Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers is a Senior Counselling Psychotherapist, Ericksonian Hypnotherapist, Human Ecologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Sexologist, Life Coach, Clinical Supervisor, Educator, Spiritual Director, and Intuitive Empath.
Joseph is a Senior Specialist in Relationships, Couple and Family, Sexuality, Human Identity and Development, Trauma & Healing, Disability, Mental Health, Personal Development, and Culturally Infused Therapy including with Indigenous, Minority, and GLBTI2S communities.
Formal qualifications include a PhD in Counselling including Clinical Supervision, Health and Minority Sociology (UNE); a MEd Counselling with adjunct advanced training in clinical practice with NLP and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and incorporating a double Masters in all but one course from a Master of Human Ecology focused in couple and family therapy (Acadia/MSVU), a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Spirituality and Philosophy (MSVU). Dr Bowers also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education focused in program management, curriculum development, and evaluation (UNE), Certification in Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy (CPNLP).
Joseph Randolph is an Honourary of the Australian Counselling Association, founder of Australia’s first online open access international Counselling research journal (www.acrjournal.com.au, formerly Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health Journal), and Dr Bowers is among the founding members of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Dr Bowers was in past tasked with writing standards for counselling practice and training in Australia, has contributed to the development of ethical frameworks, and has maintained a voice in advancing standards of treatment for GLBTI2S and Aboriginal communities. His doctoral research advanced the training and practice for counselling with minority populations along with knowledge of the mechanisms of prejudice and homophobia within therapy and in social relationships.
Dr Bowers is a long time Associate Scholar with the Centre for World Indigenous Studies (USA), an Invited Special Collection Scholar with the Mi’kmaq Resource Centre Cape Breton University (Canada), and the Tepi’ketuek Mi’kmaw Archives (Canada). He has memberships with the Conference of Spiritual Directors Australia, and Spiritual Directors International.
In Counselling Psychotherapy Joseph Randolph’s wide ranging expertise includes working with trauma, traumatic memories, loss and grief, phobias, intense emotional reactions, stress and anxiety, pain management, asthma, and other chronic conditions that can be assisted with psychotherapy including with Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy.
As an Educational Specialist Dr Bowers has trained Counselling Psychotherapists for over twenty years in the higher education sector and workplace training environments. As a Senior Clinical Supervisor Dr Bowers supports individual practitioners and groups of therapists in both peer and direct supervision models.
As a Senior Behaviour Support Specialist in (Dis)Ability and Mental Health Dr Bowers supports people in everyday concerns, and also with more complex issues. He is a registered provider of the NDIS in Australia. Services include
- Assessment and Support Planning
- Behaviour Support Plans
- Incident Prevention and Response Plans
- Case Review and Quality Assessment
- Review for Maintaining Support Systems
- Capacity Building and Skills Development
As a Specialist in Human Development, Relationships, Couples, and Family, Sexuality and Gender, Dr Bowers has
- Worked with all types of couples and families across a wide range of issues across the spectrum of early, middle, and late relationship concerns
- Worked in therapeutic and mediation roles as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, including with couples in relationship repair as well as in transition to separation or divorce
- Assisted individuals and couples addressing issues in sex, sexuality, and intimacy
- Helped men in dealing with emotional intelligence issues and gaining communication and empathic skills, and in dealing with anger, aggression, and stress management
- Worked with women in recovery from domestic, family, and relationship violence and abuse with emphasis on trauma recovery, healing, and empowerment
- Counselling support for dealing with sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, and within the context of relationships,
- Supported GLBTI2S people in building positive identity, resilience, and empowerment including with sexuality and gender identity,
- Supported GLBTI couples, relationships, and families, and
- Assisted in counselling support among people who identify with transgender and transsexual experiences
As a Trauma Specialist, Dr Bowers has
- Helped in recovery among war veterans,
- Assisted women recovering from family violence and relationship abuse and trauma,
- Supported GLBTI2S people in dealing with homophobia, family rejection, church and community rejection and abuse, and related social pressures,
- Worked with individuals with disabilities and mental health issues, their families and carers, in developing safe spaces and recovery oriented approaches
- Developed methods for trauma informed and creative arts therapies with people with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism
- Engaged with individuals recovering from systemic/organisational and church based abuse and trauma associated with childhood sexual abuse and/or gender based discrimination
As an Intuitive Empath, Dr Bowers first and foremost compliments his work with insights that may better match individual, family, and corporate needs as empathic work seeks better relational, holistic, and positive outcomes and solutions. As a student of intuitive practice, culture, spirituality, and transpersonal psychology, Dr Bowers also can engage with western cultural and shamanic, poetic, arts-based practices across various traditions and with Indigenous and Mi’kmaq First Nation methods. These creative methods enhance mainstream cultures and contexts, by using therapeutic metaphors and methods that explore alternative choices and open up options for change.
As a Spiritual Director, Dr Bowers works with people from many cultural and religious traditions. As a scholar and student of western cultural traditions and spirituality studies Dr Bowers work spans Aboriginal, First Nation, Mi’kmaq, Christian, Celtic, Druid, Teutonic, Wiccan, and contemporary cultural forms and practices. As a practitioner Dr Bowers supports modern ethical and professional models of transpersonal psychology and spiritual mentoring accompaniment. Dr Bowers while having degrees and specialist research and many publications in spirituality and therapy is also an ordained minister within the ecumenical movement.
While many think of spiritual direction as a “free service” within certain religious or cultural traditions, in fact all practitioners are supported by their communities in one form or other. As such, Dr Bowers works under contemporary professional models of practice that incorporates professional rates.
As a Lecturer and Scholar, since the 1990s, Dr Bowers has also served in Senior Lecturer leadership roles with the University of New England, Charles Sturt University, University of the Sunshine Coast, all in Australia, and Assistant Professor leadership roles with Cape Breton University in Canada. Dr Bowers has also assisted as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities in Indigenous Studies at the University of New England in Australia. Dr Bowers has published over two hundred articles, academic papers, and several books including The Practice of Counselling, a premier textbook in Australia. Please see our books page for links to purchase books by Dr Bowers.
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