Dr Joanne Dennison

Counselling Psychologist
M.A. (Hons.) DPsych. (Couns.) MAPS MCCOUNP

Joanne is the founder and Principal Psychologist at Dennison Psychology.

Qualifications & Training

Joanne completed a Master of Arts degree, with Honors in psychology, before going on to complete a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology  in Melbourne. Her training spanned eight years of full-time university study, which she completed between the U.K., New Zealand and Australia. In recognition of Joanne’s academic achievements during her doctoral studies, she was awarded lifetime membership of Golden Key International Honorary Society for academic excellence.

Joanne’s level of expertise in Counselling Psychology has lead to her being endorsed by the governing body of practicing psychologists in Australia (AHPRA), and obtaining membership of the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) Counselling College. Joanne is also on the National Executive Board of the Australian Psychological Society’s Counselling College.

Through her commitment to ongoing professional development, Joanne strives to ensure clients are provided with a therapeutic experience that maximizes their opportunity to make treatment gains. Having completed trainings in a wide range of therapeutic frameworks, Joanne draws on evidenced-based approaches when tailoring treatment to each client’s needs.

Therapeutic approach / Area of expertise

Joanne is particularly interested in working with clients who are motivated to develop their understanding of their thoughts, emotions and behaviours, through exploring their internal drives, beliefs and values. It is difficult to make positive changes without being aware of contributing factors, so these components are considered an important part of treatment.

Joanne has experience working with a wide range of client populations, with diverse treatment needs. Specifically, she has worked in the areas of addictions (drug & alcohol; individual & group therapy), forensic psychology, relationships/couples counselling, school counselling (adolescents), eating disorders, and with survivors of stroke. Further to this, Joanne has completed training to provide Perinatal Support Counselling (Pregnancy Support Counselling) under the Medicare Scheme, and is a registered Circle of Security Parent Educator.

Joanne’s professional experience has seen her coordinate the delivery of state-wide treatment programs, supervise other psychologists, and be invited to present at various professional conferences. Nonetheless, her primary interest lies in working with clients in therapy.

Whilst Joanne accepts new clients with a variety of therapeutic needs/goals, she is particularly passionate in working with clients who wish to address matters relating to:

Joanne adopts a process-oriented psychotherapeutic approach. In doing so, she draws upon principles from Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Eye-Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Schema, Interpersonal, Mindfulness and Emotion-Focused theories.

Professional Registrations/Memberships