About Us

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.

Our Story

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.

Our Team

Jake Potter

Founder | Integrative Psychotherapist

Jake Potter is the Founding Director of ACEP, practicing Psychotherapist and host of the Embodied Life Podcast. He is the Award Winner of the Dr Rafael Locke Award for Clinical & Academic Excellence in the practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy from Ikon Institute. Jake has received a BA of Counselling & Psychotherapy, is a Certified Open Floor Movement Teacher, Working Member of Open Floor International and Co-Founder of Common Roots; a Melbourne-based organisation uniting and empowering people through movement and dance. 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.

Sydney Ruiz

Integrative Psychotherapist

Syd is a lecturer at Ikon Institute of Australia teaching counselling and psychotherapy. Upon graduating the course herself in 2019 she was awarded the national Dr. Rafael Locke Award for Clinical & Academic Excellence. Syd has also trained in Eugene Gendlins Focusing Technique and Dan Brown’s 3 Pillar approach to Adult Attachment Repair.

Syd provides a warm, attuned, and discerning presence in the clinical space as a means of facilitating another’s own discovery and recovery. She is curious, non-judgemental, and serious about the possibilities that therapy can unlock. Some of her areas of interest are: identity and self-expression, creativity, mind/body connection, existential themes, grief, adult development, and self-esteem. Syd has experience working with gender-diverse populations and other marginalised identities.

Elky Graham

Integrative Psychotherapist

Elky holds a BA in Anthropology, Gender & Cultural studies and is currently finishing her BA of Counselling and Psychotherapy at 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.

Regenerative Business

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.

Our Values

Compassion

We are committed to holding compassion through open-hearted and embodied action for humans and for the world.

Best-Practice

We are committed to lifelong learning as individuals and as an organisation to offer best practice for our students and clients.

Integrity

We are committed to practicing respect, honesty, trustworthiness, transparency and confidentiality.

Inclusivity

We embrace and encourage diverse perspectives, cultural backgrounds, gender orientations, and all human flavours. We are committed to providing our services to all socio-economic levels so please contact us to see how we can help.