Session 4: “Trauma Informed Care”

Presented by Kelleigh Ryan

Kelleigh Ryan is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi people of South-East Queensland and the Australian South Sea Islanders with connections to the people of the Loyalty Islands on her mother’s side. Kelleigh is a registered psychologist with a private practice in Brisbane, working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients from Australia and overseas. Her passion lies in providing psychological consultancy through her company The Seedling Group, delivering Culturally Safe Trauma Informed Responses and Healing work for organisations, communities and individuals across Australia. 

Kelleigh specialises in combining both Western clinical knowledge and Aboriginal knowledge of healing to guide her counselling, therapeutic intervention, critical response, psycho education and research work. Kelleigh holds a seat of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association Board (AIPA) and is one of the founding members of the newly formed First Peoples of the World Psychology Network.

In 2019 Kelleigh was honoured with the Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” and is the first Aboriginal Psychologist to be appointed as a Clinical Assessor on the Psychologist Panel of Assessors for the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). Kelleigh develops and delivers specialised therapeutic support, supervision and group consultation for Indigenous agencies who continue to respond to the changing healing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of complex trauma. Supporting individual, group, family and community change, through transitional practices, from Trauma Informed to Healing Informed and Trauma Aware, supports our clients to grow from just enduring towards a stronger more resilient approach, that is healing.



Indigenous people take the lead in healing the trauma of the Stolen Generations