Joanna Whelan PGDip wpf MBACP

Joanna Whelan PGDip wpf MBACP

Wych Hill

07443 438079

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About me

Hello and welcome to my page. I offer pychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples at a relaxed and well established clinic in Woking. My training and experience gained over a number of years allows me to listen carefully and provide a space for us to talk through the difficulties you may be facing.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy essentially involves exploring the patterns and themes that seem to occur and reoccurr in our lives. The idea is that the more we reflect on these patterns or repetitions, the easier it becomes to break free of unwanted cycles and blocks. I am also qualified to draw on a number of other therapies including Jungian personality typing (similar to mbti), cognitive therapy (CBT), mindfulness and mind body work.  These approaches have a more practical focus and can help bring about fresh ideas and new ways of seeing ourselves within current challenges.

I have a close interest in the intuitive arts of astrology, numerology and dream symbolism. Working creatively with these ideas can often open up meaningful possibilities, and uncover feelings that may have been put aside through 'overthinking' or everyday pressures. This was an integral part of traditional psychotherapy; by tuning into our dream imagery and by noticing external events and patterns which resonate or mean something to us, it was found that we could gain valuable insights into our needs and identities. Experience shows me this process can promote healing, creative potential and productivity.

You are probably looking to find a new way through past or present difficulties, perhaps experiencing challenging levels of stress, or recognising patterns in relationships or at work that you want to address. Maybe you have been given a label or diagnosis to explain what you are going through, or you have self diagnosed a mental health issue. It could be that you have physical health problems that have not responded to medical intervention.

In a nutshell, therapy can help you work towards positive change and growth, and achieve lasting progress within current difficulties such as (but not restricted to):

  • Feelings of overwhelm or burnout
  • Heightened levels of anxiety
  • Problems with confidence and self esteem
  • Difficulty letting go of the past
  • Issues around individual or family lifestyle
  • Feelings of isolation, problems with attachment and intimacy
  • Transitions, life changes and stages
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Depression (special interest)
  • Post natal anxiety and/or depression
  • Problems with food, emotional eating, food intolerance, nutrition
  • Pain, cfs, fibromyalgia
  • Tension and stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflict
  • Personal and spiritual/life path questions

Please text, call or email me to arrange an initial chat or appointment to see how I can help. I am based at well established and pleasant treatment rooms with a reception and waiting room. I offer flexibility in frequency of sessions.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

My background is in therapeutic rehabilitation settings, where I worked with groups and individuals experiencing psychological and occupational difficulties from 1996 onwards. I began studying counselling in 2001, and then went on to train as a psychotherapist at wpf therapy London, a well regarded training institute with its own public clinic at London Bridge. I worked here in long term/open ended, and 12 week solution focussed therapies for 5 years before starting my own practice locally in Surrey.


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 I work to a strict code of ethics and values, and am fully insured.

I attended regular workshops on mental health, dual diagnosis and management in mental health care between 1998 and 2010, and more recently completed the following short courses at wpf therapy London.

* Living with mortality

* Assessment in clinical practice

* Religion and Psychotherapy

* Mind Body work

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£40 for initial assessment (1 hour)*.

£38-50 for 50 minute sessions thereafter. (Evening sessions from £45).


£60 (Sessions are 1 hour).

* I offer a half hour mini assessment for £15. 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.

Maps & Directions

Woking, GU22

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French (basic fluency)


Wheelchair access: Yes


I have spaces on a Monday and Thursday daytime, Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. Please always enquire though. Usually an appointment can be made within 1-2 weeks of enquiring.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme