“I am deeply passionate about harnessing the strengths patients bring to therapy, not only to help them manage in times of adversity, but also to offer the understanding, support and skills to allow them to live their life to the fullest. I consider the partnerships formed between myself and my clients a true privilege, and it is my commitment to help you work towards a life of meaning and purpose.” – Joelle Fa
Joelle is a compassionate, respectful psychologist who has worked with clients of all ages from diverse backgrounds. She has experience working at CAMHS, with complex child and family presentations; and within specialty community-based settings. Joelle has also worked as a case manager at Wesley Aunties & Uncles for the past 4 years, working within early intervention, Out of Home Care and preventative care teams.
Joelle’s experiences have provided rich opportunities to grow in understanding of how mental health issues can impact people from all walks of life and affect engagement with work or study, as well as relationships with others, while potentially obstructing us from living out our values. Joelle understands that each individual’s road to recovery is unique, with many having experienced challenges and frustrations after travelling this road for a long time. Joelle takes a holistic, client-directed approach to recovery, which considers each person’s unique goals and values, while maintaining a solid foundation in evidence-based theory. Joelle also strives to assist parents by respectfully understanding their specific concerns and equipping them with the relevant skills and resources to support their loved one with confidence.
Bachelor of psychology (Honours)
Masters of Clinical Psychology
University of Technology Sydney
Joelle was awarded a Macquarie University Merit Scholarship at entry to her Bachelor’s degree and the Judyth Sachs PACE Prize for outstanding academic achievement for her work at Wesley Aunties & Uncles. Joelle is also a Christian and works with patients who wish to see a psychologist with a shared faith and world view.
Joelle has a special interest in the following areas:
- Eating disorders, disordered eating and body image concerns
- Anxiety Disorders including selective mutism
- Emotion Dysregulation and non-suicidal self-injury
- Personality disorders
- Mood Disorders eg: Depression
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviour
- Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
- Friendship difficulties and relationship issues
- Social skills and assertiveness training
- Parenting and attachment
- Child and Family presentations
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) (individual and group-based approaches)
- Family Therapy (including Maudsley Family Based Treatment)
- Schema Therapy
Registrations & memberships
- Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #PSY0002031153)
- Australian Clinical Psychology Association
- Member: Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS
Joelle has a strong passion for working with people who experience a combination of emotional and physiological difficulties. This interest encouraged her to undertake research exploring the effectiveness of an innovative mindfulness-based tool designed to reduce distress associated with Pre-Menstrual Syndrome for women with moderate to severe physical and emotional Pre-Menstrual symptoms. Joelle has also been involved in research which has focussed on the role of emotional expressivity in human relationships, and how this may relate to sensitivity to partner behaviours.