Joshua T King, Psychologist ( works with children, adolescents and adults)
B Psych HONS 1, M. Clin. Psych MAPS
B Psych HONS 1, M. Clin. Psych MAPS
Qualifications:Joshua received his Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and Master of Clinical Psychology from Griffith University. He has experience working with clients across the lifespan within private-practice settings, non-government organisations, and hospitals. As well his work in private practice, Joshua maintains a role working as a lecturer and tutor in Sports and Performance Psychology at Griffith University. He has also taught at university in the areas of Positive Psychology, Cognitive Psychology as well as Research Methods and Statistics. Joshua undertook postgraduate research investigating cognitive mechanisms of social anxiety in adolescents with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Prior to opting to shift careers and become a psychologist, Joshua had many years of experience in corporate management roles, training and as a small business owner.
Approach to Therapy:Joshua’s approach to treatment is based on creating a collaborative relationship with clients and developing a comprehensive case formulation tailored to the individual. He understands that the therapeutic process of working through life’s difficulties can be challenging but ultimately very rewarding. Joshua is interested in supporting clients in developing their awareness and insight to better manage their life circumstances and identifying and harnessing a person’s strengths to overcome life’s challenges. Joshua is not just interested in reducing symptom’s that negatively impact people but also implementing strategies that elevates and sustains a greater sense of well-being.
Joshua has a warm, friendly therapeutic manner and his broad range of interests means that he prefers to use an integrative approach in therapy drawing upon numerous evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Positive Psychology, Performance Psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, attachment principles, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused Therapy and Trauma-Focused Therapy (Trauma informed).
Main Areas of Interest:
Joshua is comfortable working with clients to address a range of presenting problems: general anxiety, social anxiety, stress and burnout, Autism Spectrum Disorders (Asperger’s), relationship difficulties, men’s mental and emotional health, self-esteem, shyness and social difficulties, bullying, weight management, trauma, performance in sport, performing arts or in the workplace and parenting difficulties. Joshua has the most experience working with adolescents and adults.
Autism Spectrum Disorders - Joshua is passionate about working with people on the Autism Spectrum, helping individuals with autism build resilience and confidence and capitalize on their strengths. He was very fortunate to have trained and worked alongside experts in the area such as Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett. During this period, Joshua developed particular interests in helping people develop their social skills, develop a positive sense of self, couples’ therapy for people on the spectrum, supporting parents in better understanding their children with Autism Spectrum Conditions and the female presentation of ASD.
Social Anxiety, social skills and shyness – Joshua has extensive knowledge of the importance of developing and maintaining healthy social relationships as being vital to one’s well-being. Joshua’s post-graduate research focused on the critical developmental period of adolescence and young adulthood, where social relationships become even more important to consider. Like all forms of anxiety, social anxiety often triggers physical and cognitive symptoms that cause significant distress and may lead to the complete avoidance of social situations. In young people, this may be detrimental to social development and more generally can leave people feeling unfulfilled and lonely. Joshua is interested in working with people to feel more comfortable and confident and gain enjoyment in social situations.
Performance - Joshua’s personal experiences in business and sport, as well as a being an avid fan of most sports and the performing arts underlies his passion for working with people to manage performance anxiety and reach their peak performance. Beyond business, sports and the performing arts, performance psychology is applicable to people of all ages, abilities and vocations, any pursuit where performance matters, whether it be the military, emergency workers, medicine, teachers or simply in everyday life. Joshua appreciates the experiential quality of peak performance, where people feel ‘in the zone’ or in flow-state and has a special interest in resilience and mental toughness, performer welfare, managing stress and burnout.
Abuse and Trauma – Joshua has experience with organisations dedicated to working with people who have experienced trauma through sexual assault and exploitation. Posttraumatic stress is often the result of trauma whether they be singular, enduring or repeated events including: sexual and physical assault, motor vehicle accidents, bullying, being attacked, torture, natural disasters, life-threatening illnesses, as well as witnessing death or serious injury, or war. Therapy focuses on the three ways in which trauma affects us; cognitively (thoughts), emotionally and somatically (physical sensations), to help manage the trauma, emotionally process the trauma and overcome. As a person heals from trauma, it becomes more possible for a person to become more compassionate to oneself and others, and to feel more connected to others.
Migrants and Cultural Issues – Joshua interest in working with culturally diverse clients comes from his own experience living within a culturally diverse family and experiencing the challenges of living within a culture and language different to the one he was accustomed to. In his work in hospitals, Joshua worked closely with people who exhibited trauma, anxiety and depression as well as working with people to adjust to a new way of life after coming out of immigration detention. He also has an interest in culture-bound syndromes. People and families from culturally diverse backgrounds may be lacking family and community supports that may exacerbate mental health conditions and culture affects the way people describe their symptoms, such as describing physical rather than emotional symptoms. Religious and cultural beliefs people hold may be helpful in developing coping strategies and enhancing well-being. Joshua can work with clients, taking all these cultural factors into account when addressing the areas of difficulty in their life.
Full List of Services Provided
- Abuse Physical
- Academic performance
- Asperger's syndrome
- Assertiveness Training
- Behaviour Parenting
- Behaviour Problems
- Eating Disorders
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Grief & Loss
- Group Programmes
- Life Transition & Adjustment Issues
- Life/Personal Coaching
- Marriage Problems
- Mental Illness
- Mentoring Business
- Motivation in Sport
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Psychological First Aid/Crisis
- Religious Issues
- School Issues
- Self Esteem & Self Development
- Sexual Abuse
- Shyness & Social Skills
- Sleeping Disorders
- Sport Performance Anxiety
- Victims of Crime
- Weight Management
- Work Stress
- Work Stress/Life Balance
- Workplace Bullying
- Workplace Coaching
- Workplace Issues
- Workplace/Executive Coaching