Joan Doherty MBACP, Dip. Counselling, BEd(Hons), Dip. SpEd.

Joan Doherty MBACP, Dip. Counselling, BEd(Hons), Dip. SpEd.


07934 410211

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07934 410211

About me

Whatever is causing you distress, it is life's way of calling you to attend to something which, if addressed, can free you from your symptoms or help you to manage them better. I believe we all have an inner wisdom which often seems lost to us at these times. Therapy is about getting back in touch with that wisdom and bringing more of it into our lives. I offer a compassionate, non judgmental and confidential place in which to do this. 

Depression, anxiety and relationship problems are all symptoms of our inner struggles.  They can leave us feeling overwhelmed, lost, hurt and confused.  Work, friend and family relationships are affected and our usual sources of support often become strained or break down. We may turn to alcohol, drugs or self harm for comfort. These are all very human responses to cope with the pain.

As a qualified and experienced therapist, I will help you to get to the bottom of your issues and make decisions in line with what is important to you and what feels right in your situation.  We will work together to help you to feel better, see things more clearly and take steps towards leading the life that you really want.

My approach is relational and I draw on Psychosynthesis Psychology as well as Jungian/Psychoanalytical approaches.

Part of my specialist experience is in working with people with complex needs, underpinned often by learning, emotional and/or physical difficulties. I work with mind, body and soul, listening to your symptoms within the context of you as unique and self regulating person.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).  I am a trainee member of the UKCP.  I work within their Ethical Framework for good practice.

I have worked with a wide range of individuals and groups bringing over 30 years experience from within mental health and well being, education, social care, and the voluntary sector.

My consulting room is in Aldershot and within easy access of local buses and trains and road networks.

I offer face to face, and telephone therapy.

About You

People come to therapy for lots of different reasons. You may be stuck, struggling with a problem that is making you unhappy or confused. Or going through a crisis and needing support in order to move through and find your feet again. Or you may be looking for help to understand and make meaning of a life situation and how to bring about or adapt to change.

You may be experiencing any or several of a wide range of issues, including:

  • Anxiety or feeling that you can’t cope
  • Feelings of depression, sadness, grief or hopelessness
  • Suffering losses such as bereavement, divorce or redundancy
  • Panic attacks and phobias
  • Difficulties with family, friends or colleagues and forming satisfying relationships
  • Difficulty managing stressful situations
  • Self harm
  • Sexual problems
  • Addiction
  • Lack of enjoyment and fun in life
  • Lack of direction or meaning in life
  • Feeling shy or lacking self confidence
  • Coping with the effects of physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Creative block
  • Obsessive behaviour
  • Eating disorders

In therapy you can explore anything that is on your mind.  I will help you get to the meaning behind your unique symptoms and work with you to discover and make more fulfilling and balanced choices.

It takes courage to ask for help and feeling unsure or anxious is very common.  Taking that first step often lifts a weight off your mind, so, do get in contact and find out how I might help you.

At the initial session you can get a feel for the therapeutic relationship and see if I am the right therapist for you.

If you have any questions and would like to talk to me first then you can contact me on:  07934 410 211 or email me at the link above or via my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Experience

Counselling Diploma in Psychosynthesis (Currently studying for MA)

Private therapy practice

Counselling in the Workplace

Counselling in FE College

Support work with youngsters affected by domestic abuse

Counselling prisoners families - AFFECT

12 Step Programme (Addiction)

Qualified Horticulture Practitioner and Therapist

Working with Vulnerable Adults

Community Mental Health Project Manager

Community Learning Difficulties Project Manager

BEd(Hons) Secondary and Special school teaching, including NEET (Children not in Education, Employment or Training)

Diploma in Special Needs

NVQ Assessor

Interests and Continuing Professional Development

Enduring mental distress

Therapy in the Garden

Chronic Illness/Mind-Body relationship


Intensive Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Part of my specialist experience is in working with people with complex needs, underpinned often by learning, emotional and/or physical difficulties. I work with mind, body and soul, listening to your symptoms within the context of you as unique and self regulating person.


My sessions are for 1 hour

Initial Assessment: £50 (One and a half hours)
Regular Sessions:   £40

I offer some concessions which we can talk about at the initial assessment.

Further information

My training background in Psychosynthesis lends itself to an integrative approach, working with a variety of models, adapting them to your unique personality and situation. My work is informed by a range of psychological disciplines including: person centred, psychodynamic, humanistic, transpersonal, psychospiritual and mindfulness.

Maps & Directions

Aldershot, GU11

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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