Michael Pringle now interviews me weekly on Tuesday’s at around 9 am (AEST) or Monday 4 pm (PDT).  This week I am going to give a run-down of the possible side-effects of mindfulness and how to deal with these plus answer other questions Michael comes up with.  This goes live onto the Facebook page at:

It is then posted sometime Tuesday to my personal page at:

I also had a nice chat with Alex Gokce and Dr Kate King who run a podcast called Noble Mind.  I understand this chat will be posted on Saturday (AEST) and Friday (PDT) of this week.  Check out their interesting Podcasts at:



                Offering evidence-based, trauma-informed, counselling,                        Compassion-Focussed Therapy and clinical mental health services.   

John is a leading counsellor in Australia and asenior teacher in  Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC),  Mindfulness training, and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.                  

      Available online, telehealth and in-person private appoinments.            

Medicare and Worksafe registered 

John (Founder & Director) also provides in-person and online professional consultation, training, clinical & reflective supervision and guest speaking for a variety of professionals and organisations in Australia.

The Australian Government has announced bulk-billed Telehealth sessions for all Australians (until 30 Sept). Access to Medicare registered counsellors such as myself (at no cost) via telephone or video, from anywhere in Australia is now available.  As with face-to-face sessions, you will need a GP referral – which also can be obtained via Telehealth. 

John Julian offers a broad range of counselling and therapy methods to assist people to regain their emotional health and /or to live a more mindful, kind and compassionate life. He is an experienced telehealth and VC counsellor.

He assists people through direct face to face cand online counselling and if they wish in groups through the Mindful Self-Compassion programs.  He uses CBT and psychotherapy, as well as the composite therapy known as Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), alongside training in mindfulness and compassion.

John is a clinical social worker with over 40 years experience.  He was trained in teaching Shamantha meditation in 1998, then Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at Monash University in 2005, he then went on to learn Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2006.   His passion really took off with Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and he is now trained as a certified teacher by the University of California San Diego Medical School, USA.  He is also one of the authors of several peer reviewed papers on Occupational Mindfulness and another on MSC and cancer.  

John discovered meditation and mindfulness over 30 years ago, originally through various Buddhist schools in order to work with his own anxiety, but now teaches mindfulness and compassion in a secular and practical way, both in groups  and one-to-one through Medicare and my private practice .   

John has taught meditation for over 20 years, having been asked to teach friends in 1997 and being formally taught Shamantha meditation in the Tibetan tradition in 1998.  Shamantha means “peaceful abiding” or “tranquility.”  Since then John was taught MBSR in a program by the creators of that style and is now also senior certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher having been invited to attend the inaugral training program by its creators, Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, in 2014.

                      You can  contact John on                             or on his mobile 0439 901 795

John provides mindfulness and self-compassion training, as well as one to one counselling, in Tecoma on a Tuesday afternoon several times a month and in Korumburra in South Gippsland at other times during the week. Regular introductory programs are offered.  These now include the new 6-week brief courses (1 hour per week) on self-compassion, 8-week groups on MBSR/MBCT and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), day retreats and five-day intensive Mindful Self- Compassion retreats.

Newly available as two new short courses/interventions: Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC), and the Short Course - Mindful Self-Compassion Both are six by one-hour sessions.