Joanne Harris (MBACP) PG Dip.Integrative Counselling
Ground Floor Office
1 Bell Yard
My aim is to create a safe, reliable, warm, and confidential space for you to explore your feelings and whatever is troubling you. Whether coming to therapy in crisis or for personal development and exploration, I will listen, support and at times gently challenge you when, and if, I think it will be helpful.
I welcome and recognise cultural diversity and the spectrum of sexual and gender orientation.
I offer short term work of up to 24 sessions to help with immediate problems such as a relationship ending, or a painful life transition. Coping strategies for anxiety and depression can be worked with short term but if chronic they may need quite a bit of time.
Long term work of 6 months onwards is for working with deep or core parts of the self that take longer to understand, heal or transform. When there have been complex and traumatic experiences they need to be worked with slowly in a trusting relationship that is built up over time. Relationship patterns, whether with intimate partners or friends and acquaintances may emerge in the therapeutic relationship over time and can be transformed or healed also.
Short term or long term, the relationship we create - the rapport and trust - can be one of the most healing parts of therapy.
The first step would be an initial free 15-20min conversation - on the phone or through Skype/FaceTime - for me to get a sense of what you looking for. Then you can decide if you would like to meet. Our first meeting would be an assessment for both of us to see if we can work together. I would need to know more about your situation and what's troubling you and you can ask me any questions you have about how counselling or I work.
If we decide to work together I would offer you a weekly session. Our session would be an appointment time reserved for you on the same day each week, at the same time each week. The regularity of the meeting creates a rhythm and helps to build our relationship.
Finally, as a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists I abide by their code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Foundation Certificate in Integrative Counselling
- Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling
The above have been gained from the well respected Minster Centre, London, NW6. The Postgraduate Diploma Qualification is a substantial one taking four years to achieve.
'Integrative' means I can use different theoretical frames to think about problems such as Humanistic, Existential, Psychoanalytic, Relational and Attachment theories. I have trained to work with trauma, childhood sexual abuse, death and dying, self harm, eating disorders and to work with specific groups such as adolescents and refugees.
Prior to training and working as a counsellor my main occupation was teaching art/design history and cultural theory in Higher Education. I have worked with younger adults from all over the world of different religious and sexual orientations.
I am also qualified to, and still teach, a form of yoga. After an initial 2yr yoga teacher training (Scaravelli-inspired), I undertook a 2yr Dru Yoga meditation teacher training as well as specialist trainings in Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga. I was always interested in the therapeutic aspects and benefits of yoga, and I still am. See www.thinkfeelbe.co.uk for more about my restorative yoga work.
I am particularly interested in incorporating the body in counselling, whether that is by paying attention to sensation or focusing on specific symptoms. I believe that counselling helps us to become really embodied.
My clinical experience has been in primary care for the Low Cost Therapy Service attached to the Minster Centre and also in a central London private practice. Anxiety and depression, suicidal ideation, stress, relationship problems, self esteem, body image, disordered eating (binging and bulimia), self-harm, relationships with parents/family, absent parents, abuse and relational trauma, intergenerational trauma, women's issues, mid-life, shame, and life transitions are some of the areas I have worked with both in my own life and with my clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
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My fee is £60 - £85 for a 50 min appointment in WC2. This sliding scale is dependant on ability to pay and the time of the session.
My fee is £50 - 70 in either NW6. or NW10. As above.
I may have some low cost slots available so please ask.
Please note: Unfortunately I am not currently registered with BUPA or any similar health care provider. If you want to claim your fees back you will need to check with your insurance as to what they require.
I have some guidance notes that I will give you to help you understand the framework of therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon (WC2) Tue (NW10)
Types of client