Joan Benjamin AGIP UKCP GCP
Joan Benjamin works individually to help clients resolve and move on from different sorts of difficulties. Each client is unique and the challenges they face vary greatly. Often there is a tricky knot in their past which overshadows their present and future life. A persons problems may be sharp and urgent, feel dull or a puzzle, and their cause unknown. Therapy with Joan provides a quiet confidential place to talk and be listened to. In the process a client learns also to listen to themselves in new ways. It is a journey of discovery and because a good quality of life is the aim, hard work can be required as well. Progress and healing may include leaving one life stage to enter another. Resolving grief and/or anger may be part of the process.
Joan is a trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and usually works in as much depth as the client requires. However, short term time limited counselling can be offered. Then there is with one specific aim to work towards. This should be discussed at the beginning if it is desired.
Joan is a professional member of AGIP (the Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy) and the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). She is also a member of the GCP (Guildford Centre for Psychotherapy) and a peer group which grew out of interest in the work of D.W.Winnicott.
Training, qualifications & experience
3 years training with The Association of Group and Individual Psychotherapy leading to Professional Membership.
Professional member of United Kingdom Counsel for Psychotherapy.
Member Guildford Centre for Psychotherapy.
3 years as an honorary Psychotherapist at the Ridgewood Centre,
3 years work as an Honorary Occupational Therapist in Psycho-geriatric Day Centre at Farnham Road.
Diploma in Jewish Studies from Leo Baeck College
Attendance at many multi faith conferences in Bendorf, Germany and other meetings.
2 Year Introduction to Counselling course at W.P.F.
Work with Clients since 1994.
Joan began her study of psychotherapy after many years experience in business and the arts. Her first interest was in the works of C.G.Jung. She also studied Judaism, with a certificate in Jewish Studies. She developed an interest in interfaith work and attended interfaith conferences, both in Great Britain and at Jewish, Christian and Muslim conferences at in Bendorf,Germany.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Initial Assessment Session £25
Once weekly sessions are between £45 and £60.
Twice or three times a week sessions are at reduced prices.
Some short term, low fee of 20 sessions @ £25 are available through GCP low fee scheme. This is arranged in the initial assessment meeting.
The setting for the psychotherapy is quiet and confidential. A contract is formed between Joan and the client. Sessions are available in the consulting room for a regular time and length.
The client is responsible for their own absence, except for some pre-existing holiday breaks. Joan will not charge for her own absenses.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday Afternoon 2 to 5, Wednesday Evening 7.30 to 8.30pm, Thursday Afternoon 2 to 5 & Evening 8, Friday 11'30 to 12.30 only.
Types of client