Julian McNally has practised counselling psychology since 1995. He trained in client-centered and solution-oriented approaches before discovering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in 2003. The mindfulness components of ACT harmonized with his longstanding interest in Zen Buddhism and Taoism (Julian was a Tai Chi instructor for six years).
Shortly after reading Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Hayes, Strosahl and Wilson, Julian started developing the world’s first online audio ACT training resource, 6 ACT Conversations through RMIT University (online at http://emedia.rmit.edu.au/communication/).
This resource has been utilized and cited by many ACT trainers, practitioners and their clients, and is featured in a chapter Julian co-authored in the New Harbinger book, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Counseling College Students. As well seeing individuals for counselling, Julian also supervises other ACT practitioners in Melbourne, and throughout Australia and internationally (Google Meet, Skype, Zoom or phone) and is principal psychologist at Melbourne’s first ACT centre, The ACT of Living.
As well as serving on committees and interest groups with the Australian Psychological Society, Julian is a Fellow of the APS College of Counselling Psychology, an AAPi member, Charter Member of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and President-Elect of the Australia-New Zealand Chapter of the ACBS (2023).
He has been a registered supervisor with AHPRA since its inception and teaches feedback-informed therapy and the application of deliberate practice methodology for ACT and other clinical approaches. Julian currently provides supervision for provisional psychologists, postgraduate students on placement, and intern psychologists as well as more experienced psychologists, including for area of practice endorsement with AHPRA.