Joan Shotade, registered Counselling 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 for more than 25 years and commenced her private practice in 2005. Prior to private practice she worked in diverse areas including: crisis counselling, parenting, carer support, mental and community health, and in the TAFE and higher education sectors.

Services are in provided by Telehealth.

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), 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 approaches 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
  • Certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

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
  • Member Association of Counselling Psychologists (ACP)