February 27, 2016

Jenny Brown

Family-Systems-Institute-24-571x380Jenny Brown (MSW, PhD):  Director.

Jenny has had a clinical practice on the lower North Shore for over 20 years. While much of her current work is in training other clinicians, she remains committed to offering some appointments at her practice. If it is not possible to find an appointment time with Jenny, she recommends people see her close clinical associates Anna Moss, Veronica Pym or other counsellors at the practice.

Dr Jenny Brown

BSoc Stud (USyd); MSc (Columbia U): PhD (UNSW)

Plus Dip of Fam. Ther.(RA); Externship Couple & Family Ther. (Fam. Instit. Westchester NY); Systems Supervisor 1 year program (Tavistock London)

Offers clinical appointments Wednesday afternoons, Thursday mornings and Fridays (& occasional Wed morings). Org, consultations, seminars and family business consulting on other days.

Cost for clinical work $220 P/H. Some reduced fee sessions for lower income clients- (to be discussed with Jenny directly).

Jenny is a member of the AASW, a clinical member and supervisor with AAFT (Australian Association of Family Therapy) and a registered mental health worker under Medicare. Rebates available under Medicare and through Teachers Health, UniHealth & Nurses and Midwives Health. Medicare Provider No: 2685961H

Jenny is well known as an experienced and effective relationship health therapist. She has had a clinical practice on the lower North Shore since 1998 drawing from family systems thinking to assist families, couples and individuals. Jenny set up the Family Systems Practice and Institute in 2004. Jenny’s training and experience spans working and training in programs in Sydney, New York and London. She is author of:  “Growing Yourself Up: How to bring your best to all of life’s relationships” -now in its second edition https://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Growing-Yourself-Up-2nd-edition.html , a number of professional articles and chapters and she also writes regular blogs on applying Bowen family systems theory: www.jennybrown.info

Jenny’s doctoral research was on parent’s experience of the child/adolescents mental health treatment. She continues to write and develop programs to assist parents who are committed to finding the best treatment pathways for their vulnerable child (from infancy to young adulthood) She has developed parenting programs from this research. In 2018 Jenny received the Australian Journal of Family Therapy award for distinguished contribution to the field, She regularly speaks at conferences and community events.

Jenny assists people in all aspects of improving relationships; and individual mental health in the context of important relationships. She has over 30 years’ clinical experience. She has 30 years of specialised couple and family therapy experience. Additionally Jenny has specialised interests in:

  • Parenting & mental health issues in children and young people

Jenny works with parents to assist them to adjust their interactions with their child (and parenting partner) in order to support their recovery of resilience. This has been the basis of years of research interest, culminating in a PhD in 2017.

Click here to read more about Jenny’s approach to working with parents

Jenny is available as a speaker on parenting and relationship wellbeing.

Additionally Jenny consults with

  • Child and adolescent mental health workers to assist them in working with families and parents.
  • People providing coaching for those in ministry –collaborating with Craig Foster Anna Moss . She is developing a sub practice area specifically in Christian Family Systems Counselling
  • People working as advisors in family business/office. Read more


Read more of Jenny’s Bio Here


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