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, substance 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.  Palladium Private ISO9001 Certification Logo


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


Program Director

Emanuele has a compassionate approach to clients’ struggles, in order to promote awareness and initiate together the transformative process. His treatment approaches range from Gestalt, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dialectical and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, ACT, Neuropsychotherapy, Sensorymotor Psychotherapy and Cape Cod Model for Couple Therapy.

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.

Kalyani holds the following qualifications:

Bachelor of Business Management

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.

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 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

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

Dr Catherine Creamer


Catherine is a registered psychologist in Australia, the UK and New Zealand.  Her clinical and research interests lie in the neurobiological correlates of trauma, anxious attachment and resulting maladaptive behaviours.  Catherine has a relaxed style of intervention, a good sense of humour and promotes positive mental health through a wide variety of evidence-based interventions.

Catherine enjoys her work at Palladium Private because of the people, the peacefulness of the property and the abundance of nature.  She is also a ‘horse whisperer’ and completed her Certificate in Natural Horsemanship with Monty Roberts in 2004.


Ph.D Neurobiological Correlates of Anxious Attachment Style

Master of Science – Forensic and Legal Psychology

Bachelor of Science (Hons) – Psychology and Health Science

Certificate in Natural Horsemanship


Trained in EMDR, DBT, CBT, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

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 4 years (as at Oct 2020).

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.

Athalia Zivic

Chef, Kitchen Manager

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

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

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, 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 a Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Training) as well as First Aid and CPR certification.

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.

She holds a
Bachelor of Indigenous Studies from the Southern Cross University and a
Diploma of Applied Science (Acupuncture).