The Bipolar Coach


wellbeing and recovery with bipolar




Our Services

How Are You Funded?


For participants in the National

Disability Insurance Scheme.


For current Defence personnel

or veterans.


For anyone with Medicare

or self-funded.

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Social Work

We work collaboratively with clients, psychiatrists and other health professionals.

Family Education

Find out more about what type of funding is available and how to access it.


Discover our Rainforest Walk

Retreat, relax, and rest.


Our News & Resources

Everything you need to know about mental health.

The NDIS & Mental Health Services

One of the great things about the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is the breadth of services that it is able to offer, and this is particularly exciting in the field of mental health services. Hi to the folks at The Clubhouse, Toowoomba, whom I recently...

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Recovery With Risk & Responsibility – Part 2

Dr Manaan Kar Ray said: "Without risk, there can be no recovery." You can read the first post in this series here. Dr Manaan Kar Ray went on to share these stories from his hospital. They had numbers of long-term patients who self-harmed and would come to hospital for...

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There Is No Recovery Without Risk & Responsibility

We all want recovery, don't we? Recovery from illness, from the things holding us back, from doubt and fear. Recovery itself is something embodied by hope. The potential for recovery means that there is always hope. At the Asia Pacific International Mental Health...

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Keep It Simple Strategies: Stay Alive

Stay alive. The conservation of hope is one of the strongest forces in maintaining life. If you have never been hospitalized for assistance with mental distress, it goes something like this (with variation because understandably we all independent and unique and no...

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Owen Kessels

Owen Kessels

Family Therapist & Social Worker

Owen Kessels is the founder and principal of The Bipolar Coach and is a family therapist and social worker.

  • BSocWk (Hons) 1st class, University of Queensland 1999
  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker 2006
  • Member Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • NDIS Approved (Queensland) 2017
  • 25 years lived recovery experience in bipolar and depression
  • Work with all ages 4 – 65+

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