Welcome. Seeking assistance in life is not easy for most of us. It can take a lot of courage to take steps towards living a better life.

Whether you are seeking life coaching, therapy, supervision as a health professional, or workshops and training we believe you have clicked on the right site!

At The Sydney ACT Centre we aim to provide excellence in all the services we provide. We look forward to working with you to assist you in finding what you are looking for. If it is a bigger, more vital and fulfilling life you are seeking then we hope to help you in that endeavour. What could be more important than living life the best way you can?


Dr Janine Clarke has been busy teaching soon-to-be clinical psychologists about ACT at UTS. Here is what they had to say:

90% agreed that the workshop has stimulated their interest in investigating ACT further.

"Loved how practical the components of the workshop were, as it gave me a chance to consider how I would apply ACT to a client. Janine's passion for ACT was evident and inspiring".

"A very interesting and inspiring workshop. I am now keen to start learning more about ACT".

"I thought the relational frame theory explanation was the clearest one I have ever heard! It was the missing link in my understanding and re-motivated me to explore ACT"

"The workshop was really engaging and helped me develop a good foundation understanding of ACT".

Please get in touch if you would like us to come and deliver ACT training for your team or university!

You can also watch brief interviews with the team on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TheSydneyActCentre

Louise is currently available for training and supervising colleagues in 2017 / 2018.

And you can also find us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/TheSydneyActCentre


Louise was my clinical supervisor in 2011-2013, during which period I worked in remote NSW. Louise provided regular supervision from her Sydney location via Skype. The supervision that Louise provided was very engaging and a real lifeline for me working in an isolated setting. It was wonderful to work with such an experienced supervisor who taught me so much, not just in terms of technical expertise, but also by modelling generosity, empathy, genuine compassion and challenge. I would wholeheartedly recommend Louise as a clinical supervisor. Jeremy Shields, Psychologist

I particularly liked the way Louise modeled ACT. She was the embodiment of warmth, empathy, love of her work, bold and gentle, funny and serious. Annie Townsend, psychologist, Bendigo

I enjoyed this workshop very much and found myself emersed in the ACT experience from Day 1. I would recommend this workshop to anyone.         Bendigo 2012 participant at Advanced ACT workshop

Thank you Louise for a stimulating and informative workshop. I really benefitted from the mix of practical exercises, presentations, and your use of mindfulness in leading the group.         Helen Smith, Social Worker

This month I completed two days of Advanced ACT Mindfulness training with Louise Shepherd in Bendigo. Louise has an honest, humane, patient approach to training. She makes a 2 day workshop interactive, thought provoking and highly experiential. I am not a complete novice in using ACT, having previously done Introductory ACT Mindfulness training with Russ Harris in Melbourne. I use ACT Mindfulness in my practice with clients with depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders and grief, and more recently I have been offering it to clients with chronic pain. Louise took me to a new and deeper level of understanding of ACT Mindfulness, and consequently I grasped in greater detail how this approach can be used to give meaning to “stuck” clients with chronic pain. She has a sensitive, honest and compassionate  style which is engaging and encouraging. I definitely feel more confident in applying my new understandings of ACT since her training.        Marie McNamara, Mental health social worker, Bendigo

Louise is a passionate and knowledgable presenter on ACT…..I left with the certainty that ACT can assist not only my work but my personal life as well.         Wayne Ardley, Social worker, Westmead Hospital

Thank you Louise for an extremely polished and grounded ACT introductory workshop. You inspired confidence in our department to consider ACT as a therapeutic modality in our daily work here in the hospital.         Melissa Loos, Social Work Educator, Westmead / Auburn Hospitals

Louise presented the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in a way that was easy to understand and provided practical outcomes immediately. Using the Bulls Eye exercise I was about to work out the value areas for me that were lacking, the obstacles to overcome and developed a plan to address these, which I have started to implement. Thank you Louise.        Attila Ovari Leader, Manager, Consultant, Trainer, Coach, Speaker & Writer

Louise presented to our therapy team of clinical psychologists, psychologists and nurse therapists. She successfully engaged and inspired us to extend our use of ACT from beginner level to advanced.        Brian Kearney Senior clinical psychologist, Regional Allied Health Manager, The Northside Group

This was an interesting and very useful presentation on ACT. Excellent presenter who was able to provide a lot of meaningful illustrations from her practice. Participation by attendees was encouraged without being allowed to overtake the presentation, which was a relief, as the material was very relevant and useful to any therapist.        Jenny Kyng, Counsellor, Group Therapist, Registered Nurse, Sydney

Excellent one-day workshop in basic ACT concepts and some useful exercises in ACT techniques. These reinforced the effectiveness or ACT in therapy / group therapy.         Donna Mackanzie, psychotherapist, Northside West Clinic Wentworthville, NSW

I found Louise’s presentation style engaging and her experiential exercises allowed me to learn more effectively. Thank you.         Suzanne Randall, Therapist / Group facilitator, Northside West Clinic Wentworthville

Very enjoyable, and well put together workshop demonstrating the practical skills of ACT married with the theory. Louise, you have a lovely presence         Group Therapist, The Northside Group

Wow! So glad I came along. Easy, informative and well worth it. Knowledge is power! Power to change lives.         Group therapist, The Northside Group


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