The Team at Brisbane Family Therapy Clinic

Dr Joel Cullin

Dr Joel Cullin

Family therapist and psychotherapist

Dr Joel Cullin is a Social Worker, Family Therapist and Psychotherapist, and well respected expert in mental health and systemic thinking. Each year Joel conducts over 1500 therapy appointments. Joel’s original degree was a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland, and he also holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health (Psychotherapy) and a PhD from the same institution. Joel’s Master’s and Doctoral theses both explored systemic thinking about complex problems.

In addition to his private practice, Joel has coordinated courses and lectured in family therapy practice to postgraduate students in social work and in the Master of Counselling Programme at the University of Queensland, and in psychology at James Cook University, Townsville. Joel has also coordinated courses in human development and advanced child protection at the University of Queensland, where he has been an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work for the past several years. As of June 2021 Joel will be commencing a part-time appointment as a Clinical Lecturer at UQ (private practice hours will therefore be reduced to part time).  Joel is a past board member of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, a contributor to the professional literature in family therapy and psychotherapy, and a regular private provider of training in psychotherapy, family therapy and systemic thinking.

Before entering private practice, Joel worked in an array of public contexts, including adult mental health, child and youth mental health, child protection (in the United Kingdom) and community-based family therapy. Joel also provides clinical supervision to other professionals providing psychotherapeutic services and consults on a wide range of matters concerning complex problems and their resolution.