Joan Shotade, is a fully registered psychologist in private practice. She holds specialist endorsement in counselling psychology and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Joan has been counselling since 1997 and commenced her private practice in 2005. She worked in crisis counselling, parenting and carer support, mental and community health, and in the TAFE and higher education sector prior to private practice.

Practices are in two locations: East Burwood and Northcote.

I believe that each person is unique and needs to find solutions to problems based on their own values, culture, spiritual beliefs and personal experiences. While trained in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) preferred by some organisations, generally, I prefer to use positive therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help free people from self-limiting thoughts and painful memories, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to prevent relapse of depression and reduce reactivity or Buddhist Psychotherapy where people swing between two unsatisfactory or unsustainable extremes. These all help to apply moderate, practical and strength based skills to problems faced.

Post Grad Dip (Psychology)
BSSc (Psychology)
Dip Buddhist Psychotherapy
Grad Dip Innovation and Service Management

Professional Affiliations:
Registered with Psychology Board of Australia (Counselling endorsement)
Full membership with Australian Psychology Society (APS)
Full membership with College of Counselling Psychologists (APS)
Member APS Gay and Lesbian special interest group