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Mary E. Robson

Mary E. Robson

Change-maker, Co-creator of programs, Instructor, Presenter

Credentials are fine; but there was an event in my life that I believe is more relevant in preparing me for what I now do and has influenced compassion that I bring to what I do...

I am the Co-Director of Compassionate Therapy and Training Centre, which is located amidst the historic hunting grounds of the Dja Dja Wurrung people and goldfields of Central Victoria in picturesque Castlemaine.

I offer effective, drug free, label free, non-judgemental treatment programs to individuals with life, learning, social, behavioural and sensory challenges, to improve the quality of their lives. I have the fortunate opportunity to meet and work with extraordinary individuals, with labels such as Autism, Aspergers’ Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disorders, brain injury, and many more, and to see them grow and learn and be able to do the things they want to do in life. I also have the opportunity to train families, teachers, and professionals so that they too can offer this support to those they care about.

I have a BS in Health Sciences from Boston University and a Teaching Credential from Dominican College.
I received certification as a Practitioner and Instructor from The HANDLE Institute (THI) in 2002 where I worked side by side with the founder, Judith Bluestone, for five years. I am currently the Asia Pacific Regional Education Director for THI. I have worked with well over a thousand individuals and families in the group home, teaching, and clinical setting.     Credentials are fine; but there was an event in my life that I believe is more relevant in preparing me for what I now do and has influenced compassion that I bring to what I do.   During a 9 hr surgery in 2001, surgeons removed a tumour in my right inner ear that destroyed my auditory and my vestibular nerve on that side. I awoke from that experience needing to relearn what up and down meant, how to see movement and move without feeling nauseated, and to hear with one ear. Understandably life got rather hard after that. What particularly bothered me was that my ability to attend and focus was greatly minimised. As you may have heard, my doctor told me, “Go see someone else, that is not my department; I did my job.” That’s when I learned about HANDLE – as a client. I feel fortunate that I can use my experience to know from the inside out what it is like to have a compromised inner ear, as this helps me to better understand those I work with. This openness to learning “from the inside out” has made it possible for me to be open to perhaps my most potent source of ongoing learning – my clients.       I love being active in nature; kayaking, running, backpacking, camping, swimming, and taking bush walks are some of my favourite ways to spend my free time. Occasionally I dabble in water colour painting, paper quilling gemstone therapy. I love cooking – Penny says I am a master chef! I drive a 1983 Toyota FJ40, which is a hoot! and ultra running is my newest hobby.     Activities that nurture and nourish my soul and health include meditation and mindfulness practice, eating healthy and exercising, reading inspirational books and having lively discussions with friends and colleagues, and living a simple life.  

I love what I do because every day I see families and individuals who were told there is no hope, gain hope. I feel strongly that believing, seeing, validating, and offering unconditional support to one individual at a time will make the world a better place for all of us.


ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Live Happy – Seminar, Echuca 0 Days March 9, 2018
Live Happy – Seminar, Woodend -22 Weeks February 22, 2018
Live Happy – Seminar, Castlemaine 0 Days January 23, 2018
Live Happy – Seminar, Bendigo 0 Days January 16, 2018
Live Happy – Seminar, Mildura 0 Days December 2, 2017
What is HANDLE? Google+ Hangout – Live Free Presentation 0 Days March 18, 2016


ID Course Name Duration Start Date
HANDLE Introductory Course Levels 1 and 2 Mildura, Victoria 2 days 9:00am - 5:30pm April 28, 2018
Introduction to HANDLE Level 1 Castlemaine, Victoria 1 day 9:00am - 4:30pm March 6, 2018
Introduction to HANDLE Level 1 Woodend, Victoria 1 day 9:00am - 4:30pm March 1, 2018
HANDLE Basics Level 2 Bendigo, Victoria 2 days 9:00am- 4:30pm February 20, 2018
Introduction to HANDLE Level 1 Echuca 1 day 9:00am-4:30pm February 16, 2018
HANDLE Basics Level 2 Mildura, Victoria 2 days 9:30am - 5:00pm February 10, 2018
Introduction to HANDLE Level 1, Mildura, Victoria 1 day 9:00am - 4:30pm February 9, 2018
Introduction to HANDLE Level 1 Bendigo, Victoria 1 day 9:00am - 4:30pm February 6, 2018
Live Happy – Introductory one-day seminar 9:30am-4:00pm December 2, 2017


We keep up to date with current research


Relationships are what bring richness to life


Harnessing neuroplasticity throughout the lifespan


Email: penny@compassionate-therapy.net.au
Telephone: +61 (0)448 191 542
Adress: 5 Lawson Parade, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

Compassionate Therapy

Compassionate Therapy can be engaged to treat and help with numerous illness, disability and trauma – ultimately better helping to cope with existing problems both physically, socially and emotionally now and into the future. The potential for improvement using a systems approach with children suffering from ADD/ADHD, brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration disorders, learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive disorders, cerebral palsy, anxiety disorders and learning disabilities can be quite inspiring. These therapy solutions are also be used with adults too!