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 John Devling

John Devling

Mobile 0431 189 827
Psychotherapist, Psychodramatist

john devling

Mobile 0431 189 827

I am committed to the principle of creative spontaneity. Fresh vital responses. I never lose sight of self awareness as critical to enabling you to realise the parts you play in your own struggle or dilemma, equipping you to make better choices actions in the moment as you engage with life. The future can be prepared for, the impact of past wounds are significant reference points to resolve, felt meaning is central. Your felt experience is of paramount importance, as is your inner life.


  • 11/24 Tanner Street, Richmond, Melbourne VIC 3121 03 9730 2313 PHONE 03 9730 2313
  • 1364 Eltham Yarra Glen Road, Christmas Hills, VIC 3775 PHONE 03 9730 2313 03 9730 2313


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Group Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Professional Training, Clinical Supervision 
  • Individual counselling & psychotherapy for all life issues and concerns, all ages and life stages, for persons drawn to creative, adaptive, courageous & expansive ways of living & being.
    Relationship counselling: intimate, de facto, marriage, friendship, work, colleague.
    Groups: Personal development, Interpersonal skills: 2.5 hour weekly sessions @ $160/$200 per month
    Supervision of counsellors & group leaders/ facilitators.
    Secondary consultation around people issues to organisations.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Assertiveness, Bullying, Burnout, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Creativity, Decision Making, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Dreams, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Grief / Bereavement, Intimacy Issues, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Performance Anxiety, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Sex Related Issues, Spirituality / Religion, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Art Therapy, Emotional Release, Existential, Experiential, Gestalt, Imago Relationship, Interpersonal, Jungian, Person Centred, Psychodrama, REBT, Transactional Analysis

    I see my role as essentially that of a skilled, creative, attentive facilitator of exploration of a person's concerns. I hope to become an ally, alongside but clear seeing, able to bring forth that which may be ignored, out of awareness, threatening, avoided. To assist the person to hold close that which may be hard to bear, to feel deeply, to comprehend, to prise open, to regard with care & attention, to realise, know, act upon anew, congruently, creatively, courageously. Deep listening to you and yours of your inner life.


    • Master of Science, Oregon: Counselling Psychology - 1977 - University of Oregon, USA
    • CP Clinical Practitioner of Psychodrama ASGPP - 1980 - ASGPP Board of Examiners, USA
    • Psychodramatist ANZPA - 1984 - AANZPA Board of Examiners, ANZ

    Professional Associations

    • Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    I continue on a long path of personal development & self awareness, thoughtful reflection upon my work & actions at a deep level, engaging in supervision with peers, seeking consultation with a valued and respected colleague when the occasion calls for it. I live what I teach & model, open to risks and challenges, seeking authenticity in my relations with others in my world, aspiring to live well in rounded ways, I meditate, do yoga, exercise, am close to nature, love the arts, travel & explore. I enjoy this varied work immensely.


    50+ yrs of working with people, 42 counselling & psychotherapy, 40 running groups, 10 yrs as university lecturer in my fields of expertise. Have worked across the human condition, with persons experiencing all forms of disability, children, adolescents, adults, men, women, couples, those in any relationship, consulted to organisations on people issues, spent 10 years as senior counsellor in a university counselling service. X-cultural counselling experience & training. Have worked across Australia, in NZ, the USA & now China. I often present at international conferences.


    Monday - Wednesday at Richmond (behind Richmond station)
    &/OR at Christmas Hills residence rooms on Monday-Thursdays:
    bushland seclusion and peace.
    1st session 10 am. Late session 7 pm.
    Group: evenings 6 - 8.30, 7 - 9.30 pm

    Transport and Parking

    Richmond rooms: Bus in Hoddle St., Tram in Swan Street & train to Richmond station within 2 minutes, also close proximity 1 & 2 hr parking in Tanner or Stewart St.

    Christmas Hills: no public transport. A beautiful rural drive. Very peaceful location


    Sliding scale based on abllity to pay.
    Individuals: Income up to $35k pa $100
    $35k - $60k $120, $60k - $100k $140
    $100k+ pa $175
    Couples: joint income <$60K $150
    $60k - $100k $175, $100k+ $200

    Payment Options

    Cash preferred. bank transfer possible, no cards
    Cancellation fee applies when less than
    24 hours notice given and insufficient reason.

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    10 Questions with John Devling

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

    • In my twenties I was a special education art teacher, awakening to the inner world's of my students and to the therapeutic elements of creative expression in whatever form: art, crafts, music, song, dance, movement, drama etc. I was very curious. As a special education junior lecturer on a postgrad in special ed'n, UofM, some of my colleagues alerted me to T.A., Transactional Analysis, Human Relations groups, encounter groups, all of which I entered into experiencing, exploring, reading about. My inner life, the inner lief of my students, the human condition in general became quite absorbing . I attended encounter group marathons, Gestalt group weekend, Reichian & Bioenergetic workshops, then stumbled across Psychodrama via my HOD. All were places in differing forms where the inner and interpersonal were emphasised and allowed, enabled and facilitated. Psychodrama was entrancing from the outset. As I developed slowly in the lecturing role, as I felt into the value of making a difference to students and as I noticed skill and sensitivity, capacity and talent emerging within me, little by little, a new pathway slid into hazy view.
      In this period most of my colleagues were US imported academics in Special Education, some of whom I became close with, PhD's, Professors. This revealed that in the US Higher Education system, opportunities that did not exist at all in Australia were available. I applied to and was accepted into three US universities, choosing the University of Oregon, Eugene, I embarked with a need to develop much more in the realms of my intellect, knowings and skilled practice, wit ha view to studying in the field of Counselling Psychology.
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     John Devling

    John Devling

    Psychotherapist, Psychodramatist

    I am a mature practitioner, having experience across the human condition, I live in peaceful bushland, love the outdoors, the arts, music.
    I bicycle for exercise weekly about 100km.
    I really enjoy working with people, even after 40 years or so. I am vital, aware, healthy, a supportive & challenging therapist. Since 2002, I have made more than fifteen trips to China, taking my specialty approach, Psychodrama, into their world....

    • Richmond, Christmas Hills
    • Art Therapy, Emotional Release, Existential, Experiential, Gestalt, Imago Relationship, Interpersonal, Jungian, Person Centred, Psychodrama, REBT, Transactional Analysis