NDIS Funded Behaviour Support, Assessment, Counselling Therapies, Early Childhood Intervention

Welcome to our website and service. Our text to speech application button above is basic and provides an audio reading. For the differently abled we recommend you use your own application. There is no pause function. If you stop, you have to start again from the beginning.

We are Dr Joseph and Dr Dwayne. See our images below and click on them to visit our pages to learn more about us.

We provide Telehealth online direct to your home NDIS funded services in specialist behaviour support and counselling psychotherapy.

Yes we are fully NDIS Registered and Certified.

We use the behaviour support and counselling funding line items, plus assessment where we provide NDIS plan reviews, clinical reports, functional capacity assessments, clinical assessments for autism and other disabilities.

YouTube video below introduction to our service.

We often work with highly complex cases that combine multiple disabilities with mental health and medically determined conditions.

We are also registered in early childhood intervention where we help parents with younger ones from our many years of experience as specialist therapists, educators, and coaches.

We help with family and staff capacity and training and we have created tailored online modules to assist specific cases where funding permits. Our work includes behaviour support planning with animal assisted therapies in autism support.

This year we have also gained experience in gaming therapy and autism support. Innovative gaming therapy provides a medium and environment where a person with autism and social and/or sensory sensitivities can engage more freely and build rapport with the therapist over time.

This positive person centred experience can provide a bridge to build skills and capacities that can be translated to other areas of daily life and relationships.

Oz Clay Cottage is a project of Ability Therapy that brings together telehealth with clay art therapy.

This innovative approach supports NDIS participants who cannot access or attend a local therapy group or centre. They work with us from the comfort of their own home.

YouTube video below showing potter at the wheel with natural calming sounds.

During 2023, our studio is being renovated and things are taking longer than hoped. For this reason we are taking baby steps toward letting people know about this new project. If you or someone you know is interested, send us an email and we will begin a waiting list. When the service is launched, we will notify the list and change/update this area of this homepage.

Below is a Youtube video for sensory enjoyment ‘ASMR’ good-feeling, that we created for our clients with Autism and Special Needs. This video features our therapy pups.

For more videos visit our YouTube Channel ‘Ability Awakens.’

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Meet Drs Bowers and Kennedy

Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers

Dr Dwayne Andrew Kennedy


Online Telehealth Specialist

Counselling Psychotherapy

Behaviour Support

Clinical Assessments


Building Your Capacity

Engaging New Learning

Gaining Skills

Accomplishing Goals

My Strategy
  • Goals
  • Strengths
  • Growth in Skills
  • Person Centred Plan
  • Building capacity
  • Practical Everyday Life
  • Personal Development

My Growth
  • Therapy as Change
  • Therapy as Healing
  • Therapy as Learning
  • New Awareness is New Skills
  • Relationships
  • Family and Work
  • Psychotherapy

Contact Us

We consult online telehealth across Australia.

We are a small and beautiful service.

We provide you with direct access to two highly qualified senior therapists.

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We consult Tues-Thurs 10-4

We intentionally keep no admin staff on phones for higher quality contact with our clients.

If we can answer you get Dr Bowers or Dr Kennedy directly.

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Ability Awakens Blog

Provocative Insights in the Arts of Therapy, Behaviour, and Spirituality as Meaning Making

During 2023, Dr Joseph R Bowers and Dr Dwayne A Kennedy are in production of a new Podcast to add another accessible option to share insights and stories. We rebranded our article posts ‘Ability Awakens’ to reflect this new direction. For accessibility, we are excited to announce the new podcast has audio with a full text transcript on each episode’s page. Our YouTube Channel is also rebranded Ability Awakens.


Dr Bowers and Dr Kennedy work in a voluntary basis and tirelessly to support clients and public community education and capacity building projects including a regular Blog, YouTube Channel, book and materials publishing, and a Podcast production. To support our community educational efforts consider shouting us a coffee and offering a donation (not tax deductible). Thank you so much.



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Ability Awakens Podcast S1 E7 Animal Assisted Therapy

Welcome to our seventh episode in season one. We’ve mapped the season to ten episodes released fortnightly. We hope you enjoy this new audio adventure. Below see the full transcript of this episode. To listen to the episode click on the audio file below. Also available on, Spotify and Apple. To subscribe to our blog and podcast and…

Autism Ethics: Mandatory Reading for Parents

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Ability Awakens Podcast: S1 E1: Belief in Everything

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ABC National Radio Show, Soul Search

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Clay Art Therapy and Spirituality

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No Waiting List for Specialist Behaviour Support via Telehealth

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Autism Therapy Puppies

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Cholesterol, Disability, NDIS Behaviour Support and Counselling Clinical Reviews

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Long Covid Lifestyle Health Reviews and NDIS

In our role as specialists in assessments, behaviour support, and counselling therapies, we have had clients come forward with “Long Covid” (LC) symptoms that has inspired us to develop a clinical review to help people with the range of symptoms and issues that LC sustains. Research and clinical practice shows that about twenty common symptoms…

Autism and Telehealth Behaviour Support and Counselling

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Australia’s Not-So Hidden Health Crisis

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Endocannabinoid System, Autism, and Disabilities

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Australian Election: Puppy Therapy, Disability Politics, and the Greens

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Climate Anxiety, Behaviour Support, and NDIS

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War, Art Therapy, Mindfulness, and Healing

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Autism, War, and Behaviour Support

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Lifestyle Medicine and NDIS Funded Therapy and Behaviour Support

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The Path to Peace

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Transgender, Sexuality, Identity, and NDIS

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We Stand With Ukraine

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Services Update and Covid-19: March 2022

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Centering in Life – Pottery Meditations

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I Can’t… but you can…

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