I am a registered psychologist with the Psychologist Board of Australia who is endorsed as a Clinical Psychology specialist. I am a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and have been a member of the College of Clinical Psychologists since 2002. I obtained a Bachelor of Science (Psychology)(Honours) from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Clinical Psychology from the same institution. I have been a sessional lecturer in Child/Clinical Psychology areas to the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia. During my career I have practiced in both NSW and WA and have specialised in working with children, adolescents and their families. I am dedicated to improving the lives of children, teenagers and their families by working alongside them to find solutions and ways to manage problems and/or challenges they face. I understand the need to develop intervention approaches that reflect the child or family’s beliefs, culture and resources and strive to make sure a therapeutic partnership is formed with the client.
I have over a decade of experience working with a whole range of childhood problems, parenting difficulties, mental health concerns in children/adolescents and developmental difficulties. This experience includes (but is not limited to) anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, compliance, sleep and feeding difficulties, socialisation and self-esteem difficulties, parent- child relationship concerns and grief and loss.
Having worked in a children’s hospital I have a special interest in children with chronic diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis) and have a passion to minimising the emotional and psychological impact these diseases can have on children’s lives and the lives of those around them.
Having worked with children and families with complex needs I recognise the importance of communication and strive to identify with a family all the important individuals who may be part of the therapeutic process. I have vast experience liaising with school teachers, allied health professionals (e.g.,Speech Pathologists) and medical staff to promote a joint understanding of difficulties and a united approach to managing them.
In providing Clinical Psychology assessments and intervention I draw on a number of approaches, depending on the individual needs of the child and their family. These can include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Applied Behavioural Analysis
- Parent / Child Relationships (Attachment Theory)
- Family relationships (Family Therapy)
- Play Therapy
- Group Therapy
In addition, I have undergone specific training in Family Partnerships, Circle of Security, Cool Kids and the Resourceful Adolescent Program.
To e-mail Joan:Joan@optimalhealth.com.au