Faculty of Education and Arts

Alison Fonseca

Name: Alison Fonseca
Gippsland Campus, Churchill


Graduate Diploma Counselling Psychology, Royal Institute of Technology, Melbourne 1993

Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 1990


Alison is a registered psychologist with Counselling Psychology endorsement (AHPRA); an accredited family therapist and an approved supervisor with Psychology Board of Australia.  Her clinical interests are perinatal and infant mental health, trauma therapy.  She also has over 18 years’ experience working with individual and families who report psychological trauma.

Prior to commencing her PhD in 2017 she worked in a number of roles: school counsellor, relationship counsellor, psychologist in Disability sector working with individuals who have challenging behaviours, counsellor/advocate, family counsellor, clinical supervisor, consultant, private practice, community health/counselling services as team leader, clinical manager, psychologist in Parent-Infant unit.

PhD Topic Summary

Does reflective thinking by helping professionals, mediate trauma transmission to the relationships with their own children and young people? (TBC)

Publications/Conference Presentations

Fonseca, A.  (2016). Finding the space: group relations and the role of reflective practice in a parent—infant unit in rural Australia.  15th World Congress: poster. World Association of Infant Mental Health, 2016.


  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian Association of Family Therapists
  • Australian Association for Infant Mental Health