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, anxietydepressionsubstance 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 to five weeks 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 substance abuse 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.

To get in touch, simply call 1300 573 095 to speak to an Admissions Consultant.

Retreat Management


Emmanuele Latino

Program Director

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

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
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (DCT, CBT)
  • EMDR
  • ACT
  • Neuropsychotherap
  • Sensorymotor Psychotherapy
  • Cape Cod Model for Couple Therapy

Kalyani Gardner

Program 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.

Kalyani holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Business Marketing
  • Level 2 Yoga Teacher

Paul Francis

Admissions Manager

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

Mark Yabsley

Operations Manager, Personal Trainer

Mark has been part of our Duty management Team for some time, however he stepped up to take over the role of Operations Manager in June 2022.

Mark works hard to ensure the facilities, grounds, housekeeping and kitchen are well-maintained and running smoothly to ensure th best experience for our guests.

Mark is a qualified personal trainer with over two decades of experience in training clients from all walks of life to improve their fitness, physique and overall sense of wellbeing.

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

Mark holds the following qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Training)
  • First Aid and CPR

Duty Management


Allison Bright

Duty Manager, Host and 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 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
Karl Gratton Palladium Private

Karl Gratton

Duty Manager, Host

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

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.

Karl holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Buddhist Studies Program, Masters Program (Chenrezig Institute Australia, India & Sri Lanka)
  • Certificate of Commendation for Academic Excellence (Griffith University, Brisbane)
  • Certificate III Individual Support
Bec Combs Palladium Private

Bec Combs

Duty Manager, Host and Mindfulness Facilitator

Bec began her studies in mental health at USC studying a Bachelor in Health Science. She is now undertaking a Masters in Gestalt Therapy with Gestalt Therapy Brisbane. She facilitates Drum & Dance workshops at Palladium Private 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.

Bec holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Health Science (University of the Sunshine Coast)

Therapy Team


Josie Coco

Gestalt Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator

Josie’s psychotherapy approach supports her clients to overcome obstacles to thriving and living well.
Gestalt, in conjunction 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.

Josie holds the following qualifications:

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

Josie has undertaken the following specialist courses:

  • Circle of Security Parenting™ Program
  • Advanced Master Programme on Treatment of Trauma
Gary Cox 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 xray equipment. He also 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.

Gary has the following qualifications:

  • Certificate in Electronics (RAAF)
  • Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • International Training in Gestalt Supervision
  • Family (Systemic) Constellation Training
  • Systematic Training Intensives (various)
  • Psychodrama Training
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Virginia Bridge - Palladium Private Psychotherapist

Virginia Bridge

Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator

Virginia has over 20 years’ experience as a psychotherapist working with Individuals, couples and adolescents, as well as corporate and organisational coaching and psychology.  Virginia feels strongly that clients need to experience a safe and compassionate space in order to express themselves, enabling them to work though their personal challenges whilst assisting them to find ways of enjoying the experience of change and personal growth that occurs during therapy.

Virginia creates a space that is warm, non-judgmental and welcoming. She’s passionate about helping her clients develop strategies, skills and tools they can take away from sessions to implement into their lives and create the positive changes they crave. Virginia understands that painful early childhood, family and other life experiences can shape how we feel about ourselves and the world and she’s skilled in helping clients work through these issues so they can go on to lead fulfilling, rewarding and empowered lives. Virginia’s therapeutic approach focuses on supporting clients to develop self-reflection skills and greater self-awareness so they leave sessions feeling more empowered.

Virginia has extensive training in meditation and mindfulness-based techniques for clients who are interested in learning these to develop a greater sense of inner calm, attention, self-awareness, wellbeing and overall happiness.

Virginia has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
  • Master of  Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)
Tina Bloemer Palladium Private

Tina Bloemer

Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator

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

With a degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, 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. 

Scott McKay Palladium Private

Scott McKay

Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator

Scott brings a warm, non-judgmental style to his practice providing a safe, accepting and containing environment to support clients’ transformation.

His practice is strongly informed by attachment and trauma paradigms. Scott uses a range of treatment modalities to suit individual needs and is experienced in providing evidence-based psychological treatments including:

  • Cognitve Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy, and
  • Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Scott holds the following qualifications:

  • Master of Arts (Oxford)
  • Master of Social Work
  • 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)

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 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

Retreat Team


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 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

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 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

Yoga Teacher

After studying and teaching in various disciplines, Shivani found her passion in Yoga, which she has been teaching for about 5 years (as at Oct 2021).

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 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.
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 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.

Abbi holds the following qualifications:

  • Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy

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). 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 the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Indigenous Studies from the Southern Cross University
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Acupuncture)