Joyleen Koolmatrie

Joyleen Koolmatrie


Joyleen is a registered psychologist who graduated as a mature age student with a Bachelor of Science (Psych) and Post graduate Diploma in Psychology from Curtin University of Technology, WA in 1995.

Professional Experience

Joyleen has her own private practice:  Aboriginal Psychological Counselling and Consultancy and is registered with a number of EAP providers, training in Leadership, counselling in the areas of trauma, grief and loss, and stress in the workplace.

Previously, Joyleen worked in the Ministry of Justice in the prison system with prisoners at risk; has been a member of the Western Australian Parole Board, a tutor at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University. Joyleen has been guest lecturer at Murdoch, Edith Cowan, and Curtin Universities.
In 1995, Joyleen accompanied the National Inquiry for the Removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families and conducted healing workshop nationally.

Joyleen has also worked with the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) delivering a range of personal and professional development sessions in their Certificate and Diploma-level courses.  She has also facilitated workshops on grief and loss, problem solving and leadership healing for Government Departments and  Aboriginal community organisations.

 In 2007 Joyleen received a Mental Health Good Outcomes Award.

Joyleen is also an Ordained Christian Pastor and Minister of the Gospel under the auspices of Dayspring Ministries Inc of Western Australia.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

Joyleen’s areas of interest are:  trauma, grief and loss.

Key Publications

Koolmatrie, J. and Williams, R. (2000) ‘Unresolved Grief and the Removal of Indigenous Australian Children’, Australian Psychologist, Vol 35, No 2, pp158-166.