Dan Hales

Mental Health Social Worker


I am currently in my twentieth year as a practicing social worker. I have a Mental Health Social Work
accreditation and I am about to complete an additional Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have worked across multiple sectors including youth services, HIV / STI prevention, numerous roles in the
SA arts sector, and with diverse communities- including LGBTIQA+ folks, migrants, refugees, and
Aboriginal / First Nations communities. Much of my early career was project and community development
based, including a 6-year stint in Northern Thailand working with various marginalised communities.
I recommenced clinical work in 2021 with the headspace Early Psychosis team until I transferred in 2023
across to their general counselling program, where I continue to work today.
Whilst Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and nervous system-oriented mindfulness strategies
drive my therapeutic practice, I am also trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive
Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Person-Centered Therapy (PCT) methodologies. My practice is trauma-
informed and remains rooted in my social work values of client self-determination, systems theory, strengths
approach and social justice.
I am highly passionate about working with my own queer community, including gender diverse and HIV
positive folk, as well as all people from minority groups or diverse cultural backgrounds.
I am a keen meditation and yoga practitioner of 21 years, and a regular at Human.Kind. I’m passionate about
group work, especially involving creative movement practices, and have a strong interest in dance, drama
and expressive arts-based therapies. In my “spare” time I’m a writer and performer who loves the theatre. I
also adore anything that involves travel, adventure, and nature, including camping, hikes and the beach.

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