About Ikon

Welcome to Ikon

Dr. Rafael Locke first established the ‘Ikon Institute of Healing Arts’ in 1988 to educate practitioners in transpersonal psychotherapy through a therapeutic framework. The inspiration for the original vocational courses came from Dr. Locke’s extensive experience gained through research, training and practice in anthropology, psychoanalysis, humanistic and transpersonal psychotherapy, holistic and nutritional medicine, behavioural medicine as well as parapsychology and neuroscience.

In 2008, the business became the Ikon Institute of South Australia and in 2010 became Proteus Technologies Pty Ltd trading as the Ikon Institute of Australia. Today Ikon is a private higher education provider in the broad areas of creative therapies, counselling and psychotherapy.

Educational Philosophy

Ikon has a strong focus on the cultivation of professionals that support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians. Ikon’s educational philosophy is grounded in functional and evidence-based humanism, whilst validating and utilising the wisdom and experience of global intellectual and spiritual traditions. In addition, Ikon embraces emerging technologies and digital learning techniques that delivers a learning environment that combines classroom learning and online study activities.

Ikon aims to create a difference through learning and has a strong commitment to facilitating a process of ongoing education for graduates.


Ikon is dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding in humanistic studies through education, leadership and practice. Ikon’s educational philosophy is grounded, functional and evidence-based humanism, and a commitment to free intellectual enquiry.

Ikon aims to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and therapeutic client-centred practice to contribute to the creation of an international community of people and practitioners committed to social change, community building and individual healing.

To fulfill this mission, Ikon delivers unique courses of study in art therapy, psychotherapy and counselling.


To be a leading provider of therapeutic and human services education, creating social change, building strong communities and facilitating individual healing and growth throughout Australia.


Board of Directors

Peter Mobbs (Chair)
Leonie Clyne
Adam Davis
Lyndon Catzel

Academic Board

Leonie Clyne (Chair)
Dr Adrian Bennett
Dr Tra-ill Dowie
Amon Broughton
Susie Meagher (Student Representative)