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Renee McDonald

Director at Australian Online Therapy Training (AOTT) Pty Ltd

Wollongong, Australia

Renée is a passionate advocator for the client and customer experience in both therapy and coaching.

Renée McDonald has been a Professional Coach, Counsellor and Psychotherapist for over 19 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.
She 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).
She 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
You can contact Renée directly, via her professional services website: www.reneemcdonald.com or via her company page: www.aott.com.au

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Wollongong, or Sydney, Australia
Speaking Topics: Mental Health, Wellbeing, Relationships

Renee McDonaldPoints
Academic35
Author103
Influencer0
Speaker9
Entrepreneur20
Total167

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Management
Theatre: Oceania
Media Experience: 5 Years
Last Media Training: 11/01/2019
Last Media Interview: 08/08/2019

Areas of Expertise

Customer Experience
Design Thinking
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 31.13
Diversity and Inclusion
Entrepreneurship
Future of Work 30.70
Health and Wellness 43.62
Healthtech 50.80
Innovation 30.58
Leadership 30.40
Mental Health 65.34
Privacy
Climate Change 32.99
Business Continuity 33.45
COVID19 35.79
Social 30.69
Marketing 30.29

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Healthcare
Higher Education & Research
Media
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Professional Services

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Publications

11 Article/Blogs
MISCARRIAGE: DISENFRANCHISED GRIEF (FROM CAPA QUARTERLY JOURNAL, MARCH 2008)
Renee McDonald
July 13, 2021
Miscarriage is disenfranchised grief. It is often a silenced experience and the numbers of women who experience miscarriage will continue to grow the more women delay childbearing years. As therapists we need to ask more of ourselves so we adequately support women with this growing need for therapy, both personally and professionally.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Offering quality services
Renee McDonald
June 30, 2021
Thank you for coming here and for reading this blog. I think it’s essential to talk ‘the humanness’ of helping right now – with how the world is right now. The world shutting down, locking up, shifting things continuously.

Over the past 18 months, it has been a hard slog for everyone. I’m sure it’s been hard on you. It’s been difficult for all counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and mental health professionals across the board. At times it’s just been hard to keep going. So, good on you for making it so far.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Disagreements: Can we agree to disagree?
Renee McDonald
April 25, 2021
There are disagreements everywhere right now – and it seems that life is full of fractious moments recently. It’s essential to then therefore consider – in the event of a disagreement, what can you do, to help alleviate the situation?

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Exhaustion: How to help yourself if all else fails
Renee McDonald
April 20, 2021
Hi everyone, I do hope this blog finds you doing okay. If not, please click on the button here to book in for a free discovery ..

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Australia Day: I acknowledge the strength of the Indigenous People
LinkedIn
January 25, 2019
As someone who has been subject to abhorrent treatment from other humans, I stand with the Indigenous people in their right for sovereignty, freedom to be, freedom of expression, freedom of of speech, of spiritual practices and of language and custom.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Gentle coach: Being of service
LinkedIn
May 09, 2017
Over the past 15 years I have worked in the field, I have assisted thousands of people to live happier, healthier lives.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Renee McDonald: Youtube Channel
LinkedIn
February 22, 2017
I've included information on this Youtube Channel about programs I offer, therapy, topics of interest and more.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Lessons from Trolls
LinkedIn
February 11, 2017
Being a mum of 3 kids, means that I’m regularly heading off to the latest movies with my kids. There’s been some stand out movies for kids recently. Two movies that are standouts for different perspectives on psychology in recent times are; Inside Out and Trolls.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Social Media for therapists
LinkedIn
February 11, 2017

Want to get more out of your practice through social media?


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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Confessions of a Counsellor
LinkedIn
February 11, 2017
It is difficult to be up-to-date in modern times – with the latest and greatest – on anything or any topic for that matter.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Online therapy: professional development
LinkedIn
November 07, 2016
She has additionally worked in training and educational institutions for over 10 years and has worked with all manner of different client groups for over 15 years - in face-to-face and online coaching, counselling, supervision, mentoring and groups with online services, many different systems and web-based and online platforms.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

1 Book
Online therapy: Processes, tasks, integration and energetic holding
Lambert Academic Publishing
August 01, 2019

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Healthtech, Mental Health

4 Conference Publications
Vision 4 2020, V.2.0: Covid and Hope Masterclass
Vision 4 2020
November 26, 2020
An online conference presentation about where to find hope, among hopeless times as we are surrounded by COVID, death and destruction.

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

2020 Wrap Up: Vision 4 2020
Vision 4 2020
November 23, 2020
Discussion about the year that was and the stress that humanity was under. Reflecting upon mental health, crisis and COVID.

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Creative Processing
Vision 4 2020 Conferences
January 20, 2020
This conference workshop discussion was all about how to work creatively online and some ideas of new creative processing exercises to open up new creative recesses within you.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Innovation, Mental Health

New Age Supervision: Supervision for the 21st Century
ACSA Conference
May 22, 2018

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

2 eBooks
5 steps to starting your online business
AOTT
January 01, 2019
Are you overwhelmed not knowing where to start - if you're wanting to start an online business?
This eBook gives you some tips if you're overloaded and don't know what to do to start your online business. Discussed in this book is; how to start, networking, marketing and more. Here, McDonald asks you important questions to get you focused to work out where you are at with your online business.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

5 secrets of online therapy success
AOTT
August 01, 2018
The 5 secrets of online therapy success was the first eBook that Renee McDonald penned. Renee has provided online therapy and telehealth support, training, supervision and mentoring to the field of counselling, psychology and social work for over 8 years now, as a result of academic teaching, training, coaching and presenting. Here, in this eBook, uncover the secrets Renee has found make all the difference with the outcomes for her clients - when delivery therapy or telehealth online.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Healthtech, Mental Health

1 Founder
Australian Online Therapy Training (AOTT) Pty Ltd
AOTT
February 01, 2018
AOTT assists online therapists and online businesses to create a better experience for their clients and customers. Through Renee's continuous training experience over the past 14 years within training, institutions and community organisations, Renee brings this expertise to the online space and to online therapy.

AOTT provides basic training and more advanced training for counselling, psychology and psychotherapy professionals, along with training in online supervision.

AOTT commenced from a need out of her training within Butterfly Courage over the past few years, as well as with K Events over the past couple of years before that.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

3 Journal Publications
The Collective Conscious: Response to the White Paper
The Collective Conscious
June 01, 2019
A brief overview of the history of psychology and where the problems of mental health derive from, along with what the issues are within the scope of mental health provision across Australia.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Mental Health

Counselling Communities: The shared impact of natural disaster
CAPA Quarterly: The Journal of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW
June 01, 2011
A combined personal and professional discussion regarding the impact of floods, fires and natural disaster on rural and regional communities.

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Tags: Climate Change, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Miscarriage: Disenfranchised grief
CAPA Quarterly
March 01, 2008
A personal case study and journal article, regarding a miscarriage and what was learnt from the experience by the author. Renee McDonald discusses her very personal experience of miscarriage and the growth from the experience to deepen the therapeutic connection to her clients and the way forward for clinicians working with women who miscarry.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Social

1 Miscellaneous
Introduction to Online Therapy
ACAP (Australian College of Applied Psychology)
November 03, 2018
A three-hour presentation from Renee McDonald all about online therapy and telehealth, held for ACAP - both online and in-person

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Healthtech, Mental Health

3 Podcasts
Episode 16 - Karen Bieman
Online Therapy Podcast
April 01, 2021
Here Renee McDonald from the Online Therapy Podcast interviews Karen Bieman is a Counsellor working in the field in specific niches, such as grief, loss, trauma and relationship breakdowns after a partner may come out as being LGBTQIA+. Karen, herself, has had lived experience as being the partner affected by such an experience. …

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Online Therapy Podcast
AOTT: The Online Therapy Podcast
July 01, 2019
A podcast all about working online for therapists, including information about technology, the best ways to care for clients online, cybertrauma, ideas for practice and more. The best of industry guests have been sourced to come on this podcast for your listening pleasure.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Healthtech, Mental Health

The Shine Counsel Podcast
The Shine Counsel
October 13, 2017
The Shine Counsel is all about assisting therapists, coaches and professionals who support people's wellbeing to rise, through creativity, spirituality and thinking differently.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Innovation, Marketing

1 Presentation
Transpersonal approaches in online therapy
Renee McDonald: Published on Research Gate
March 18, 2019
Defining transpersonal therapy in the online environment. How transpersonal therapy is different and how working with the transpersonal can be enhanced in the online space.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Healthtech, Mental Health

2 Trainings
Transitioning to Telehealth and Online Therapy
TATRA Corporate and Allied Health Training Services
June 09, 2021
A fundamental course to transition a therapy practice online, from a face-to-face / in-person therapy practice.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Healthtech, Mental Health

Introduction to Online Therapy
ACAP (Australian College of Applied Psychology)
November 03, 2018
A 3-hour training, presentation and speaking engagement that was all about online therapy and telehealth - for therapy, psychology and social work professionals. This talk was presented to ACAP Alumni.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Healthtech, Mental Health

1 Webinar
Level 1: Funamentals Online Therapy Training
K Events
February 01, 2017
Webinar outline

Have you been looking at the online counselling/therapeutic/coaching space and wondering if it is for you?
Do you feel overwhelmed at the options and choices and possibilities?
Do you find yourself asking, where do I start and what are the professional ethical considerations?
Do you want to know how to provide online therapeutic services?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this webinar series is for you.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Healthtech, Mental Health

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