World-class and highly qualified professionals make up the Gunnebah team.
Led by Doctor Jennifer Parer, the goal of the Gunnebah team is to provide the latest evidence-based world’s best practice addiction treatment methods to break addictions and replace them with good physical and mental health and provide the tools for permanent recovery. (Read more about our method and our program).
Dr Jennifer Parer MBBS, FRACGP, DipRACOG – Medical Director
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma of Obstetrics, Fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Dr Jennifer Parer is a General Practitioner on the Gold Coast with over 30 years experience and special interests in mental health, addiction medicine, women’s health and preventative health care. She has an honours degree in Medicine, a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She visits clients twice weekly or as needed providing general and mental health care. See Jennifer talk about health at Gunnebah.
Warwick Parer LLB – Managing Director
Bachelor of Laws, Solicitor Supreme Court Queensland, Captain Australian Army Reserve
Warwick practised law for 14 years before moving into the world of business where his involvements ranged from Ship Repair to Retail, Manufacturing, Property Development and Financial Management. Warwick has always had a passion for exercise and nutrition and through this has developed a strong belief in holistic wellness which is a core belief in the Gunnebah philosophy. Outside work he is the proud father of six children and was also a Captain in the Australian Army Reserve. See Warwick talk about the background to Gunnebah.
Trinity Ferrier BBA, DipBus, Dip AOD – General Manager
Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Business, Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Trinity has been working as a part of the admin team since we opened our doors in 2017. Since she finished her Bachelor in Business management in 2018, she has been full time as the administration manager. Trinity has also completed her Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs in 2020, which has helped her gain a better understanding of guest needs. She has a passion for healthy living through fitness and nutrition which she enjoys sharing with guests. In her spare time she breeds border collies and the puppies are a special treat when they make a visit to work
Dr Kamal Dhaliwal BA(Psych)(Hons), DPsych(Clin), MAPS – Program Supervisor
Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Full Members of Australian Psychological Society, registered with APHRA
Kamal is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in anxiety, panic, depression, workplace stress, post-traumatic stress, anger and OCD, childhood trauma, relationship difficulties and the impact of drug &/or alcohol addictions. He is highly skilled in assisting his clients free themselves from negative childhood experiences so that they can experience joyful and fulfilling relationships with the significant people in their lives. He has extensive experience supervising therapists, including 15 years supervising psychologists for the Qld Psychologists board (both Registered and Qualifying) as well as Masters and PhD students. He was also Clinic Manager of the Nyunga Student and Family Counselling Centre at Griffith University. He volunteers in the community as a professional mentor to new psychology graduates and as a director of BUSY At Work, a not-for-profit organisation assisting disadvantaged people into meaningful employment. In his he spare time Kamal has developed an online self-paced Happiness Program, publishes content on his website DrKamal.com.au, is interested in travel, loves spending time with family and his puppies and practices Kung Fu.
Jessica Bork BSc(Psych), MHlthSc(Behav), Post Grad Dip Couns – Clinical Team Leader
Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Master of Health Science (Behavioural Science), Post Graduate Diploma of Counselling, ACA Level 3 Membership. SIRA accredited.
Jess has over 20 years experience in addiction counselling, general counselling and community case management. She has a particular interest in the biopsychosocial model of addiction and practices CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Compassion Focused Therapy. With lived experience, Jess is passionate about addiction recovery and enjoys walking with her clients as they reconnect with their authentic selves and begin their journey to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Madelyn Cox BPsy, DipHyp – Therapist
Bachelor of Psychological Science, Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Madelyn comes from a background of supporting marginalised people to cope with the now, motivate for the future and reconnect with the community. Her recent program in private practice focused on long term weight-control issues and offered therapeutic support to those seeking to delve into early life experiences to repair self-esteem, whilst instilling methods of practical behavioural change. Madelyn incorporates hypnotherapy into her work to assist in accessing the beliefs found in the subconscious mind to build healthy thought processes. She advocates a mindful relation to nature, our higher purpose and human connection in the journey to recovery from addiction. Madelyn utilises Cognitive Behavioural therapy and, Motivational Interviewing and Motivation Enhancement Technique in everyday practice and is also a certified SMART facilitator.
Linda Jackson MSW, BHSc, Dip Com Serv, Grad Cert Couns – Therapist
Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Naturopathy), Diploma of Community Services, Graduate Certificate in Counselling, Certified SMART Facilitator, AASW member.
As a Social Worker, Linda combines her 10 years of experience in residential AOD and mental health programs with her background in counselling, teaching, Naturopathy, and NDIS Support Coordination to provide person-centred, holistic care. With a lived experience of addiction, Linda is passionate about supporting people on their recovery journey and wholeheartedly believes that everyone can overcome addiction with support, compassion, and time. She utilises various therapeutic approaches like CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Schema, Compassion-Focused, and Narrative Therapies, focusing on strengths and solutions to help clients understand and overcome maladaptive behaviours. Linda also specialises in sexual health and healthy relationship education for people with disabilities. To recharge, she loves to get into nature, practice yoga, scuba dive, hike, travel, meditate and SUP with friends.
Nicola Smith RN, Dip HLC, Cert AMMH – Therapist
Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, Diploma Holistic Life Coaching, Post Graduate Certificate in Assessment and Management of Co-existing Mental Health and Substance Use Problems
Nicola has over 27 years of experience in mental health and addictions, as a registered nurse and life coach. She has worked in detox units, emergency departments, acute wards and community teams, at times in leadership/management roles. Nicola has journeyed alongside thousands of people using a variety of psychological therapies and techniques. Her approaches are strengths-based, person-centered, solutions-focused and motivational. She utilizes narrative therapy, trauma informed care, CBT, ACT and EFT. She gently assists people in releasing negative conditioning, life-patterns, core beliefs and fears, so they become self-empowered, self-managing, hope-filled and confident on their life path. She promotes the importance of working towards meaningful goals and a vision. Nicola has great compassion, grounded in her lived experience, and firmly believes that everyone is capable of achieving recovery given the right timing, motivation, circumstances, education and supports. Nicola is also a certified practitioner of several healing modalities, including: Dreamtime Healing Holographic Kinetics and Reconnective Healing, as well as being an end-of-life mentor.
Judith Magee MCP, BHSc, DipHC, ADipN – Therapist
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Health Science (Comp. Med), Diploma of Holistic Counselling, Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutrition, Homeopathy.
Using a strengths-based, trauma informed and client-led approach, Judith seeks to support the personal insights, empowerment and life-skill development needed to achieve and maintain a healthier and addiction free life. Interventions used can include Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Systems work and Relapse Prevention Processes. Additional to her psychotherapy work, Judith has a long-standing clinical career utilising clinical nutrition and naturopathy for the treatment of a wide range of chronic disorders, with a special focus on optimising function and wellbeing, within the intersection between physical and mental health. Judith loves to balance out her worklife by enjoying time with friends and family, music, reading, cooking, dining-out, nature and community.
Aaron Monaghan, MMHN, BNS – Therapist
Master of Mental Health Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Sciences
Aaron is a mental health nurse who began his career in 2005 in front line mental health services working with chronic and enduring major mental illnesses. He has worked in multiple specialty service areas including: early psychosis and intervention, older persons mental health, mental health forensics for incarcerated youth and counselling war veterans. These experiences have shaped Aaron’s understanding and passion for trauma-informed processes and attachment theory, and his keen interest in multisystemic intergenerational trauma. He utilises ACT, CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Somatic Therapy interventions and more recently Family Constellations, as therapeutic models. Aaron is an alternative thinker, who aims to assist people to live a meaningful life in alignment with their authentic self.
Rochelli Ricciuto de Souza, MCP, Grad Dip Couns, MBA, Dip L&M, MN&N, Cert III Grp Fit & Cert IV PT, ACA, IICT – Therapist
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Master of Business Administration, Diploma of Leadership & Management, Master of Naturopathy and Nutrition, Certificate III Group Fitness, Certificate IV Personal Training, Australian Counselling Association, International Institute of Complementary Therapy
Rochi is a Holistic Psychotherapist with over 20 years experience nationally and internationally helping people overcome mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges. Her expertise in mind-body-soul transformation and her unique programs in private practice have helped thousands of people to live a healthy and balanced life and recover from severe addictions such as eating disorders, drugs, alcohol, exercise… Rochi loves connecting with people and contributing to the community as a motivational speaker and facilitator of group processes such as guided meditations and movement practices. Outside work she loves spending time with family and friends, walking her dog, meditating, fitness training, running, surfing, skating, dancing, singing freely and travelling. Her purpose in life is to grow, contribute and share.
Celia van Camp BSSc, ADipTAT, DipCouns – Therapist
Bachelor of Social Science (Advanced Social Welfare & Counselling), Graduate Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy, Diploma of Counselling, Lifeline Crisis Support Training, Trauma and Attachment Training for Foster Carers, Australian Counselling Association (ACA) member, Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) member
Celia has been working in drug and alcohol recovery for 15 years. From a young age she displayed deep compassion and a connection to nature. Drawing from her whole life experiences, Celia utilises these core attributes and a wonderful sense of humour to connect, empathise, engage and build trust and rapport with others. She believes that everyone is their own best healer, and she loves to support others on their healing journey. Celia is passionate about creative healing and art therapy whilst utilising person-centred, narrative, and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques. Celia has particular interest in the area of complex PTSD and intergenerational trauma. Away from work she loves being a mum to her son and foster child, bushwalking, yoga, art and creative writing, and she hopes to one day publish children’s books.
Riccardo Zuccolini, DipCouns, ACA – Therapist
Diploma of Counselling, Australian Counselling Association
Riccardo brings over 15 years of dedicated experience in the drug and alcohol field, having worked extensively in both residential and outpatient settings. His commitment to assisting individuals in gaining insight into their addiction’s underlying mechanisms is a cornerstone of his practice. He supports his clients towards embracing a life that resonates with their core values. Riccardo’s approach is deeply rooted in client-centred care and informed by trauma awareness, fostering a safe and supportive environment for healing. Drawing from a diverse toolkit of therapeutic modalities, including Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, Riccardo tailors his interventions to meet the unique needs of each individual. Outside of his professional pursuits, he finds solace and rejuvenation in spending quality time with his family and friends. An avid enthusiast of music, Riccardo enjoys playing the guitar, staying active through exercise, exploring nature via kayaking, and immersing himself in the tranquillity of bushwalks.
Danielle Small CertIV MH, Cert IV CS, Cert IV VN – Admissions Manager
Certificate IV in Mental health, Certificate IV in Community Services, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Danielle joined the Gunnebah team in early 2019 as an administrative assistant. Prior to Gunnebah she spent four years as a qualified veterinary nurse and technician. A positive change of scenery caused Danielle to recognise her passion for Mental health and she is now a qualified mental health support worker and our Admissions Manager. She is passionate about helping people and seeing them make a positive change in their lives. Danielle will be there to support you and help you in taking the first step into your recovery journey. Danielle enjoys drawing, camping, and the company of her family and her dog.
Su (Steven) Patching Dip Com Services – Activities Coordinator and Guest Support
Diploma of Community Services, Trauma & Attachment Certificate and Foster Carer training
Su draws on his extensive experience in working with people and his gentle, calming demeanour provides a caring and supportive space for guests. Through lived experience and his quest for spiritual knowledge he displays a deep empathy and compassion for all. Su brings to his role a passion for holistic living through healthy diet, activities, sports, and a love of nature. He utilises sound judgement based in trauma-informed and person-centred care to keep guests emotionally safe, whilst empowering them to develop fresh perspectives and reconnection through fun-filled activities. Su has also completed his Trauma & Attachment Certificate and Foster Carer training and, with his partner, is currently providing foster care for an 8 year old boy. He practises yoga, meditation and mindfulness. He loves gardening, the beach, being out in nature and most of all spending time with his young family.
Clare Frost BA (Hons), Cert YTT, Cert TIY, Cert Acu – Administration
Bachelor of Photography (Hons), 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, 100 Hour Trauma-Informed Yoga & Embodied Social Change Certificate, Fusion Acupressure Advanced Level Certificate
Originally from the UK, Clare set off on a journey of travel and self-discovery after completing her degree. She has been creating a life of exploration, adventure and learning ever since. After arriving in Australia in 2013, Clare’s spiritual practice began to deepen and she recognised Yoga and Meditation as powerful yet accessible practices for healing and transformation. In 2017, her inquiring mind led her to a small Ashram in Northern Thailand where she completed a 500hr Yoga Teacher Training. She returned to Australia with a renewed passion for Yogic philosophy and general wellbeing, and soon went on to pursue a variety of trainings in alternative healing modalities such as Trauma-Informed Yoga, Fusion Acupressure and Intuitive Balinese Massage. Clare is well accustomed to living and working in community settings, providing her with a good understanding of group dynamics and individual needs within various and oftentimes complex environments. She is passionate about the environment and interested in the positive role nature can play when considering our mental health. She is dedicated to furthering her education within a therapeutic context and her eyes are set on studying Counselling next!
Liam Butler BMus, Cert IV CS – Night Staff, Administrative Assistant
Bachelor of Music, Certificate IV in Community Services
With lived experience of the Gunnebah program, Liam is able to provide empathy and compassion for those beginning their recovery journey. He is currently studying his Graduate Diploma of Counseling, and is greatly involved in the local recovery community. After many years in the music industry, he can often be found tinkering around on our various musical instruments – he’s happy to teach anyone who’d like to learn a little or just have a play together. He enjoys bushwalks, meditation, being in the salt water, and loves a good chat over a cup of tea.
Felicity McKellar Cert SS, Cert T3, AARS, Tm, Dip CS – Admin and Guest Support
Secretarial Certificate III, Travel Certificate, Advanced Airline Reservation Systems, Travel Management, Cruise Master, Diploma of Community Services.
Felicity began working with us in 2021 following a change in the travel industry and she hasn’t looked back. Felicity has over 30 years administration and travel experience, where she managed teams of staff, escorted group tours and was always a listening ear to her loyal clientele and staff. When COVID-19 lockdowns began, she was inspired to change her focus in life. She has now taken her passion for helping people into the mental health and addictions space, having completed a Diploma in Community Services. She has an empathetic nature and listens with compassion and understanding. Felicity is one of your first contacts at Gunnebah, doing your assessments, admission processes and guest services. Outside of work Felicity is furthering her studies in Counseling and loves working in her garden, crafting jewellery and cooking up a feast for her family. Most of all she enjoys sharing her love of nature and exploring with her young grandchildren.
Mark Miller – Kitchen Manager
Mark has over 18 years of experience working in high-pressure environments running kitchens and restaurants in three countries. Fresh food has always been his passion. Being in addiction recovery himself, Mark understands the importance of healthy eating but also knows that healthy can be delicious. Marks enjoys using his recovery experience to help him connect with our guests and showing them how life in recovery can be great. In his spare time, Mark enjoys exercising, yoga and fishing.
Ryan Ferrier Cert III Elec – Maintenance and Electricals
Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Ryan is a qualified electrician and air conditioning specialist. He is very handy and pretty much able to turn his hand to anything. So, after nine years as a trade electrician he moved to Gunnebah where he is working hard to improve the place. When he’s not on the tools he loves getting outdoors: rock climbing, water skiing and playing golf.
Lauren Thomas DipFit – Fitness Coach
Diploma of Fitness
Lauren has been running a successful training facility in Murwillumbah since 2015. She designs functional fitness programs with an emphasis on offering a comfortable, fun training environment for clients of all ages and abilities. In the 2019 Tweed Shire Business Excellence Awards, Lauren was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was also a finalist in three other categories. When she is not encouraging clients to “drop and give me ten!” Lauren loves to spend time with her young family, hanging out in the beautiful creeks and swimming holes in the area.
Christopher Gibbings MSA, MEd, BSc, PDC, CertTD – Tech Nerd
Master of Social Administration, Master of Education (Pastoral Guidance), Bachelor of Science (Comp Sci), Permaculture Design Certificate, Certificate in Training and Development
Chris loves to help organisations that build a better world to work more effectively and efficiently, so that their staff can spend less time on admin and more time doing what they are passionate about. Chris has 20 years of experience in community development, permaculture design and Information Technology. He has established a successful ecovillage and for ten years was a Director of the Association for Sustainable Communities as well as a Vision Councillor for the Global Ecovillage Network Oceania and Asia. A former Community Development Coordinator for Brisbane City Council and Red Cross international worker, Chris has led numerous homelessness and refugee projects. In an earlier incarnation, Chris was a Systems Analyst and Database Designer and his tech background always comes back to haunt him. Together, Chris and Warwick spent an intense 20 months setting up Gunnebah as a rehab. In his non-work time Chris runs a ukelele protest group and a world peace meditation network, helps run an eco-spirituality retreat centre, provides accommodation to refugees, provides tech support to various causes and community groups, is learning to surf, meditates, dances salsa and goes on extremely long hikes.
The program is informed and sophisticated but for me it is the passion and enthusiasm in each member of the team that makes the place truly exceptional. I have heard more than a few horror stories about rehabs in Australia and I consider myself extremely lucky to have found Gunnebah. ~ Felix M.