Meet Our Academic Team

Dr. Traill Dowie is the Head of the Counselling, Psychotherapy and Arts Therapy Faculty at the Ikon Institute of Australia, he was the Chair of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) Panel for Trauma Standards & Practice, he is a practicing psychotherapist, supervisor and public speakerHe holds dual PhDs, receiving a PhD in Psychiatry from Monash University and a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Melbourne as well as qualifications in psychology, philosophy, sociology, history of ideas and Jungian psychology. 

Dr Dowie holds Masters degrees in counselling and psychotherapy as well as mind and society. He has extensive knowledge of European philosophy and psychotherapy, including existential and phenomenological systems. 

Dr. Dowie’s academic life and public lectures cover a broad range of interdisciplinary topics that relate to the human condition; psychiatry, psychotherapy, trauma, continental philosophy, philosophy of mind, anthropology, health and wellbeing, and human optimisation. 

Dr Tra-ill Dowie

Head of Faculty, Melbourne Campus

Dr Joshua Comyn is a psychotherapist, lecturer, researcher and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Before turning to the practice of psychotherapy, Josh completed a PhD at The University of Melbourne in which he explored the nature of human subjectivity through literature, philosophy and history.

Josh’s approach to teaching is to challenge students to think and experience themselves beyond narrow presuppositions about how the world is or is supposed to be. His teaching is filled with invitations to think and feel deeper and further about the world and our place in it. For Josh, psychotherapy is the practice of listening, speaking and being with people in a way that allows them to integrate (make whole) their experience of themselves, of others, and of the world. An integrative approach to psychotherapy is one that views any single-school approach as limited — people are always more complex than psychotherapeutic theory, and integration entails an openness to the complexity of being human.

Josh uses mentalization-based practices that cultivate the ability of clients to see themselves from the outside and others from the inside. Being able to feel and understand an experience from multiple perspectives is the first step towards the integration of that experience. This is the first step we all take towards healing.

Dr Joshua Comyn

Academic Team Member, Melbourne Campus

Dr Daniel R. Rothschild is a lecturer in the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy course. After completing a Bachelor of Music, specialising in composition, from the University of Adelaide, Dan began an Advanced Diploma of Counselling and a Bachelor Degree in anthropology.

After completing his Advanced Diploma and attaining First Class Honours in anthropology, Dan completed a PhD in Social Theory from the University of Melbourne. Dan has previously practiced clinically as a transpersonal counsellor and more recently practices as an integrative psychotherapist. He has been invited to speak about his own work at academic conferences in Melbourne, the University of California, Berkeley, the Centre for American Studies in Heidelberg, Germany, and at the 200th anniversary celebration of Walt Whitman’s birth in Long Island, New York.

Dr Daniel Rothschild

Academic Team Member, Melbourne Campus

After graduating as an Art Therapist from La Trobe Uni, David started a private Art Therapy practice, Healing Images.  He worked as an Art Therapist in hospices and a community-based palliative care service. He has also completed 400 hours of psychodrama training with the Melbourne School of Psychodrama and ran an amateur theatre group for promoting personal growth (Cat and Mouse Productions) as director, drama teacher and occasional actor.   

In 2012, he completed a Masters degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy and left working in palliative care organisations to concentrate on my private practice, Healing Images. In 2014, he wrote a play about the consequences of childhood trauma (‘Pandora’s Dolls’) which was performed at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.  He is interested in the constitution of the self, in the human condition, how we cope with loss and stress, trauma and post-traumatic growth.  His work is informed by psychodynamics, existential theory, narrative theory, sensorimotor approaches to attachment and trauma, and the health benefits of self-expression through the arts, expressive writing and mindfulness. He uses psycho-education to promote understanding of ‘why we are the way we are’ and to normalise our shared human experience.   

For David, helping people overcome the difficulties of the past to free themselves to create more fulfilling lives is a great joy. 

David Champion

Academic Team Member, Melbourne Campus

In addition to her academic role at Ikon, Rebekah is a creative arts and equine-assisted psychotherapist based in the Adelaide Hills region. As a registered NDIS provider, her client base is diverse. She works extensively in the realms of autism, mood and personality disorder, depression, anxiety, trauma, complex grief, addictions and various disabilities.

Following a 16-year career as a digital producer in the arts and creative media industry, she qualified as a creative arts therapist in 2012. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy, a Graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy and is currently undertakingher Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Rebekah is also a certified equine-assisted psychotherapist, working with horses as her therapeutic assistants.

Rebekah Popescu

Academic Team Member, Adelaide Campus

Jade Nolan is an academic at Ikon’s Adelaide campus where she encourages students, through on-going discourse, to explore and challenge the assumptions they hold about what it means to be human. She emphasises experiential learning, valuing a classroom of reciprocity and the co-creation of new ideas, new meanings, and new understandings.

Outside of Ikon, Jade works as an integrative psychotherapist in private practice holding an undergraduate degree in Behavioural Science and a Master of Counselling Practice, facilitating clients with self-exploration and growth.  

Jade Nolan

Academic Team Member, Adelaide Campus

Roman’s training and assimilative integration is grounded in Jungian Sandplay training, registered as a Certified Sandplay Therapist with the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (Zurich). Selectively incorporating practices from humanistic person-centered and systemic family therapy trainings, and registering with a variety of professional organisations, Roman has training and supervision in guided imagery and music therapy (Melbourne University), expressive therapies (Ikon Institute), and couple counselling (Relationships Australia). Roman searches for common elements across different theoretical systems to include a pluralistic integrated psychotherapy. He is the current Convenor of the PACFA College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators, a national College dedicated to supporting counselling and psychotherapy educators and advancing counselling and psychotherapy education in Australia. He has conducted group experiential work and rites of passage work in the Canadian wilderness with Temagami-Ashinabe Elders, conducted dream incubation in a Mexican Catholic church, and cultural healing with Gunditjamara and Pitjantjatjara elders. He has professional registration with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP), and clinical registration with PACFA. He has kept a dream journal since 1981 and believes in his dreams. 

Roman Ilgauskas

Academic Team Member, Brisbane Campus

Ingrid Stotesbury is an artist, arts therapist, musician and lecturer. She has extensive experience working with at risk children and youth who have a history of abuse and trauma, as well as many years of work in the areas of drug and alcohol and mental health. Ingrid has been lecturing in the Arts Psychotherapy courses at Ikon for over 5 years, and has a passion for providing an exciting and life changing learning experience for the students she works with. She has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies, has presented at the Australian Therapeutic Communities Conference and has been part of award winning service delivery teams to vulnerable youth.

Ingrid Stotesbury

Academic Team Member, Perth Campus

Julie Michlmayr is Ikon Institute of Australia’s Head of Faculty for our School of Education. Julie has more than 25 years’ experience in education provision across a wide variety of educational contexts, including 15 years in Early Childhood and Primary Education, 5 years in Vocational Education and 10 years in Higher Education. Before joining Ikon, Julie worked as an Academic and Course Coordinator on TAFE NSW’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5). As a teaching professional Julie has taught students from 6 weeks old to over 60 years old across a multitude of curriculum frameworks and education specialisations. Julie’s brings strong insights from her experiences as an accredited early childhood teacher, lecturer, educational leader, consultant, and curriculum content designer and developer to her work at Ikon. Over her career, Julie has continued her own life-long teaching and learning journey starting with a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Birth-8 years) from the University of Wollongong, a Master of Education (Early Childhood) with a specialisation in Leadership and Management from Torrens University, and a TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from TAFE NSW. Her research Her research in rethinking and reconceptualising early childhood course structure, subject content, and delivery for the 21st Century Early Childhood Student and Graduate Teacher has resulted in the conceptual framework of the 9 domains (ethics and principles; theoretical knowledge; pedagogical practices; pedagogical leadership; educational leadership; curriculum content; skills; knowledge; and attitude) of the 21st century early childhood teacher. Julie is a passionate advocate for all levels of education, with a particular interest in contributing to all children across the globe obtaining a holistic education through innovative teaching and learning practices.

Julie Michlmayr

Head of Faculty, Sydney Campus

Kelly Carabott is a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Early Childhood at Ikon Institute. She has taught in early childhood and primary contexts for 19 years and has taught in higher education for 11 years. Before her role at Ikon, she worked for 10 years as an academic in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. As a teacher educator, Kelly has taught numerous subjects (>80) across a wide variety of educational topics and approaches. Kelly brings a strong foundation of both theoretical and practical approaches to her work at Ikon. She has two bachelor’s degrees in early childhood and primary education, a master’s degree in education and is in the final stages of completing her PHD.
Kelly’s research and teaching specialisations include educational approaches to digital technology and media, children’s language and literacy development. Further areas include associated pedagogical approaches and exploring how partnerships can provide opportunities for pre-service teachers. Her world view is influenced by Phenomenology and the importance of privileging lived experiences in meaning making. Thus, Kelly’s research explores lived experiences within educational contexts, where she privileges and give agency to each individual voice. Furthermore, she believes that we can only understand education if we listen to the people who live in the space. Kelly has published book chapters and journal articles about her work and she has been invited to present her work in Australia and internationally in Japan, Wales, Austria, and England.

Kelly Carabott

Academic Team Member, Melbourne Campus