About


Dr Ben Mullings is a Psychologist who provides psychological care to individuals, couples, and families. His approach to therapy balances the need for empathy, trust, and emotional safety, alongside up to date knowledge from research.  Ben’s consulting rooms are in Booragoon, servicing all nearby surrounding areas. He has an
extensive background experience, applying psychotherapy across a diverse range of contexts. His special interests are in anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and the positive and negative uses of technology in everyday life. Ben provides telepsychology services to reach people in distant areas. In the academic setting, he lectures and presents across a range of issues: psychotherapy models, case formulation, evidence-based care, qualitative research methods, and group therapy.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with first class Honours
  • Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology)
  • PhD (Psychology)

Background

Psychotherapy with Individuals, Couples, Families, and Groups

Ben has over a decade of experience with counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups. He has worked as a couple and family therapist for Relationships Australia and co-authored a section in the text Couple Therapy about the research basis underpinning couple therapy interventions. He has delivered individual psychotherapy across all age groups in private practice and a number of agencies including the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service. In 2013 he worked as a group therapy co-facilitator for Fremantle Medicare Locals with the ATAPS program. Since 2007 Ben has spent the majority of his time in private psychological consulting at Brockman House (2007-2008), the Health@520 complex (2009-2013), at ‘Applecross Clinic’ (2013-2017), and now at Likeminds Clinic.

Mental Health Advocacy

AllianceAcross the last decade Ben has been actively engaged in campaigning for mental health care policy reform. He calls for increased support for psychological care over radio, the newspapers, and publications within the profession. Between 2008 and 2011 Dr Ben Mullings ran a professional discussion forum for psychologists to reflect about critical issues within the profession. For 3 years the ‘Conscience’ forum published over 100 articles as discussion points which were read thousands of times by practitioners across Australia.

From 2011 he has coordinated the Alliance for Better Access campaign calling for reform to the Medicare system. The group is primarily comprised of mental health care consumers and concerned members of the general public, however, it is joined by all of the mental health professions including psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, general practitioners, occupational therapists and mental health nurses.  A petition run by the Alliance for Better Access at Change.org had over 15,000 supporters and was lodged in the federal senate. In his role as mental health care advocate, Dr Ben Mullings has met with state and federal politicians, presented at a senate inquiry in Canberra, and has written countless submissions to Government. In recent years, he co-founded the world’s first political party dedicated to mental health. In late March 2016, the Australian Mental Health Party was launched and this is where Ben invests most of his advocacy efforts these days.

Lecturing and Academia

AJCPBetween 2003 and 2006, Dr Ben Mullings worked as a research assistant for Curtin University, conducting reviews of the empirical support for psychoanalytic therapy, couples therapy, and compiling summaries of research about evidence-based practice. In mid-2012 he completed PhD research exploring the effectiveness of psychological services over the Internet. His written work has been published in core textbooks, in journals, and continues to be used in the training of university students studying psychology and counselling from undergrad to postgraduate levels. Ben has been in academic roles at Curtin University, the University of Notre Dame, and Murdoch University where he now continues to teach.