The team

David Johnson


David is a former lecturer/tutor in psychology at both Monash and Ballarat Universities in Victoria.

He is a founding Director of Davellen Consulting (1987) and has been Director of Training and Development and a principal psychologist of the practice, which has operated from the specialist consulting suites at the St John of God Hospital Bendigo since 1994. The practice moved in January 2008 to new consulting rooms at Ampersand Hall in Bendigo, merging the psychological practice with the teaching venue for Ampersand Australia.

Beyond his training as a psychologist, David has gained specialist qualifications in Solution Oriented Counselling (Diploma), Ericksonian Hypnotherapy (Diploma), Ontological Coaching (one year program in USA), as an EMDR practitioner (Basic and Advanced), and has trained with and worked along side many of the leading professionals in his field, including Michael Yapko, Bill O'Hanlon, Steve de Shazer, Steve Gilligan, Jeff Zieg, Steve Lankton, Chloe Madanes, Jay Haley, Humberto Maturana and Francine Shapiro.

David's focus as a therapist has been primarily informed by the more contemporary approaches to counselling, embracing the Solution Oriented, Ericksonian, Cognitive Behavioral, Existential and Mindfulness ideologies and strategies. Whilst David's work in private practice has needed to encompass the general range of presenting conditions and issues, he has tended to specialize in such areas as: post trauma; hypnotherapy; the anxieties including panic, OCD and the range of phobias; mediation; anger management; couples counselling; addictions; and the supervision of probationary counsellors and psychologists. David is a registered supervisor with the Psychologists Registration Board.

Through his co-directorship of Ampersand Australia, a teaching institute for health professionals, David has been designing and teaching courses in Solution Oriented and contemporary counselling approaches and hypnotherapy since 1989.
As co-director of the Milton H Erickson Institute of Victoria, David teaches introductory and advanced one year programs in Counselling Psychology and Solution Oriented Hypnosis.

In recent years, David has taught and demonstrated his work variously on a national level and has presented on several specialist panels at an International Conference on Ericksonian Psychotherapy in Phoenix , Arizona in 1999. He was a selected presenter at the 8th International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in Phoenix, USA in December 2001. David has designed and run a series of workshops in Oxford and Glastonbury in the UK for health professionals in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and was recalled to run further advanced programs during February 2006. In 2011, David designed and ran a 4 day introductory hypnosis program at the prestigious IAK Institute in Kirchzarten Germany, and will be returning in September 2012 to run both introductory and advanced programs.

In 1996, David was an invited participant in the movement to establish a national body r
esponsible for the standards of counsellor training and qualification, and has played an active ongoing role in the establishment and development of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). He also founded the Association of Solution Oriented Counsellors and Hypnotherapists of Australia (ASOCHA) in 2000, a national professional body which currently has in excess of 100 members Australia wide and exists as a member organization of PACFA.

David was elected the Inaugural President of the Association of Solution Oriented Counsellors and Hypnotherapists of Australia (ASOCHA) 2001, 2002, and continues to serve on the ASOCHA National Executive. David was nominated and elected a Fellow Member of ASOCHA in June 2007.

David is also an active member of the Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators of Australia (SCAPE), and has presented Workshops at the SCAPE national Conferences in 1999, 2005 and 2007, and convened the 2002 conference.

In December 2007, David was appointed as the consulting psychologist for the Horizon House project in Bendigo. The project is designed to provide a residence and supportive environment for homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 22. David is responsible for the selection and psychological well being of staff and residents in the house. The project is auspiced and managed by the St John of God Foundation. 


Ellen Johnson Brown




A psychologist and former lecturer in psychology at LaTrobe University in Bendigo, Ellen is a founding director of Davellen Consulting. She is also a co-director of Ampersand Australia, providing a strong original contribution to course development and teaching in the diploma and short course programs.


Throughout her career, Ellen has concentrated her efforts on researching and developing therapeutic approaches to issues which are often more complex and difficult to treat. These include long-term depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, brain injury and eating behaviour.


Ellen is a founding member of the Australian Chapter of The International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (the professional body for bio-feedback practitioners), bringing state-of-the-art treatment to promote self-regulation, optimal performance, behaviour change and health and well-being. Ellen is also an Associate Member of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, with post-graduate training in nutrition and paediatric nutrition for optimal mental health, brain function and stress management.


In 1995, Ellen co-convened a national conference on dieting disorders and continues to evolve her particular approach to dieting and depression, which includes both emotional and biological influences on thoughts and behaviour. From this research, Ellen introduced neurotherapy and nutrition into the clinic in 1997.


Ellen was nominated and elected a Fellow Member of ASOCHA in June 2007.


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