About Us 

The HUMANE clinic is a space that values the autonomy and empowerment of individuals and provides an alternative to diagnosis led approaches.

Understanding a human being as a unique, autonomous soul, acknowledgement is made of the many ways an individual might perceive and experience mental distress or other meaningful reality.

 

HUMANE clinic values the human to human relationship as an opportunity for an individual to develop meaning in their life, valuing the process of working through the story of a person's experience. 

 

Acknowledging that we cannot cure another person, or presume to know what is wrong with another person, The HUMANE clinic takes the view that the individual should be the arbiter of their own experiences, the author and teller of their own story and be in control of their own life journey.

 

At the HUMANE clinic the individual seeking support is considered the best person to understand and making sense of their mental distress. The HUMANE Clinic intends to be alongside another person as she or he discovers what is meaningful through acceptance of the experiences and how she or he might feel empowered to create the best life for themselves. 

Matt Ball

  • Masters of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner 

  • Adv Dip HE Nursing Mental health

  • Adv Dip Counselling /Psychotherapy 

The HUMANE clinic is a private therapy service set up by Matt Ball - AHPRA registered Mental health Nurse, Credentialed mental health nurse and Full Member of Australian Association of Buddhist Counselors and Psychotherapists. Matt has 20 years experience working with individuals and groups  in the UK and Australia. Matt also provides supervision, education and workshops and consultancy for individuals, families and organisations. 

Matt's work has been informed by training in psychodynamic, Rogarian person centered, cognitive behavioural and existential therapy, Voice Dialogue and mental health nursing.  Nursing theories including interpersonal nursing (Peplau) and human to human relationship approach (Travelbee) have provided valuable underpinnings for understanding the human relationship towards personal growth. Along side the theoretical approaches, Matt has a long experience of engaging in Buddhist approaches with a range of Buddhist teachers that informs his work. He takes inspiration from theorists such as Romme and Escher, Yalom, RD Laing, Loren Mosher,  Frankl, Hal and Sidra Stone, Luang Por Sumedho and many others.

More valuable than any theorist, the individuals (people in mental distress) that Matt has had the opportunity to work and live alongside have been his greatest teachers. Individuals that have shown courage, understanding, personal spirit, self acceptance and hope have inspired Matt to seek alternative ways to provide therapy and to view personal recovery as a unique journey to which any person should be able to encounter in making meaning in their life.

Since 2013 Matt has led clinical practice and education in introducing and embedding hearing voices approaches and alternative approaches to the biomedical dominant discourse in the public mental health system in South Australia (article, page  6)

Matt was awarded the 2017 Mental Health Nurse of the Year by the Australian College of Mental Health nurses.  (See the acceptance speech here)

In 2017, at the  43RD INTERNATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CONFERENCE,  Matt was awarded the Best Presentation in a General Category for his presentation:  'Facilitating a trauma informed and recovery orientated approach to psychosis - challenges and rewards'

He was also awarded the 2015 South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for Clinical Practice.  In the same year Matthew delivered a key note address to the 2015 Recovery camp in Scotland on 'The role of the practitioner in terms of using their lived experience as a way of informing practice'.

Matt, along with friend and colleague Sharon Picot, presented a paper to the International conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses in 2014. The paper, entitled 'Reigniting the Passion of the Human to Human relationship: The Courage to Suffer' sought to demonstrate the opportunity for two individuals to present the value of their relationship as an example of the potential value in any relationship, especially the therapeutic encounter. The presentation, delivered in their capacity at Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, was awarded the runners up prize in the Stan Alchin award for best clinical paper presentation, developed the understanding that Matt and Sharon have in the value of the human relationship and continues to inform the approaches of the HUMANE clinic.

 

Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists - Full member

 

AHPRA registered nurse (mental health) - No.NMW0001644979

 

ABN 82 981 356 671

Rory Ritchie

 

Rory is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

 

He has lived experience of mental and emotional distress, as well as the dehumanizing experience of seeking assistance and being rebuffed, labelled and invalidated. Rory understands feeling misunderstood and alienated by an emphasis on diagnostic labels, rather than acknowledgement that distress is often a response to past traumatic experiences. Abandoning the hope that he would be understood within mainstream medical services, Rory sought and found refuge from distress amidst human connection. Rory also has a lived understanding of persistent drug and alcohol consumption in response to life situations that feel overwhelming.

 

Rory has several years experience working one on one with clients in a homelessness services setting. This professional experience further confirmed his belief that emotional distress and extreme states are often understandable human responses to trauma, rather than a result of individual deficiencies or ‘disorders’. Rory’s therapy approach prioritises non-judgement and working towards (re)establishing safety and control in people’s lives. He believes compassionate and trusting human connection is central to these goals.

 

Rory has a particular interest in working with people who hear voices or experience extreme states and other emotional distress. Using methodologies such as the Maastricht Hearing Voices Approach, he is passionate about assisting people to find meaning and deeper understanding within their experiences, recognising that people are inherently the experts in their own lives.

 

Rory has trained under Humane Clinic Co-Directors, Matt Ball and Stephanie Mitchell, and joined the Clinic as a Social Worker/Psychotherapist in December 2019. Rory also holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Science) and previously worked for several years within Social Policy settings. As such he has a well-developed understanding of our social, political and economic systems, and the compounding alienation people experiencing distress and/or ‘difference’ face when coming into contact with these systems.