"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same" - Carlos Castaneda.


Having completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree at ACU, Gavin has spent the last 15 months working on Project Hope with ACU's Institute for Positive Psychology and Education. Project Hope is a Randomised Control Trial of an education reengagement program for at-risk youth at both the primary and high school levels across NSW.


By adopting a therapeutic approach that incorporates a new developmental model of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and positive psychology called DNA-v, Gavin’s experience and primary focus is in helping children and adolescents manage emotions, connect with their values, utilise mindfulness, develop healthy relationships, and realise their potential.

Gavin’s honours research focused on the mechanisms of change within mindfulness and their impact on physical health outcomes for populations with chronic disease.

Prior to this, Gavin spent 13 years in the media as a Marketing, Promotions, and Advertising Sales Manager.

Thesis: Does self-care mediate the self-compassion and wellbeing link for people with diabetes?

Areas of Interest

  • Self-Compassion

  • Flexible Strength (Psychological flexibility)

  • Wellbeing

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Body Image

  • Eating Disorders

  • Trauma


  • Bachelor of Psychological Science - ACU

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) - ACU

  • ACU Dean’s Award 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Provisional Psychologist

Treatment Approaches

  • DNA-v (ACT)

  • Positive Psychology

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • RO-DBT

  • Mindfulness

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Professional Memberships

  • Provisional Psychologist

  • Australian Psychological Society

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)