News for 2015

Dear Friends,

After 27 years of serving the community the Portiuncula Centre has closed on 12th April 2015. Over that period thousands of people have benefited.

Our reason for closing was the decline in numbers attending and along with that the substantial cost of maintaining such an establishment.

Our staff will continue to provide services. Melissa L’Estrange completed her Counsellor Training Program here in April and plans to provide that course in the future at another venue. She, along with Judy Dawson, Albert Scherrer, Lynette Fox and myself will continue in private practice and be available to people like yourselves.
See below for the contact details of each of our staff.

What I will miss most is being with you in the unique atmosphere created at the centre. For me the personal connections with individuals has been precious and given meaning to my life.

If you have any questions or wish to contact me please do.
Email: and my mobile is 0422 462 678.

With every good wish,
Pat Quinn, director of the Portiuncula Centre

Contact details for Pat Quinn and other
Transpersonal and Emotional Release Counsellors in
South-East Queensland.

Pat Quinn – 2/35b Glenvale Rd., Toowoomba, Q. 4350 (From Aug 2015)
Mobile: 0422 462 678 Landline: 07 4659 0539

Offering individual counselling & small group workshops at address above
Available for lectures or workshops on request elsewhere

Melissa L’Estrange – Toowoomba Region
Mobile: 04 4748 3399 Landline: 07 46309242

Offering Individual Counselling with children and adults and couples
Mental Health Counselling, Clinical Supervision
Small Group Workshops, Counsellor Training
Retreats, Personal Development, Public Speaking

Judith Dawson – Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast areas
Mobile: 0438 358 794 Landline: 07 4613 4210

Offering one/one counselling with adults, retreats, group workshops and professional supervision.

Albert Scherrer
144 Mc Kees Rd, Palmwoods, QLD 4555 Sunshine Coast Region,
Landline 07 54 450 742 Email:

Offering individual counselling and group workshops at the address above.

Lynette Fox – 63 Kirby Rd, Aspley, Brisbane Q 4034;
Postal: P O Box 3256 Newmarket Q 4051
Mobile: 0407 326 385 Email:

Offering individual counselling for children, adolescents and adults
Clinical supervision for practitioners working with children and adults, using Sandplay Therapy
Sandplay Therapy training (with the Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia)
Sandplay Therapy training on request
Sandplay Therapy advanced and extension training.

Other qualified practitioners throughout Australia
see National listing of Transpersonal & Emotional Release Counsellors

Great Results

As we approach the close of 2013 we are delighted at the positive responses from participants in the various workshops. 2014 will provide an interesting range of workshops.

Pat Quinn, Director of the Portiuncula Centre

Contact details:

Phone: Pat on 0422 462 678 all hours

Workshops to launch 2014

What an exciting way to begin the year. In January Judy Dawson and Albert Scherrer are presenting “Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life”. This three day workshop provides time and space for journeying deeply, for personal transformation and integration. What a wonderful beginning to the year for those who participate!

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Another interesting workshop

Early February you are invited to join Pat in a one day workshop “Why Weight?” So many of us have struggled with gaining weight – perhaps trying a great range of diets. But what are the deeper issues contributing to this situation? This workshop is not about diet, but rather the underlying factors of which we may be unaware.

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A healing experience

At the beginning of March Judy and Albert are offering the workshop “Love, Loss and Longing – Healing Unresolved Pain”. Sometimes the pain in our present life or in the life of our family of origin remains unhealed and limits our living life more fully. This workshop will explore these areas and provide tools for healing.

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