Meet Dipak Jilka

“For the task of the psychotherapist is to bring about a reconciliation between individual feeling and social norms without, however, sacrificing the integrity of the individual.”  
Alan W. Watts

Dipak Jilka

Psychotherapist
PACFA Reg. Provisional 26570

After 30 years as a corporate executive I was all too aware of and challenged by the constant expectation to outperform and succeed, and the fear of failure that led to stress and anxiety.  My own experiences pushed me to search for greater meaning and purpose, improving my self-awareness and living life on my own terms. This is what psychotherapy and counselling can bring about in a person.

I believe individuals can be constrained by how they view themselves in the context of the greater world and their personal experiences. There is underlying tension created by the difference between our personal desires and wishes, and those imposed by the world we live in. Expectations of who we need to be, rather than who we want to be. Navigating this tug of war can impact our mental, emotional and physical well-being and limit our ability to live life well and authentically.

I invite my clients to reflect on themselves to recognise the knowledge and power they have within; discovering their inner voice and recognising their true selves. My work involves guiding clients on a journey of self-discovery, self-healing and transformation to live life on their own terms, rather than how they’ve been conditioned. The ultimate goal is for my clients to lead a far more integrated and fulfilling life.

As an Indian migrant from Kenya, I grew up in London and have now been in Australia for the last 25 years. From an early age I have striven to create a balance between both Eastern and Western cultures. My midlife had the makings of any typical white collar Australian man; building a career, a home and parenting and maintaining relationships. In the midst of this, I was often searching for meaning and purpose, resulting eventually in a shift in career. These lived experiences are assets I bring to the therapy room.

To complement my work as a psychotherapist, I work at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility and facilitate men’s mental health groups.

Qualifications
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling – ACAP (Australian College of Applied Psychology)
  • Foundation in Coaching (accredited by the ICF)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – AGSM (Australian Graduate School of Management)
  • Master of Science (MSc) – University of Warwick (UK)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc. Hons.) – University of Brighton (UK)
Additional professional development in progress
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training
  • Postgraduate Training in Gestalt Therapy – TRIA (The Relational Institute of Australia)
Professional Memberships
  • Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • Mental Health Professionals Network of Australia (MHPNA)
Voluntary Interests
  • Family Drug Support (FDS) – Phone support agent
  • Banksia Projects (men’s mental health support group) – facilitator

Services

As your psychotherapist, I will work with you to heighten your self-awareness, examine life challenges and invite you to get closer to living life on your terms, rather than on those of others.

My approach is founded on evidence-based therapies such as psychoanalysis, person-centred, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and Gestalt Therapy. This integrated approach feeds an understanding of past life experience, current challenges, and future fears and wishes.

My professional development is sustained and developed through regular clinical supervision and pursuing further training in Gestalt Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

I work with clients dealing with;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety

  • Addictions

  • Men’s mental health
  • Low-self esteem
  • Sense of loneliness   
  • Search for meaning and purpose
  • Grief, loss, and bereavement
  • Personal identity and sexuality
  • Family and Relationship issues
  • Life stage transition, such as negotiating divorce, retirement, and migration
  • Career challenges

I work with clients dealing with;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Men’s mental health
  • Low-self esteem
  • Sense of loneliness 
  • Search for meaning and purpose
  • Grief, loss, and bereavement
  • Personal identity and sexuality
  • Family and Relationship issues
  • Life stage transition, such as negotiating divorce, retirement, and migration
  • Career challenges

 

Psychotherapy and counselling can seem challenging, however, I will work to make you feel comfortable and “at home” in the therapeutic space with compassion and empathy. I invite you to openly share your challenges and concerns so we can craft a way forward.

I'm here for you

If you would like to discuss how I can support you in tackling your challenges, whatever they may be, you can call me on  0402 840 104 or email dipak@dipakjilka.com.au.

Where am I?

I am located in the Sydney CBD area for in-person sessions or via Skype if that’s more convenient for you.

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Location

185 Elizabeth Street,
Sydney, NSW, 2000
M: 0402 840 104
E: dipak@dipakjilka.com.au

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