Robert Ellett has been asking the big questions since he was young

His search for answers has led him to a deep appreciation of how the mind works… or doesn’t… in supporting us to do what’s important—something he gets to deal with daily as a Mental Health Occupational Therapist (MHOT).

Robert has a genuine enthusiasm for helping children and adolescents achieve improved mind wellness.

This keen interest stems from his specialised training and years of practical experience predominantly in youth health services, including HeadSpace—Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation and the Brisbane ACT Centre.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 

Robert employs the methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)—a relatively new, effective and rapidly growing field of psychotherapy.

His occupational therapy approach, applied to mental health, not only works on psychological processes, but encourages practical engagement in important daily activity to support and improve academic, emotional and social development.

Passionate about making a difference, Robert also invests time developing innovative and creative solutions, to both assist his clients and further this emerging ACT area of practice. He has developed an iPhone app (futureyouapp.com) to help his clients notice and effectively manage the impact of thoughts on valued living. Most recently he presented at the OT Mental Health Forum in Sydney.

The blend of Robert’s professional experience with his youthful outlook (he also has club DJ experience) allows him to uniquely connect with young people facing challenges. His satisfaction is in seeing the positive changes and achievements made by his young clients.


Robert is a registered Australian Occupational Therapist with additional specialist qualifications and supervised practice in the area of mental health.

He is fully approved to provide psychological strategies under the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Scheme. He has focused interests in ACT and mind wellness for children and adolescents. Robert has worked extensively in hospitals; aged care; acute mental health; public health; child and adolescent mental health; early intervention and severe behavioural programs—within the Australian health care system, and is the convener of the OT Australia (QLD division) Mental Health Interest Group. He also runs his own private practice in Brisbane, Australia.


Areas of expertise 

  • Behavioural issues (mild to severe)
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Depression / anxiety / stress
  • Anger management
  • Bullying
  • Resilience
  • Self-esteem
  • Sensory processing issues
  • Disengagement e.g. school refusal
  • Enhancing social interaction

Downloads

From time to time Robert will offer downloads to help interested people learn more about tools and technology for enhancing occupational engagement; Occupational Therapy and ACT. Check below to see what's on offer.

eBook: Supporting occupational engagement with technology

Occupational Therapists from around the globe share their take on new technology. Featuring Michael Iwama, Foreword by Brock Cook

Robert Ellett has published an eBook titled Supporting occupational engagement with technology: Occupational Therapists from around the globe share their take on new technology

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MindFlip-logo

Want to know more about MindFlip?

MindFlip is Robert's private Mental Health Occupational Therapy practice in Brisbane, Australia. It specialises in helping young people with their mind wellness. Head over to the website to learn more about MindFlip or to book a session.

Projects

Here you'll find the projects (past and present) that Robert's been focusing on.

Thoughts from others

  • Robbie has impressed me greatly with his enthusiasm, indeed his passion for learning and practising the most effective, solidly evidence-based scientific approaches to maximising human flourishing and good health – i.e. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy!

    Dr Rob Purssey MBBS (Qld) FRANZCP, Consultant Psychiatrist, ACT Therapist, University of Queensland Senior Lecturer, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science Board Member
  • The aim of the OT Australia Mental Health Interest Group is to discuss emerging or current issues of concerns in relation to Mental Health OTs, including lobbying and advocacy responses, CPD opportunities, networking, and student / university collaborations. Robert is a professional convenor of this group and his passion and dedication for this area of practice is evident is his commitment to this position.

    Sonia Herbert, OT Australia (Queensland Division) Executive Director

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