Joan Shotade


Counselling Psychologist 

Joan Shotade, MAPS.  Joan is a registered psychologist who has specialist endorsement in counselling psychology.   She values working collaboratively with people to develop their potential; challenging them to broaden their ideas and self-limiting beliefs, and to learn with and from them.  Of particular interest is the exploration of issues that contribute to anxiety and depression and managing these to achieve goals that are personally meaningful to the individual.  Joan believes that the effectiveness of the therapeutic relationship relies on deep respect for the individual, authenticity and sincere caring- these qualities are the foundation of her practice. 

Joan has had many years of experience in individual psychotherapy and counselling for youth and adults.  She has worked in university and tertiary counselling services, mental and community health settings, crisis counselling services, with Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria and in private practice.  Private practices are located in Box Hill and Northcote.

You can expect professional treatment for the issues in the following areas:

Range of Services:

Services are provided to children 10 years and above as well as youth and adults

You can expect professional treatment for the following issues:


  • posttraumatic stress disorder

  • trauma

  • anxiety (including generalised, performance, social anxiety)

  • depression

  • same sex issues

  • parenting issues

  • adjustment to new culture

  • work and study-related stress at school, TAFE or university

  • self-esteem and self-confidence

  • managing personal relationships at work, home or school

  • harm caused by chronic pain or abuse

  • trauma counselling for victims of crime and family violence

  • counselling support and strategies for Carers

  • meditation and Relaxation workshops

  • adjustment following diagnosis for serious health conditions


Special Interests:

Joan has professional interests and training in Buddhist Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Process Experiential Emotion Focused Therapy (PEEFT).



Post Grad Dip (Psychology)

BSSc (Psychology)

Dip Buddhist Psychotherapy

Grad Dip Innovation and Service Management


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




Fees charged by Joan are considerably less than those recommended in the Australian Psychological Society (APS) ‘Recommended Schedule of Fees’.  Rates vary in accordance with services required and financial assistance may be available through some government programs where eligible.


General Counselling: Medicare rebate available with GP referral (mental health treatment plan).  Gap payment is approx $46 for a 50 minute session.

Carer’s Counselling:  up to 6 free sessions in any one year, with referral from Carers Victoria: 1800 242 636.

Victims of Crime Counselling:  victims may be eligible for financial assistance for counselling through Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT): 1800 882 752

Private Health: check with your private health fund to see if your ‘extras cover’ includes psychological services.




phone: 03 9482 1888



The Hartington Centre

24 Hartington Street, Northcote 3070

Accessible by tram, train and bus

Phone 03 9482 1888



Day and evening appointments available.  Hourly sessions (50 mins).

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