Bringing a warm, respectful and collaborative approach to helping people develop full and meaningful lives.



I provide psychological services to young people, adolescents, adults and families face-to-face or via telehealth.

I work with people seeking assistance for worry, anxiety, panic difficulties, phobias, trauma, self-harm, obsessions, mood difficulties, relationship issues, physical health conditions, and alcohol and substance problems.

Some clients come to see me because they simply feel stuck in life or lack motivation or purpose.

Supervision and

I’m a Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor and provide supervision to early and mid-career psychologists with an interest in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and attachment-based family therapies.

I also provide training workshops to mental health clinicians on suicide risk assessment and management and ACT.  Since 2020, I have delivered these workshops in Sydney, Auckland and San Francisco. 


I deliver presentations and workshops on mental health first aid, crisis response, and developing a healthy and engaged workforce. Since 2019, I have tailored these workshops to global banks and technology companies in Australia and New Zealand.

My style is warm, interactive and compassionate, and presentations are backed by high impact audio visual materials.

More about me

I work as a Clinical Psychologist with adolescents and adults in private practice in Ballina, NSW, and via telehealth.  

I also work in an adolescent inpatient unit at Lismore Base Hospital treating young people with severe and complex mental health. 

I provide psychological care to people struggling with anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and panic), obsessive compulsive disorder, mood disorders, substance use problems, self-harm, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Sometimes people come to see me because they’re struggling with low self-esteem or motivation.   

I’m trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and attachment-based family therapies.  Whenever possible I try to work collaboratively with other clinicians (such as GPs and psychiatrists) to achieve the best outcomes for my clients. 

Since 2019 I have been delivering workshops and presentations to local and global organisations on suicide risk management.  I’m also a former board member of the Australian and New Zealand chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences. 

From 2020 to 2024, I worked as a supervisor on the Master of Clinical Psychology training program at Macquarie University.  

From 2012 to 2020, I worked at the Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) and the Northern Sydney Child Protection Service at Royal North Shore Hospital.  This experience gave me an in depth knowledge of hospital systems and multidisciplinary care. 

Prior to working as a Clinical Psychologist, I held a research position at the Black Dog Institute and teaching roles at Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong.  

Outside of the office, I try to live a full life with my young family: walking through rock pools, taking a longboard out for a surf, playing mediocre golf, dabbling in photography, cooking, sipping coffee and trying to stay in the present…

Doran, J. (2024). Building confidence with suicide risk assessment and management.  Presentation delivered at the Goodfellow Symposium (23-24 March, Auckland). 

DoranJ. (2022). Working with Suicidal Young People: Re-Thinking Risk and Integrating Contextual Behavioural Science and Attachment Theory.  Presentation and workshop at the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science World Conference (14-19th June, San Francisco). 

Doran, J. (2021). Working with Suicidal Clients: Re-Thinking Risk and Integrating a Contextual Behavioural Perspective. Presentation and workshop at the Australian and New Zealand Chapter Association for Contextual Behavioural Science annual conference (26th-28th November).

Proudfoot, J., Whitton, A., Parker, G., Doran, J., Manicavasagar, V., & Delmas, K. (2012). Triggers of mania and depression in young people with bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders143, 196-202.

Proudfoot, J., Doran, J., Manicavasagar, V., & Parker, G. (2011). The precipitants of mania in the context of bipolar disorder: A review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 133, 381-387.

Doran, J., & Franklin, J. (2010). Coaching for success: A comparison of two approaches. Paper presented at the Fourth Australian Conference on Evidence-Based Coaching, Sydney University, Australia. (11 – 12 June).

Franklin, J., & Doran, J. (2009). Does all coaching enhance objective performance independently evaluated by blind assessors?  The importance of the coaching model and content. International Coaching Psychology Review, 4(2), 126-142.

Doran, J., & Franklin, J. (2008). A comparison of the effects of two performance-enhancing interventions on first year academic success. Paper presented at the Seventh Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, Bond University, Australia. (27 – 29 November).


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