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Joanna Whelan Psychodynamic Psychotherapist BA(Hons) PGDip wpf MBACP

Woking, Surrey, GU22 0EX
07443 438079 07443 438079

About me

Welcome to my profile, I hope you find the information here helpful and please feel free to enquire further.

If you are struggling with any aspect of life at the moment, I can work with you to explore helpful new ways of looking at and dealing with your personal situation.

I have worked with adults and young adults within therapeutic settings over the past 20 years, as well as having my own experience of personal development and therapy. My approach is holistic which means that I am interested in the emotional, psychological and physical health of an individual and how our lifestyle can impact our overall wellbeing.

I am able to explain the cognitive functions within each Myers Briggs personality type and show you how to develop yourself as an individual or within a couple based on these patterns.

I work with individual adults (16 and above), couples and families at a relaxed and well established clinic in Woking, and I offer flexibility in frequency and duration of sessions.

Individuals (16+)

I offer short term psychodynamic therapy that can allow a deeper resolution of the presenting issues, aswell as longer term open ended therapy, according to need. Sessions are usually weekly at the same time each week for 50 minutes.

I offer fortnightly sessions and monthly coaching sessions which are one hour or 90 minutes.


Sessions are usually fortnightly leading to monthly and are 75 minutes.

Further details of the therapy:

I work from a psychodynamic perspective which essentially means exploring together the patterns and themes that have occurred and possibly reoccurred in your life. The idea is that the more we reflect on these patterns or repetitions, which we all encounter, the easier it becomes to break free of unwanted cycles.

This therapeutic process of reflection can open up meaningful possibilities, and new ways of feeling about one's situation and personal and family history.

I have a post qualifying certificate in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), and can draw on a number of other approaches including Jungian personality typing (similar to mbti), mindfulness, cognitive analytical therapy/mapping, and mind body work. Having this combination of therapies means I can tailor the sessions to the needs of each individual, couple or group, both initially and throughout the therapeutic journey.

If you are interested in reading more about psychodynamic therapies and evidence of their lasting therapeutic impact, please visit www.bpc.org.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. WPF Therapy London.

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice. WPF Therapy London. Accredited by the University of Roehampton.

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. WPF Therapy London.

Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory (Integrative) Levels 2 and 3. Guildford College.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Nottingham.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to a strict code of ethics and values. I am fully insured.

Member organisations


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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

  • Mbti personality typing
  • Enneagram typing
  • Dream symbolism and interpretation
  • Nutritional, herbal and natural remedies.

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£55 for initial assessment (1 hour)*.

Weekly one to one: £50 for 50 minute session.

Fortnightly one to one sessions: £65 for 1 hour. £80 for 90 minutes.


£80 (Sessions are 75 minutes).


£90 for 90 minute session.

* I offer a half hour mini assessment for £30. This is suitable for individuals with no prior experience of counselling or those who just want to get an idea of how I may be able to help.

I am able to offer a free telephone consultation by arrangement. Please contact me by text phone or email to arrange a suitable time.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Crofton House
Wych Hill
GU22 0EX

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages French (basic fluency)


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


I currently have a spaces at the following times.:

Mon, Tues daytime.

Tues & Thurs morning.

Saturday pm.

Mon and Thur eve 7pm onwards.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Joanna Whelan Psychodynamic Psychotherapist BA(Hons) PGDip wpf MBACP

Joanna Whelan Psychodynamic Psychotherapist BA(Hons) PGDip wpf MBACP