Joanne Freeman Dip. Pc. MNCS (Acc) AVR

Joanne Freeman Dip. Pc. MNCS (Acc) AVR


07904 018116 or 01277 652131 / 07904 018116

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07904 018116 or 01277 652131 / 07904 018116

About me

Hello, I'm Joanne, I'm a registered accredited counsellor: I am on a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

I work with individuals and couples with their emotional well-being. I work within my own private practice and for a charitable organisation. If you're thinking about having counselling, it can be daunting for some people: if you make an appointment for an initial consultation I will do my best to help you feel at ease. I've been working in stress management, family support and counselling since 2007. I also worked as a Health Improvement Practitioner for the NHS for 5 years.

My approach is integrative which means I am trained in various different types of counselling, including traditional counselling, which is you the client being listened to and heard, in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment: CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Mindfulness techniques and strategies to help you through your situation.

Mindfulness is also known in some fields as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Systematic Attentional Training. It's a practice that can help you to live more in the present moment - by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings and thoughts with self-compassion and paying attention to your physical senses. It helps you to live in the NOW, and is a highly effective practice for gaining a reprieve from anxiety, depression, stress and much more.

Mindfulness is a psychological and scientific technique, there is plenty of scientific evidence to prove its effectiveness and it is widely used by health professionals.

My Counselling Service Can Help You To:

  • Feel listened to with empathy by someone professional who will be impartial, compassionate and remain non-judgemental.
  • Feel safe enough to talk about what's troubling you.
  • Know you are in a confidential, welcoming and safe space for you to talk and make sense of things.

I work with a variety of issues and have a special interest and a wealth of experience in:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress,
  • Panic Attacks
  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Anger Management
  • OCD
  • Parenting issues/challenges (I facilitate positive parenting courses)

I can give you strategies and tools for you to use in your every day life to help you manage life's many challenges. Talking about problems and seeing things from a different perspective, being understood and empathised with is what's needed for you to start your counselling process and build trust with your counsellor. This may be short term solution focused therapy, or longer term for deeper issues.

affects our minds and our bodies:

  • Butterflies in the tummy
  • Repetitious thoughts
  • Feeling isolated
  • Palpitations/heart flutters/tight chest
  • Worry and fear - past and future
  • Being on "high alert", dread
  • Dry mouth
  • sleep problems
  • Lack of motivation and vitality
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feeling like you're in a daze
  • Jelly legs
  • Tense shoulders
  • Being on auto-pilot
  • Irritable bowel etc..

The practice of Mindfulness together with counselling can help all of the above and more.

Understanding events from a different perspective and taking on board new strategies does not happen over-night, but with the right support the possibility of change and recovery is a very freeing and motivating experience and can lead to a more harmonious life improving your emotional equilibrium.

At your first appointment  we will have a talk about what brought you to counselling, and to address some practical formalities. It's your time for you to decide what you want to talk about and if my counselling service is the right one for you. I'm a friendly approachable person and I provide a confidential, non-judgemental, caring and compassionate environment for my clients.

My Work Experience

  • I have worked in stress management and counselling in the work place and with individuals since 2007.
  • I worked for 5 years as a Health Improvement Practitioner for the NHS supporting families to adopt a healthier lifestyle using successful behaviour change models.
  • I currently work part time for a charitable organisation as a Family Support Worker and Counsellor supporting families with difficulties including financial and housing problems, depression, anxiety, behavioural problems with young children, low self esteem, bereavement, lack of confidence, relationship issues and domestic abuse.
  • Over the years I have worked voluntarily in care homes for the elderly or disabled where I offered them time to talk and off-load their worries, be listened to and feel valued. I currently volunteer with Contact the Elderly.

More About Me and My Counselling Practice

I like to help as many people as possible as I know personally the benefits of counselling, therefore I offer reduced payments for clients who may require this. Please do not hesitate to enquire.

We live in a fast paced world with success often being measured by what we have rather that who we are, and the more simple things in life are sometimes sadly forgotten or we just think we don't have the time.Therefore I offer my clients relaxation techniques, mindfulness strategies and a chance perhaps for you to gain a healthier more harmonious work life balance.

Thank You and Good luck With Your counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Integrative Counselling (MNCS Acc) (AVR) - Accredited Voluntary Register
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
  • Diploma in Stress Management GCP (Guild of Complimentary Practitioners)
  • Certificate in Nutrition and Health (Intermediate Level ) Awarded with Credit from The Royal Institute of Public Health
  • Certificate in Family Support Training – Charitable Organisation
  • Certificate of Achievement - Mindfulness for Well-being and Peak Performance Monash University

  • CPD Certificate in Working with Dreams
  • CPD Certificate in Mindfulness Counselling
  • CPD Certificate in Body Mind Connection and Trauma Release

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Body Mind Connection, Mindfulness, Dream Analysis.


£30.00 Initial Consultation/Assessment (45 minute appointment).

For further counselling sessions:

£40 ( 50 minute appointment) - I do work within a sliding scale for my fees and can negotiate a lesser cost if necessary. Please don't hesitate to enquire.

Student Counsellors: £25.00 - (50 minute appointment).

£65.00 Couple/relationship counselling (1 hour appointment).
Initial Assessment/Appointment (couples): £35.00 (50 minute appointment).

Telephone appts: £40.00 - 50 minutes appointment
Email: Cost varies
Skype Counselling: £35.00 - 50 minute appointment.

You may prefer to have a telephone conversation initially of which is available. I offer 10 minute appointment with no charge.

Further information

I am a professional accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and the Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR). I am fully insured and DBS/CRB checked, and I adhere to the NCS code of ethics.

I have regular supervision, personal counselling and attend continuous professional development courses.

There are parking and transport links close by. I am within walking distance of Billercay mainline station and there is a bus service from the station that takes you to the top of my road,

There's plenty of parking outside my house and access for those with mobility issues.

I provide home visits, and I have counselled people in care homes too.

I work in Billericay and surrounding areas.

I adhere to the National Counselling Society's Code of Ethics.

Telephone and email appointments are available, however it is best to start with face to face counselling. If you are very anxious and nervous about contacting a counsellor this can be a helpful way to start, and then work towards meeting with your counsellor.

Maps & Directions

Billericay, CM12

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Counselling appointments available evenings after 4.30pm. From 8 am to 6pm Fridays. Some early morning appointments available upon request. Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm

Types of client

Older adults
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