal Chair
Tasmanian V.President
Rae Turner
National Membership Chair
Queensland V.President
Val Steele
Committee Member
New South Wales V.President
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Bill Van Schie
Faith & Spirituality Practice Portfolio

Victorian President
Julie Weeks 
National Secretary
Tasmania President

 National and State Constitutions

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