Leo van Biene graduated with an MBBS with honours from the University of New South Wales.

While undertaking psychiatric training in Boston, he developed an interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and undertook an advanced training as an “Adam’s House” Fellow in this field.

He subsequently held clinical appointments at Boston and Harvard Universities. After his return to Australia, he became a member of the teaching faculty for the University of Sydney’s Masters of Medicine in Psychotherapy at Westmead Hospital, where he served for almost 20 years.

He has been an active member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists, serving as its President and for many years as member of its teaching faculty.

He has taught and supervised throughout Australasia and has presented at conferences in Australia, the United State, Europe and Asia. He had been in private practice for over 35 years.

Selected Presentations

  • 2018

  • 2017

    The Jung Society – Canberra
    “The Use and Limits of Adaptation – a Family Story”

  • 2015

    Westmead Psychotherapy Program for Complex Traumatic Stress. Grand Rounds.
    Institute of Psychiatry, Cumberland Hospital
    “The Vicissitudes of Self: A Case Presentation.”

  • 2014

    Annual Meeting of the American Association for the
    Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry .
    New York City USA
    “Processes of Clinical Reasoning: The Organization of Clinical Data in an Intersubjective Space.”

  • 2012

    2nd International Congress on Borderline Personality
    Disorders – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Symposium – Restoration of the Self in Personality Disorder
    Co-presenter “The Hierarchy of Engagement and the Borderline Disorder”

    RANZCP – Section of Psychotherapy
    Prato, Italy
    Psychogenic Voice Disorder – A View Through the Lens of Self

  • 2010

    Psychotherapy Grand Rounds – Westmead Hospital
    “Self Reflection: The heart of the clinical process”

  • 2008

    The 5th World Congress for Psychotherapy
    Beijing, China
    Symposium on The Conversational Model
    Co-Presenter “The Hierarchy of Engagement”


  • 2008

    International Association of Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IARPP)

  • 1998

    Trauma Special Interest Group Steering Committee, Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

  • 1997

    Member of The Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)

  • 1995

    Member of The New South Wales Institute of Psychotherapy (NSWIPP)

  • 1990

    Member of The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (ANZAP)

  • 1984

    Fellow of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). Member of the Psychotherapy Section

  • 1983

    Diplomate of The American Board of Psychiatrists and Neurologists (ABPN)


Papers Hierarchy of Engagement in Self in Conversation
Authors: Philip Graham & Leo van Biene
Publisher: ANZAP 2007 pp 177-196

Psychogenic Voice Disorder: a view through
the lens of Self.

Authors: Margaret Jacobs & Leo van Biene
European J. for Person Cantered Healthcare 2015
Vol 3 Issue 2 pp206-214

Film Reviews:

I Dont Have to Hide.
Author Leo van Biene
Community Mental Health Journal
Summer 1985 Vol.20 Issue 2.pp 163-164

The Wrestler
The ANZAP Bulletin, Autumn 2009
Vol. 19 No1. Pp23-24