About Our Trainers

Dr. Roby Abeles 

Dr. Roby Abeles (left) and Salene Souza (right) are Certified Brainspotting Practitioners, Brainspotting International Trainers, and the co-founders of Brainspotting Australia Pacific.

They are the co-presenters of Brainspotting (BSP) Trainings Phases 1 & 2 in the Australia Pacific region. Both Roby & Salene have been personally trained by Dr David Grand, the developer of Brainspotting.

Dr  Roby Abeles, is a trauma and addiction resolutionist. She provides integrated, BrainBody Relational therapy to her clients, who she sees in intensive format (3-4 hours per day for 5 day consecutive days). She has been a trauma and addiction therapist for 30 years. She is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, or SEP. Her clients come from all over Australia and overseas.

Roby began using Brainspotting in 2004, after participating in the second BSP training David Grand ever presented, which was in Chicago, USA.  She attended this training after being very impressed after having a BSP session with David in September that year, at an International EMDR Conference in Montreal, Canada.

Five years later, in December, 2009, Roby brought David Grand to teach BSP Phases 1 & 2 in Sydney to a small group of enthused Australian EMDR therapists. It was at this time that David introduced Roby to Salene Souza, which has resulted in a wonderful professional partnership and personal friendship.

David had first met Salene in 2007, when she attended his Phase 1 and 2 BSP trainings in Brazil.

Salene Souza is a parenting coach and child therapist.

In March of 2013, Roby and Salene became International BSP trainers, personally trained by BSP developer Dr David Grand.

Salene has developed creative ways to use BSP with children and families, and has presented her work in Australia and at the 1st International Brainspotting Conference in Buzios, Brazil, March, 2016

Roby Abeles has specialised in using BSP to resolve addiction and has presented this work at the 1st International Brainspotting Conference in Buzios, Brazil, March, 2016

Trainer’s qualifications:

Dr Roby Abeles:

  • BA in Psychology, specialising in Chemical Dependency Counselling
  • MA in Counselling & Spiritual Psychology
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Dr Abeles is also;

  • a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)
  • an EMDR Approved Consultant
  • a clinical member of PACFA
  • a PACFA Approved Supervisor
  • A California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 36667)

Salene Souza:

  • BA in Psychology (with Honours)
  • Undertaking a Master of Brain and Mind Sciences at Sydney University.

and is also a:

  • Somatic Experiencing  (Advanced Level)
  • EMDR Approved Consultant
  • TRE Facilitator
  • PsychoDrama Facilitator
  • Clinical member of PACFA and CAPA
  • a PACFA Approved Supervisor

David Grand Trainer Confirmation letter