We bring the wisdom of the world’s embodied and somatic practices together, intersecting deep thinking and embodied learning to restore goodness to ourselves and the world
We are a team of passionate highly-trained professionals committed to restoring goodness to the world through psychotherapy, somatic-practice and movement-based therapies.
We provide a safe and nurturing environment to all of our psychotherapeutic and embodied practices. All of our practitioners, workshops and trainings include leading edge research in the field of science, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, creative arts, somatic-oriented practice and movment-based therapies, to support healing, change and growth.
Our deepest wish is to live in a world of compassion, care, and inclusivity that reaches beyond the human and into the world.
Founder | Integrative Psychotherapist
Jake Potter is the Founding Director of ACEP, Associate Lecturer at Ikon Institute of Australia and practicing Psychotherapist. He is the Award Winner of the Dr Rafael Locke Award for Clinical & Academic Excellence in the practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy and is host of the Embodied Life Podcast. Jake has received a BA of Counselling & Psychotherapy, is a Certified Open Floor Movement Teacher and has guest lectured at Universities such as New York University (NYU) and RMIT on topics of movement, agency and the body. Jake has had an extensive teaching career which began as a Resident Teacher at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and has taught across Australia and the United States.
Jake understands that you are a whole person and using only one psychotherapeutic approach is going to be limiting for you, thus he implements an integrative approach to support change and growth. Jake provides a safe and comfortable environment for you to grow inner resources to fully embrace the challenges of life and strongly believes in each person’s innate capacity to heal, grow, and change.
Elky holds a BA in Anthropology, Gender & Cultural studies and a BA of Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Ikon Institute of Australia. Elky is also trained in Dan Brown’s Three Pillars Approach to Attachment Repair and Non-Violent Communication. She is registered with the Australia Counselling Association and is trained in a person-centred, collaborative and trauma-informed mode of therapy.
Elky understands that safety and trust are vital for therapy and she provides a warm and empathetic presence to support you to confront life’s difficulties. She works within an Integrative Model of Psychotherapy, ensuring that therapy is appropriate to you and your specific needs. Elky strongly believes that therapy is a powerful process that can deeply enrich an individual’s life, creating lasting and meaningful change. Her areas of interest include: stress & anxiety, identity, self-exploration, relationship issues, grief and loss, depression and existential issues.
Catherine completed a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Cairnmillar Institute in Melbourne. She has been awarded the Peter Doherty Award for Academic Excellence in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Catherine is in the final stage of Advanced training in Focusing Orientated Therapy. She is also a Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Catherine was previously a well-being researcher and facilitator in a progressive environmental organisation and community. She brings a holistic approach to health and well-being based on interdependence, connection and authenticity.
Catherine views psychotherapy as a profoundly moving experience that entails co-creating the kind of relating that supports awareness, insight and healing. Through a person-centred, experiential and somatic approach, Catherine offers a warm and empathic presence. Her clinical therapeutic experience includes working with a diverse range of difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, loss, life transitions, traumas and other complex mental health issues. Catherine is passionate about changing the imprints of trauma and self-alienation, and supporting the unfolding of one’s unique life process, purpose and dreams.
ACEP is ethically run. We use recycled and ethically sourced materials and contribute back to the earth through our carbon emissions fund in which we donate 1% of our profits to Carbon Positive Australia and are always looking for new ways to be sustainable.