Joan Crooks BACP Senior Acrredited Psychotherapist
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, Tavistick 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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
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
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work office hours but also have some evening sessions available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a trained and experienced Psychodynamic Supervisor.View supervision profile