Dr Joanne Lawrence-Bourne

Joanne Lawrence-Bourne is a Registered Psychologist / Clinical Psychology Registrar and works with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, men’s mental health, infertility and IVF, postnatal depression, endometriosis, menopause, life adjustments, EAP work-related concerns, and relationship challenges.

Joanne is an inclusive psychologist for clients aged 17+ years.

Joanne draws from a range of therapeutic frameworks (eg. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy /CBT, Dialectical Behaviour /DBT, Transactional Therapy, Psychodynamic and Self Psychology). An integrated approach helps to tailor therapy to each person’s individual needs. The relationship between the therapist and client is most important, for you to feel heard and respected, to then work through your issues together.

Joanne’s experience working within a therapeutic capacity for the past 20 years ensures a compassionate, practical, and professional service, all provided in a calm and safe environment to work through your concerns, doubts, and fears.

Dr Joanne Lawrence-Bourne

About Dr Joanne Lawrence-Bourne

Initial studies in midwifery and antenatal-postnatal counselling deepened Joanne’s interest in how the human brain/mind and behaviour interconnect in stressful situations. This led to further studies in psychology.

Over the years, Joanne has observed changing social attitudes, values, and lifestyles. Life stressors continue and sometimes we need additional support to work through it.


  • PhD – Joanne’s research focussed on male childlessness and the experience of living without biological offspring.
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours 1)
  • Master of Midwifery

Presentations & Publications:

  • Annual Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology (SRIP) conference in the UK
  • 50th Australian Psychological Society (APS) conference in Australia
  • 21st Congress of Nordic Midwives in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Joanne has authored publications about ‘normal anxiety’ in early parenting, and co-authored on public-health topics regarding rural adversity and community wellbeing.

Dr Joanne Lawrence-Bourne

About the Cyprus tree

Humans have always appreciated trees for their usefulness and symbolism.  Trees and their roots are often assigned psychological meaning. The Cyprus tree is one of the most ancient and an alternative to the tree of life.

The Cyprus tree is also associated with Artemis, one of the Greek goddesses of childbirth, animals, nature, and eternal life. Being linked to immortality and mourning, the Cyprus stands tall between the worlds, inviting humans to consider the deeper meaning underlying life experience.

Like many trees, the Cyprus is found standing alone or in a cluster with others. An avenue of Cyprus creates a sense of journey. The Cyprus is robust and durable. Like all living things, including humans, the Cyprus has the potential for growth, as we respond to stress and our environment.

At times we are vulnerable and need support to build resilience and develop a stronger sense of self so we can remain tall and strong, either alone or within our cluster.


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