Jessica Joseph

Jessica Joseph

Registered Counsellor (PACFA Reg. Clinical)

Master of Counselling

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Jess' client-centered, emotionally-focused approach aims to gently help people discover the emotional roots of their core issues and provide tools to bring about lasting change. Jess supports clients overcoming past trauma, suffering grief & loss, and transitioning into adulthood. She is able to sensitively integrate faith issues for Christian clients.


Areas of Counselling Practice

Mental Health, Trauma and Abuse

  • Adult mental health issues
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Anxiety including OCD, panic attacks, stress management
  • Coping with emotions including shame, grief and anger
  • Depressive disorders, depression and low mood
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse – past or present
  • Family-of-origin issues
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Relationship issues including conflict and domestic violence
  • Trauma and abuse counselling


  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness and boundary setting
  • Building better relationships (work and personal)
  • Communication
  • Coping with emotions
  • Grief and loss
  • Life and work transitions
  • Migration/re-settlement and transcultural issues (for Asians to Australia)
  • Self-esteem and confidence, assertive communication
  • Spirituality (Christian perspective)
  • Student issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Workplace-related issues

How I Approach Counselling & Psychotherapy

I believe that each person is infinitely valuable and unique and has their own way of seeing the world and experiencing it. There is no “one size fits all”. While I work primarily from an attachment, systemic, and emotionally-focused framework, I incorporate a variety of perspectives to help clients focus on the emotional roots of an issue rather than just the symptoms.

My approach to counselling consists of:

  • Helping clients understand and work through their emotional experience in a safe and supportive environment
  • Empowering clients through a process of self-discovery and awareness, leading to new perspectives of self and other
  • Building upon strengths and potential and working through any resistance to change

Whatever my client’s situation, I always look for hope and do not overlook the courage it takes to be willing to take steps towards growth and healing. I truly believe that given the right emotional support, every person is capable of and has the capacity to change. My hope is to help people better understand themselves and their experience, instil hope and confidence to cross life’s invariable disappointments and challenges, and help them discover possible ways of moving forward.

Other Background

I was initially drawn to counselling due to my involvement in pastoral care and have undertaken training as a pastoral care worker and led ministries for women & young adults at an evangelical church in Sydney. I am able to integrate faith & spirituality issues in counselling for Christian clients while also respecting the autonomy, faith, and values of clients from different faith backgrounds.

I lived overseas in SE Asia for much of my life and migrated to Australia alone as a young adult and understand the challenges and rewards faced by migrants and international students and have an interest in working with this particular group.


Professional Background

For further details about me, please visit my website at The Crossing Counselling Services.

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical registration with PACFA, ARCAP and CCAA


My fee is $140/hour session.

If you are having are financial difficulties, concessions may be available during the day.

If you have private health cover with Bupa, Medibank Private or Australian Unity, you may be able to claim a rebate, so please check with your fund.

Registered Counsellor Bodies

Registered Psychologist Bodies