Our Story

About Us

Want to learn more about Us? Supportive is a great place to start If you’re looking to talk to someone or know someone that may also be looking to feel better. Supportive was born when CEO and co-founder Ijan decided he wanted to learn more about people and communication after his own experiences with anxiety and depression. He studied NLP, Body Language, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and concluded that the way we communicate had radically changed thanks to technology and social media. He also realised there was a significant number of Australians that just couldn’t afford or access counselling. Ijan was determined to tackle this problem and partnered with his close friend and colleague Garret to build Supportive —  Australia’s first online counselling platform.

"Our purpose is to create happier people, homes and workplaces."

Happiness Starts with Hello

We'll connect you privately to a registered and certified counsellor for the type of support you’re looking for. Through your phone, tablet or computer you can send messages, make calls, and schedule video chats at your convenience. We've reinvented how counselling is delivered to help you overcome your obstacles and get back to being you.

Messages are Asynchronous, meaning that conversation response times will vary depending on the availability of your counsellor.

Our Team


Ijan Kruizinga

Ijan is a co-founder and the CEO at Supportive. He is also the CEO at The Online Marketing Gurus, an SEO agency based in Sydney, Australia. Previously Ijan was the CEO and a major shareholder at Crucial, a web & cloud-hosting company that hosts over 35,000 small businesses in Australia. In both roles, his responsibilities are to deliver the business strategy and lead the executive team. He has been a driving force behind awards that include Smart Company Fast 50, CRN Fast 50, Deloitte Fast 50 and BRW Fast 50. Ijan has a passion for communication and human behaviour and is an NLP Master Practitioner, Body Language Practitioner, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Applied Psychology. 

Garret Blankenship

Garret is a co-founder and the CTO at Supportive. He has considerable development experience and previously has held lead tech and developer roles at Leafcutter Digital, Digital Pacific and Crucial. He has a keen interest in technology and its potential application in advancing the field of therapy.