Professor Gill Straker is the co-director of CASPC, along with Dr Jacqui Winship. Gill is a clinical professor in the department of psychology in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney. She is a distinguished Mellon Foundation Scholar and a visiting research professor at the University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg. She is a chartered clinical psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a member of the clinical college of the Australian Psychological Society. Gill is a practicing Lacanian analyst and a member of the Australian Center for Psychoanalysis. She is a member of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and member of the New South Wales Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is also a member of Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy. She is an honorary Member United Kingdom Association for Psychotherapy Integration (in recognition of service to the psychotherapy profession teaching/ training).
Gill has published widely in the area of psychotherapy and psychology and has specialized in the treatment of traumatic stress. She coined the term continuous stress to refer to situations of ongoing stress e.g. domestic violence, child abuse and political turmoil and differentiates this from post traumatic stress and complex traumatic stress.
Gill has recently co-written a book with Jacqui Winship, The Talking Cure, which is due to be published by Pan Macmillan Australia on 28 May 2019. You can pre-order the book via this link.
Gill is currently involved in the establishment of the Apartheid Archives in South Africa and is involved in research studying the dissociation and the production of ignorance that allowed white South Africans to support apartheid.
Gill regularly presents workshops and papers on psychotherapy and the treatment of personality disorders in the UK and in the USA. She runs reading and study groups for practitioners.
Gill has a private psychotherapy and supervision practice in Coogee, Sydney.