What We Do

Yamurrah offers a range of services. Yamurrah is no stranger to innovation and creative ways of working. We are bounded by a number of ethical standards which include confidentiality, cultural safety, quality, professionalism, social justice and flexibility. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Counselling
  • Clinical Supervision and Cultural Supervision
  • Training and Workshops
  • Project Management
  • Research and Evaluation

Who We Are

This deadly team is collectively supporting you in your well-being and self-care. “We believe culture and reconnecting with culture will elevate you both culturally, spiritually, physically and intellectually”.

About the Collective

Yamurrah is a collective unlike any that operates across Australia. We are focused on empowering and uplifting our communities, and those who may be working in the space of trauma, justice, health and education.

Collectively, we have many skills and years of experience – we do this work in solidarity and the spirit of a community of care and consciousness. We work with professional and cultural ethics and value. We are interested in truth-telling, justice and healing.

We work in co-creative and collaorative ways – we will develop reciprocal relationships with you. We know that this is important. We will listen and respond. We do everything with care.

Our Values –Knowing, Being and Doing = Heads, Hearts and Hands

Our ways of knowing, being and doing are informed by our values which include:

Connection –central to our existence is a connection. Our ways of working with recovery will focus on connections and re-connections with country, kinships, relationships and culture.

Integrity – we stand true to upholding our values with ethics and integrity. We consistently follow through, and follow up #beaboutit

Empowerment – we stand for empowerment of the individual and the collective. We do not stand for disempowerment

Humility we are continually learning and we will we honour your sacred stories with respect and confidentiality.

 Social JusticeRacism, oppression, discrimination affects all of us and we have a commitment to addressing injustice and inequities in all domains.

Safety – describes our ways of working with you, and why we do what we do – our ethos is all about safety

Rowena Lawrie

Director | Yamurrah

Rowena is the Director (and founder), Yamurrah, a collective of First Nations clinicians, educators, academics, consultants, who specialise in professional development, supervision, therapy, training, project consultancy and research. Rowena has over 25years experience as a clinical social worker, has a background in law and justice and a passion for neuroscience. Rowena works with survivors of complex and collective systemic trauma and the clinicians who work with them, and also an interest in research and systemic change.

Rowena was raised and lives on Darkinyung country, and is a descendant of Wakka Wakka and Wiradjuri nations with her matriarchal lines – Longreach extending to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Dr Mareese Terare

Mareese is a mother and grandmother. Her traditional connections are with language groups Nganduwal, Minjungbal Bundjalung (Tweed River) and Goenpul Nations (North Stradbroke Island) country and a South Sea Islander descendant.  Mareese’s purpose and passions include reclaiming tribal ways of being, doing and knowing.  Mareese is a highly experienced trainer, trauma specialist counsellor and supervisor and conducts research in related fields. Specialist areas and teaching consists of First Nations healing frameworks, interpersonal trauma, counselling, social justice, children’s rights and human rights. Mareese joined the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at Sydney University in 2017 and is a passionate Bunnies supporter.

Adjunct Associate Professor Dr Carmen Parter

PhD (Medicine), MPA, MoAISP, GCIR&L, PCIR, DCS, CIVTAE and formerly a RN, RM & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

Carmen is a proud Murri woman from the Darumbal and Juru clans of the Birra Gubba Nation – born in Bowen, Qld – with South Sea Island heritage connected to Tanna Island of the Republic of Vanuatu. As well being an academic, Carmen has worked with and for communities, starting her professional career as a Registered Nurse, a Registered Midwife and a Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner that eventually led to working in policy areas of government. She has been a volunteer, a community worker, clinician, educator, researcher, policy advisor, project officer, manager and senior executive spanning a public servant career of over 30 years including Director Aboriginal Health Branch in NSW Health and Department of Commuhnties and Justice. Nationally, Carmen was chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee who led changes to the quality and safety national healthcare standards 2nd Edition.

Carmen is a changemaker, strategic, intuitive and a respected leader in many sectors. She is a grandmother to three beautiful girls and Aunty to many. Presently, Carmen lives on the beautiful Bundjalung country in Northern NSW with her partner

Jennifer Stephensen

Jennifer Stephensen  is a clinician with over 20 years’ experience as a Social Worker providing counselling and support to people on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, perinatal mental health, parenting, the impact of trauma, violence, abuse, and neglect.  Jennifer works from a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach. Her practice is informed by a range of therapeutic modalities including attachment theory, mindfulness practices, dyadic developmental psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and solution focused therapy. Jennifer collaborates with her clients to understand each individual’s situation, acknowledging each person’s cultural background, beliefs, and support networks.

Jennifer is a Wiradjuri woman and has experience working in a trauma informed and cultural responsive manner. She weaves First Nations worldviews in her work with First Nations people and communities.

Jennifer enjoys providing consultation, clinical supervision and cultural supervision to workers and teams from a range of fields including child protection, domestic violence, child and adolescent mental health and disability.

When not working in private practise, Jennifer can be found lecturing at the University of NSW in Social Work. PSS referral and Medicare rebates available.

Andrew Anderson

Andrew is the son of a strong Wiradjuri woman and Bundjalung man. He is a trauma specialist counsellor, with over 18 years of clinical expertise. Andrew has worked as a clinical group facilitator, individual, couples and family therapist, and has worked in extensively in drug and alcohol recovery and health services. Andrew has specialist therapeutic skills in working with children and adolescents who have sexually harmed other children, family counselling, and cultural supervision. Andrew is currently completing a Social Work Masters.

Marlene Lauw

Marlene is a Wiradjuri and Ngunnawal woman who has had extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities providing support, counselling, advocacy and group work. Marlene has specialised skills and knowledge in competency based training, supervision and workforce development in the area of trauma, healing, family violence, sexual assault and child protection.

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Keys

Lizzy is a Worimi woman with a Bachelor in Education who has a passion for healing through the power of touch (kahuna massage body worker) sound therapy, movement (level 2 yoga teacher). Lizzie is a trained Drumbeat facilitator, and can work with groups and teams in a dynamic way.

Megan Cain

Megan is a proud Gomeroi women and is a direct descendant of Mary Jane Cain Burrabeedee Coonabarraban. Megan is a self-taught artist who has been painting for the last five years. Her passion began when she was going through personal issues and her intuition was to paint as part of a healing and self-care process. Megan is passionate about sharing her culture through her artwork.

Rayma Johnson

Rayma is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people who began dance training with Redfern Dance Theatre and later with AIDT, Glebe. Rayma toured nationally with Bangarra in 1999 in their production, “Fish”. For the past 20 years, she has been a freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer in traditional and contemporary dance. Rayma has performed in many festivals, functions/events around NSW including schools and pre-schools. Currently, Rayma leads Buuja Buuja BUTTERFLY dance group with her sister, Kerry. They aim to continue spreading culture, dance, & awareness by EMPOWERING and inspiring Indigenous people.

Samantha Ivansik

Samantha Ivansik is a valuable member of our team and is a clinical social worker who specialises in working with adolescents, those who with sexually harmful behaviours. Samantha is a well-sought-after clinician, who is a descendant of the Wiradjuri Nation.

Sigrid Herring

Sigrid Herring is a descendant of the Gamilaroi nation and is a highly sought after clinician and educator. Sigrid comes with years experience, in the trauma, health and legal sectors, and is a well published author and artist. Sigrid hold post graduate qualifications in human services, and an Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal Specialist Trauma Counselling. She is an advocate for children and human rights.  Sigrid can work with teams in a culturally proficient and creative way, and also holds post graduate qualifications in human services.

Jennah Dungay

Jennah Dungay is a Wiradjuri/ Dhungutti woman and ABSEC Youth Ambassador. She is an Aboriginal trauma specialist counsellor and currently completing a post graduate degree in Human Services. Jennah is an active member in her local community (Redfern/Waterloo) and an advocate for social justice. Jennah brings weaving into her work with community groups.

Renee Dwyer

Renee Dwyer is a Wiradjuri woman, with a background in education and law. She is a practising solicitor working with survivors of complex trauma, and is able to work with teams to help develop strategic planning and provide guidance on policy, training, legislative and research initiatives.

Linda Sainsbury

Linda Sainsbury is the Director, Berriwerri Consultancy Service, and a Darug woman of the Burramattagal clan, with family connections to Ngungawal Country. Linda is a social worker who has Perinatal Non-Directive Counselling Training (APS – Australian Psychological Society), trained in CBT, MiCBT, DBT, ACT, COS (Circle of Security), PAT (Parents as Teachers – attachment, growth and development from antenatal to 5 years old), Trauma, Intergenerational trauma, Mental Health First Aid Facilitator/ Aboriginal Facilitator Trainer, Perinatal Family Facilitator/ Aboriginal Facilitator Trainer. Linda is completing a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Areas of speciality are trauma, intergenerational trauma, mental health, drug health, antenatal and postnatal, child protection, sexual assault and family domestic violence.

Yatungka Gordon

Yatungka Gordon is a Goreng Goreng Kabi Kabi Munanjali woman, with a background in education and human services. She holds a Bachelor of Education, Post Grad Degree in Human Services and Advanced Diploma in Trauma Specialist Counselling. Yatungka has an extensive history working in the trauma sector, including as an advocate for survivros of abuse and violence, educator, counsellor and cultural supervisor. Yatungka is also a Member, Aboriginal Community Matters Advisory Group and is the Executive Officer, Breaking Silent Codes of Sexual Violence.