Joanna Whelan PGDip wpf MBACP

Joanna Whelan PGDip wpf MBACP


07443 438079

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07443 438079

About me

I offer a confidential space to put into your own words difficulties you may be experiencing in your day to day life, or perhaps to bring events and feelings from the past which may be staying with you and affecting your present well-being and ability to move on.

Experience shows me that talking can help alleviate psychological and physical symptoms of stress, by clearing blocks and allowing you to rediscover your natural path and function in life.

My experience and training allow me to work sensitively with a wide range of issues or difficulties, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Dealing with transitions, life changes and stages
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Depression
  • Feelings of isolation or loneliness
  • Eating or other substance issues
  • Tension
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems

I work one to one with adults on a short or long term basis and my approach is psychodynamic.

Psychodynamic therapies place value on self exploration, and making links between what is happening internally and externally in our lives, and patterns that occur in our present circumstances which seem to repeat from past experiences.

I more recently undertook a training in cognitive therapy skills and can offer solution focussed short term work.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a background in mental health settings where I worked in support and supervisory roles from 1989 onwards.

My training has encompassed Integrative Counselling, including Person Centred and Existential models of counselling, and Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic and Jungian therapies.

I completed my professional training and worked at wpf Therapy London, which is well established body recognised for its clinical and academic excellence.


Post graduate certificate in cbt skills. WPF Therapy London.

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice. WPF Therapy, London.

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. WPF Therapy, London.

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

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

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cultural and family identity.
Students' issues; leaving home; transition to adulthood; positive independence.
Transitional life stages; marriage, becoming a parent, loss of a parent, mid life issues.
Spiritual or religious questions.


Fees are negotiable depending on your situation, and the session times and frequency.

Maps & Directions

Woking, GU21

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I currently have availability on a Saturday morning or afternoon. From 1st March 2018 I will have availability on Thursday daytime.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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