My name is Benjamin, I am a qualified counsellor and integrative psychotherapist. My hope is that I can assist you to find resolution in whatever has brought you here today.
My path in this field started as a young man with my own lived experience of depression. I sought help in my struggles and through a lot of personal effort doing therapy, group work and spiritual practices I was able to find integration and peace. This unexpectedly led me into a career in counselling which started more than 10 years ago, initially assisting people to integrate their lived experiences of mental illness. I’ve since worked in a variety of settings – as a support worker, a training coordinator, a clinical supervisor and in my own private practice. As a therapist I’ve collaborated with a wide range of clients including professionals, young people (16-24), retirees, couples, people experiencing symptoms of mental illness and people experiencing suicidal ideation (thoughts and feelings). I’ve facilitated training for entities across many different sectors including government, business, not for profit, community services and education. Currently I work part time as a student counsellor in a TAFE and see some clients in private practice. I also teach counselling skills, ethics and provide clinical supervision to students on placement at a University in Melbourne’s CBD.
My Qualifications Include: Master of Counselling (UTAS link here), Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Certificate IV Training and Education, Certificate in Professional Supervision, Diploma Transpersonal Counselling (Phoenix Institute of Victoria), Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy (Phoenix Institute of Victoria) Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy (LaTrobe University) and Diploma of Alchemy and Hermetic Science (International Alchemy Guild). This coupled with my experience enables me to be a member of the Australian Counselling Association, the largest peak body for professional counsellors in Australia.
I also pursue other interests professionally and personally. I am the Director of the Temple of Mercury and also serve on the Board of Directors for the International Alchemy Guild as Director of Education. I also produce and perform ambient electronic music.
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