Ability Therapy Specialists in Behaviour Support and Counselling Therapies

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We are highly regarded specialists in counselling therapies and behavioural support. To learn more about us, click on the images below.


Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers

Dr Dwayne Andrew Kennedy

Therapy

Online Telehealth Specialist Counselling Psychotherapy, Behaviour Support, Clinical Assessments

Learning

Building Your Capacity, Online Courses, Engaging New Learning, Gaining Skills, Accomplishing Goals

Helping and Caring

Experience Change, Face the Real, Move Forward, Embrace Life; We Work with Clients, Carers, Parents, Families, and Staff


Strategy
  • Person centred quality care begins with self and touches everyone.
  • Therapy, building capacity, and education go hand in hand.
  • Programs and courses provide other source of practical skills, personal and professional development.

Growth

Exclusive high quality online programs provide for practical learning, sharing, and achieving skills and goals in real life.

How important today to engage in learning that is down to earth, therapeutic, life-giving, affirming, and that builds our skills and abilities!

Success

Quality materials, original content, stellar presentation, new and updated, relevant to real life, helpful to family and parenting, made for workplace reality, engaging and innovative, interactive, multimedia, made to engage the heart, transformative, completely practical, very much experience-based learning


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We are a small and beautiful senior specialist counselling psychotherapy practice working in the private sector and among the NDIS community.

We consult online and telehealth across Australia.

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We offer counselling and psychotherapy services; and online capacity building programs for individuals, parents, and staff within the disability, health, and community sectors.

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Therapeutic and life changing learning experiences happen online, providing innovative and helpful experiential learning, skills in person centered support, help with Autism, Intellectual Disability, Behaviour Support, Personal Growth, and Spirituality.




~ YOUR CHOICE YOUR CONTROL ~

As NDIS Registered Providers we offer

Tests and Assessments.

Behaviour Support under ‘CB Relationships.’

Counselling Therapies under ‘CB Daily Activities.’

Including Early Childhood Intervention.

Mental Health Support.

Participants with Plan and Self Managed also use ‘Core Funding.’


I Can’t… but you can…

I can’t, she said. Her Elder touches her face and says, the root word there, my dear, is ‘can’ followed by the contrary ‘not’… Can comes first. And you can always untie the knot with a little help from a friend.

Person Centred Values in Positive Behaviour Support

Welcome to another video release from Ability Therapy Specialists. Please like and share, and subscribe to the channel. This week, and for Easter, we share our passion for person centred practice as a form of values and culture. This very deep philosophy is part of and integral to positive behaviour support. People with Autism really…

Aged Care and Behaviour Support for NDIS Participants

The NDIS Commission has announced new arrangements for NDIS Participants living within aged care that have enormous implications for individuals but also the aged care systems and cultures in Australia. As specialists in behaviour support but more so as advocates for human rights and person centered positive and strength based practices, we welcome these changes…

Telehealth Counselling and Behaviour Therapies – A Reflection on Change

2020 is turning out to be a stellar year for change, upheaval, and disruption on many levels. Covid-19, bush fires, economic downturns, massive unemployment, global unrest, even the emergence of a new cold war between superpowers making indirect, direct, and real impact on our lives. Learning to cope with change is not easy for anyone.…

Changes to Services under Covid-19

Due to addressing the health crisis we have moved all clinical services to online and telehealth models. As you might appreciate, the many major changes happening every day in Australia are taking time to process not only for our service but in the case of each of our clients. We have been helping clients to…

Receiving NDIS clinical services during the coronovirus covid-19 behaviour support and counselling therapies – a new book launch!

Well before the health outbreak of Covid-19 we were taking steps to move our service model into telehealth methods. It just happened that when we were ready to complete the published book, lodge the ISBN number, and provide public access to the book – the virus outbreak was escalating this past week across NSW and…

Free Ebook on Telehealth Clinical Services in Australia: How Telehealth Works and Its Effectiveness in the Context of Specialist Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Behaviour Support

In the context of Coronovirus Covid-19 we launch this book that actively seeks to provide greater access to behaviour support and counselling therapies via online systems in Australia and for NDIS participants. This book was written just before the health crisis broke the news, because it just makes sense to provide online clinical services via…

Telehealth Online Behaviour Support and Counselling Psychotherapy

Having taught for many years at a few of Australia’s premier universities offering distance education, and having worked in therapy for even longer via distance technologies and across countries, our practice naturally embraces this form of consultation. Even more so, working in the New England North West that spans over 400 km in each direction,…

Spiritual Values and Behaviour Support

At first glance and broadly speaking, specialist behaviour support within the NDIS and Australian context is based in western secular science and particularly with insights that come from a long tradition of psychiatry, medicine, psychology, education, and counselling psychotherapy. From these traditions arise bodies of knowledge that inform and guide positive person centred behaviour support.…

What is Diagnosis?

To many of us, a diagnosis is a label that is used to name a condition, disability, illness, or capacity. This meaning makes diagnosis a noun, and all too often a person, a place, or a thing. While there is no doubt that a label might be useful to help us get medical or other…

Behaviour Support in New England NSW

Our service extends from Armidale to Inverell. Many of our clients hail from Inverell and we enjoy visiting the beautiful community as often as possible. Travel costs are reduced when we can book in two to four clients in one day visit, and then each participant shares the travel which is three hours return from…

Neuropsychotherapy Basics

Regionally people suggest that it is difficult to find therapy assistance with adults suffering from Aquired Brain Injury or Traumatic Brain Injury. Most specialists at this level seem to be based in larger cities and/or in Sydney NSW. At the local level, over several years we have been consulting periodically with people who seek out…

YouthMentalHealth NYC!23Sept

Press Release from the Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health We are thrilled to announce our featured speakers for the upcoming YMentalHealth? | Our Future Depends on It event in New York City on Monday, September 23. Youth advocates will take the mic to dialogue on the growing impact of mental illness and call for…

Mothers, Therapy, and Behaviour Support

Because our work in behaviour support and counselling therapies is family-focused, and because we work with parents and their child with a disability, we find that mothers come forward quite often and attend therapy with their child. For the mom, this is an opportunity to learn about therapy and to work with the therapist. Many…

Refuge as Therapy, Therapy as Refuge

Welcome. Each moment is precious. Welcome to your moment. Be here now, with the fullness of your heart. Take this moment to breathe… breathe in… out… Take feeling – how are you going right now? What is arising for you? In you? In the you of you? Are you, the littler you, overwhelmed? If so,…

Buddhist Wisdom and Psychotherapy

Among the many paths contained within the two-legged sentient world, today especially in Australia we can acknowledge great diversity! As such, one can consider the range of cultural and spiritual wisdom traditions as part of one humanity. In many ways, perhaps more ways than any other perspective, there are indeed connections and harmonies created by…

Y7 Call to Action 2019, June 9-13 Paris G7 Summit

The G7 or Group of Seven nations includes, “Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries, with the seven largest IMF-described advanced economies in the world,[1] represent 58% of the global net wealth ($317 trillion).[2] The G7 countries also represent more than 46% of the global gross domestic product (GDP) based on nominal values, and more than 32% of the global GDP based on purchasing power parity.[3] The European…

Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness

Hypnotherapy and mindfulness go hand-in-hand. This approach provides skills and awareness that anyone can benefit from, which are part of universal human functions of the body-mind-heart. Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy, meaning the approach works with the body-mind-self to assist individuals to achieve personal outcomes across many health, relationship, and lifestyle related goals. Hypnotherapy…

Whole-istic Health and Behaviour Support

Many people ask, what is behaviour support? At the most basic levels, therapeutic behaviour support provides assessment and practical options for assisting with behaviours of concern. Naturally, we ask, what are concerning behaviours? In common sense terms, these are anything that people do that causes high levels of concern – such as self harming, other…

Youth Mental Health – 2018 in Review

As a member of the Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health, ATS Pty Ltd was proud to assist with the shout outs on the G7 Summit happening overseas. The collective efforts of membership helped to influence inclusion of Youth Mental Health on the global agenda. Fascinating and insightful, from our view, that the Summit’s leadership…

New Free 2019 Ability-Diversity Multicultural Calendar by ATS Pty Ltd

We are happy to provide you with free download of our new 2019 Ability-Diversity Multicultural Calendar. The 2019 Ability-Diversity Multicultural Calendar is a project of Ability Therapy Specialists Pty Ltd and Earth Rattle Publishing. You can print this calendar in A4 Paper Size, or other paper size adjustments on your computer or printer. Many of…

Restrictive Practices Update in Light of NDIA Commission Developments

The NDIS Commission launched 1 July 2018 with new standards for behaviour support. In NSW we have entered into a joint agreement that fits our standards within the umbrella determined by the Commission. This means a few changes to NSW Policy and Practice. To read more and learn about the changes, click on the links.…

Specialist Behaviour Support

NDIA Commission Lauch 1 July 2018 The new financial year brings new government oversight of behaviour support. In NSW where we are based, the state system has now fully transitioned (more or less) to the new national system. This means that disability service providers will face new regulations and standards for behaviour support practice. The…

Finding Your Path in Life

One of the amazing parts of counselling psychotherapy is when a person is seeking where they belong. We feel lost, afraid, alone, stressed out, and even desperate. But only one sleep can change all that. We honestly never know what is around the corner. Life is actually a massive adventure, and we have no idea…

Mental Health 101

So many people talk about “mental health” nowadays… but the simple truth is that dealing with the illness side of mental health can be extremely challenging. Therapists and clinicians, doctors and nurses, psychologists and counsellors, also deal with mental health and illness in their personal lives. I remember as a young Counsellor in training one…

Psychometric and Educational Assessments

ATS offers a range of psychometric and educational assessments upon request. This post is dated and will not be revised in future. To see a more up to date list visit the page on this topic found via a link on the site menu. The following tests and assessments we may be able to provide.…

Restrictive Practices and NDIS Part 2

Essentially, when the states hand over certain controls of the disability sector to the #NDIS, existing standards for safety, dignity, and human rights once covered by state policies will translate to national standards. For example, the NSW Behaviour Support Policy and Practice Guide. The assumption is that existing standards will actually remain if not become…

Restrictive Practices and NDIS

Behaviour support in Australia has evolved in significant ways over the past five years. The NDIS has created a new social, political, and legal environment. One of the areas of most significant change is around restrictive practices. On one hand, the disbanding of state based systems in some states like NSW has left some with…

Insidious Travel Distance, NDIS Behaviour Support, and Regional Australia

Access, choice, and control in regional Australia and across northern NSW relies on stronger travel policies that take large distances into account. For example, in the New England North West of NSW it is extremely common to rely on services by travelling from one regional centre to another – especially to see a specialist service.…

From Behaviour Support to Trauma Counselling

ATS are NDIS Registered Providers, and we do private work with a wide range of clients. The NDIS allows participants of the Scheme to access our services under the guidelines of funding. We have developed a number of tailored solutions for people with disabilities and mental health concerns. As specialists in this area our work…

Australian Counselling and Psychotherapy

People from around the world ask me whether there is a distinct form of Australian counselling and psychotherapy. My response is immediately, yes! Over the past three decades my work has brought me to many conferences. Over time presenting and doing keynotes has given me a unique perspective. Teaching counselling training at universities, and maintaining…

Who Comes from Where?

Our service is based in beautiful Armidale. But we find that our clients come from all over the New England and now from Coffs Harbour and Mid North Coast. We have had several from Tenterfield in the North. To the West we see people from as far as Moree. The South brings people from beyond…

Inverell Community Clinic

Ability Therapy Specialists begins this Monday providing a fortnightly clinic in Inverell focused on participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We are hosted by Inverell’s own Individual Ability Supports (IAS). We also have participants coming via other organisations like Brighter Access. If you know of people interested in attending the clinic, the way to…

Importance of Independent Behaviour Support

So many people rely on professional supports. We all need doctors, nurses, therapists of many disciplines, and specialists. Yet in disability support many still accept in house practitioners for behaviour support and counselling. Even though these fields are highly specialist – or should be… the complexity of therapy in disability and mental health really requires…

Year End Reflections for 2017

Looking at 2017, many changes and developments followed just as many challenges and accomplishments. Ability Therapy Specialists (ATS) had its first year in full time practice. We have growth to include two practitioners, one full time, the other engaged part time. Our clients come from privately paid requests, government paid services under the NDIS, corporate…

GLBTI2S Couple and Marriage Counselling – Video

On the cusp of Australia’s revealing the results of our postal vote on same sex civil marriage, show host Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers discusses the dynamic of professional supportive counselling and psychotherapy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Two Spirit couples, marriages, and families. His message is profound and provocative. Intentional relationships and families…

Ask A Therapist Video Series, Episode 1 What is Intellectual Disability?

“Ask a Therapist” Video Series is based on participant’s questions and topics of interest. “Episode 1 What is Intellectual Disability?” covers the cognitive intellectual and adaptive social aspects of Intellectual Disability. Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers is our host to this question and answer series. Questions are welcome please send them by email via the Contact…

Patterns and Perfection

Nature patterns and builds in dys-function to offset atrophy and create opportunity for variation in a species. Imperfections are part of the pattern of perfection even in the most elegant and perfect of systems where observation needs greater detail and precision to pick up the imperfect variation.

Behaviour Support and Counselling Psychotherapy

In many western countries, Behaviour support is traditionally the domain of disability support services that evolved over several generations from the days when families supported their children and banded together to form volunteer associations. The needs they carried attracted the attention of many different professionals. Over time society shifted away from centralised institutions, where behaviour…

Interview with Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers

This interview was recorded by a colleague who wanted to remain unnamed. They gathered this information to share in their organisation. Dr Bowers, may I call you Joseph? Yes, no worries. Joseph, why did you create Ability Therapy Specialists (ATS)? About three years ago now, the NSW government and the commonwealth moved forward with plans…

Solitude, Mysticism, and Spiritual Growth: Retrospective Christian Texts by Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers

Solitude, Mysticism, and Spiritual Growth: Retrospective Christian Texts by Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers A study in western mysticism based in medieval, ecological, and eremitic contemplative practice. Historic foundations for solitude and spiritual growth from postmodern psychotherapeutic perspectives with metaphors of enduring value. Work written over a 30 year time frame. A personal but social and…

New Title – Counselling LGBTI+, First Nation, and Two Spirit: Queer and Indigenous Identity for Helpers and Healers

Click here to go to purchase page: Counselling LGBTI+, First Nation, and Two Spirit: Queer and Indigenous Identity for Helpers and Healers Counselling needs to be culturally grounded or infused to be ethical and of high quality. Practitioners need to grow in relationships of trust over years within Indigenous and/or multicultural settings. One size fits…

The Politics of Faith: A Psychotherapist’s Critical Reflection on ‘Lumen Fidei’ Light of Faith by Pope Francis

The Politics of Faith: A Psychotherapist’s Critical Reflection on ‘Lumen Fidei’ Light of Faith by Pope Francis Critically reflecting on Pope Francis encyclical letter to the faithful of the Roman Catholic world ’Lumen Fidei’ that was published during June 2013, Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers brings over thirty years of community based practice, reflection, and advanced…

Wholistic applications of counselling with the aging in dialogue with pastoral care concerns: A postmodern and transcendental analysis, Ebook by Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers

Exploring notions of aging during the early years of increasing awareness of population trends gave rise to many research and professional initiatives. Twenty+ years into this mix, this ebook reflects on the trends and philosophic issues by reminding us of the human element – the pastoral, personal, and familial element. Timely and effective for today…

Integrative CEBH Therapy for Anxiety and Social Phobias

Exploring methods in counselling and psychotherapy for anxiety based responses including social phobias one faces the classic issue of 1. Abundant research on CBT over the past 30 years largely because CBT has been the preferred baby of psychologists verses 2. Less research and more need to search outside of dominant publishing frameworks on integrational…

Behaviour Support Insights

Many people are now learning about “behaviour support” for the first time! Very exciting! Unfortunately, good information is rare and what is out there is often confused. All the more now that the NDIS is rolling out across Australia. Behaviour Support is actually a beautiful field all about helping each other and empowering choice and…

What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Here is a new Youtube video in our series to address questions, topics, and ideas that people bring forward. If you have ideas send us your comment by filling in the form at the Contact page. Thanks.

NDIS Funded Behaviour Support Information Sheet and Video

Please find attached our Ability Therapy Specialists NDIS Funded Behaviour Support Information Sheet and Video. Click here for the document: BehaviourSupport PDF Here is our video reading the document for people who prefer sound, visual and to read lips.  

Facebook Page Active

We entered the FB world and are soon climbing to 100 likes and followers of the page.  As photographers and artists the visual media is fun to work with. We are already exploring sound and video…  These creative projects feed into our approach to therapy that is tailored to each person’s desired goals.  Please visit.…

Behaviour Support – What You Want to Know But Don’t Want to Ask

Is Behaviour Support for real? Good question! One couple set their marriage at stake on the answer. One wanted to use a passive nurturing method. The other wanted to use firm discipline. And don’t assume one is male and the other female. You would be wrong if you did.  Needless to say. The marriage ended…

New England North West NSW – Behaviour Support and Counselling NDIS Provider

Ability Therapy Specialists is a listed NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) Provider. We are based in Armidale NSW and provide service to the New England North West. We offer behaviour support specialist services that you can explore further on this website. Go to our Behaviour Support page, or do a search and pages will come…

Functional Assessment and Behaviour Support

Essential really to effective behaviour support, “functional assessment” provides the what, why, when, how, and how much of behaviours of concern. In fact, we have read studies that suggest that functional assessments well done improve the likelihood of your choice of support method by as much as 200%. That is, base your effort on a…

E-Coaching and Disability Behaviour Support

New England North West and Australia cover such large areas, plus online services for medicine, health, and psychotherapy related services are proven useful and effective. We still look to the literature to gain new insights on ways to use these technologies more effectively. The following study suggests that distance or “e-coaching” methods are highly effective.…

Ebooks For Sale to Support Ability Therapy Specialists Community Fund

Ability Therapy Specialists has partnered with Earth Rattle Publishing to offer an exciting new line of ebooks that will be developed from existing and new resources. To kick start this project we created an Ebooks for Sale page that features extremely reduced prices on fully fledged existing books rendered into ebooks for this purpose. The…

Grief and Loss Psychotherapy

In a previous post we explored the theory and practice of working with emotional states in psychotherapy. Here we will continue this discussion. While advancement in brain studies and psychotherapy healing methods with emotional states has come a long way over the past couple of decades, many people notice that counselling with grief and loss…

Couple Counselling Couple Enrichment

Couples wait an average of six years before seeking counselling for issues that arise in their marriage or significant relationship. Six years is just long enough for problems to become chronic and to surface into conflict. Hard to convince couples to invest in proactive relation-building skills, communication skills, and skills in building real intimacy. Why…

Do You Believe Counselling Will Help?

An American study showed that 39% of respondents thought that counselling was too expensive, while 35% said their problem was not serious enough to seek therapy. 32% said that counselling will not work for them, and men were twice as likely to say ‘I don’t trust therapists.’ and ‘I don’t want to associate myself with…

Is Counselling Available In Your Community?

A USA study showed that 52% of people believe therapy is hard to find. This was rated as the largest reason why people do not seek counselling. Oddly enough, this social perception goes back to the days when therapy was more rare, and indeed difficult to find. In those days counselling professionals did not exist…

Armidale NSW Counselling in Grief and Loss

Knowledge of grief and loss has advanced over the past 20 years. On one hand, there is now acknowledgement that strict time frames cannot be attached to grief and loss. Generally people may progress through stages of grief and loss. “Time may heal wounds” and this process takes longer or shorter, depending on many factors.…

Couple Counselling and Couple Enrichment

Few therapists specialise in couple and family counselling because, as studies suggest, counsellors find couple and family work to be more demanding. This translates into being more stressful at times, dealing with complex social and relational issues, and essentially getting paid the same for more work. Makes sense… perhaps… Virginia Satir was a foundress of…

Behaviour Support 101_2

Last up we defined “Behaviour Support” and looked at behaviours of concern. The key insight was relationship – all behaviours of concern are relational. “Concern” is about the people who relate AND the person with behaviours. This round we look at the “WHY BOTHER” of things. Let’s begin with a “Demystify Me Moment.” Demystify Me…

Behaviour Support 101_1

This mini-series will explore the nature of behaviour support practices. First up, what the heck is behaviour support? That sounds so “formal”! So “uptight!” Well OK. Demystify Me #1 Behaviour support is about helping a person whose behaviours are at a level of intensity, frequency, or duration that they threaten quality of life and/or physical…

GLBTI Marriage Equality and Psychotherapy Equality in Australia

This year shows the highest degree of direct public debate so far in history. The issues surround gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex equality. Will Australia look seriously at changing the Marriage Act and thus “redefine” civil definition of marriage under the law? Will Australia support gay marriage or not? This debate is ages old,…

What is Spiritual Direction?

Simply put Spiritual Direction is finding and supporting your personal direction in life.  The Conference of Spiritual Directors Australia defines SD as the thoughtful and contemplative approach to life that opens personal awareness. Personal meaning and a sense of direction comes from this awareness.  Spiritual Directors International is a global body that also supports a…

Narrative and Hypnotherapy: The possibility of change

It is striking! After many years of university level teaching of counsellors in the skills of clinical psychotherapy, you might think old classics in the field might have much to be desired. Not true! When revisiting early literature on Milton Erickson, I’d have to say the work has gained even greater relevance. At the moment,…

Key Factors in Sexual Identity and Behaviour: Taking An Integrative Middle Path

After reviewing new studies of 2016 I confirm three factors linked to sexual behavior and orientation. Genetic. Neurobiological developmental. Environmental social. Not much has changed in the past decade except a clearer view of these complex factors. It cannot be said that one factor might override the others, as they are a “complex” which means…

Local Regional and Global – NDIS Behaviour Support and Counselling

As specialist counselling psychotherapists we offer a range of services for individuals, couples, families, and organisations. We are particularly proud to offer specialist (dis)ability support services funded for eligible participants under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). As New England NSW residents we work first with local and regional needs. But we also go global…

Range of Online Services, Armidale, New England NSW

    Ability Therapy Specialists was a community idea struck during the disbanding of state services. How can we keep senior skills and professional expertise in the New England? This was how the concept was born.     We are registered with the National Disability Scheme to assist eligible participants. We also now offer distance…

On the Threshold: Personal Transformation and Spiritual Awakening ~ A Primer on the Spiritual Life with Activities, by Joseph Randolph Bowers PhD

On the Threshold: Personal Transformation and Spiritual Awakening ~ A Primer on the Spiritual Life with Activities ISBN: 978-0-9874387-1-3 (ebook) Earth Rattle Publishing, (c) 2013 J R Bowers $5.00 or pay what you want to assist our work Exclusive to this site. 174 Pages, PDF. As a personal mirror for self-awareness and growth, On the…

From Ability to Spiritual Accompaniment

As a senior counseling psychotherapist my experience is wide reaching. People seem to seek one kind of service or for one focused issue. That is awesome. Focusing is a great ability to have. One might seek help with behaviour support for disability needs. Another may look for a spiritual director to help discern a vocation…

Dual Diagnosis or Doubly Gifted?

Thoughts turn to language lately. Psychology gives us ideas about treating illness. That is good and OK at times. But then, once you know “what you got” you tend to want to learn “how to live with it.” Not in negative terms. You want to learn the positive. The strength. The capacity. The giftedness. We…

The uncounted costs: Choice and control for people with behaviours of concern

Valuable reading here for anyone living in rural, regional, and remote Australia, and who cares deeply about having adequate support for people with developmental, intellectual, and other disabilities. The recommendations of the report speak about the higher needs of clients with behaviours of concern who live in regional Australia, accurately suggesting very high service needs…

Positive Behaviour Support

Ironic that much of behaviour support language is coached in negative words that sound horrible and clinical. As hopeful as we want to be, this may not change if behaviour support remains driven by psychology as a discipline. Coming from a holistic framework of Person Centred Psychotherapy, taking a strength based approach tends to reframe…

Learning – For A Change

Here are a few simple steps to learning from experience – any experience at all. Reflect on these questions while day dreaming, writing, drawing, painting, or creating something, even cooking. What happened? Describe it. How did you feel? What was your inner reaction? What thoughts went through your mind during, and not long after? How…

Counselling in Armidale NSW

What if counselling and psychotherapy were based on a money back guarantee for mutually agreed client outcomes? I wonder what difference this may make to client and therapist work? Assuming goals are realistic and really well formed… Human change is a funny thing! As a random exercise I sometimes challenge a client with a money…

Spiritual Direction in the New England

This week I had an unexpected joy to speak with the president of the Conference of Spiritual Directors Australia.  Their work is to promote a contemplative mindfulness approach to this ancient and modern service. At the same time, CSD is a modern professional association. They have a code of ethics. And all you would expect…

Launching a Practice in New England NSW

This past year was filled with research and learning about the New England North West of New South Wales. In some respects this region is rich in natural resources. In other ways we are poor and in certain respects disadvantaged. Did you know that to travel from anywhere in the region you are looking at…

Sharing Western Culture is Sharing Cultural Awakening

A shared landscape in cultural awakening: The insights that this website represents are shared by hundreds and thousands if not millions of people. At one level these insights are nothing new, and yet express something fresh, important, and vital about life in today’s world. At the same time, the roots of our deeply western spiritual…

What is Therapy? Can you tell me?

Seeking change, opening to new horizons. Therapy is a learning experience. Therapy is also an adventure, even during times of grief and loss… Understanding the two sides of the one coin of human experience often brings challenges mixed with opportunities. Therapy of the mind, heart, and soul may lead to spiritual healing, insight, and growth.

What is Therapy?

Therapy is… Using the mind and heart for a change, with the strategic help of another soul. How you enable change, healing, development, and transformation in life with a therapist-helper. Addressing issues and patterns, moving forward, and gaining vital self-knowledge. Growing into your identity, as you work together with Life to create your sense of…

Spirituality is a Common History of Truth and Science in Compassion

In love of truth: One of our basic beliefs, steeped in both the western scientific and religious traditions, is that truth prevails. In common history: It is helpful to understand that in history science first emerged within a primarily religious (that is, a value-oriented) academe. In sense of compassion: If not for the politics of…

Holistic and Integrative Science and Mysticism

A pragmatic, grounded, holistic, and spiritual practice: And not at all lacking relevance, the first inspiration of this webside began with an older sister website named Vox Eremita (meaning “voice of the hermit”). This inspiration holds true and sustains the work at hand. The spark of insight is founded on a felt-sense of solitude and…

Reflective Evidenced Based Research, Theory, and Practice

A reflective, evidenced based, and professional practice: At the experiential, professional, reflective levels there is much to convey. And as we reflect in scholarly ways within the tools of western therapeutic theory, psychology, counselling, religious studies, sociology, theology, spirituality, mysticism, health sciences, and more widely – we can see how this radical work that needs…

Psychotherapy Inspired by Ancient Wisdom

Today’s society is yearning for ancient wisdom. We have it all, in our western traditions. For example, the ancient Camaldolese contemplative path highlights these central enduring values: Smallness Love of solitude Mission in loving kindness The triple good – that is, community, solitude, and mission The privilege of love – that draws human beings to…