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Renee McDonald, Director at Australian Online Therapy Training (AOTT) Pty Ltd
Focus Areas: HealthTech, Mental Health, Health & Wellness, Business Continuity
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Thought Leader Interview
Thinkers360 thought leader interviews profile prominent members of the Thinkers360 community who embody the power of ideas in their work. In this edition, we speak with Renée McDonald, Director at Australian Online Therapy Training (AOTT) Pty Ltd
Renée has been a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for over 20 years. She is a PACFA Clinical Counsellor, Psychotherapist, an Accredited Supervisor, degree qualified and trained Coach and mentor to hundreds of clinicians in the field.
Renée is a Senior Professional Member and Registered International Online Clinical Supervisor with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), as well as running an ACTO approved, internationally accredited online therapy training company. She is an experienced academic educator, trainer and assessor and runs her own training company, Australian Online Therapy Training (AOTT).
Renée has additionally worked in a variety of roles in the community, along with teaching and training future community workers, counsellors and psychotherapists for over 15 years, including ACAP, and in a variety of other large educational institutions.
In 2019, (with a re-print in 2020), she launched her textbook; Online Therapy: Processes, Tasks, Integration and Energetic Holding, based on her research, practice experience and training in the Online Therapy and Telehealth space. Her Online Therapy textbook is available both as an eBook on her training company’s website: www.aott.com.au and as a standard paperback from Lambert Academic Publishing, through www.morebooks.de
Renée is listed in the Thinkers360 Leaderboards as one of the top 20 in HealthTech, Mental Health and Health & Wellness.
Renée is a passionate advocator for the client and the therapist experience in the online space and you can contact Renée directly, via her professional services website: www.reneemcdonald.com or via her company page: www.aott.com.au
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Thinkers360: Tell us a bit about your background and areas of expertise
RM: I am a Counsellor, Coach and Psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience. I am a PACFA Clinical Counsellor, Psychotherapist, an Accredited Supervisor, degree qualified Coach, professional trainer & educator, and mentor to hundreds of clinicians in the field.
Thinkers360: What are your current responsibilities and what’s a typical day look like?
RM: My current responsibilities are directing my training organisation – helping professionals to transition to working online, working with therapy or coaching clients and mentoring, supervising and advising clinicians. A typical day may involve some counselling or psychotherapy sessions, a meeting or two with organisations, time for training, or coaching clinicians, or supporting those in business. No two days are the same!
Thinkers360: What’s the favorite part of your current role?
RM:I really like people finding the strength within them to reach for the stars with their dreams of running their own counselling, coaching, or excelling at their business. I really enjoy seeing people succeed in life, or in their work. I’m all about empowering people to do better in their life – whatever goal that my be.
Thinkers360: How do you utilize Thinkers360?
RM: Currently, I’m listed with Thinkers360 and have only just commenced using it. I’d love to be in touch with more people through Thinkers360, or find more people to network with, or collaborate with. I’m keen to collaborate with others to support them in their journey.
Editor’s Note: See Renee’s Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio.
Thinkers360: How do you like to work with brands who wish to engage you as a thought leader?
RM: I like to support brands who wish to engage with me as a thought leader by either providing presentation talks to their staff, or motivational speaking engagements, or provide an opportunity to have a Zoom discussion with me. I’m currently being sought after in my industry to provide key note speaker presentations and/or presentations on my areas of expertise / strength.
Thinkers360: What’s your main advice for upcoming thought leaders?
RM: My main advice for upcoming thought leaders is – to get yourself out there, network, create opportunities for yourself as they won’t always land in your lap. Create new communities, get supported by a coach, therapist, or supporter to work through your challenges and get advice from others on how to present in different settings.
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