Joanna Whelan PGDip wpf Mbacp
Welcome to my profile. I am a qualified therapist with a background in specialist housing and mental health services. I was based for a number of years at wpf therapy in London and I now work privately at a relaxed and well established clinic in Woking. I use a holistic approach having a broad set of experience and interests and offer solution focussed short term therapy as well as long-term open ended work. I draw on a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive and mindfulness therapies and also use personality typing based on mbti which can help to inform your individual life path and processes, within the context of your personal history and experiences.
People come to counselling for many different reasons, and you may identify with one or more of the following themes, or have something else that you would like to talk about;
- Personal and spiritual/life path questions
- Issues around individual or family lifestyle
- Feelings of isolation, issues around attachment and intimacy
- Transitions, life changes and stages, leaving home, divorce, separation.
- Loss and bereavement
- Depression (special interest)
- Post natal anxiety and/or depression
- Problems with food, emotional eating, food intolerance, nutrition,
- Chronic pain, cfs, fibromyalgia
- Tension and stress
- Relationship issues, sexual problems
- Family conflict, parenting issues, family of origin conflict
- Feelings of overwhelm or burnout, workplace issues
- Problems with anxiety, confidence and self esteem
I specialise in a 12 session goal focussed therapy that can also allow a deeper resolution of the presenting issues. The question we would think about at the beginning of the work is... if the therapy was really helpful, where would you be or what would be different in 3 months? I also work with clients on a short term basis (4-6 sessions) and on a longer term open ended basis. Sessions are usually weekly at the same time each week for 50 minutes.
I can do fortnightly 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.
It is also helpful to look at the patterns or events in your life that feel particularly valuable or significant. This may take the form of an idea, a memory, an experience, or even a dream. Or it may be that a current issue or challenge is at the forefront of your mind. Whatever becomes the focus of the therapy, we would work collaboratively on that to explore and unpack what is happening. This process of reflection can open up meaningful possibilities, and help clients find new ways of feeling about themselves in the context of their current situation and personal/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 CBT Skills. 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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mbti personality typing
Dream symbolism and interpretation
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
Photos & videos
£50 for initial assessment (1 hour)*.
Daytime (weekly): £45 for 50 minute session.
Evening sessions (from 6pm): £55 for 50 minute session.
Fortnightly one to one sessions: £60 for 1 hour. £90 for 90 minutes.
£80 (Sessions are 75 minutes).
£100 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||French (basic fluency)|
My current availability is:
Monday am and pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|