Mental health nursing in private practice

With Claire Hudson-McAuley and Rhonda Brown, counsellor and family therapist in private practice

11 April 2022

How can you set up a private practice if you’re a mental health nurse? How do you determine your pricing? How do you attract clients? In this conversation Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) member Rhonda Brown and Psychotherapy Special Interest Group Chair Claire Hudson-McAuley discuss why and how Rhonda took a leap of faith and started her private practice, and what makes mental health nurses unique in this field. Claire and Rhonda also talk about how important it is to fight for recognition of mental health nurses’ skills, and more.

If you’d like to learn more about setting up a private practice, please join the College for a masterclass run by Claire at the International Mental Health Nursing Conference in September 2022.

To join the Psychotherapy SIG, please email

Claire Hudson-McAuley is a general and mental health nurse, gestalt and somatic psychotherapist, AOD counsellor,  group facilitator, couples & family therapist. She works in private practice as a psychotherapist specializing in complex trauma and dissociation, offers individual and group supervision in trauma informed practice and is listed on the Blue Knot Foundation's referral database.

Claire Hudson-McAuley

Rhonda Brown is an experienced counsellor and family therapist. For more than 30 years, she has worked with individuals and families across a range of health and community settings including adult and family mental health services, alcohol and other drugs services, schools and higher education. She currently also holds a conjoint position as Clinical Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University and continue to be active in research focusing in mental health and health disparities among marginalised populations.

Rhonda Brown


mental health nurse therapist, Mental health nursing private practice, Psychotherapy nurse

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