Our Training Team

Matt Ball

Matt Ball is a mental health nurse practitioner and psychotherapist, facilitating psychotherapy, supervision, group work and training at Humane Clinic Adelaide. Matt is interested in extraordinary realities, psychosis and

trauma and cultural meaning, and the human-to-human relationship approaches to personal distress andmeaning.

 

Matt has led the training of 250staff in the Maastricht approach to hearing voices in the public mental health system in South Australia. He continues to pursue the reality of a public mental health system that does not medicalize human distress as a potentially humane and just approach to anyone of us who may seek support in the context of the existential dilemma.

 

He is the Founder and Co-Director of the Humane Clinic, a trainer with Blue Knot Foundation, the past chair of ISPS Australia, was awarded the 2017 Australian Mental Health Nurse of the Year.

Matt’s work is informed by his own lived experience of madness and unmadness, both in his personal and his professional journey. He has recently left the public mental health system, this time as a worker, and continues to be an activist for change and exposure of the structural bullying and corruption that underpins the maintenance of the dominant discourse in Australian mental health services.

In 2019 he is hoping to share the explanatory concept of Dissociachotic – as a way for people to move away from the labelling of voices, visions and other extraordinary experiences as ‘psychosis’ towards a more humane understand of legitimate human realities.

Stephanie Mitchell

Stephanie Mitchell is a psychotherapist, trainer, group therapist and Co-Director of the Humane Clinic Adelaide. She specialises in working with complex trauma and non-ordinary experiences which are sometimes labelled 'PTSD',

‘BPD’, ‘psychosis’, Bipolar' or ‘schizophrenia’.

 

Stephanie's primary focus for all therapeutic work is on creating a safe space where all parts of a person are welcomed and the pace of the exploration is set by the client. 

Stephanie works from a deeply compassionate place that believes that all patterns of behaviour, thought or feeling come with important and valuable hidden meanings and that as the client and therapist work together to listen to the parts who hold these important and previously unknown meanings and offer them a space to be heard, witnessed and deeply understood, that deep change and inner transformation is stirred up. 

Stephanie’s initial training included 4 years studying Transactional Analysis and she has since trained in Open Dialogue, Family Systems Therapy, and Person Centred Therapy before moving to work primarily within the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model.

Believing that a therapist can only take a client as far as they themselves have travelled Stephanie has undertaken her own journey of healing from significant childhood trauma over many years of psychotherapy and human loving. She states: “My healing work with an Internal Family Systems Therapy Practitioner has offered me a profoundly life changing experience - something that years of work with other therapy models has not offered me”. 

She is an advocate and activist for social and systems change towards non-pathologising and compassionate approaches to mental distress