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Ms Joanne Marsh

Ms Joanne Marsh

Mobile 0430025634
Psychotherapist, Somatic Psychotherapist

Mobile 0430025634

My aim is to support people to transform their lives in order to live more wholeheartedly. To be more themselves, to have more fulfilling relationships, to manage the inevitable ups and downs in life and to experience more happiness.


  • Shambala, Shop 6/1Soldiers Rd, Roleystone, Perth WA 6111 0430 025 634 PHONE 0430 025 634


  • Psychotherapy, Group Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Workplace Training 
  • Talk therapy, Bodywork, Biodynamic massage, Mindfulness, Sensorimotor psychotherapy

    As a somatic psychotherapist I will work with you to help you understand the unconscious conflicts that cause suffering and together uncover the possibility of a new way of being in the world

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Behavioural Issues, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Emotional Crisis, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Intimacy Issues, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Bio-dynamic Massage, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy

    I use a range of techniques including - Talk therapy, Bodywork, Biodynamic massage, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Psycho-education

    Working with the unconscious mind and the connection between the mind and the body I help my clients to 'make sense' of what is happening in their world and to explore other ways of being. Often my clients are suffering from trauma, which is another word for stress. Trauma is stress run amuck. When we become frozen in a state of active emotional intensity, we are experiencing an emotional trauma. I help my clients to identify this state and find ways of coming back to equilibrium


    • Diploma of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy - 2008 - Aust College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy
    • Graduate Certificate of Education (Adult & the W'p - 2006 - Deakin University
    • Bachelor of Arts - 2005 - Australian National University

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    The theory base I work from includes knowledge of trauma, attachment, neurobiology and emotional development.

    My training has covered over a decade of theoretical and practice work, one on one supervision
    and my own personal therapy

    As a member of the peek professional body, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), I am committed to a high standard of practice and participate and on-going professional development and regular supervision


    I completed a Diploma of Somatic Psychotherapy at the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy (ACCSP) in 2008.

    My experience covers over ten years of study and practice as a somatic psychotherapist, covering the fields of Self Psychology, Person Centered Psychotherapy, Neurobiology and Attachment Theory. I have worked with a broad range of clients with conditions including anxiety, depression, self confidence issues, relationship issues and PTSD

    I have also held senior positions in the Australian Federal Public Service and am a qualified coach


    Perth Hills area -Wednesday 8am to 8pm
    Telephone or text to arrange a time

    Transport and Parking

    Parking available in complex


    $110 for a one hour session. $150 for a one and a half hour session

    Payment Options

    Cash or bank transfer

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    10 Questions with Joanne Marsh

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • After attending a number of personal development programs to help me understand the patterns and traumas that controlled my life, it was a logical step for me to undertake study to refine what I had learnt and take that knowledge to others. I have always been a bit of a study 'nerd', always wanting to learn more. Studying somatic psychotherapy was like coming home. I had finally found what it was I wanted to do 'when I grew up".
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • If I think of a philosophical approach as the search for wisdom and knowledge, I would say the course I undertook has served my needs very well. It covered the development of psychology from the beginning with Freud right up to modern research and practice, including the works of Carl Rogers and his unconditional regard; John Bolby and his ground breaking research on attachment patterns between a baby and its primary care giver; Carl Jung and his theory on memories, dreams and reflections; Kohult's Self Psychology, Peter Levine's Bioenergetics; Soloman & Siegel's theories; Bessel van der Kolt; Allan Schore and many others. The breadth of research covered during my three years of study has given me a deep understanding of the theories and practice of my profession.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am interested in how our trauma is held within the body and it s only through the unconscious mind that we can locate them, understand them, regulate them and bring some healing and lightness into our life
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I primarily use bodywork to locate the trauma held in the body, then talk therapy and psycho education to understand the past and how it is impacting on our lives today.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This is different for each client. I always do a review together after six sessions to agree on what has moved and where we need to focus our sessions going forward
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I have undertaken many years of my own personal therapy and it has been life changing. I now understand my triggers and how to regulate them. I understand my childhood traumas and have been able to come to peace with them and my parents, in the knowledge that they did the best they could do. I am able to maintain a loving relationship with my husband, where we both hold healthy boundaries, while accepting the other for who they are. My friendships are based on true values and are both deep and supportive. I would not have any of these healthy relationships if if where not for therapy.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • It is a privilege to be a therapist, to share the lives of others in a deep and meaningful way and to walk on the journey with my clients as they bring light and lightness into their lives. I do not walk away from a session feeling exhausted; I walk away exhilarated.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course. My work is with human beings and we are all very complex, including myself. This is why I have regular supervision. It is here I can unpack a session and hear from a more experienced therapist what I could have done differently, or what else I need to be thinking about. Not just what is happening for the client, but what is happening for me.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Unresolved trauma. When trauma is not recognised or regulated it rules who we are and how we are in the world. All of our relationships, including the relationship we have with ourselves is impacted. It is from a place of trauma that we are hurtful or able to be hurt. It is from a place of trauma that we make wrong decisions, which impact on our lives and others. It is from a place of trauma that we are not able to parent the way we wish to be, instead hearing our parents voices in our heads in our parenting style.
      I believe unresolved trauma is toxic to us and to others
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • The book 'The Shack' by William P Young. It was not the religious messages in this book that entranced my, rather the philosophical conversations between the protagonist and God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Brilliant authorship.
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    Ms Joanne Marsh

    Joanne Marsh

    Psychotherapist, Somatic Psychotherapist

    As a somatic psychotherapist I provide a safe, non-judgmental space in which to explore those area of your life that are just not working. Soma means body and I work with the body and the mind as I believe we cannot separate our mind from our body, that they equally drive who we are and how we are in the world. Many of our deepest fears and traumas are held in the body, I will work with you to unlock them, understand them and release them. Together we will bring more joy into your life....

    • Roleystone
    • Bio-dynamic Massage, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy