Ben Pillet, MAPS CCLP
Registered Clinical Psychologist|Board-Approved Supervisor (PsyBA)
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS),
Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists,
International Affiliate member of the American Psychological Association (APA),
Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology
and Law (ANZAPPL)
Ben is a Fully Registered Clinical Psychologist and Board-Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).
He is a Full Member of both the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and an International Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Ben obtained in 2009 a Master's Degree with honours in Clinical Psychology and completed in 2010 a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Remediation Therapy.
With already a strong interest in the fields of Cognitive Remediation and Psycho-social Rehabilitation of people suffering from psychosis, Ben started his career in the research unit of a major public mental health service provider in central Paris: The Sainte-Anne Psychiatric Hospital. He participated in psychological research about schizophrenia spectrum disorders and cognitive deficits, developed his skills in neuropsychological assessments and cognitive remediation, and published a research paper with his colleagues.
Given his strong experience in the field of early diagnosis/intervention in psychosis, Ben was then recruited in a private mental health day-hospital for adolescents presenting onset of a mental illness. He worked there for three years and further developed his clinical skills in neuropsychological assessments, diagnosis, and psychosocial therapies (such as psychotherapy, cognitive remediation, metacognitive training, psychoeducation, and social skills training). During this period, Ben also opened and ran his own private practice.
Meanwhile, after several years of development, Ben patented his "Happy Neurons®" therapy: a group-administered cognitive remediation program aiming to train attention, concentration, memory, executive functions, cognitive flexibility and processing speed in people with cognitive difficulties.
In 2015, Ben created The Happy Neurons Company, which provides evidence-based psychosocial rehabilitation services in the ACT.
From February 2016 to May 2018, Ben worked part-time for ACT Health, where he implemented and provided several new evidence-based therapies to people experiencing severe mental health issues. During that time he also created an expert group designed to implement these new therapies in a coordinated way across several ACT Health services.
In June 2018, Ben started an exciting part-time role at the University of Canberra while pursuing the booming development of The Happy Neurons Company.