Ed Gonzalez

Ed believes that as humans, we have forgotten our true essence and because of that we go into suffering. Our mission on this earth is to wake up from our deep sleep and remember that essence.

Throughout his personal and professional experience, Ed’s key characteristic has always been his deep sense of curiosity. Once he discovered how to use this curiosity for good, back in 2003, he started a journey of supporting people with different needs in the fields of disability, aged care, and community care.  

Ed uses a compassionate, person-centred, strengths-based approach empowering clients to find their own inner resources or develop new ones that would help them to cope, grow and find healing. Some of the methods he utilises are the use of the client’s stories, how the old ones have led them where they are now, and how the client can change their stories for better outcomes. Play therapy recognises the playful child we all have in us and the dynamics that thoughts, feelings and, behaviours play in our lives.  

“My consciously formed values are curiosity, compassion, honesty, community and service. These are integral parts of my life and help in my mission of planting seeds of hope in people to explore their own innate gifts”

He is combining his Diploma of Counselling (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors), with other courses such as Aboriginal Cultural Awareness, Trauma Informed Care, Alcohol and Other Drugs Skills Foundation, a workshop on Internal Family Systems to work with people going through homelessness. Currently, he is doing an international facilitation course, Becoming Us, with the aim of supporting new parents in their different transitions of parenthood. 

“One of my biggest passions in life is being an active and passionate father. I was involved in creating a Dads Group (as I am also curious about men’s wellbeing) which supports new and soon-to-be dads to connect and grow in their new role”

Ed gets great clarity of mind and a sense of peace when he’s in nature whether that’s in the bush, at the beach, casually kicking a ball with his kids at the local park, running with his dog Wriggles, and when he sees value in his work. His goal is to live in peace (rather than resting in peace) and to help others get at least a glimpse of this peace. 

Qualifications & Training:

  • Diploma of Counselling (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors)
  • Aboriginal Cultural Awareness
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Skills Foundation
  • Internal Family Systems workshop
  • Becoming Us