John Flanagan

Master of Gestalt Therapy

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Certified Gottman Couples Therapist

Master Trainer and Consultant

Since completing his Bachelor of Social Work in 1988 and later a Masters in Gestalt Therapy, John has had an extensive history in direct service delivery with couples, families and young people.

John was the first Social Worker in Australia to become a Gottman Relationship Therapist and along with Trish Purnell-Webb, are still the only Australians to hold the title of Certified Gottman Marital Therapist, Master Trainers and Consultants.  This means that John has completed all levels of training and mentoring available through the Gottman Institute in Seattle, USA and can now provide training to other therapists in this modality as well as provide couples with world class couples therapy and workshop experiences. He is one of only 26 therapists in the world to hold this standing. John is also a certified presenter for The Art and Science of Love Couples Workshop, completed his Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and has delivered a broad range of training both accredited and non-accredited. 


John is trained to provide therapy to individuals, couples and groups in a range of therapeutic approaches including:


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Gottman marital therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Gestalt Therapy

  • Adventure Therapy

  • Emotion focussed therapy for couples


Over the last ten years, John has provided a range of psycho-educational group programs to Australian Veterans and their families in areas such as trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and resilience. He has also provided training to many human service organisations in Australia and 

New Zealand on creating positive work cultures, managing challenging clients and resilience. 


Contact Information:

P: +61 7 5576 2633

(07) 5576 2633

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