Joanne Harris (MBACP) Dip.Integrative Counselling
Whether returning to therapy or coming for the first time, choosing someone to work with can be a daunting task. It has to feel right.
My aim is to create a safe, reliable, warm and confidential space for you to explore whatever is troubling you. The relationship we create - the rapport and trust - can be one of the most healing parts of therapy. Being heard and seen by your counsellor is crucial. I will listen, support and at times gently challenge you when, and if, I think it will be helpful.
Whilst I am strongly orientated to Humanistic concerns, seeing growth and maximising human potential as fundamental to a fulfilled life, I also find great value in the psychoanalytic/dynamic traditions which look at how family and early life experience has shaped who we are. We can also understand the past and transform the present by paying attention to our body. In counselling/psychotherapy we are not talking heads, but whole beings with minds and bodies.
In the end though I am led by you and what you want to explore. The relationship and trust we build together is the most important part of the work.
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.
I have some further guidance notes about the framework of how I work as a counsellor - cancellations/holidays etc. which I will send you around the time of our first meeting.
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
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (due to complete 2018)
All of the above have been gained from the well respected Minster Centre, London, NW6.
'Integrative' means I can use different theoretical frames to think about problems.
I came to counseling work from a background of teaching art and design history and cultural theory in higher education. I have a BA in Humanities and an MA in Art History.
With a yoga teacher training, and additional specialist trainings in meditation and restorative yoga, I am particularly interested in working with the integration of thought, feeling and sensation and in using the body through focused attention, or through talking.
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, stress, relationship problems, self esteem, body image, 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
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
My fee is £65 - £85 for a 50 min appointment in either NW6 or WC2 (from September 2017).
I may have some low cost slots available so please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client