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MCouns & PsychTh, BPsych

Joanne is a certified psychotherapist with PACFA and completed her Postgraduate Masters training in Counselling & Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute, after completing a Bachelor of Psychology at Deakin University, Melbourne. She is currently completing an Accreditation with the International Focusing Institute, based in New York, and has previously spent many years overseas formally studying Buddhist texts. She has experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, family and domestic violence, addiction, anxiety, depression and a range of other mental health concerns.

Psychotherapy is a modality that aims to work collaboratively with people, helping them develop self-awareness to connect and attune more deeply with themselves, and thereby make meaningful changes in their lives.

Joanne offers a client-centered therapeutic approach which acknowledges the innate wisdom of each individual for change. Through compassionate inquiry into personal experience Joanne’s warm and non-judgmental approach facilitates connection with this wisdom for healing and growth.

Joanne is influenced by Psychodynamic, Attachment, Interpersonal & Polyvagal Theories, and her practice is guided by evidenced-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Experiential, trauma-informed and body-oriented processes of awareness which are grounded in contemporary neuroscientific findings. She is particularly interested in the integration of mind and body, encouraging people to explore their experience holistically to transform all dimensions of being. She believes it is important to tailor treatment to individual needs while upholding professional ethical guidelines.

Joanne loves to play and teach the piano and enjoys exercise including yoga, Pilates and walking. She is nourished by reading, ongoing learning, listening to live music and dining out with friends and family.

Languages Spoken: English