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Alison Fonseca

Name: Alison Fonseca
Gippsland Campus


  • 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

Helping professionals’ perspectives on work-related traumatic stress and its transmission to their relationships with their children.

This research investigates Gippsland workers’ perspectives on work-related traumatic stress and its impacts, specifically on their relationships with their children. This qualitative research will focus on workers in the helping professions namely health, education, justice, community and emergency services staff. Workers’ experiences of organisational responses, personal transformational processes and any intergenerational transmission will be analysed. The research is place based and co funded by Federation University and the Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnership (IGCYAP); IGCYAP organisations are located in the shires of Latrobe City, South Gippsland, Bass Coast and Baw Baw. Research findings are expected to inform strategy that underpins the IGCYAP's goals of reducing children and youth vulnerability.

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