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Joanna Whelan BA(Hons) PGDip wpf MBACP

Woking GU22 & Send GU23 07443 438079 07443 438079
Woking GU22 & Send GU23
07443 438079 07443 438079

About me

Welcome to my profile. I am a qualified therapist with a background in specialist mental health services. I work in Woking and Send at comfortable treatment rooms.

I offer short term intervention therapy (4-12 sessions) as well as long-term open ended work. I draw on a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive and mindfulness therapies. I am also able to personality type based on mbti which can help to inform your individual life path and processes, within the context of your personal history and experiences. I work with individual adults (16 and above), couples and families.

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;

  • Management and processing of anger and anxiety which can be closely linked
  • Issues specific to male identity and self esteem
  • 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
  • Co-dependency
  • Family conflict, parenting issues, family of origin conflict
  • Feelings of overwhelm or burnout, workplace issues
  • Problems with confidence and assertiveness
  • Spiritual/life path questions

Individuals (16+)

I specialise in short term psychodynamic therapy that can also allow a deeper resolution of the presenting issues. I also work with clients on a longer term open ended basis according to need. Sessions are usually weekly at the same time each week for 50 minutes.

I also 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

Dream symbolism and interpretation

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Arts therapies
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dance therapy
  • Dramatherapy
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Equine therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Music therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Reality therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

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£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.

Wych Hill

The Sunshine Clinic
175 Send Road
GU23 7ET

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis I am offering existing and new clients assessments and ongoing sessions by phone.


I have availability throughout the week including Saturday, please enquire.

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Joanna Whelan BA(Hons) PGDip wpf MBACP

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