Ms Ireni Farag

Sessional Associate Lecturer in Professional Counselling

BComp, GradDipCouns, MCouns


Ireni is a PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on how a shared understanding of culture between therapist and client is accomplished in therapeutic interactions. Having attained a Master’s degree in counselling from the University of Southern Queensland, Ireni lectures in counselling at Excelsia College in Sydney, where she was granted the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award, and at the School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University. Having developed curricula for several subjects at these institutions, Ireni currently teaches Counselling Theories and Practice, Introduction to Counselling Skills, Counselling Children and Young People, and Couple and Family Therapy. At the University of Divinity, Ireni is accredited to deliver units in Professional Counselling (DZ).


  • BComp – Monash University
  • GradDipCouns – Morling College
  • MCouns – Univ. Southern Queensland
  • PhD Candidate – Queensland University of Technology

Recent Research Outputs

Selected peer-reviewed journal articles/book chapters

(2021). Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) amongst adolescents in schools. Encyclopedia of Behavioral Sciences and Psychology. Online: https://encyclopedia.pub/17081

(2021). “I’m Real Curious About Your Thoughts About This Experience”: Checking-in in Counselling. (Unpublished Master’s Thesis). University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.

(in press). Pornography consumption or addiction and its treatment. Counselling Australia Journal.

(forthcoming). Consideration for therapists working with adolescent refugees. Child and Youth Services.