Who Are We

Dr. Bob

‘My life’s work is dedicated to Phil Ochs and Oksana Shachko. I hope I can channel some tiny measure of their courage, passion and commitment and in that way keep their spirit alive, and inspire others in the way they inspire me every day.’


Dr. Bob Jacobs was born in New York City and, although he’s an Australian citizen, he still has quite an accent! Dr. Bob started out his career as a basketball coach and high school teacher. He increasingly found his counselling skills with young people were far better than his skills at coaching winning teams and found himself pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist.


Dr. Bob began practising as a therapist in 1981 after many years working in this field he decided to pursue law as a second career. The decision to become a lawyer was motivated by a desire to be an even stronger advocate for young people, and to use the legal system to bring about individual change and change in public policy.


Dr. Bob has been providing psychology and mediation services through The Parenting Centre since 2009. He earned his legal principal’s certificate in order to establish his own law firm, Change Law. Currently, Dr. Bob works through the Australian Pro Bono centre to provide free legal representation for children and young people.


Despite having a very successful career, Dr. Bob’s greatest personal life experience was raising two of his three children as a single parent.  Parenting is Dr. Bob’s personal focus as well as his professional focus.


Dr. Bob is a big sports fan, following mostly American sports (football, baseball, and basketball). He is also an avid scuba diver and his diving has taken him to many amazing places in the world.


Favourite Food – Peaches, New York Bagels, and chocolate jelly rings
Favourite Bev –  Pepsi Max
Favourite Performer – Phil Ochs
Favourite Song – Native Born by Archie Roach
Favourite Colour –  Maroon
Favourite Memory – My son being born 45 minutes before my own birthday



To view Dr. Bob’s CV please click on the link


Carolin – Practice Manager

Hi and “Hallo”, my name is Carolin and I’m the Practice Manager at The Parenting Centre.

I started my passionate career at the Parenting Centre in June 2021 and love the positive and fun environment I am in. I’m originally from Frankfurt, Germany but decided to make a big jump in 2017 to the other side of the world in order to live the beautiful beach-life in Australia.

My background is in administration and sales and I am a big people person! Next to my work I would say that I live a very active lifestyle, with Pilates, hiking, swimming and eating. Music makes my soul sing and feed dance and food makes me in general the happiest person on this planet.

I’m so excited to be part of something so beautiful like the Parenting Centre and I’m looking forward to meeting you!


And now we’re coming to the real boss: This is Peanut!

You might think that Carolin and Dr Bob play a big role at the Parenting Centre but who are we kidding? Born in June 2021, little Peanut is successful in stealing children’s and adults hearts and making every session fun and playful. Peanut is a very happy Golden Retriever welcoming everyone at the Parenting Centre.