Thrive Clinic Mullumbimby Practitioner Joanne Walker

Hi, I’m Joanne Walker,

I specialise in trauma, addiction, family violence, children and adolescents.

I am a mother of 4, a Gestalt therapist and a woman.  For the past 9 Years I have been working as a gestalt psychotherapist both privately and in community and organisational settings.

About Joanne:

I believe that people are inherently oriented towards healing and growth, and that many of our struggles occur when aspects of our lives, or parts of ourselves, are impacted though trauma and difficult life experiences. In my own journey, I have traversed and spun through painful places just like many of my clients.  Our shared humanity allows me to meet you with the deep presence, respect and care required for powerful change to take place.

As a Gestalt psychotherapist I have spent many years working with people effected by complex, relational and intergenerational trauma including children, adolescents, parents, families, schools and other professionals. I have provided individual therapy, family work, group work and training.

I welcome any enquiries to support intergenerational healing, for example working with adults and their mothers, as I believe that impacting trauma across generations creates small steps towards healing our world and our society.

I am also experienced working with war trauma having worked with veterans. I have lived and worked in remote aboriginal communities, and have experience working with other minority groups including the GLBTIQ community.

From my experiences I have crafted a therapeutic approach orientated around meeting you whereyou are, not needing to discover whatswrongwith you – nor to fix you – but to skillfully traverse levels of self and disowned parts, supporting you to regain your inherent wisdom of growth; to be re-known and re-owned. Working therapeutically through contemporary psychotherapeutic processes, I support you to understand trauma and healing through mind, bodyand relationship, helping to re-connect self, to other, and to community.

Children & Adolescence:

A passion of my work is supporting children and adolescents.  My practice in this area has included specialised training and several years of working within out-of-home care services supporting parents, children and service providers through complex family issues.

At Thrive, I work with children and young people in connection with parents, seeing the most benefit when issues facing our children are looked at through the whole family system.  

I offer play therapy for younger children, which is a gentle yet powerful way of allowing children to share, process and heal their inner world and their difficulties in a way that makes sense to them. I introduce more talk therapy with older children whilst still incorporating creative and playful elements as needed, and provide parenting support to integrate a young person’s growth back into the family environment.

Therapy Dog:

An exciting addition to my work is my partnershipwith Amiko, a beautiful, gentle and kind German Shepard who joins me for most of my sessions, and who I plan to have trained and accredited as a therapy dog when she is a little older.

The benefits of having a dog in the room vary but include providing a calm and regulating presence which is settling at a deep level even though we may not realise. A dog can provide a safe source of support for people who have experienced fear or terror in relationships, and are therefore unable to seek or receive support from people at times when it may be needed. The warmth and playfulness of a dog can break the tension in the room for example with children who may not know how to use the therapy space or find it easier to relate to animals than to people, and then of course there’s the smiles that they evoke which gives warmth and relief to help balance out the depth of the work that we do.  

Note: Please let me know when you book sessions if you have any issues with Amiko being a companion in our work together.

I completed Gestalt Psychotherapy training at Gestalt Therapy Australia in Melbourne, followed by a Masters of Gestalt at Gestalt Therapy Brisbane. I am a clinical member of PACFA, have a current working with children’s check and police check, and am an approved Victim Services counsellor.Rebates available from Medibank, ARHG, Ahm and Bupa health funds. My work has included providing professional, respected and sought-after therapy and training to clients suffering from PTSD, addictions, anxiety, depression and other mental health difficulties.

In am currently at Thrive on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Id be delighted to hear from you

Contact Joanne

phone 0428 635 112
website www.asyouaretherapy.com.au

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    Session Fee’s

    All session fees: $130

    What Clients Say

    “Words feel limited to express my gratitude and fortune in having you be such an integral part of my growth and experience of new possibilities…….With your strength, grace, wisdom, courage and beauty, I have gained a sense of safeness and belonging back into the world. You gently reminded me that I can open my eyes and my heart to know that I can once again be the person I wanted to be as a child, free and able to be strong. Thankyou”