Joanne Collins Msc. UKCP Registered Systemic and Family Psychotherapist
2-8 Gracefield Gardens
Relationship counselling for couples, families and individuals
I have a genuine interest in facilitating positive change in individuals, couples and/or families experiencing discomfort. This discomfort can take the form of feeling sad, overwhelmed, family issues, relationship issues, adjusting to life after bereavement or separation/divorce. These issues can lead to a sense of low self-esteem and low self-confidence. Sometimes we struggle in life and we do our best with the resources we have available to us. Often we are successful but there are other times that its a struggle. This is where we might need support from someone like me.
Asking and looking for help can be daunting as we may not know what type of help we need. Internet searches can be vast and family and friends, though well meaning, may not understand. Finding the right therapist is tricky but not impossible. If you are not happy with your life right now a therapist may be able to help.
Clients I have worked with make reference to being able to think again, being able to consider other options, be able to see the problem differently or even put the problem to rest. Contact me, call, text or email and we can book an initial meeting where we can be honest about our working relationship (can we work together or might someone else be better suited). Initial 10 minute call is all it takes to start this process.
How long does therapy last?
Everyone has different needs and this will influence what you want from therapy. Therapy can be short, medium or long term. The option that you chose may depend on how complicated your issue is your availability and the practical implications of finances. Discussing the length of therapy is important to bring up at the start of the relationship as this may shape the starting goals to work towards and what you want to accomplish.
What to expect?
Sessions will last about an hour and can be as often as once a week, although we are able to meet fortnightly. I work to UKCP/BACP guidelines on ethics.
How I work
I am open minded and work with a focus on relationship. There is no one formula that works for everyone but through our assessment and relationship we think about "whats needed" "who needs to do what" "when" etc. I am not the silent therapist though I recognise the importance of silence in the work. Our work is alive in the interaction between us which is demonstrated in our relationship. This means we both talk. At times i may give home-work so we can track change and think about what works and where specifically difficulties may be experienced. I am not the therapist who keeps you in therapy longer than you need to be there.
My approach to therapy is integrative which means I am influenced by and trained in a number of models. These models include Humanistic, Transpersonal, Psychosexual therapy, Psychodynamic and Systemic and Family Therapy.
Who I work with
Individual – If you need help with relationships, experience fear and sadness in ways that worry you. If you've been a victim of sexual abuse or have a history of abuse, anxiety. Family relationships can be worrying or having a boss who is a bully, life after divorce? As individuals life can present any number of emotional concerns that we may want support with..
Relationship therapy – If you need help communicating with your partner then relationship therapy could be of benefit to you. Relationship therapy provides space to develop a greater insight into each other, learn how to communicate, resolve conflict, explore/develop your sexual relationship. Also used to rebuild trust post affair or betrayal.
Families – If you need help expressing needs in a safe/supportive environment, want to address issues of discipline, parental separation and loss, coping with a recent diagnosis of mental illness affecting the entire family, or issues of a inter-generational nature, to give but a few examples, then Family therapy could be beneficial to you.
Psychosexual Therapy known as PST or Sex therapy - is treatment which addresses a sexual dysfunction or emotional block within a sexual relationship. Together we look at physiological and psychological problems which are causing sexual difficulties. Some areas covered:
- General breakdown in a couple’s sexual relationship
- Loss of sexual desire
- Painful penetration
- Difficulties with orgasm
- Arousal disorders
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature or delayed ejaculation
PST is open to adults of all ages: lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight; married or unmarried. If you have a sexual partner my preference is that you attend sessions together, because sexual and relationship difficulties are usually influenced and interrelated within the relationship. If you don’t have a sexual partner at this time, or s/he is not willing to attend, it could still be beneficial to attend sessions on your own.
Sessions are available, evenings and Saturday mornings.
Some daytime sessions are available and can be negotiated.
Training, qualifications & experience
Currently undertaking Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy, Tavistock and Portman Clinic, validated by University of East London
2014 Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy, London Diploma, Accredited by Middlesex University
2012 - MSc in Systemic and Family Therapy, Institute of Family Therapy, validated by Birkbeck University. UKCP accredited
2009 - MA in Transpersonal Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), validated by de Montfort University. UKCP accredited
2003 - MSc Rehabilitative Counselling and Health Care, Brunel University
1. Interpersonal Psychotherapy is one of the evidence based treatments for people experiencing depression
2. EMDR levels 1 - 3, is an evidence based treatment for people experiencing trauma
3. Mentalization Based Therapy is an evidence based treatment for people who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. It has been expanded to include working with people who want to work on their intimate relationships.
Rape and Sexual Abuse, Bereavement training, AIM Sex Offender training, Psychotheraputic thinking in Race and Culture, Brief Psychoanalytic work with Young Black People.
With 15 years experience in the field of mental health I am a UKCP Registered Systemic and Family Psychotherapist and a UKCP Registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist. I am able to work effectively and successfully with a variety of client groups and offer them a range of evidence based interventions in the field of mental health that best suit their needs. I am qualified to work with children, adults, couples and families.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
- Separation and divorce
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Special interest in working with themes around identity and difference e.g. sexuality, sexual dysfunction, race, culture and religion.
Group work available on a number of different issues e.g self esteem, abuse, attachment based problems, bereavement and sexuality.
I offer a sliding scales on fees within these ranges. The price is negotiated in assessment depending on what can be afforded
£60 to £80 per hour for individuals
£80 to £100 per hour for couples and families
Psychosexual therapy begins £80 per hour depending on the issue.
Couples and families can be seen fortnightly or weekly depending on the needs at the time.
Nearest train stations
Streatham, Streatham Hill
Nearest bus routes
P13 109 118 133 159 201 250 255 333
There are 2 disabled parking spaces available outside the centre. You need a blue badge to park here. On-street parking is limited.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available Monday and Wednesday evenings in Streatham. Saturday day times Some weekday day times on request
Types of client