The arts therapy lecturers I encountered at Ikon embodied empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard. They provided learning based on their academic and practice experience. They all brought fascinating lived experiences that deepened my learning experience. I was encouraged to dive in and immerse myself in new knowing. They showed me I can trust my instincts and intuition…
Studying at Ikon has been an incredible learning experience supporting both my professional and personal development. The course is designed so that there is a very real opportunity to encounter a significant and meaningful transformation of self. When I reflect on who I was and how I thought about the world when I began the course I feel immensely thankful to see who I’ve now become…
I chose to study with Ikon as the enriching, vibrant and inspiring curriculum and content was so exciting and taught in such a practical and immersive way that I couldn’t wait to dive in. Ikon also demonstrated high levels of student employment post study which also impacted on my decision to choose to study with them. Thank you. I am forever grateful to Ikon…
Ikon is one of the most affordable learning institutions we have in Adelaide compared to other institutions. However, despite of it being affordable, it does offer quality education for example; students have the privilege of interacting with lectures while in other institutions it’s not the case…
If you take the course, you will read real philosophical, scientific, therapeutic, and literary texts, and the degree of knowledge you will be exposed to through the readings and coursework is practically limitless. In as much as there is no way to assimilate it all, so the expectation is, again, radically different…
Ikon made me feel really prepared for entering into the workforce due to their high emphasis on practice sessions between the students. Within the first few months we were already practicing the skills as we learned them. This gave me the confidence to start working right away.
The teachers at Ikon Institute were dedicated to giving the students the necessary tools to explore themselves so they can become competent therapists…This course could potentially change your life with hard work and is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. Loved every minute!
Ikon’s highly qualified academics deliver an exceptional curriculum integrating both theory and practice to emerging counselling psychotherapists, I would like to thank Ikon’s dedicated staff both in Melbourne as well as the Head Office who were extremely supportive throughout my degree…
Whilst Ikon have provided absolutely brilliant content, your incredible knowledge has allowed for a wonderful experience and your knowledge transference has been second to none for me. Without you all, I am absolutely certain recognition like this would not have been possible for me…
My name is Sarah and I have just completed the incredible, inspiring and rich experience of studying the Bachelor of Arts Therapy at Ikon Institute. I heard about Ikon Institute through recommendation from a friend and couldn’t be more grateful to have been guided toward this form of powerful, experiential learning and education that I can honestly say has transformed my life.
I was drawn to study the Bachelor of Arts Therapy after some years working within youth and special education settings and wanted to have the capacity to offer therapeutic support at a deeper level to the people I was working with. This qualification allowed me to combine a lifelong passion for the arts with psychotherapy and arts based skills and knowledge to work with people in rich and transformative ways through the power of creativity and self-expression.
I chose to study with Ikon as the enriching, vibrant and inspiring curriculum and content was so exciting and taught in such a practical and immersive way that I couldn’t wait to dive in. Ikon also demonstrated high levels of student employment post study which also impacted on my decision to choose to study with them.
I will forever be moved by and indebted to the teaching staff at Ikon that have supported and nurtured my growth both personally and professionally over the last 3 years. Ikon teachers share their wisdom and knowledge with such warmth, passion and dedicated commitment to providing rich learning opportunities that have a profound impact on the way students perceive themselves, others and the world they live in. I have never had a tertiary education experience quite like this. The wealth of knowledge, sharing of personal experience ,integrity and commitment expressed by our teachers is unlike any I have seen in my previous university study.
I completed my degree in Victoria and experienced such an excellent level of consistent support, care and encouragement from Ikon staff and Student Support throughout the entire 3 years of my qualification. Every question was answered, every email replied to and I experienced an overwhelming level of support from multiple staff when personal circumstances impacted upon my personal and professional wellbeing near the end of my degree.
My favourite part of undergoing student placement was learning who “Sarah the Arts Therapist” is and really having the opportunity to explore my identity as a therapist. I gained a strong understanding of the role arts therapists play in diverse and varied workplaces, the role of arts therapy in the community and I loved the opportunity to integrate my arts psychotherapy learning into practice whilst working directly with clients and members of the community. After my placement I even had an offer to do some paid art therapy work with my placement organisation.
My experience of studying at Ikon has shaped my identity as a human being and an arts therapist in such a way that I cannot wait to share all the knowledge and skills I have gathered over my time here with the world ! I couldn’t have invested in my own personal and professional growth in a more enriching and life affirming way than I have throughout this experience. Thank you. I am forever grateful to Ikon and the beautiful community of like-minded students, teachers and staff that Ikon has created.
My name is Isabelle Ruiz and I’ve completed the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at Ikon Institue of Australia in Melbourne Victoria.
Studying at Ikon has been an incredible learning experience supporting both my professional and personal development. The course is designed so that there is a very real opportunity to encounter a significant and meaningful transformation of self. When I reflect on who I was and how I thought about the world when I began the course I feel immensely thankful to see who I’ve now become. Not only was I introduced to thought-provoking and stimulating material, but I was also encouraged to engage deeply with it, to let it enter me and to ultimately enhance my experience of being. Ikon’s unique environment is one which motivates its student to think for themselves, to contemplate honestly and rigorously on the therapeutic process and to endeavour to ask life’s big questions.
Another wonderful aspect of Ikon is the supportive and generative community. Going through the journey and getting to grow with like-minded peers has been an absolute delight. The kind and sensitive support staff really helped me to remain calm and confident throughout my degree and the lecturers are inspiring, passionate and genuine in their want for the students to succeed. I feel privileged to have got to learn from such big and far-reaching minds.
My name is Susie Meagher. I first heard about Ikon from a creative arts therapist with whom I was a client. I had a life-changing situation and was unsure of how to proceed.
From that first-hand experience, I understood the value of creative arts therapy in self-discovery and healing. With encouragement from my art therapist I started the journey to practice.
I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy and am completing a Bachelor of Art Psychotherapy this year. I am studying in Victoria and I originally chose Ikon due to interest in transpersonal art therapy. I then continued on to add the art psychotherapy component to my learning.
I was inspired by my then arts therapist and continue to carry the inspiration of my first teacher at Ikon, Kay Gravell. The creative arts therapy lecturers I encountered at Ikon embodied empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard. They provided learning based on their academic and practice experience. They all brought fascinating lived experiences that deepened my learning experience. I was encouraged to dive in and immerse myself in new knowing. They showed me I can trust my instincts and intuition, backed up with lived experience.
Due to COVID-19, my third-year placement was done within an online clinic, open to the general public, and advertised via word of mouth and social media. This was a first for Ikon. Being with people as they handled the upheaval of COVID in their lives, was a privilege. Adapting arts therapy for online delivery was great, both challenging and satisfying.
I have a short carry over subject to complete then I will finish the degree this year. My intention is to work online in private practice part-time and hopefully spend one or two days a week in specialist trauma/suicidality work. Without the time spent in the Ikon online clinic, I would never have considered an online practice.
As future students, trust yourself. You will know if this is right for you from the first interaction you have with the Ikon arts therapy staff. If it is right for you, dive in. You will never regret it.
Why did you choose Ikon?
Ikon is one of the most affordable learning institutions we have in Adelaide compared to other institutions. However, despite of it being affordable, it does offer quality education for example; students have the privilege of interacting with lectures while in other institutions it’s not the case.
How is the course and trainers/lecturers helping you to achieve your study goals?
Personally the course is good since it’s something you’re relating with life experience and not only that it’s equipping one with skills on how to handle ones issues as well as others. In terms of lectures, they are supper cool hence appreciating Ikon management for employing skilled and well organized trainers.
What do you love the most about Ikon?
Lecturers and staff, they are always there to help and support students.
My name is Julian Cerreto. I have been a mental health worker since 2014, working in some very disadvantaged communities, supporting challenging target groups with severe diagnosies. My interest in mental health pre-dates my career by a number of years, going back to 2006 when I first began to seriously consider the state of my own mind and the minds of others. However, despite my deep interest in the subject, I had been ambivalent about the relevant education that was on offer in conventional institutions. Social work appealed because of its person-centredness and social justice focus, but it failed to offer the depth I wanted. Psychology promised a challenge, but the emphasis on science and narrow forms of evidence did not offer the richness of the humanistic and philosophical accounts of the mind I found so inspiring. Counselling offered a middle ground, and yet I was unsure I would get the philosophical and conceptual richness I hoped for, at least not as an undergraduate.
I discovered Ikon and their Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy (now the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy) by chance. I had decided to study counselling, and, for my own interest, was investigating depth psychology when I came across the course. I immediately knew that this was the course I needed to enrol in. More than anything else I had seen (particularly at the undergraduate level), Ikon promised an education of breadth and depth, offering theory as well as practice and a personal challenge as well as an educational one. I wrangled my work hours to secure a place last minute. The admin staff were attentive, reassuring, and helpful in getting me enrolled and finding a way to accommodate my work commitments, despite not officially offering part-time options.
My first class at Ikon opened with poetry, traversed Nietzsche, Greek myths, philosophy, psychoanalysis, science, and spirituality, making a compelling case for the need for “integration” in psychotherapeutic theory and practice. This was challenging but – perhaps surprisingly – not overwhelming, as the arguments, despite their complexity, make sense, and are delivered in such a way that each student can find their own point of entry into the material. This, I think, is very important to understand about this institute. They do not dumb their material down. This is real learning. Difficult learning, too. But whoever you are, if you can listen, think, dream or feel, you can find your way in.
The course is accessible even to those with “unconventional” educations (like myself and many others in my cohort), because the richness of the content allows for inspiration and active engagement at multiple levels, and the expectation of the teachers is not that each student finds a way to regurgitate an approximation of what has been handed out, but that each student finds their own way to engage with the ideas and to show a developing organisation of their own mind in relation to the material that is presented. In short, the expectation is not that you will learn the material by rote. Rather, you are invited to change in relation to what you experience. Follow the tangents that interest you. Open up to the difficulty and the discomfort – and you will make it through.
Throughout the course, I was continually challenged. The workload is heavy. If you take the course, you will read real philosophical, scientific, therapeutic, and literary texts, and the degree of knowledge you will be exposed to through the readings and coursework is practically limitless. Inasmuch as there is no way to assimilate it all, so the expectation is, again, radically different from that of most institutes. The challenge is there so you can take it – as you are able. No two people go through the course in the same way. My personal bent is towards the intellectual, and so I slogged through dense readings and wrote long essays of philosophical and personal reflections. But there were some who didn’t do that. For them, the angle was different, their challenge was elsewhere. They got through too. Despite the difficulty. The only single thing we all did was change.
Having practically completed the course at the time of writing, I am incredibly grateful for having found the institute, enrolled, and made it through. What I have learned at Ikon has made a difference in my own life, as well as making me stronger and more confident in the workplace. My ability to effectively relate to, understand, and practically help a client is far greater than I imagined was possible before Ikon. I have steady confidence that I can handle any situation in the mental health facility I work in, and I already have a developing private practice at an established clinic. I also have the memories of having been through this challenging experience, along with a remarkable (and very diverse) group of fellow students who inspired me with their bravery, vulnerability, and strength throughout the course. The personal growth and change I witnessed in the last three years were profoundly beautiful. This witnessing is a privilege that makes both the course and the career of psychotherapy incredibly rewarding. Both personally and professionally, I have gained far more than I anticipated, and I am very happy to have the opportunity to recommend this institute and this course.
My name is Michael Rosenberg. I heard about Ikon from a few friends who had done the transpersonal diploma as well as people who had gone to the Phoenix Institute and had said that Ikon sort of picked up where they left off. I completed the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy in August 2020. I wanted to do this course, because I felt like the next step in my life was to do something that felt more meaningful. I chose Ikon as I knew that the program at Ikon not only focussed on theory and skill, but also the self-development that is required to be ready for this kind of work. I did my studies in Victoria and the teachers there were incredible. I felt like I got such a different piece of the puzzle from each teacher. Some teachers made me feel very nurtured, while some were provocative or challenging. The course load was very well balanced with highly academic modules happening along more reflective modules. Sometimes the amount of reading felt overwhelming, but the high amount of contact time helped me make sense of any of the concepts that I struggled with.
Due to the global pandemic, a lot of our placements were cancelled so Ikon set up an online student clinic. At first, I was disappointed not to be getting experience in an organization, but I had such an incredible experience working with the other students nationally in the OSC environment. We covered all aspects of being a therapist and were able to learn just as much from our peer’s experiences as our own. I am currently working for a national EAP organisation. This means that clients are given a certain amount of sessions depending on the plan their employer pays for. I’m also slowly building private practice and I feel like this is an ideal time to be entering into this industry. I’ve had no problem finding opportunities. Ikon made me feel really prepared for entering into the workforce due to their high emphasis on practice sessions between the students. Within the first few months we were already practicing the skills as we learned them. This gave me the confidence to start working right away.
I hope to stay very aligned with Ikon. Maybe one day there will be a clinic in Melbourne full of past Ikon students and even without that I have a great list of referrals filled with all my classmates. I can’t wait to see the direction each person will take as we all venture forth. If you are thinking of studying at Ikon I hope you will take the idea seriously. It has been one of the most transformative and developmental experiences of my life and though I thought it would be weird to go back to school at this point in my life I found that my life experience just served to enrich the experience. I won’t pretend it wasn’t tough at times and I definitely had to face the things about myself that had previously been easier to avoid. If you are up for the challenge it is most definitely worth it.
In addition to giving my utmost thanks and appreciation to Ikon’s highly qualified academics delivering an exceptional curriculum integrating both theory and practice to emerging counselling psychotherapists, I would like to thank Ikon’s dedicated staff both in Melbourne as well as the Head Office in Adelaide who were extremely supportive throughout my degree. Challenging, yet necessary, opportunities supporting personal and professional development were provided, which, in my experience, might best be described as having encouraged unfolding transformation and wellbeing.
I was fortunate enough to complete my placement with Ikon in the context of piloting the first steps of a potential future student clinic. The most rewarding component of my placement was being able to provide integrative counselling sessions to volunteering clients, while simultaneously developing skills necessary for practice management.
It feels like I have embodied Ikon’s core vision and mission, which is to encourage its students to reach their greatest potentials for health and wellbeing and share this with others in the community. So, having accepted a position as one of Ikon’s new Student Support Officers, and considering all future endeavours, I hope to carry the seed of this vision forward. If I’m to share a fragment of what has been gained the potentials within it would be enormous.
To anyone considering studying the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I encourage you to remain open to the possibility of change and trust that with patience, dedication, sometimes tears, fears and often laughter, your efforts will in turn nourish the fruits from which you will be rewarded. My experiences with Ikon over the last few years have exceeded all expectations and I am honoured to represent Ikon, and their courses, not only as a student but as an employee.
The teachers at Ikon Institute were dedicated to giving the students the necessary tools to explore themselves so they can become competent therapists and care for their wellbeing. They are there to support and encourage you through what can be a challenging course.
Their course in art psychotherapy was a mix of psychotherapy theory with experiential art processes to really experience what you are learning. The three years develop you as a person so you are ready to hold another person’s distress and apply what you have learnt. My final work placement gave me many opportunities to spread my wings in a supportive environment and built my confidence to step into the shoes of therapist. I am currently working part time as an Art Therapist on a 12 month contract with a well-known organisation working with young people. I plan to develop my private practice over this time.
This course could potentially change your life with hard work and is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. Loved every minute!
Whilst I am obviously very pleased to receive recognition during my current placement, this is due in most part to you all!
My learning journey together with the ‘exceptional’ experiential journey you have allowed me to gain has contributed to this feedback. Although I have filled out feedback through Moodle over the last 3 years I wanted to personally extend my thanks to you all (including all of the other Brisbane lecturers along the way) in providing me with an enriching and valuable learning opportunity. Whilst Ikon have provided absolutely brilliant content, your incredible knowledge has allowed for a wonderful experience and your knowledge transference has been second to none for me.
Without you all, I am absolutely certain recognition like this would not have been possible for me and that it has come from within a medical model based environment even more substantial. Hats off to you all (including Ikon for employing brilliant staff and delivering this BAP course).”