Welcome to ANZAP

Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy

Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP)

A Conversational Model of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

ANZAP provides advanced clinical training, supervision, and professional development to mental health and related professionals working in or outside of the publicly funded or subsidised mental health care system. The psychotherapy training program offered by ANZAP is specifically designed to help psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, general practitioners, psychiatrists and registrars and others to work more effectively with patients/clients and particularly those presenting with significant traumatic histories.

Established in 1987, ANZAP arose out of the psychotherapy program developed at Westmead Hospital in 1983. The program, which continues to run today, was founded on the clinical and theoretical ideas developed by Russell Meares and Robert Hobson from their experiences as clinicians at the Bethlem Psychiatric Hospital in the nineteen sixties and seventies. They worked with patients who at that time were considered untreatable and are now diagnosed with borderline personality. From these ideas emerged the therapeutic approach known as the Conversational Model.

In the first study of its kind in the world, in 1992 Janine Stevenson published evidence of the effectiveness of treatment with the conversational model for patients diagnosed with borderline personality.

While clinically and theoretically grounded in contemporary research including the neurosciences, the model resonates with its humanistic influences so that its basic tenets are informed by the arts as much as by the sciences.

ANZAP offers training in the Conversational Model over a supervised three-year period during which time the trainee will develop the clinical skills and personal awareness to qualify as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.


The Conversational Model is an evidence-based approach for experienced practitioners working with complex trauma and personality disorders.

TRAINING IN THE CONVERSATIONAL MODEL of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

ANZAP training was developed by the same faculty, has the same content and is at the same level as the M Psychological Medicine and M Science, University of Sydney. Read more


PO Box 3595

Key Contact: Anne Malecki. 
Ph: (02) 8004 9873 from Australia
Ph: (04) 887 0300 Toll free from New Zealand
Fax: (02) 9012 0546
Email: info@anzap.com.au

First Point of Contact

Anne Malecki is responsible for the ANZAP Secretariat. She is the first point of contact for all matters. 

Telephone: AUS (02) 8004 9873

Email: info@anzap.com.au