MBTAA was established in 2016 to support the development of MBT in Australia. On the MBTAA website you can find links to Australasian MBT trainings, find out about the MBT accreditation pathway and locate a local MBT supervisor.

MBTAA executive comprises four Australian Anna Freud Centre accredited MBT supervisors and associate trainers, Dr Clara Bookless, Dr Michael Daubney, A/Prof Lynn Priddis and Margie Stuchbery. MBTAA is part of a global network of organisations authorised by the Anna Freud Centre to support and disseminate MBT.

Clara Bookless

Dr Clara Bookless is a psychoanalyst and psychologist with a particular interest in the early prevention of mental health disorders and treatment of Personality Disorders. Clara has developed a specialist interest in the psychotherapy of adults who grew up in the care of parents with mental health problems. Prior experience includes over ten years as Senior Consultant Psychologist in the development and clinical support of a State-wide Early Intervention and Home Visiting Programme in South Australia, and 25 years teaching and researching in University Departments of Psychiatry. Research areas include, the impact of various traumatic experiences on development over the life span, the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and recovery from clinical depression (her PhD research funded through an NH&MRC Fellowship).

Apart from maintaining a private psychotherapy practice, Clara works as a clinical consultant to agencies and clinicians providing adult psychotherapy, child protection and child - parent psychotherapy. She supervises the therapeutic work of a range of clinicians and psychotherapy trainees across a number of government and private services and is a supervisor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry trainees in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Clara is an accredited Mentalization Based Treatment supervisor and has been supervised by Professor Anthony Bateman.


Email: cbookless@internode.on.net

Works in Adelaide

Michael Daubney

Michael Daubney is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with clinical interests in psychotherapy, trauma, infant mental health and adolescent inpatient and outpatient treatment.

He is Medical Director of Specialist Teams CHQ HHS and the consultant psychiatrist to Brisbane north, Brisbane North and Caboolture Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services and the Day Program Brisbane North.

He is the current Chair of the binational Committee Section of Psychotherapy (RANZCP), an Accredited Mentalization Based Therapy supervisor with the Anna Freud Centre and is undertaking a Higher Research Degree at Griffith University developing an instrument assessing social emotional development in 3 year olds.

He is the supervisor of the junior and advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry trainees in psychodynamic psychotherapy, conducts supervision of other professionals including GPs and maintains a psychotherapy component in his private practice.

He has been receiving psychotherapy supervision from Professor Bateman for a number of years.

Email: drdaubney@gmail.com

Works in Brisbane

A/Prof Lynn Priddis, M.Psych., M.Psych (Clin), PhD, IMH-E® (IV-C)

Dr Lynn Priddis is an accredited supervisor in Mentalizing Based Treatment, and in delivery and supervision of the MBT based Lighthouse Parenting programme. She enjoys working with others to facilitate mentalizing skills via teaching, local and international supervision and via her private psychotherapy practice. Lynn is approved to teach MBT skills and has experience in collaborating with several organisations to implement mentalizing frameworks. 

As an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia Lynn collaborates with the UWA mediation clinic to apply mentalizing practice to mediation in families where there are young children. Lynn consults with several agencies about the clinical applications of mentalizing and perinatal-infant-early childhood mental health perspectives to young children and their mothers, fathers and caregivers as well as dynamic systemic approaches to how they may be better supported by the communities and systems in which they live.

Lynn continues to play a significant role in advocacy for infants and young families and is a member of the working group that has bought, modified and introduced the Mi-AIMH Competency and Endorsement Guidelines for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health ® to Western Australia.

Lynn is a past president of the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMH) and of the West Australian Branch of AAIMH.

Email: l.priddis@lifespancentre.com.au

Works in Perth

Margie Stuchbery, M.Psych (Couns), MAPS, MCCLP

Margie has over 20 years’ perinatal mental health experience working with infants, children and their families in public and private health systems.

Margie is the Senior Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Coordinator at Karitane, a parenting organisation where she practices MBT and applies MBT principles in supervision to clinical psychologists, postgraduate students, advanced trainees in Psychiatry and mental health workers in juvenile justice and child protection.

Margie maintains a private practice delivering clinical services to adults and children as well as providing education and clinical supervision to MBT practitioners. She is an accredited MBT supervisor and has been supervised by Professor Anthony Bateman since 2011.

Margie is also an accredited practitioner of the infant-parent therapy Watch, Wait and Wonder and has trained in the use of the Parent Development Interview to assess Parental Reflective Functioning.

Email: margie@maternalconnections.com.au

Works in Sydney