life coach tells sex abuse victims to look for ‘blessings’
ANNABEL HENNESSY PerthNow
August 16, 2015
A PERTH “life coach” with no qualifications wants sexual assault and domestic violence victims to pay him thousands of dollars so he can use “quantum physics” to show them how to find the “blessings” in their trauma.
MJB head facilitator Emilia Tomeo said the group did not need qualifications in counselling or psychology
» MJB Seminars life coach has no medical or business qualifications
» Offers participants chance to ‘transform mind and wealth’
» Top doctor warns philosophies are ‘particularly unusual’
At an event held by MJB Seminars in Balcatta, attended by The Sunday Times, “master educator” Mitch Behan said abuse victims should “look for the love” the universe has shown them.
Mr Behan, who admitted he spent time in jail in his 20s for drug dealing, also said he would teach participants to create wealth and happiness using quantum physics if they signed up for a non-refundable $2695 weekend course.
He said attendees would be taught a “quantum collapse” using a “process of equilibration” which allows people to overcome trauma and achieve success.
However, he has no medical or business qualifications.
MJB also offers a course in creating “wealth and property gold mines” and a program which teaches seven steps to “transform your mind and your wealth”.
The only way to transcend
On its website, the organisation states people who “perceive” they have been abused had “created a lopsided perception about the abuse, therefore you will continue to attract this within your life”.
“The only way to transcend this is to become grateful and see the blessings in it,” it reads.
Dr Gannon said any suggestion “quantum physics could be used in conjunction with counselling” was “particularly unusual”.
Dr Gannon said anyone suffering from mental illness should seek help from a professional “and not a life coach probably more interested in profits than progress”.
“Hearing MJB advise that you must seek the positives in something like a sexual assault incident seems to be a dangerous minimisation of a very traumatic experience,” he said.
the process was trademarked
During an interview, Mr Behan said the equilibration process “helps people balance out their perceptions around those areas of their life”.
Mr Behan said the process was trademarked, had helped “hundreds of thousands of people” and was recognised by some of the “greatest minds”.
When asked to go into further details, he said: “The equilibration process is not a toy, it’s not something that you put out into a public forum.
“People who come here to use the process or come here to learn the process for themselves, I have a duty of care of information (to them), so it’s not something that we just hand out.”
MJB head facilitator Emilia Tomeo said the group did not need qualifications in counselling or psychology to help abuse victims.
“We are not therapists, this is not a form of therapy and we don’t claim to be therapists of any sort,” she said. “We simply help people to help themselves.”
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