Ricky Probst

Holistic practitioner combining the mind, body and nervous system into one treatment. Ricky has extensive training in a variety of modalities including psychotherapy, brain spotting, Schema Therapy, ACT, meditation and mindfulness, polyvagal toning and many more. Using a combination of traditional psychotherapy and non-invasive trauma focussed body work clients are able to heal all aspects of their being.

Prior to becoming a Psychotherapist, Ricky worked in a variety of fields including Public Relations, Politics and Finance.


Ricky lives on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. He is a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and currently serves on the advisory board of The Overview Institute of Australia. 


Ricky has previously worked as a Psychotherapist at a Rehabilitation Centre on the Sunshine Coast, Bower Place Clinic in Adelaide, and as a Complex Needs Case Manager collaborating with the Department of Mental Health in Canberra, ACT. 


In addition to his private practice, Ricky presents psycho-educational seminars and is an advocate for increasing awareness of mental health issues and building personal and community resilience.

Formal Qualifications and Training

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Monash University.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and International Relations)University of Queensland.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Russ Harris ACT Mindfully Institute.

  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Harvard University.

  • The Science of Wellbeing, Yale University.

  • Psychological First Aid, John Hopkins University.

  • The Mindsight Approach to Wellbeing Comprehensive Course, Mindsight Institute.

  • Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills, University of Pennsylvania

  • HeartMath Facilitator, HeartMath Institute.

  • Identifying Early Signs of Psychosis in Adolescents and Young Adults, Stanford Medicine.

  • Social Psychology, Wesleyan University.

  • Anatomy: Human Neuroanatomy, Michigan University.

  • Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory, Psychotherapy Excellence UK.

  • Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, University of California, Berkley Greater Good Science Centre.

  • Brainspotting, Brainspotting Trainings LLC.

  • Current Blue Card, Queensland.

  • Registered Commissioner for Declarations, Queensland. 



Educator, Ericksonian Psychotherapist, Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, published author, and international speaker – Richard Henry Whitehurst has been involved in meditation, transformation, and helping others to expand awareness since 1970. The former president of the Ericksonian Hypnotherapist Association of Australia, the former vice-president of the Queensland Professional Hypnotherapists Association and a certified trainer in HeartMath, Richard has nearly 30 years of clinical experience in utilizing therapeutic trance states and heart-centring orientations to heal trauma, foster emotional intelligence, gain freedom from emotional pain, and engender resilience and positive changes in thousands of clients from all over the world. 


Beginning in the late 1960’s, he has spent years in research and practice involving a variety of meditative and contemplative modalities. A powerful transpersonal experience in 1970 made it clear that there was no turning back from what became an intensive and immersive decades-long experiential odyssey into higher consciousness. 


Richard’s fascination with the importance of context has more recently become grounded in his other area of deep interest and concern – the need to understand our planetary-context and the pressing circumstances of our collective fate, living together as one human family on a single planet – Spaceship Earth – with limited resources and a life-support system that requires our immediate attention. 


As a result of this prolonged focus, Richard has founded The Overview Institute of Australia along with its sister organisation and website Planetary Human wherein he and an impressive array of colleagues from around the world are working to direct attention and marshal the collective will to further catalyse humanity’s entrance into new paradigms of personal and planetary regeneration and thriving. 

Richard has appeared in various media, and has lectured extensively in colleges, universities, workshops and conferences in America, England, Europe, India and Australia.


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