Naomi Halpern


Naomi holds a C.Q.S.W. (UK) and Grad. Cert. Human Rights. For over twenty five years she has demonstrated her commitment to assist and enhance the quality of life of people who have experienced severe trauma, abuse and disadvantaged life situations.

Naomi trained as a social worker in the UK. Early in her career she worked with children in emergency care, homeless youth, and convicted offenders in government and NGO’s, providing advocacy, psychosocial education, recreational opportunities, skills training, supervision and counselling.

In 1987 Naomi went into partnership with Susan Henry at The Delphi Centre, now known as Delphi Training and Consulting. She has developed expertise in psychotherapy for complex trauma and provides clinical consultation for post traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders and related comorbidity, with survivors of sexual abuse, rape, gender based violence, torture and other trauma. She has a wealth of experience working with people across cultures, socioeconomic groups, faiths and sexual orientation.

A skilled speaker and trainer, Naomi presents her work in complex trauma, vicarious trauma, stress management and work-life balance, nationally and internationally. She provides case consultations and training to organizations such as Metta YouthCorpus ChristiDelmont Private Psychiatric HospitalBarwon Centre Against Sexual AssaultWestern Centre Against Sexual AssaultCarelink Counselling ServicesKnowmore Legal ServicesMaurice Blackburn Lawyers, Maddocks Lawyers and the United Nations.

Naomi was a founding member of The Australian Association of Trauma and Dissociation Inc. in 1992 (amalgamated with the Australasian Association of Traumatic Stress Studies in 1996). She served on the Executive Committee and Conference Committee from 1991 – 1996, and as Treasurer from 1992 – 1995.

In the early 90’s, together with her colleague, Susan Henry, she pioneered professional development training in Australia in the area of complex trauma and dissociative disorders.

Naomi is co-author with Dr Colin A Ross from Dallas, TX, USA of a treatment manual: Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity, (2009), Manitou Communications Inc.

She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation