Founder and Director of Perspective Psychology Services

Hello! I’m Joan Caelli

I am a Brisbane based psychologist with experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, siblings and families. I work with lots of individuals with trauma, attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, developmental disabilities (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder), intellectual disabilities, parenting issues, anger issues and emotional distress.

I am passionate about the provision of holistic and respectful mental health support to clients and their families, and I believe strongly in collaborating with a client’s care team (including occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists and complementary/alternative health care providers) to give the best care possible.

I have practiced in a variety of government, not-for-profit, and private psychology positions. I have a Masters of Child Play Therapy through Deakin University on top of my Psychology degree and full registration as a psychologist. I am an approved NDIS provider, I am a member of the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel providing early intervention services under FaHCSIA funding for children under age 7, I provide services under WorkCover QLD, Victims Assist, I am Medicare registered and able to provide services under Private Health funding (if your provider covers psychology).

In a nutshell

Info Bites

Play Therapy

Play Therapy has a long history and was written about in the 1940s by Virginia Axline in the United States. Play Therapy has been shown to help children and young people with: Autism Spectrum Disorder, behaviour problems, abuse, neglect, early psychosis and attachment problems.

Expressive Therapies

Expressive therapies include art therapy, music therapy, Play Therapy, sandplay therapy and other forms of movement-based therapy. These types of therapies work well because they target multiple areas of the brain and help them to work together. These types of therapies are based on a deep respect for the client and their inherent capacity and as such they help children, adolescents and adults alike to express themselves in the way they need to help them heal in their own way.


You’ve seen lots of those mindfulness based colouring books for adults in the shops, right? Wondering what it all means? Mindfulness has its roots in the ancient practices of Buddhism, Taoism and Yoga, and basically just means ‘paying careful attention, in the moment, without judgement’. While that might sound simple, it’s deceptively difficult at times, much like meditation. But the benefits of a regular mindfulness practice are huge, with research showing the capacity for mindfulness to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, and increase emotional intelligence and the ability to cope with distressing thoughts and feelings.


Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that affects around 1 in every 100 children in Australia. Children and adults with Autism often have difficulty with communication, social skills, behaviour, and sensory processing. At Perspective Psychology Services we use a play-based approach to working with children and young people with Autism. This help them to learn new skills and develop their own unique talents to reveal their true capacity.

Why we do what we do

Mission Statement

Care and Respect
Achieve Goals
Fulfilling Lives
Providing high-level psychology services to individuals and corporations in a caring, respectful environment.
Facilitating individuals to achieve their goals according to their personal meaning of success.
Our success is in your success, whatever that may mean for you, your child or your family.
Our goal is to provide a safe base for our clients to explore their own needs, to heal if needed.
Help individuals find a new appreciation of their own skills so they may live rich and fulfilling lives.

What We Treat


  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • For Child Safety referrals, please use our referral form.
  • Trauma, abuse, and neglect
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Intellectual Impairment and Dual Diagnosis
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Selective Mutism
Supporting children, youth and families who have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect, who are living with disabilities, or who need support dealing with mental health issues

Perspective Psychology Services Offer



Perspective Psychology Services partners with a range of providers to offer: Disability specific training to schools, NGOs and other...

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Treatment Programs

Treatment Programs

Joan Caelli is trained in the following treatment programs: 1, 2, 3 Magic (Parenting ages 2-12), Engaging Adolescents (Parenting...

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Treatment Types

Treatment Types

We offer the following treatment types: Play Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Sandplay...

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Who We Are

Joan Caelli

Joan is passionate about providing quality services to children, youth and families to help them thrive. Joan is a registered psychologist with a Masters in Child Play Therapy. She uses creative methods to support her clients to process their experiences and find their own inner strength to face life’s challenges.


We are excited to offer group programs for children, women and parents. Please see below.


An evidence-based parenting group program for parents/carers of children aged 3-10.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does your service offer?

Perspective Psychology Services offers a safe, accepting and confidential therapy service to children, adolescents, families and adults. We offer a range of services to cater to individual counselling needs and specialise in treating:
-Behavioural difficulties
-Emotional difficulties
-Developmental disabilities (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders)
-Intellectual Disability and Challenging Behaviour

Perspective Psychology Services also offers a range of treatments, including:
-Play Therapy
-Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
-Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
-Sandplay and Expressive Therapies

In addition, Perspective Psychology Services partners with a range of providers to offer:
-Disability specific training to schools, NGOs and other organisations
-Individual disability support packages including psychology services and speech pathology services
-National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) transition support and training to individuals and businesses
-Therapeutic camps for children in the care of Child Safety

Answer in here

Can you see me at home?

Yes, Perspective Psychology Services offers an outreach service for all services, including Play Therapy and Disability Support Services. Please contact our director, Joan Caelli, to discuss how we can best support you.

Please note that home and school (or other location) visits may incur additional charges for travel.

Can I get a Medicare or other rebate?

Most of our services are eligible for a Medicare rebate with either a GP or paediatrician’s referral. If you have private health insurance you may be able to claim a rebate from your health insurer. Please check with your insurer before your appointment to check if you are eligible.

Are you able to provide services under the Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) and Better Start schemes?

Yes, Perspective Psychology Services is a registered provider under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) Scheme and the Better Start for Children with Disability Early Intervention Service Provider Panel. This provides funding to children aged 0-7 with the following disorders:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autistic Disorder
Asperger’s Disorder/Syndrome
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

(Note: Children must be aged 6 or under at the time of diagnosis to be eligible for the HCWA and Better Start Initiatives.

For more information, please see the Department of Social Services website by clicking here.

Why should I (or my child) see a psychologist?

We all have times in our life when it helps to speak to someone whose focus is on helping you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be. Our lives are filled with demands and sometimes this can feel overwhelming. As psychologists, we are trained to help our clients to find the resources within themselves to lead whole, rich and fulfilling lives. Researchers now have a growing understanding of how counselling and therapy can change our brains for the better, to help children to grow and thrive in an increasingly complex world, and to help adults to navigate the many difficult situations we face on a daily basis.

Perspective Psychology Services can assist children, adolescents and adults with many issues, for example:
-Behavioural difficulties
-Emotional difficulties
-Developmental disabilities (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders)
-Grief and loss
-Bullying (both school and workplace)
-Intellectual Disability and Challenging Behaviour


Abbey Health Consulting and Alliance Speech Pathology

Perspective Psychology Services is proud to partner with Abbey Health Consulting and Alliance Speech Pathology to offer bespoke training packages for daycare services, schools, disability support agencies, Child Safety, residential care operators and other service delivery organisations.

Abbey Health Consulting / Alliance Speech Pathology

Contact Info

Director: Joan Caelli

Perspective Psychology Services
10 Hurd Terrace,

P: (07) 3158 8810
M: 0404 861 216
F: (07) 3319 6384

Please visit the following websites for more information on the issues we treat, therapies that we use, or interesting content related to the theoretical underpinnings of our practice.