Gavin trained as a clinical psychologist at Rhodes University, South Africa, and went on to lecture and supervise trainee psychologists at various South African universities. He migrated to Australia in 2010 and is currently the Clinical Psychology Masters Course convenor at VU, as well as Director of Professional Psychology Courses. Gavin is registered as a clinically endorsed psychologist and clinical supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Gavin’s teaching and research interests converge on the process of adult individual psychotherapy, particularly the unconscious influences on the psychotherapy relationship, and the teaching, learning, and supervision of psychotherapy. He is also involved in migrant psychology and gender research. Gavin is primarily a qualitative researcher, using psychosocial inquiry, auto-ethnography, thematic analysis, and interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore the nuances, layering and complexity of experience. He also practices as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.

Gavin teaches Research Methods, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Professional Ethics, Child Observation, and Reflective Practice to postgraduates, and Counselling Theory and Practice, and Introduction to Psychoanalysis at undergraduate level. He also supervises Clinical Masters students’ psychotherapy case work. In his research supervisor capacity, Gavin works with honours, masters and PhD students conducting qualitative research projects.

Gavin is an elected fellow of the College of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and is a member of the Glen Nevis Clinic Research Subcommittee, as well as the Community, Identity and Displacement Research Network. He is a reviewer for ten local and international scholarly journals.

Recent publications

Ivey, G. & Partington, T. (2012). Psychological woundedness and its evaluation in applications for clinical psychology training. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Ivey, G. (2013). Cognitive therapy’s assimilation of countertransference theory and practice: A psychodynamic perspective. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 29, 230-244.

Ivey, G. & Waldeck, C. (2014). Trainee clinical psychologists’ experience of mandatory personal psychotherapy in the context of professional training. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 5(1), 87-98.

Ivey, G. (2013). The ethics of mandatory personal psychotherapy for trainee psychotherapists. Ethics and Behavior, 24(2), 91-108.

Ivey, G. (2013). Unconscious meaning and magic: comparing psychoanalysis and African indigenous healing. In G. Loban, M. O’Loughlin and C. Smith (Eds.), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Contemporary South Africa: Theory, Practice, and Policy Perspectives, pp. 142-168. Johannesburg: Wits University Press

Ivey, G. (2015). The mindfulness status of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 29, 382-398.

Sonn, C, & Ivey, G., & Meyer, K. (2015). Post-Apartheid immigrants in Australia: Negotiating displacement, identity, and belonging. Qualitative Psychology, 4(1), 41-54..

Ivey, G., & Phillips, L. (2016). Psychotherapy clients’ attitudes to personal psychotherapy for psychotherapists.  Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Ivey, G. (2017). Gender mobility in the countertransference: An autoethnographic investigation. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 17(1), 42-52.


Areas of expertise

  • Professional ethics
  • Psychoanalytic theory and practice
  • Psychodynamic case formulation and treatment planning
  • Reflective practice
  • Teaching and learning of adult individual psychotherapy
  • Transference-countertransference aspects of the psychotherapy relationship

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 2138