Ian Connop – Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Gestalt Therapist

BSocWk (Hons.), Grad Dip Gestalt, AMHSW

Ian is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Gestalt Therapist, Mediator and Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Restorative Justice Facilitator and Clinical Supervisor. He has expertise in working with veterans and their families, victims of crime, gambling and substance addictions, relationship counselling, indigenous liaison and enduring conflict parenting disputes. In addition, Ian has written a group manual for parents in post separation disputes, and is a group facilitator and trainer. He has worked as a restorative justice facilitator with the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) and is currently on the panel to provide similar services for the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

With a relaxed and engaging style, Ian works to create a sense of safety and harmony for all clients. In the midst of difficult and intense emotional experiences, both safety and harmony are crucial to emotional movement from stuck patterns; in reality is no easy process. Support that allows for growth at a manageable speed on the safe edge of your comfort zone is a key to anxiety reduction, clearer communication and enriching connection with those you care for. The art of moving clearly between talking “about” to talking “with” offers an enhanced and more luminous relational experience with both yourself and others.

Ian has also received training in numerous models including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy and Emotion Focussed Therapy.

Scope of work


·       Anxiety Disorders

·       Depression

·       Grief and Loss

·       Relationship Counselling

·       Relationship Issues

·       Alcohol dependence

·       Addictions

·       Childhood trauma

·       PTSD

·       Domestic violence

·       Anger and mood swings

·       Stress Management

·       Communication Training

Post Separation

·       Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner for child access and property

·       Conflict coaching and working with your ex-partner

·       Creating a supportive post separation relationship and what to do if you are unable to cooperate


·       Affairs

·       Communication issues

·       Loss of closeness