Joanna Lothian


Joanna Lothian

Clinical Psychologist

Joanna completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons), Master of Science (Psychology), and Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Joanna has recently relocated to Melbourne and is a Registered Psychologist with endorsement in Clinical Psychology with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Background and experience

Joanna is a registered clinical psychologist with over five years of experience working in mental health. Her most recent work has been at the Anxiety Disorders Service, New Zealand’s only tertiary specialist anxiety treatment clinic. Joanna has worked with a range of government and non-government organisations, delivering seminars and workshops to improve their understanding about anxiety and psychological treatment. Joanna has experience in treating a range of mood and anxiety disorders, with particular interest in trauma-informed treatment and nutritional psychology.

Therapeutic Approach

Joanna is and warm and insightful clinician who values genuine connection with her clients. Joanna believes that as humans we all have an innate need to feel safe, heard, to understand our internal experience, to belong, connect, and to foster a strong and unique sense of self. Joanna enjoys assisting clients to build valued and meaningful lives where these core needs are met, and where they can move away from patterns of thinking and behaving that reduce opportunities for growth and joy. Joanna is an LGBTI-friendly clinician.

Joanna predominantly uses a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework, and within this calls on aspects of many other evidence based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Therapy (MBT), Schema Therapy, Motivation Interviewing (MI) and Meta Cognitive Therapy (MCT).

Specialty Areas

Joanna specialises in the treatment of anxiety including Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), generalised anxiety and worry, as well as skin picking, hair pulling and hoarding behaviours.

Joanna is available pm a Wednesday at the Little Collins Street CBD office.

Please call reception on 1300224665 to book an appointment with Joanna.

Our online self-service booking system is undergoing a major overhaul, and will be unavailable until later in 2018. Until then, our friendly reception team is happy to take your call and book your appointments for you. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.