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

Emanuele Latino

Emanuele Latino

Program Director Psychologist

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

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Emanuele holds the following qualifications:

  • Masters in Gestalt Therapy
  • Master of Relational Interventions in Emergency Situations
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Individual, Couple, Group and Family Therapy
  • Gestalt
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (DBT, CBT)
  • EMDR
  • ACT
  • Neuropsychotherapy & Cape Cod Model for Couple Therapy
Kalyani Gardner

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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Kalyani holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Business Management

  • Level 2 Yoga Teacher

Paul Francis

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.

Paul holds the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in Electronics and Communications

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

  • Higher National Certificate (IT & Telecommunications)

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

Duty Management

Allison Bright

Duty Manager

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. Allison holds the following qualifications:

  • Certificate IV Life Coaching
  • Practitioner Neurolinguistic Programming
  • Certificate IV in Business Management
  • Certificate III Education Support
  • Mental Health First Aid


Margarete Koenning

Margarete Koenning

family systems workshop facilitatop

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.

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.


  • Masters of Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Certified Practitioner - The BodyTalk System™
  • Graduate Certificate in HR Management & Development
  • Nursing, Midwifery
  • Circle of Security Parenting™ Program
  • Advanced Master Programme on Treatment of Trauma

  • Liz McConnell


    Liz is a compassionate Psychologist who wholeheartedly believes in a holistic approach to making lasting change to mental health and wellbeing…

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    She has over 13 years experience working in various Psychology and mental health settings in the UK, supporting people from all walks of life.. Her own life journey in pursuit of balance saw her migrate to Australia in 2017. Liz will walk alongside you on your journey at Palladium to help you reconnect with your true, whole self.


    • BSc Applied Psychology
    • MSc Counselling Psychology
    • PG Dip Cognitive-Behaviour Psychotherapy
    • Mindfulness-based Therapies
  • Diploma in Reflexology

  • Retreat Team

    Juliette Kalifa

    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.

    christine clegg

    christine clegg

    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. She is a qualified Massage Therapist (Kahuna and Heartworks Lomi Lomi), Level 2 Yoga Teacher and Mindful Movement and Embodied Dance Facilitator.

    Shivani Shoereder

    Shivani Shoereder

    yoga teacher

    After studying and teaching in various disciplines, Shivani found her passion in Yoga, which she has been teaching for about 4 years (as at Oct 2020)…

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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.


    Brendan O’Shea

    improvisation therapist

    Brendan is a qualified Transpersonal Counsellor and Yoga Instructor. He practiced as a Buddhist monk for six years and currently performs as…

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    The Mindfulness Poet.

    He brings all his passion, performance skills – and his own personal experience of living with depression – to Role Play. Role Play is a great way to deepen our mindfulness by becoming more aware of our bodies and our emotions. It’s challenging but rewarding work. Knowledge is power, and self-knowledge is self-empowerment. Each session begins with a talk about mental health and finishes with a guided meditation for relaxation and integration.

    Mark Yabsley

    Personal Trainer

    Mark is a qualified personal trainer with over two decades of experience in training clients from all walks of life to improve their fitness, physiques and…

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    ...overall sense of wellbeing. He has also worked in various other professional capacities such as commercial pilot and Australia-wide company owner and director, however his true passion is in helping people improve their lives through fitness, diet and exercise.

    Mark holds a Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Training) and First Aid & CPR certification.

    Athalia Zivic

    Chef, Kitchen Manager

    Athalia is an accomplished Chef who is passionate about improving health and wellness through great tasting, healthful food.

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    It is Athalia’s mission to nourish individuals lives through nutrition and she has a depth of knowledge about how effective food can be for a person’s overall sense of wellbeing, mood, performance and recovery.

    She wants to help clients appreciate all the ways food can be deliciously prepared so they can fall in love with taste and health again.

    Athalia holds a Bachelor of Health Science & Nutritional Medicine.

    Judi Khan

    Massage therapist

    Judi comes from a nursing background (general and midwifery) working in both hospitals and public health in regional Queensland (Aboriginal Health and School Health).

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    She brings Oriental massage skills to Palladium Private evolving from studies in Chinese Medicine. Judi’s Chinese medicine perspective on health and healing attests the holistic approach she takes to achieve a balanced body, mind and spirit, living in harmony with nature. Through firm, respectful, gentle and effective handwork, she follows the meridian systems of the body at acupuncture points along these pathways - releasing pain and discomfort and achieving grounding. Judi has undertaken studies in healing and spiritual modalities over the past 25 years which have enriched her life and those of her massage clients.

    Judi holds a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies and a Diploma of Applied Science (Acupuncture)