‘One of the key thinkers and practitioners in the Australian Family Therapy Movement

Seldom have I seen a therapy videotape that concentrates with such even balance between the therapeutic process and the family, and not just on the family dynamics.’

John Patten, Ass Prof of Psychiatry, New York Hospital,
Cornell Medical Center, The American Journal of Family Therapy


Moshe Lang is a teacher, author, speaker, an avid podcaster
and one of Australia’s best-known family therapists

Moshe Lang is one of Australia’s best known family therapists. Born in Israel, he migrated to Australia as a young man and settled here in 1961. He studied psychology at the University of Melbourne, and is the Director of William Road Psychotherapy Centre.

Between 1965 and 1979 he was senior psychologist at the Bouverie Clinic and Director of Training. In 1975, during a sabbatical, he worked in Ramat-Chen Mental Health Clinic in Israel. In 1979, he founded Williams Road Family Therapy Centre, the first independent family therapy centre in Australia. Moshe remained involved with the Centre until 2012 – sharing co-directorship with Dr Brian Stagoll from 1981 to 1997.

He was Foundation President of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (1979-1988), and from 1982 to 1984 was President of the Victorian Association of Family Therapists (now known as Australian Association of Family Therapy). Moshe is also the Recipient of the Inaugural Award of Special Services to Family Therapy from the Australian New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (1994), and a Life Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (1992). Moshe gave the key-note address at the Inaugural Family Therapy Conference in Melbourne (1980).

Moshe has practiced and taught clinical psychology and family therapy in Melbourne since 1965 – the first 15 years at The Bouverie Clinic and since 1979 from 3 Williams Road, Windsor. He has been a regular commentator on issues associated with clinical psychology and family therapy, and he is well known for his workshops and unique teaching style, marked by clarity, humour and empathy.

Moshe has published extensively in the professional literature on themes ranging from work with children and adolescents, depression, eating disorders, suicide, school refusal, work with Holocaust survivors and their families, couples therapy and teaching family therapy. His publications include the Children’s Depression Scale (with Miriam Tisher), which has been extensively used, translated and published in numerous languages including Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Hindu, Arabic, Nigerian and Hebrew.

He is the co-author of Corrupting the Young and Other Stories of a Family Therapist and Resilience: Stories of a Family Therapist (with Tesse Lang); as well as A Family in Therapy and The Answer Within (with Peter McCallum). These highly regarded books have been extensively reviewed and translated to Hebrew and French.

Moshe has brought out two highly praised DVDs, Behind Closed Doors, providing the viewers, professional and general public alike with the opportunity to see him at work.

Recently he was interviewed on the podacast We All Wear It Differently, which lead to a regular segment Q&A Mondays with Moshe Lang.

More Information

The following interviews give further informations about Moshe’s personal and professional interests:

Sanders, C. (1987). Zig Zagging All Over Again: An interview with Moshe Lang. 
Australian Journal of Family Therapy, 8(4), 218-224. download pdf

Cantwell, P. (1995). An Interview with Moshe Lang. The Victorian Association of Family Therapists Newsletter, October ed., 7-30. download pdf

Oakes, L. (2001). An Interview with Moshe Lang. Psychotherapy in Australia, 7(2), 26-27. download pdf

Bieber, K. (2013). The Joy of Therapy: An Interview with Moshe Lang. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 34(3), 257–267. download pdf | watch taped interview on YouTube

Felman, A. (2016). We All Wear It Differently – Podcast Episode #27 – Family & Couples Therapist, Author & Teacher: Moshe Lang episode #27 – Part 1 | episode #27 – Part 2 | episode #27 – Part 3

Moshe Lang

Dip. Psychology, M.A., M.A.P.S.
Life Member of the Australian
Association of Family Therapy



These recorded interviews have been recently added to the website:

Felman, A. (2016). We All Wear It Differently Podcast – Q&A Mondays with Moshe Lang.

View list of podcast episodes 

History of Australian Family therapy and Bouverie Clinic – Moshe Lang interviewing Geoff Goding (3 parts) – 1994

View YouTube links

Humour in Life and Therapy, Workshop with Moshe Lang (6 parts) – May 2015

Watch on YouTube

Australian Psychological Society (APS) Institute.  APS Fellow Project: Giving Psychology Away Moshe Lang: A Unique Lifetime Career as a Family Therapist, Interviews with Erica Frydenberg

View Taped Webinar, Parts 1 & 2

Jewish Holocaust Centre presents: In conversation with Moshe Lang, Event with Dr. George Halaszat – 28 Oct 2018 Moshe Lang: 50 years of dialogue, Interview Webisodes, 2018 – Nov 2018

View Taped Event and Interview