Joanne Sorley



Days of work: Tuesday, Saturday

Joanne is an experienced Psychologist whose approach is best described as empathetic, practical and insightful. With over 12 years’ experience in applied psychology, she has gained valuable skills in psychological counselling, executive / performance coaching, employee assistance, organisational consulting and assessment.

Joanne is results-driven and strives to deliver measurable outcomes. While she draws on her training in evidence-based therapeutic interventions (including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Eye-Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Strengths Based Coaching and/or Clinical Hypnosis), she tailors her approach to suit the uniqueness of each client and their presenting concern. 

Joanne enjoys partnering with clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioural, and/or adjustment concerns, such as anxiety, stress, grief and/or depression. She creates a safe space for clients and genuinely seeks to understand the world from their perspective, before identifying and drawing on their existing resources to create more positive, helpful and constructive thoughts, behaviours and habits. Joanne always considers the whole-person in doing so, and believes this is a key contributor to lasting positive change.    

Before private practice, Joanne spent much of her career in Management roles in both private and government organisations and appreciates the pressures and sacrifices of juggling a career, young family and life in general. Through these years, Joanne has had the pleasure of assisting many clients presenting with symptoms of “burnout” (emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion associated with prolonged stress) regain their health and energy, and enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. In addition, having worked within and alongside Emergency Services (most notably the Queensland Police Service) for many years, Joanne also has a sound understanding of the complexities of this environment and similar impact accumulated work-related stressors can have on otherwise resilient and strong-minded people, and continues to enjoy supporting police personnel in both frontline and specialist roles.

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