Mental Health Counsellor, Functional Breathing Instructor
Bryan is a qualified Mental Health Counsellor having completed a post graduate degree at the University of Southern Queensland. He also recently gained a qualification as a Functional Breathing Instructor with Oxygen Advantage with a view to help people control Asthma, and reduce effects of Anxiety and Panic.
Bryan has a lived experience of mental illness, battling Depression since 2012, and navigating the struggles of haunting childhood experiences. He has provided a brief description of this path below.
Bryan’s passion for assisting people’s Mental Health started in 2010 when he began his Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). In 2012, Bryan underwent instructor training to become a nationally accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor, providing Mental Health First Aid Trainings to students and staff at the University of the Sunshine Coast, CQUniversity (Brisbane and Noosa Campus) as well as the Sunshine Coast Council, STEPS Group Australia, and Integratedliving. He obtained the MHFA Master Instructor in 2015 and has conducted over 50 2-day courses to over 700 people.
In 2018, Bryan commenced a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, investigating the neurobiological effects of engaging in adventure-based physical activity in Australian military veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Unfortunately, due to COVID19 this study was discontinued in early 2020.
In 2017, Bryan obtained the qualification as a Stand Up Paddle Boarding Instructor in order to combine the benefits of Stand Up Paddling with Mental Health programs. Bryan designed and commenced Brave Face’s Mental Health Stand Up Paddle Program, which is an 8-week program combining Stand Up Paddle Skills, outdoor blue-space activity, social support, and mental health learning.
Bryan’s additional experience in writing and delivering workshops include:
Mental Health Awareness
Stress Management and Reduction
- Crisis Intervention in Mental Health
- Beginner Mindfulness
Bryan is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association