Darren Besanko Counsellor

Mind at Work Psychology - St Albans 266 Main Road East, St Albans, Victoria, 3021


Darren is an Australian Counselling Association accredited counsellor with both a diploma in transpersonal counselling and completing a graduate diploma in counselling & psychotherapy. He uses a holistic and person centred approach to therapy including psychodynamic work, mindfulness practice, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Darren has a grounded and supportive approach that allows clients to explore deeply and make decisions that lead toward a more meaningful life. He provides space for emotional, spiritual and physical aspects to help in the process of personal growth so you can release more of your potential. Darren has a strong interest in men's mental health from adolescence onward and significant experience contributing to the personal development of men, including small group settings. In particular Darren has experience with general life issues, anxiety, exam stress, grief, bad habits, relationships, managing change and surviving in the workplace. You will find Darren offers genuine care, holds hope for the future, is very intuitive and possesses a wisdom well beyond his years. Medicare rebates do not apply. Refer to your private health fund to find out if rebates apply for counselling.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Diploma Transpersonal Counselling
  • Grad Diploma of Student Welfare
  • Diploma of Education
  • Master of Engineering (Electrical)
  • Cert IV Training & Assessment


  • Foundation in Voice Dialogue
  • Introduction to Sandplay

Working Hours

This Week

Tuesday:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday:8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Specialisation and Services

Area of Focus

  • Abuse
  • Academic Performance
  • Addictions
  • Adolescents
  • Adoption
  • Affective disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bullying
  • Burnout
  • Cancer management
  • Career and Vocational Planning
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression
  • Emotional abuse
  • Executive Coaching
  • General Counselling
  • Identity Problems
  • Impulsive Behaviours
  • LGBTI issues
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transition and Adjustment Issues
  • Men's isssues
  • Mental health
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personal Development
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polycules and Polyamorous/Multi-Partnered Relationships
  • Pornography addiction
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Development
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual identity disorders
  • Sexuality
  • Shyness & social skills deficits
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Spirituality
  • Work Related Issues
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Workplace Issues
  • Grief and Loss


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Jungian
  • Psychodynamic

Patient Focus

  • Teenagers
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Women
  • Men
  • Couples
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
  • Non-Binary People