Joe Kearney - Beechmount

Joe Kearney - Beechmount

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01603 479964 / 07962 933634

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01603 479964 / 07962 933634

About me

An Irish greeting, a hundred thousand welcomes!

I specialise in EMDR and Somatic Experience (SE) therapy for workplace pressure, anxiety and trauma from accidents, assaults or combat.
Contact 01603 479964 or joe.kearney3 on Skype.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is the innovative therapy for trauma approved by the UKs Dept of Health and it works quickly and effectively. I am an EMDR Europe Approved Practitioner. Look up the Beechmount website by clicking the link above to see how I may be able to help you deal with stress, recover from difficult experiences in early life and manage difficult emotions, including depression.

I work with people from a wide range of backgrounds providing time-limited and longer term counselling, With my partner, I established Beechmount to provide stress management coaching and training to businesses and deliver courses both independently and on behalf of Jarrold Training, a Norfolk-based training provider. I use EMDR as a coaching tool to enhance a person's business performance and overcome blocks permanently. I am also using EMDR alongside CBT as a tool to help people manage chronic pain and offer this service in an Osteopathic Clinic on one morning each week.

I welcome any opportunity to talk with you without any obligation. Counselling can be life-changing, and meeting the best person to help you achieve your goals matters a lot. If you are shopping around, I am always happy to help you explore your options.

I love my work. The counselling books and research all show that the relationship that comes about between the two people in a counselling room is a major factor in the success or otherwise of counselling. Clients have expressed how easily they connect with me and I with them. I am interested in people and in the experiences that have affected and shaped their lives and that is probably helpful in listening work.

My curiosity led me to EMDR and that, in turn, has allowed me to develop a much deeper understanding of the effects of trauma on a person. I get huge pleasure from seeing how someone's distress when dealing with a difficult memory changes to relief and, at times, even laughter before my eyes. What happens to bring about such a change in the course of as little as 40 minutes? With EMDR, the focus is given to the most disturbing part of a troubling memory. Then, she or he keeps that disturbing experience in the corner of their mind while engaging in side-to-side eye movements tracking a moving light or holding tactile buzzers that vibrate alternatively in each hand in sets that last for up to 30 seconds each time. This bilateral stimulation seems to stimulate the brain into processing that memory. The client may notice that the image of the event gets fainter or disappears; the emotional intensity may be greatly reduced; their body relaxes; their way of thinking about the event gains more perspective. The best news is that, once processed, memories stay sorted. Seeing events like that happen several times a week and the relief it brings to clients, is particularly rewarding. It is no wonder that the Department of Health and the World Health Organisation have listed it as a treatment of choice for post-traumatic stress disorder.  

In 2016, I will complete a 3 year training programme in Somatic Experience (SE) therapy.  This therapy is particularly helpful for people who have great difficulty managing their emotions and body sensations and for those whose systems feel 'frozen', perhaps from a traumatic birth, early medical trauma or later events.  This therapy, first developed by Dr. Peter Levine in the 1970's, includes what is going on in the body as well as in the mind.  "Trauma is in the nervous system, NOT in the event" - Levine.  Somatic Experiencing offers a gentle way of approaching very difficult experiences and first helps the person develop the body-based resources to contain this material without being overwhelmed by it and then helps the person to process the experience and discharge the trapped body energy. 

I offer EMDR and SE for more than trauma.  People affected by addiction, low self-confidence, a bereavement and, particularly, stress and anxiety, have all benefited by this  work.

I am a member of the Norwich-based 25 a.m. business networking group ( Professional bodies I belong to include BACP (Senior Accredited); EMDR Europe (Accredited Practitioner); the International Stress Management Association, UK (Member) and the Association for Coaching (Associate Member). I am listed on all their websites.

Alongside clients who have chosen to work with me on a private basis, I see clients on behalf of a range of Employee Assistance Programme providers. I also work in a similar capacity for organisations involved in the rehabilitation of road accident victims. The military charity, Walking with the Wounded, is the most  recent organisation to seek trauma therapy for their people. 

My office is based in my hope and I see most people there.  It is a convenient location, easily accessible for car drivers, with off-street parking.  It is also on a bus route and within walking distance of Norwich city centre.

I also offer stress reduction techniques and deliver stress management training to business team.  My experience in dealing with individuals who have workplace stress has highlighted the importance of helping managers develop the kind of skills that will reduce the impact of stressors their team-members and on themselves.

I moved from Ireland to Norwich in 1996 to complete my training as a counsellor at the University of East Anglia. I chose to live in Norwich and took the role of clinical director of a counselling agency for 5 years; during this time I helped develop a counselling service for a Norfolk cancer charity. In addition I taught entry level counselling/listening skills courses with Norfolk County Council for around 8 years. I love learning. Oh yes, and you probably need to know as well that I talk, sometimes at length, to our cat, Misha non-penguin (Don't ask). Stroking of said talking cat is sometimes available, free of charge, to clients who are non- allergic (when her feline royal highness chooses to make herself available).

Training, qualifications & experience

I formally qualified as a therapist in 1997 and have completed over 7,000 hours of one-to-one counselling meetings with over a 1000 people during the past 19 years.
Member BACP (Senior Accredited)
EMDR (Europe) Accredited Practitioner
Member International Stress Management Association (GB)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
Diploma in the Psychology of Counselling, (Person-Centred + CBT)
EMDR Official Training Course (Levels 1-3)
Certificate in Coaching
Primary Certificate in Stress Management

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pain Management


My rate for individuals is currently £60.00 per hour.
If required, I contract with individuals to pay as much as they can afford as they go through therapy, with any outstanding balance being cleared by installments in the period following the end of therapy.
Please note that some EMDR sessions may run for one and a half hours, in line with Dept of Health guidelines, so the session cost may be £90.00.

Maps & Directions

Norwich, NR4
Norwich, NR1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: Irish


We see people from Monday to Friday, generally starting at 9.15 a.m. Latest evening start time is 7.15 p.m.

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