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Western Australia 6331
Ph: +61 8 9847 4632
Mob: 0419 858 963


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This page contains details of Jon's therapeutic properties.

Not sure what to do next?

Thinking of a career change, a new direction?

Need some help in understanding your partner, your work collegues?

The team could do with a better understanding of its strengths and weaknesses?

Jon Doust can help.

Jon works with psychological models based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and they can help you in your deliberations, your interactions and problem solving.
He has a BA, is a Trained Trainer and a qualified Myers Briggs® Practitioner. He is also very creative, a catalyst and a conversationalist.

Jon has a Jungian Talking Type blog.

And is availble for:

- individual Personality Type profiling

- group profiling

- group and public facilitation

- creativity consulting

- casual chats

For more info, go here


If you are looking for guidance, or even a counsellor, here are some useful contact points and websites.

Psychotherapists and Consellors Association of Western Australia: PACWA

Beyond Blue, the national depression initiative: blue

People who live with depression: depressioNet

Black Dog Institute: bipolar

David Rosen, Psychiatrist and Jungiuan Analyst: Rosen

Albert Ellis: Rational Emotive Behvior Therapy

The Australian Government's Mindframe - a resource on the portrayal of suicide and mental illness - National Media Initiative in Australia: Mindframe

Book List:

A New Guide to Rational Living, Albert Ellis & Robert Harper, Wilshire Book Company.

Breaking the Patterns of Depression, Michaerl Yapko, Doubleday.

Transforming Depression, David Rosen, Nicolas Hays Inc.

How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything — Yes, Anything! Albert Ellis.

Overcoming Depression, Paul A. Hauck, Westminster John Knox Press .

Banishing the Blues, Hilary Boyd, Octopus Publishing Group Ltd.

And for those who would prefer a philosophic angle:

Siddhartha, Herman Hesse, Shambhala Library.

If you Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him, Sheldon Kopp, Sheldon Press.

Pure inspiration

An Evil Cradling, Brian Keenan, Vintage.

Jon is not a counsellor, but he spends a lot of time with them and many of them are friends.


"PACAWA’s (Psychotherapists and Consellors Association of Western Australia) end of the year Professional Development meeting was simply a hoot! Jon Doust, West Australian Bridgetown bred and internationally acclaimed comedian, actor and writer sent out delirious waves of laughter amongst the group. Jon – in great phenomenological style - began with his own childhood and took us through an Aussie culturally critiqued biography that spoke of a social psychology we could all relate to."

Start Laughing, things are getting serious!

The Humour Workshop

How would you like to see your staff, your farm group, you and your family - Jon will take on any group - laughing, bonding, creating, reducing stress, increasing profits and efficiency by 1000%, and finding a new galaxy to live in?

If your staff/family/farm group suffers burn-out, low-moral, sick-leave syndrome, vicarious post traumatic stress, or unbalanced transitional inflexibility, then you need professional speaker, writer of kids' books, humour motivator, researcher, comedian and Bridgetown-boy, Jon Doust.

Jon will enhance team spirit, release anxiety, leave your people in stitches and put them in the right mood for the coming day, year, rest-of-life and the here-and-there-after.

This is what you will learn in one of the sessions:

- humour stress relief skills
- how to get a non-verbal laugh
- how to laugh at your own expense
- how to keep your distance from things over which you have no control
- where the best laughs comes from
- how to trigger the funny bone and not the “flight or fight” mechanism
- how to bring about world peace

"We would like to thank you once again for your contribution ... It was quite incredible to see the entire contingent of conference delegates and guests standing and getting involved ... your sensitivity to the needs and backgrounds ... without trivialising their work loads you managed to get them all laughing..."
Anne Russell-Brown, Protective Behaviours WA Inc.

If you'd like to book Jon for a private session (just you and him, or lots of people from your school, organisation or company) then here's how to get him.

ph: 61 8 9291 6704

fax: 61 8 9291 9464


for more information

Jon's Mum

My mum, Betty Doust, is a woman. Right now she is about 84. Sometimes she has an angelic look that is mentioned by many who meet her.

Some years ago she broke both her hips, one on either side, and her physical life has been a bit traumatic ever since. Then her man, my father, died. That caused a bit of a dent and she fell into a pit of depression. Last year, 2005, she admitted she had been depressed and that she had experienced the black cloud many times in her life. It all started when she was 12, in 1935. But let's get back to her hips.

When she turned awkwardly to brake the first hip, my younger brother was quickly by her side. He and his family were at her house for an evening meal. Mum had just brought more food to the table, enough to feed another battalion but never quite enough for her offspring, when she made the fatal move back towards the kitchen.

As the family lives in the lower south west of West Australia, rich, fertile, big timber and fruit and veg growing country, the phrase "fell like a sack of spuds" was apt. Brother Jamie was first there and he said he was almost shocked to see her prone, obviously in pain, but with a smile on her face, like she was saying: "Don’t worry about me, darling, you finish your meal first." He almost laughed.

Dad, Stan Doust, was a "big man" in Bridgetown and his funeral saw the cops take over the main street and direct traffic. About half way up Hampton Street, the hearse stalled. Brother Jamie dug me in the ribs and said: "Jon, dad's got one more thing to tell you." We laughed. And we could have sworn we heard Stan laughing too.

That was the great thing about both Betty and Stan, they took the knocks, tumbled a bit, but, in the long haul, their enthusiasm for life and their sense of humour came through.

Jon's Dad

Jon's Grandfather

The Lower South West has produced many great folk, but for me the greatest will always be my grandfather Roy Doust.

He wasn't a big man, in fact, he was severely disabled and spent most of his life walking bent over, with his back almost horizontal.

To Roy, size did not matter, and neither did uprightness. No-one in the family ever mentioned his disability and there was nothing he couldn't do: climb a tree, launch a boat, dig a vegetable patch, fish, or chop wood.

He was a legend, a father to my father and his two sisters, a grandfather to more than his allotted grandchildren, a storyteller and a newspaperman.

The story we tell ourselves is that he started both the Blackwood Times and the Warren Times. No-one is sure of the truth, but we do know he worked on both papers and that many people remember the wiry little bloke peddling his bike to all points of the compass for a tale.

By the time I arrived on the scene Roy was working in McCays General Store, Bridgetown, helping his son the retailer, Stan Doust, writing the odd tale for a collection of outlets, including feeding items to another great, Bernard Kirwan Ward.

Yes, the great Kirwan Ward, who thrilled, enthralled and humoured many for decades in that great double act Rigby and Ward.

One tale he sent to Kirwan Ward involved one of his grandsons. This particularly adventurous youngster fell off a river cruise in the middle of the Swan River, in the middle of the night, discarded most of his clothing and made it to shore in a bit of a state.

Kirwan Ward had a lot of fun with Roy's contribution and every so often yours truly, for it was me, meets an old mate who was on that boat and we marvel at how we managed to live this long.

Roy lived a good, active and long life and just before he departed he called me to Moonya in Manjimup and handed me his Imperial typewriter, along with a stack of tales he had written over his last twenty years.

I rewrote many of them and recorded them with Sharon Kennedy in an ABC studio in Bunbury. They were broadcast on a number of ABC stations and Sharon installed them on the ABC website.

The entire project was not only very emotional for me, paying homage as I was to a great man in my life, but it also resulted in a startling outcome: broadcast of two of the tales on Radio Ireland.

Who would have thought? But then, when you think about it, the Irish more than any cultural group know a good story when they hear one and Roy was a master story teller.

Among my fondest memories are kids from all over the neighbourhood sitting in a semi-circle around Roy as he held us spellbound with his tales of a time when things seemed so much simpler, so much more fun, and when time cost nothing and imagination was priceless.

Has Jon suffered enough for this of work?

At least he has his health?!?! Click on the heading to see the full article as it appeared in The West Australian

In the above story, Jon admitted he suffered from depression and has been a member of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Jon said he had a history of depression that began in his second year in boarding school when he was 12 and he remained vulnerable. His early depressions were purely psychological, sociological and spiritual. Once he got into the habit, they then sometimes began during periods of physical, or biological discomfort and almost certainly as a result of emotional crises.

To help, he has a very clear strategy, which he put into place with great vigour during his last depression in 2005.

He immediately embarks on a rigorous exercise regime, including swimming, housework, work in the garden, climbing trees, going for long walks and lifting weights. In other words, he tries to keep busy, to stay involved in day to day life, and to distract himself from any dysfunctional thoughts.

But, at the same time, he engages his dysfunctions in a journal which he writes in daily, pulls out his bibles on defeating depression, visits his psychotherapist and answers all questions put to him with honesty:

"How are you, Jon?"

"I'm depressed, thanks. What about you?"

Sometimes people look at him as though he is mad, so he tells them he is. Sometimes they laugh, because they think he is joking, then he tells them he isn't. And sometimes they want to buy him coffee and talk, which he accepts and adds that he would like cake.

A constant in his battle with addiction and depression has been what he calls his "healthy" sense of humour. He acknowledges that others have referred to it as "sick", "black", "morbid" and even "macabre".

One man who has helped him more than any other is the American psychotherapist Albert Ellis, a coiner of the rational therapy method. Jon said the great message he gets from Albert is that: 'It doesn't matter how bad things are, there is no reason to feel miserable."

Among comedians Jon admires are a number of greats who have also suffered dysfunction in one form or another: Peter Cook, Spike Milligan, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce and Billy Connolly.

Jon has not had a smoke or drink since 1986 and he is very very thirsty.

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Jon is a member of the International Society for Humour Studies, has presented at two World Humour Conferences (Osaka, Japan and Sydney, Australia), a member of the Australian Association of Psychological Type and a qualified Myers Briggs® Practitioner.

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