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Mr John Bacash

Mr John Bacash

Mobile 0411 615 202
Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist

Mobile 0411 615 202

I am an engaging counsellor. I believe relationships are negotiated between free and independent individuals and my job as a therapist is to help you work towards a better outcome generally in an atmosphere of openness and trust.


  • 30 Kenneth Street, Preston, Melbourne VIC 3072 0411 615 202 PHONE 0411 615 202


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Assessment, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations 
  • Specialising in mindfulness and solutions focus therapy for anxiety, depression and personal development. This approach includes a range of therapeutic techniques like: free association, mindfulness, body focusing, mind/body awareness, solutions focus along with Freudian and Jungian psychology.
    See Youtube video under "Bacash Meditation" for more infomation.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Burnout, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Depression, Emotional Crisis, Grief / Bereavement, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Pain / Rehabilitation, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Spirituality / Religion, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Emotionally Focused Therapy, Experiential, Freudian, Gestalt, Jungian, Meditation, Mindfulness, Object Relations, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic

    Trauma Counselling and Critical Incident Debriefing, Person Centred Therapy, Solution focused therapy, Trait and type Jungian therapy
    Motivational interviewing, Psychodynamic therapy.


    • Bachelor of Arts - University of Melbourne
    • Grad Dip in Counselling Psychology - Charles Sturt
    • Certs. in Relationship & Motivational Interviewing
    • Certs. in Emotion Focused & Trauma Debrief Therapy
    • Full Member APS College of Counselling Psychology

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    Registered Psychologist adhering to the regulations of the Psychologists' Registration Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. Full member of the College of Counselling Psychology.


    40 years a trained counsellor. 20 years in private and corporate practice.
    Wide experience helping individuals in particular deal with anxiety, depression, relationship and existential or life-pathway issues.


    Day, Evening and Weekends.

    Transport and Parking

    Parking available on premises.


    $145 per one hour session
    Private Health rebates
    Medicare rebates
    Bulk Billing is available to low income earners
    and Pension card holders

    Payment Options

    Cash, Eftpos and Hicaps
    Medicare and Private Health rebates processed and refunded to your account on site.

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    10 Questions with John Bacash

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I believe in service and compassion as a way of being which gives back to me as much as I give to others.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Existentialism Psychoanalysis, Object Relations Band Therapies, Phenomenology, St Paul's Theology.
      My philosophical approach is that we all seek transcendence. We all seek our freedom and independence but we need to negotiate that with others.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am interested in discernment between creative and destructive instincts as a pathway to negotiating freedom while one is fully engaged with others.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Psychoanalytical, Jungian profiling, Critical incident debriefing, Person Centred therapy.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Ideally a client will feel a greater sense of what they can reasonably expect of themselves and others.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Therapy has given me back my life. It set me free of prejudice and fixed ideas about how creativity happens. It helps me not buckle under pressure and it helps me turn adversity into opportunity.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Helping others be free.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • All the time, but I don't get taken in by them. I break free through faith and openness.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • We see the cost of things and not their value.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Rudyard Kipling's poem "IF"
      If you can keep your head when all about you
      Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
      If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
      But make allowance for their doubting too;
      If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
      Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
      Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
      And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

      If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
      If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
      If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
      And treat those two impostors just the same;
      If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
      Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
      Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
      And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

      If you can make one heap of all your winnings
      And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
      And lose, and start again at your beginnings
      And never breathe a word about your loss;
      If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
      To serve your turn long after they are gone,
      And so hold on when there is nothing in you
      Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

      If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
      Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
      If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
      If all men count with you, but none too much;
      If you can fill the unforgiving minute
      With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
      Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
      And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
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    Mr John Bacash

    John Bacash

    Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist

    40 years a trained counsellor and 20 years a counselling psychologist with a broad band of life experience to boot, is what I offer you. I have worked with destitute alcoholics, lived with schizophrenic sufferers. Shared in alternative lifestyle therapeutic communities, learnt and lived my own struggles and pathway. I am here to offer you my wisdom and professional expertise so that you may not suffer unnecessarily. So you may negotiate your needs, be free and independent while fully engaged....

    • Preston
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy, Experiential, Freudian, Gestalt, Jungian, Meditation, Mindfulness, Object Relations, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic