Joanne Benson Dip.BSc. MBACP
Ilkley Healing Centre
8 Nelson Road
01943 600217 / 07968 046374
My belief in the benefit of talking therapies was realised after the experience I gained as a Samaritan volunteer. For many, just having the opportunity to off-load their feelings in a confidential environment, to an anonymous, empathetic, non-judgemental listener is all that is required.
The humanistic counselling I offer includes models such as, person-centred, which is a client lead therapy, psychodynamic, which explores reasons for distressing feelings, Solution Focus, which is a brief therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT), which focuses on the logical reality of the problem and Mindfulness, which concentrates on present senses.
However, whichever model is used research shows that the most important factor in healing appears to be the trusting relationship that potentially, develops between the client and counsellor. Consequently, I am always aware of this factor during the process.
Training, qualifications & experience
2003 Diploma in Counselling and Human Relations, Bradford University
Models studied: Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt
2005 BSc Therapeutic Counselling, Leeds Met University
Models studied: Psychodynamic, Existential and Group therapies.
Courses studied, (which I use), Solution Focus, CBT, Somatisation/Mindfulness
Samaritan volunteer since 1988
I was a counsellor at Leeds Met Uni student counselling service for 11years where I gained invaluable experience supporting and treating people with various problems and degrees of mental illness. These included, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, identity, bereavement, loss, self-harm and suicidallity.
Mature Practitioner at LMU
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
£40 per hour (60 mins)
£20 for half hour first assessment session
I work in private practice at the Ilkley Healing Centre. (Details above)
I am also affiliated with Julian Turner at the Recovery Practice in Otley, West Yorks.
I abide by the BACP code of ethics which includes regular supervision
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and evenings until 8pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|