dr joey lawrence

She / They
Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar
Neudle Director & Co-Founder


  • Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (First Class Honours), James Cook University
  • Full registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), No. PSY0002019731


Dr Joey is currently unable to take on new clients, and cannot offer ongoing therapy post-assessment to those already on the waitlist.

Interest Areas

  • Neurodiversity
  • Neuroscience
  • Holistic Care
  • System Dynamics
  • Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration

About Dr Joey

Dr Joey Lawrence is a passionate Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar, and the Co-Founder and Director of Neudle Psychology. Driven by personal lived experience, as someone proudly neurodivergent with autism, ADHD, and PDA, she is a staunch advocate for neurodiversity and affirming care.

At the core of Dr Joey's practice is a neurodiversity-affirming approach, valuing and respecting each individual's unique way of being without judgment. Embracing differences with curiosity, they view them as opportunities to learn about someone's distinct experience of the world.

With numerous years of experience as a therapist, Dr Joey embodies humility, respect, curiosity, acceptance, and encouragement in their professional role. They maintain a fervent passion for staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, neurodiversity, and humanistic psychology.

Looking toward the future, Dr Joey aims to expand their knowledge through further studies in neurodivergent cognition. Their ultimate goal is to validate and enhance existing models of neurodiversity-affirmative care, ensuring individuals with unique minds receive the support and understanding they truly deserve.
“neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general” (blume, 1998)


Dr Joey's neurodiversity-affirming approach entails accepting and respecting each person's unique way of being without judgment. Rather than trying to eliminate differences, they embrace them with curiosity, recognising that these differences provide valuable insights into an individual's experience of the world. Dr Joey firmly believes that attempting to change someone's core sense of self can be harmful, making neurodiversity-affirming care essential.

Therapeutic Approach

With a person-first perspective, Dr Joey avoids a rigid protocol, drawing from a diverse range of models. They integrate concepts from Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration, cognitive neuroscience, psychodynamic theories, and more. Dr Joey supports clients in developing skills such as self-advocacy, sensory / emotion regulation, and navigating systems. Collaboration with a client's support network is also of paramount importance.

Core Values

Aligned with the values of beneficence, nonmaleficence, and dignity, Dr Joey is dedicated to acting in the best interest of psychological well-being and alleviating suffering. They commit to continuous learning and growth, ensuring their practice remains attuned to the evolving needs of individuals, communities, and society.

Therapeutic Style

Dr Joey strives to be a modest, respectful, inquisitive, accepting, and encouraging therapist. Prioritising client autonomy and choice, they maintain clarity in expectations and processes. Dr Joey seeks consent and actively encourages client feedback. With unconditional positive regard, they create a safe space that embraces the full spectrum of human experiences. Education is also a passion they share, providing knowledge to interested clients without imposing it upon them.
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