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Johnny Kieran-Black

Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner

Therapy Types

EMDR, DBT, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Connecting Mental Health Therapist

Client Groups

Individuals, Gender, Sexuality, Adolescent, Adult, Elders


416 Abercrombie St, Darlington, NSW 2008



Monday 10am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-5pm
Wednesday 8am-5pm
Thursday 8am-5pm


Johnny (He/They) is a qualified Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner. CAT focuses on how people think, feel, and act, as well as the underlying events and relationships shaping their experiences.
Through training in CAT, Johnny helps clients establish connections between their past relationships (including systems) and their sense of self.
In addition to CAT, Johnny has training in the following:

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Polyvagal Theory
Group Schema Therapy​
Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT)​
Open Dialogue ​
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Johnny offers something different from standardised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) alone and tailors the above therapies to suit an individual's needs. He believes each relationship between himself and his clients is unique, and he holds great value in practicing in a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and sex-positive way.
He has been grateful and privileged to learn so much from his clients over the years; Johnny is now very experienced in working with survivors of trauma, grief and loss, alcohol and substance problems, various forms of self-harm, and relationship difficulties.
An Accredited Clinical and Mental Health Social Worker, Johnny has worked in public and private psychiatric hospital settings for over 24 years. This experience means he has developed astute assessment skills and knowledge in identifying and treating various mental health issues, including Complex PTSD, Gender Dysphoria, Depression, Anxiety, Personality, Psychotic and Bipolar Spectrum, and Eating Disorders. He has worked in private practice since 2012, initially part-time and now full-time.
Having grown up in Scotland, moving to Australia in 2008, and being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Johnny is attuned from personal experience to how it can feel to be considered 'different.' He understands how hard it can be to talk about traumatic experiences and strives to bring warmth, partnership, acceptance, and compassion to all his work.

Appointment Type

In Person, Telehealth


Clinical Co-Ordinator at Headspace National Office - part of leadership team creating Headspace, Australia’s first online youth mental health services.

Senior Clinician at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Young Adult Unit, Uspace – facilitating group psychotherapy helping participants develop knowledge and skills to guide their recovery journey.

Writer for UTS Masters in Mental Health Nursing. 

Clinical supervision, group, systems, and policy consultations to various organisations, including:
National Institute of Dramatic Art
Twenty10 inc. GLCS NSW
Girls Rock! Australia
Black Dog Institute

Expert panel member and advisory capacity on various podcasts and media productions in New South Wales, Victoria and Nationally.
Community Psychiatric Acute and Crisis Teams since 2003
Acute inpatient hospital settings since 1999
Refugee Centre, Antwerp Belgium, 1998

Areas of Interest

Johnny is interested in working with LGBTQIA+ people, young people, survivors of trauma, people experiencing relationship difficulties, people wanting to learn more about who they are, people who use addictive behaviours as a way of managing, including drugs, alcohol, self-harm, eating disordered behaviours and thoughts of suicide.


Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner (ICATA): 2 year post-graduate psychotherapy training
Diploma in Social Work (Attained in 2000)
BAppSC (Hons, Social Studies)
Accredited Clinical Social Worker (AASW)
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)

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