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About me

I provide a relaxed but professional environment where individuals or couples can work on issues that are causing distress and anxiety. You can gain confidence and gradually speak about sensitive issues and find some resolution to your problems. In particular disturbances from your past can cause anxiety, unhappiness, even depression. I offer you sensitive paced help so you can understand and gain relief from these symptoms. My initial consultation helps us to explore what type of help you are looking for. This may be open ended, offering clients an opportunity to explore difficult areas and understand themselves and their relationships better so they make more informed and creative choices. I can also offer time-limited counselling, if appropriate, which will focus on agreed issues for a specific number of sessions and help you to deal with that area more constructively.
I continue to train in specialist areas to keep my practice up to date.
I have regular supervision  which helps me reflect on my work.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have professional Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with over seventeen years of experience in private practice and the NHS. I see individuals and couples. I am a senior accredited therapist with BACP. I am accredited to a private healthcare provider.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Qualification, WPF Kensington               

Cert in Psychosexual Studies, Tavistock Centre for Couples relationships
PG DIP Psychodynamic Counselling, University of Hertfordshire
Cert in Psychodynamic Supervision, University of Leicester
BA Applied Social Studies, University of Hertfordshire

I have previously worked for over seventeen years in the caring professions and have promoted emotional well being with individuals and couples.

I work in private practice
I am registered with a private health care provider.

I have provided counselling to the NHs, Police and to some private companies.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am experienced in seeing trainee Counsellors, who are needing to see a Counsellor or Psychotherapist as part of their course requirements. 

People looking for greater meaning in life
Young adults searching for meaning and motivation
Women with issues related to their children
Carers of relatives with physical or mental health problems
Men struggling with issues of masculinity
Men and women with gender issues
Older people concerned about retiring
Long term health issues
Self-image and identity                                                                                                     Couples who are needing to work out their relationship difficulties

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy


My usual fee is £60 per session for individuals
I have some concessionary places if there is a special reason for this, which can be negotiated in the first session

My usual fee for couples is £75

My fee for individual supervision is £60

Further information

I am a qualified Supervisor for Counsellors & Psychotherapists. I see individuals and also work with supervisees in small groups. I offer supervision for long term work and short term focussed work.
I have taught trainee Counsellors on Certificate and Diploma Courses for a local counselling organisation, Herts and Beds Counselling Foundation.

I adhere to the BACP ethical code of practice, this means I have regular supervision, consultation and ongoing training which ensures my work is safe and up to date.

My consulting room, which is attached to my home in Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead is convenient for people coming from the M1, M25 and A41. I see people who live in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

Hemel Hempstead

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I work office hours but also have some evening sessions available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I am a trained and experienced Psychodynamic Supervisor.

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Joan Crooks BACP Senior Acrredited Psychotherapist

Joan Crooks BACP Senior Acrredited Psychotherapist