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Dr. Joshua Comyn

Psychotherapist / Couples Therapist

ACA L3

Only available for online consultations

My Approach

I offer holistic psychotherapy treatments to individuals that help them learn about their mind and change things about how they think and feel and behave to relieve unnecessary suffering. My integrative approach to psychotherapy means that I build the treatment around you—what is unique about you as a person and the problems you are facing. And I do this throughout the therapy: I regularly check in with you to learn about what is working and what isn’t working and together we focus on what helps and we do what works.

How exactly does psychotherapy help? There are three main ways: through exploration processes, through insight processes and through action processes. During exploration I listen carefully to you—to what you say but also how you say it—to learn more about how you experience things. As the psychiatrist Jerome Frank once asked—‘How can I know what I think until I have heard what I have to say?’ Exploration is about giving you a chance to listen to what you have to say. Sometimes we need to go beyond exploration to develop insight. Insight helps us develop awareness of problems that the earlier work of exploration was not able to uncover or make sense of. Developing insight can feel like seeing—and feeling!—a problem from a very different perspective, or of penetrating obscure parts of your experience and illuminating them. Once we develop insight, we often need to take action to make enduring change in our lives because the force of habit keeps us stuck in established patterns. Taking deliberate, manageable steps to change your life is what we work together to achieve in the action stage.

I also support and encourage you to undertake activities outside of our sessions that will extend the work that we complete in session. I aim to foster your independence, not to trick you into spending unnecessary years of your life in therapy.

In addition to being a psychotherapist in private practice, I have also worked as a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy. I also have a background in literature, philosophy, and theatre. Literature provides a window into other minds, and philosophy is a powerful way to organise one's own mind. Theatre has taught me how to connect with others and myself and how to make the body a vehicle for the mind's expression.

Areas of Interest

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationship issues

  • Trauma

  • Eating Disorders​

  • Attachment Disturbance

  • Self-development

  • Spirituality

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Melbourne)

  • Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy (Ikon Institute of Australia)

  • Deliberate Practice Supervisor Training (ongoing)

  • Certified Deliberate Practice Therapist (International Deliberate Practice Society)

  • Treating Attachment Pathology (Mind Only)

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