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Joanna Verden


Joanna holds a Master of Counselling Psychology degree from Curtin University and a first-class honours degree in Psychology and Counselling from Edith Cowan University. As well as her work in private practice, Joanna works for the Department of Justice in the Forensic Psychological Assessment Team. She also has experience running therapeutic groups for Open Arms with a focus on reducing anxiety, relaxation skills, improving sleep, and improving relationships. Joanna previously worked as a group facilitator at Abbottsford Private Hospital, running groups with a focus on managing addictions, emotion regulation skills, mindfulness skills, assertiveness skills and managing depression and anxiety. Prior to obtaining registration as a psychologist, Joanna worked as a mental health support worker at a sub-acute residential service and has supported clients with a range of mental health diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anorexia, and bipolar disorder. As part of her studies Joanna also completed placements with Challis Primary School, University of Western Australia Counselling and Psychological Service and the Juniper Rowethorpe Aged Care facility, providing her with experience working with clients across the lifespan with ages ranging from 6 to 96. Joanna currently focusses on supporting adults.

My Experience

Joanna utilises a variety of evidence-based therapies, including interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, emotion focussed therapy, schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, mentalization based therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and existential psychotherapy. Joanna takes a holistic approach to recovery, considering the individual, relational and environmental elements which contribute to her client’s difficulties, and she believes strongly in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. Joanna has a particular interest in supporting clients who are struggling with anxiety, relational difficulties, grief and loss, trauma and addiction, and body image concerns. Joanna’s Masters dissertation project compared two measures of mentalizing ability within an adolescent population, particularly those with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Joanna believes strongly in the treatability of BPD and in reducing the stigma associated with the disorder.

My Credentials

Masters in Psychology (Counselling)
Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling with Honours
Generally Registered Psychologist

Registered Counselling Psychologist

Areas of Special Interest (Not Limited To)

Trauma, Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Low Self-Esteem, Relational Difficulties, Body Image Concerns



$200 per session

Available days

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

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