Michael Free, Committee Member
Michael Free trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, qualifying in 1980. He then worked for the Queensland Health Department in a variety of positions in adult psychiatry for 12 years. From 1993 till July 2008 he held a part-time position as a lecturer in clinical psychology at Griffith University, Brisbane. He obtained his PhD in 1997 for research on the relationship
between biological and psychological processes during recovery from depression. He has been in part-time private practice since 1998 and in July 2008 commenced full-time private practice. Dr Free’s expertise is in complex anxiety and depression including emotional and behavioural issues derived from childhood experiences. He works with adults and adolescents both in individual therapy and group therapy programs. He has written a book on group cognitive therapy now in its second edition and a book integrating cognitive therapy and the teachings of Jesus, which was published in 2015. He is now working on a series of self-help books and talks that combine cognitive therapy with the teachings of Jesus. He has been a member of the AACBT and its predecessor since 1981, and was the on the Queensland state executive as treasurer and Vice President from 2005-2012. He has continued on the Queensland state committee since nationalisation.