The Therapist

About the Therapist

Evan Player is a former serviceman (Army) with a strong family history of service. He was a keen sportsman playing AFL, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Judo and Jujitsu at an elite level. 

He presently is a certified coach in Rugby Union and Judo with a strong interest in helping people achieve peak performance in all areas of life. He comes from a blue-collar background and he has experience working with people who work in the Trades and a good understanding of the challenges faced by FIFO workers and their families, and people who are engaged in working with and protecting members of the public. Evan identifies strongly as a male and has a special interest in Men’s Mental Health.

He is a Psychotherapist and Credentialed Mental Health Nurse with over 25 years of experience supporting people with their mental health. Evan is a certified CBT therapist and has knowledge in a range of approaches such as Mindfulness Therapy, DBT, ACT, MBT, Bowen Family Therapy, Hobson’s Conversational Model, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Existential Psychotherapy

Evan is most strongly influenced by the work of Carl Jung.

Carl Gustav Jung

Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. The central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation —the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual’s conscious and unconscious elements. Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best known psychological concepts, including synchronicity, archetypal phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex and extraversion and introversion. Jung’s form of therapy has been found to be especially helpful for people in the second half of life.

Experience

Evan began working with people in the Mental Health sector in 1996. He became a Registered Nurse in 1999 and a Registered Mental Nurse in the UK in 2001.

In 2004 he moved to Townsville for 18 months and stayed and built a life in the Townsville community. In 2007 he completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Nursing through the University of Southern Queensland. He became a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse in 2011 and a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) in 2016.

He has delivered numerous lectures at the International Conference of Mental Health Nursing, Townsville Hospital Grand Rounds, and at James Cook University on subjects influencing Mental Health such as Compassion, Coercion, Anxiety, Recovery, and Bullshit. He is currently completing a second Master’s Degree in Mental Health (Psychotherapy) at the University of Queensland. He is a member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PAFCA).

Book Reviews

Explaining Postmodernism

Explaining Postmodernism

Hicks provides a well-argued and well-researched investigation into Post-Modernism. He follows Post-Modernism roots from Foucault, Derrida, Rorty, Heidigger, Nietzsche, Rousseau,...

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The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince

I have finally read “The Prince”. It has been referenced in a lot of the work I have been consuming....

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The Discourses – Epictetus

The Discourses

It took me six months to get through this one chapter at a time as part of my reading the...

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The Barefoot Investor

The Barefoot Investor

This book assumes you know nothing about how to accumulate and manage wealth, and is written at a beginner reader’s...

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Touchstones – Steve Mascord

Touchstones

This was a frustrating read because Mascord had all the components of a really good memoir, but they are just...

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Fight Club

Fight Club

Brilliant, a description of masculinity in crisis. “What you see in fight club is a generation of men raised by...

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Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy

This book had me reflecting on my own climb upward the social ladder. I am also white and have come...

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One Nation Under Therapy

One Nation Under Therapy

The book arrives at the same conclusions as the philosophy underpinning the recovery movement. People are fundamentally well, and usually...

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The Course of Love

The Course of Love

I have liked Alain de Botton as a philosopher for sometime, so when my wife’s book club assigned this as...

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The Daily Stoic

The Daily Stoic

For the last 5 years I have been reading this religiously. The format of the book is you get one...

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Epic Podcast

Townsville Talk is a podcast hosted by Evan Player of Epic Psychotherapy. We discuss Rugby Union and Rugby League, Martial Arts, and how to live the best life from a Mental Wellness perspective.

To view all our episodes please click on the Spotify App below.

Confidentiality

Epic Psychotherapy is bound to assure and maintain your confidentiality under the codes of APHRA (Australian Practitioner Health Regulation Agency) and PACFA (Psychotherapist and Counsellors Federation of Australia).

The only exception to this is if you or someone else is at imminent risk of harm; or if there is a risk of a child being harmed (I am legally bound as a mandatory reporter regarding child safety). In the first instance, I will explain my concerns to you and why I am thinking you are an imminent risk. I will usually encourage you to seek help if I am unable to support the imminent safety of you or others. I will advise you of who I am contacting and why I believe you are at imminent risk before I do so unless circumstances prevent this.