About Us

About us

Since 2003, we have been making a real and lasting difference to the more than 5,000 clients who have completed our program. Today, we are dedicated to helping you improve your mental health and quality of life.

We understand the need for an individually tailored program which will assist people who are committed to overcoming mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, dependencies and trauma. Our results are achieved by using a range of evidence-based therapies and treatments selected to target a particular mental health condition. Our residential retreat program combines psychological, physical, educational and social strategies along with a focus on nutritional elements to help you combat and eradicate the root cause of your condition. Palladium Private conforms to the ISO standards and certification.


Our program

The duration of our programs varies between one week to several months and are specifically designed to deliver outcomes for a range of mental health conditions. For example, if you have chronic depression, long-term anxiety or dependency issues, you will require a longer period than 7 days as you will need more time to eradicate old habits and replace them with new, more positive, sustainable ones. All talk therapy is delivered on a one-on-one basis with group activities essential for social integration as you transition for going home.

The program cost is determined by the intensity, length, accommodation and travel logistics. During the admissions consultation, we match the nature of your condition to the best program to deliver results. Our admissions process is professional and confidential. We welcome you to contact our admissions staff to discuss your needs and start the journey towards full recovery.

Retreat Management

Kalyani Gardner -General Manager at Palladium Private

Kalyani Gardner

General Manager

Kalyani lives and breathes Palladium. Her aim is to see every guest walk away with results and long-lasting change they can be proud of…

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  • Bachelor of Business Marketing

  • Level 2 Yoga Teacher
    • Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy

Georgia Ray - Clinical Lead at Palladium Private

Georgia Ray

Clinical Director

Georgia is a highly qualified Registered Psychologist with over 15 years experience in both forensic/criminal and clinical psychology.…

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...Georgia values trust, empathy and a good sense of humour. She strongly believes in treating the whole person, not just the presenting issue or disorder.

Georgia ensures respect, safety and acceptance and defines her approach as non-judgemental and individualistic – tailoring the treatment style to meet the requirements of each individual’s needs.

“Over and above my experience or knowledge of therapies, I have found the relationship and ultimately the connection with the person to be the most important factor in determining treatment success.”


  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons)
  • Masters in Forensic Psychology
  • Member - Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Associate of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists
  • Member - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Karl Gratton - Program Manager at Palladium Private

Karl Gratton

Program Manager

Karl is a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a long-term meditation teacher and instructor. After spending ten years as a practising monk, studying philosophy in-depth and practising in Australia, India and Sri Lanka…

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...Karl brings an integrative approach to therapy through the sharing of poetry, music, philosophy and meditative experiences. Karl’s interests include: Deep nature connection, poetry, dream observation and analysis, existential psychotherapy, depth psychology, human development, philosophy, music and meditation.


  • Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Buddhist Studies Program, Masters Program (Chenrezig Institute Australia, India & Sri Lanka)
  • Certificate of Commendation for Academic Excellence (Griffith University, Brisbane)

Paul Francis - Admissions Manager at Palladium Private

Paul Francis

Admissions Manager

Paul spent the first part of his career working for the British Diplomatic Service. He migrated to Australia in 2008…

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For the last ten years he has been working in the personal development and mental health industries.
Paul is passionate about Palladium Private’s holistic approach to mental health and heads up a team of admission consultants who share this passion.


Emanuele Latino - Psychologist at Palladium Private

Emanuele Latino


Emanuele has a compassionate approach to clients’ struggles, in order to promote awareness and initiate together the transformative process…

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  • Masters in Gestalt Therapy
  • Master of Relational Interventions in Emergency Situations
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Sensorymotor Psychotherapy

Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Individual, Couple, Group and Family Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (DBT, CBT)
  • EMDR
  • ACT
  • Neuropsychotherapy
  • Cape Cod Model for Couple Therapy

Josie Coco

Gestalt Psychotherapist

Josie's psychotherapy approach supports her clients to overcome obstacles to thriving and living well…

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Gestalt, in combination with other therapy modalities - coupled with her living experience - means Josie's presence and awareness facilitates her clients' meeting their challenges. She has a keen interest in complex trauma and neurobiological advances in trauma recovery. With extensive health and wellbeing experience, and as the founder of two successful businesses, Josie has a broad understanding of the challenges of our modern lifestyles.

Qualifications & Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Masters of Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Certified Practitioner - The BodyTalk System™
  • Graduate Certificate in HR Management & Development
  • Nursing, Midwifery

Scott McKay - Psychotherapist at Palladium Private

Scott McKay

Psychotherapist, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Scott is a compassionate, attachment-based therapist who brings a warm, non-judgmental, style to his practice, supporting clients to collaboratively…

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...explore, understand and transcend their challenges. He has over 12 years’ experience working therapeutically with clients in both public and private settings.

Qualifications & Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Master of Arts (Oxford)
  • Master of Social Work
  • Member - Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Mental Health Social Worker Accreditation
  • Clinical Trauma Professional Training Certification
  • Trauma, Attachment and Neuroscience (Bessel van der Kolk – The Body Keeps The Score)
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Tina Bloemer - Psychotherapist at Palladium Private

Tina Bloemer

Therapist, Group Facilitator

Tina holds a deep passion for supporting others in addressing issues such as addiction, trauma, relationship & parenting, mental health and wellbeing…

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With a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, and her experience as a group facilitator in Family Constellation therapy, Tina brings a unique wealth of experience to her therapeutic approach. Her work has become a fusion of relational, scientific and intuitive therapy modalities, which she has applied and fine-tuned whilst working in private health retreats, not-for-profit organisations, as well as her own private practice over the last 15 years on the Sunshine Coast. The heart and soul of Tina’s passion resides in the BioPsychoSocial approach, whereby the person is but one element of a much larger environment, constantly interacting, responding and evolving. Tina has a deep compassion for the human experience and feels incredibly privileged to witness and support others by exploring and resolving the core issues that subsequently create challenges within themselves and their lives.

Qualifications & Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • Family Constellations Facilitator

Gary Cox - Psychotherapist at Palladium Private

Gary Cox

Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator

Gary spent 23 years working as an Electronics Technician on satellite communications, radar, diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear medicine gamma cameras and mobile x-ray equipment. He also…

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...taught meditation for eight years and then trained in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Family Constellation and Psychodrama. He has been seeing clients and running men’s groups and workshops for the last 20 years. Gary is currently fulfilling his dream at Palladium Private by making a positive contribution in helping people find that place of greater awareness within themselves that supports a better state of Wellbeing, Love and Happiness.

Qualifications & Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • International Training in Gestalt Supervision
  • Family (Systemic) Constellation Training
  • Systemic Training Intensives (various)

Margarete Koenning

Margarete Koenning

family systems workshop facilitator

Margarete brings a wealth of experience and compassion to Palladium Private, having helped hundreds of clients in her areas of specialty – helping…

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disadvantaged youth, the indigenous community, substance abuse, addictions and family counselling. Margarete undertook extensive Gestalt Training at the GENI Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, studying under Laura Perls amongst others. She has run centres for disadvantaged children, Government family counselling centres, taught counselling skills at TAFE and North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health. Maragrete worked as a faculty member for the Brisbane Gestalt Institute as well as other Gestalt Institutes in Lismore, Terrigal and Sydney.

Jude Carlsson - Kinesiologist at Palladium Private

Jude Carlsson


Jude has an impressive background, having practiced Kinesiology for more than 35 years. She also holds a diploma in Naturopathy which helps her to…

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...address any natural medicine requirements her client may have. Alongside her work as an energy practitioner, Jude is also a registered nurse and midwife.

She blends her medical knowledge and energetic healing skills to provide a holistic approach - treating every aspect of her client's mental, physical and spiritual health.

Qualifications & Therapeutic Modalities:
  • Registered Nurse
  • Kinesiologist
  • Diploma in Naturopathy
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science

Duty Management

Allison Bright

Duty Manager, Host, Mindfulness Facilitator

Allison’s mission is to make a positive difference to as many people’s lives as possible. She strives to help people become empowered, self directed and at peace with themselves …

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...through mindset management.

Qualifications & Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Certificate IV Life Coaching
  • Practitioner Neurolinguistic Programming
  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management
  • Certificate III Education Support

Thelma Vlamis - Duty Manager at Palladium Private

Thelma Vlamis

Duty Manager, Host, Mindfulness Facilitator

Thelma is a certified Holistic Counsellor who went through her own self-discovery process and career change from Environmental Science to Counselling…

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Thelma takes a client-centred, process-orientated and somatic approach to working with her clients.

She is passionate about guiding clients to connect into the body and its innate wisdom, feel emotionally stronger and find the strength to make changes in their life that align with what gives them purpose and fills their cup.


  • Bachelor of Science with Honours Class Honours
  • Post-graduate Degree in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Certified Holistic Counsellor

Retreat Team

Brad Evans - Admissions Consultant at Palladium Private

Brad Evans

Admissions Consultant

Brad has been with Palladium Private in various roles since 2008 and is passionate about the program and its outcomes. In his Admissions Consultant role, he is…

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...the first step in a client's journey to Palladium Private and he finds it extremely rewarding. Brad comes with lived experience that helps him understand, empathise and provide valuable advice to each individual who reaches out to him. Brad firmly believes in the holistic approach and loves the uniqueness of being human. He values building trust and a close relationship with each potential guest. Every individual is unique, and he personally finds it incredibly rewarding to watch their lives change as they learn to create a new way of life.

Juliette Khalifa - Art Therapist at Palladium Private

Juliette Kalifa

art therapist

Juliette is a registered creative arts counsellor and supervisor with over 20 years experience. Working with individuals, families and groups has…

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...contributed to her understanding of existential dilemmas, trauma, grief and loss, and their impact on relationships. She combines counselling, psychotherapy and the arts to explore who we are and how life is for us. Juliette holds a Masters by Supervision in Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy.

Bec Combs - Duty Manager at Palladium Private

Bec Combs

Dance and Drumming Facilitator

Bec is undertaking a Masters in Gestalt Therapy with Gestalt Therapy Brisbane. She facilitates Drum & Dance workshops at Palladium Private…

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...and has trained in West African Drum & Dance in Guinea, West Africa. Bec is co-founder of Rhythm Culture and continues to share rhythm and dance to organisations and schools in South East Queensland. She has a passion for mindfulness, music and all things fun.

Shivani Shoereder - Yoga Teacher and Workshop Facilitator at Palladium Private

Shivani Shoereder

yoga teacher, Workshop Facilitator

After studying and teaching in various disciplines, Shivani found her passion in Yoga, which she has been teaching for 6 years (as at Oct 2022)…

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After witnessing the transformation that Yoga practice brought to her own life and the lives of others, she firmly believes Yoga has the power to bring people to a more peaceful and integrated state, and ultimately back to their true Self.

  • Level 2 Yoga Teacher
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training (Centre for Trauma & Embodiment, JRI Yoga Program)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences

Kyle Merillo - Head Chef at Palladium Private

Kyle Merrilo

Head Chef

Kyle began his culinary journey a little over 20 years ago and it has allowed him to…

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....travel all over this beautiful country - a passion of Kyle's.

He believes in high quality, honest food that brings people together Kyle plans each meal with care and attention to flavour profile, nutrition, balance and satisfaction


  • Certificate III in Hospitality (Asian Cookery)

Matt Fleming - Head Personal Trainer at Palladium Private

Matthew Fleming

Head Personal Trainer

Matt has over 10 years’ experience as a Personal Trainer. It has been his passion to help others learn the correct training and form principles to…

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....achieve the best desired results – which is unique to each client.

Matt was previously the Gym Manager and Head Coach for with Eclipse Gym in Kyneton, Victoria. He is currently the PT Leader at Palladium Private.

Matt has an extensive background in strength and conditioning as a former competitive National Champion Powerlifter. He specialises in boxing, group classes and individualised programming for specific health and fitness goals.

Matt consistently receives glowing feedback from our departing guests and is valued for his energy, adaptability and caring approach to each client’s challenges and aspirations.


  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Personal Training
  • First Aid & CPR

Lee Gordon - Palladium Private Personal Trainer

Lee Gordon

Personal Trainer

After seeing the profound benefits that a health & fitness lifestyle has brought to…

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...her own life, Lee decided to become a Certified Personal Trainer so she could help inspire, motivate and guide others into cultivating the same profound change in their own lives.


  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Personal Training

Brendan O'Shea - Somatic Mindfulness Facilitator at Palladium Private

Brendan O’Shea

Somatic Mindfulness Facilitator

Brendan draws on the life experience of managing his own depression and anxiety to teach mindfulness…

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He was a Buddhist monk for six years before studying yoga, then counselling, both of which taught him the power of mindfulness to change a life from within.

Learning about mindfulness in Brendan's sessions can be challenging, however there is usually plenty of laughter and insights in the mix. Each session begins with an educational talk about mindfulness, followed by somee theatre/improvisation warm-up games to relax and loosen-up before finishing with a healing guided meditation.

Christine Clegg - Massage Therapist at Palladium Private

christine clegg

Remedial Massage Therapist, Mindful movement facilitator

Christine brings a diverse skill set and broad life experience to Palladium Private. She began her career as a Marine Scientist and has also worked as a…

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...professional Musician, Yoga Teacher, Installation Artist and Host of Ceremonies. Christine has an enduring passion for the healing arts, centred around the power of the mind-body connection.

Qualifications & Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Massage Therapy (Kahuna and Heartworks Lomi Lomi)
  • Level 2 Yoga Teacher
  • Mindful Movement and Embodied Dance Facilitator

Radhika Evans - Massage Therapist at Palladium Private

Radhika Evans

Remedial Massage Therapist

Radhika has had an interest in astrology, yoga, meditation and holistic health for quite some time which has…

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...led to her studying many modalities over the years, including massage.

She loves helping others achieve their goals and enjoys sharing her knowledge. Massage therapy allows Radhika to work with the body as a whole, taking a holistic approach to healing - incorporating body, mind, emotions and environment.

Her treatments are tailored to each client's needs, what will be most beneficial for them and have the greatest impact at this stage of their life experience.

Qualifications & Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy
  • Myotherapy
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Reiki Master
  • Acutonics Level 1

Abbi Parker Palladium Private

Abbi Parker

Remedial Massage Therapist

Abbi uses a BioPsychoSocial approach in each massage session with her clients. As such, no two massages are the same. Abbi is compassionate and caring and…

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...gets to know her clients individually throughout their stay at Palladium and adapts to their needs – whether it’s a first massage or one of many.

Abbi works on the mind and body to achieve deep relaxation. She has always had a passion for helping people, and is successful in treating stress-related conditions, injuries, acute and chronic pain with varied techniques, from deep tissue therapy to relaxation techniques


    Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy