Johanna Yates

B.A., PG Dip Psychology (Child & Adolescent), MPsych (Forensic), MAPS

Johanna has been practising psychology since 2004 and has specialist qualifications in forensic psychology and child and adolescent psychology. Johanna previously worked within state government for 12 years in a range of agencies including the Court’s Administration Authority, Department for Correctional Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Youth Justice before moving into private practice in 2015. Johanna has thorough knowledge of the legal system and brings established relationships within those key government agencies.
Johanna has provided wide-ranging, individual and group based psychological therapies; specialist assessments and reports to the Parole Board of South Australia; coordinated the mental health services for children in custody; managed the delivery of programs and health services for young aboriginal offenders and their families; designed and implemented the behaviour management framework for young people in custody in South Australia, and was the nominated delegate on the youth Review and Parole Boards. Johanna has also provided expert opinion to the Youth Court, Magistrate and Supreme Courts, and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Johanna is trained to undertake specialist assessments of high-risk and offending behaviours, trauma, personality disorders, alcohol and other drugs, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, suicide and self harm behaviours and mental health disorders with Aboriginal clients. Johanna has extensive experience in providing reports for civil and criminal matters.

Johanna has extensive experience in delivering group and 1:1 interventions for offending behaviours, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, drug and alcohol disorders, sexual problems, sleep disorders, treatment resistant anxiety and depression, and developmental disorders including Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Johanna utilises a range of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, mindfulness, narrative therapy and family therapy. Johanna has extensive knowledge and experience in designing and implementing behaviour management plans and programs with children and adolescents and works collaboratively with families and education providers. Johanna also has comprehensive experience in the delivery of reunification therapy with families through the Family Court and in providing interventions to those under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Johanna is passionate about providing best practice psychological services to support change in children, young people and adults.

Johanna is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and holds full membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Johanna provides consultations from Tuesday to Fridays at BlueSky Psychology.


BlueSky Psychology Level 10, 108 King William Street, Adelaide South Australia 5000. Phone 08 8212 3944