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Dr Joshua Comyn

Dr Joshua Comyn

Psychotherapist

I am a psychotherapist, lecturer, researcher and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. I have always had a fascination with human subjectivity and, before turning to the practice of psychotherapy, completed postgraduate studies exploring this interest through the fields of literature, philosophy and history. Psychotherapy is a natural extension of my other interest. I believe that the creative intimacy achieved by good therapy has a significant healing power for both body and mind.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Brunswick, Melbourne VIC 3056 email me PHONE email me

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Online Video Consultations 
  • I am available in the evenings after 5 pm (Melbourne UTC+10:00).
    Currently only offering therapy online via Zoom.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Communication Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Existential Issues, Guilt Feelings, Obsessive Compulsive, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Attachment Theory, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential, Hakomi, Integrative, Person Centred, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Systems Theory, Trauma-Informed

    My approach is an integrative one: I believe that different therapies each have their place in helping people resolve their problems - it all depends on the person and the problems. I work with clients to determine the nature of these problems and the approach that is best suited to help overcome them.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Doctor of Philosophy - 2017 - University of Melbourne
    • Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy - 2021 - Ikon Institute of Australia

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Quality Provision

    I adhere to the Australian Counselling (the ACA) Code of Ethics and Practice. I undertake regular supervision with appropriately qualified senior clinicians.

    Background

    I have a background in the arts and humanities, with strong interests in theatre, literature, philosophy and history. I subsequently trained as a psychotherapist with a focus on integrating psychotherapy approaches both at the technical and theoretical levels.

    Appointments

    I have current availability and can organise sessions with one week's notice. All sessions run for approximately 50 minutes.

    Fees

    $130 per session.

    A sliding fee scale may be negotiated depending on circumstances.

    Please note: I am currently only offering online therapy.

    Payment Options

    Bank transfer.

    Languages

  • English
  • French


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    10 Questions with Joshua Comyn

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

    • I have always been fascinated by the human mind, and it was through theatre, literature and philosophy that I originally pursued this interest. My own journey of self-discovery and healing led me to undertake my own personal therapy (an essential experience for anyone interested in becoming a therapist ). Through this, together with some very important mentoring relationships, led me to undertake studies, and finally, a profession in psychotherapy.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Psychoanalysis, existentialism, phenomenology, systems theory, consciousness studies, attachment theory and integrative approaches to psychotherapy have all influenced my professional and personal development. I have a growing interest in Eastern Contemplative traditions and practices which I hope to one day integrate into my psychotherapeutic work.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • My psychotherapeutic training has been strongly trauma-informed, and trauma remains fascinating for me, especially insofar as it reveals so much about the 'ordinary' functioning of the human mind. Other interests include the psychological underpinnings of autoimmune disease, and so I hope to explore interconnections between an integrative approach to psychotherapy and the exciting research being done in the field of psychoneuroimmunology.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • My methodological approach work is influenced by Person-Centred psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, CBT, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Somatic Psychotherapy.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • When they start getting to know their own mind better.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • By helping me to get to know my own mind better and inspiring me to continue to expand and deepen my journey of self-discovery.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Getting to know the mind of others in the context of a warm and trusting relationship.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course. And I will continue to have 'bad hair' days in the future. It's not a question of having perfect hair. It's a question of tipping the balance in favour of having more 'good hair' days than bad ones.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • A lack of genuinely deep thinking, feeling, and sensing. Immaturity in other words.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I can share several!

      Book: Being and Event by Alain Badiou.
      Film: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
      Songs: 'Hoist that Rag' by Tom Waits, 'Sun In My Mouth' by Bjork
      Event: the October Revolution
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    Dr Joshua Comyn

    Joshua Comyn

    Psychotherapist

    I have always been fascinated by the human mind and the way that people make meaning in their lives. This search for meaning expresses itself through relationships, identity, our place in communities and in society as a whole. A loss of meaning can be destabilising, painful, even catastrophic, for the person experiencing it. Psychotherapy intervenes in these problems by offering a journey of self-exploration in the empathic presence of another person to restore or recreate meaning....

    • Brunswick
    • Attachment Theory, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential, Hakomi, Integrative, Person Centred, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Systems Theory, Trauma-Informed