Reneé Ettia is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. Since 2016, she has provided therapeutic treatment to torture and trauma survivors throughout the Sydney Metropolitan region at STARTTS. Reneé has a strong interest working in the field of torture and trauma, providing leading evidence-based therapeutic interventions for those experiencing very complex co-morbidities.
Reneé graduated from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2012 with a Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Social Science and Policy. During her studies, she channelled her efforts to learn about the complexity of PTSD following refugee torture and trauma. In 2010, Reneé was chosen to advocate for the needs of refugees at the office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Since then, Reneé provided support to asylum seekers experiencing homelessness for 4 years before moving into a clinical space offering psychotherapeutic treatment to children, adults, and families. In addition, Reneé has delivered multiple trainings and workshops regarding the distinct biopsychosocial sequelae of torture and refugee trauma as well as treatment strategies.
Reneé is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.