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About me

I am an experienced senior counsellor, CBT therapist and EMDR therapist and have been working in mental health for over 10 years with various client groups. I have previously worked in the therapeutic community, for charity counselling services, for a GP surgery, for a University Counselling Service and as a Senior CBT therapist and EMDR therapist in the NHS. I am accredited by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

I offer one-to-one face to face, telephone or Skype sessions in a safe and non-judgemental environment where you can explore your difficulties and concerns. I engage with my clients on an equal level, and work together with them towards personal growth, life-changes or acceptance of what cannot be changed.

I endeavor to keep my skills and knowledge updated through attending various training courses, seminars and workshops. I am also keen to read relevant articles and books to increase my knowledge and keep up to date with advances in mental health care and psychological interventions.

I am also a founder of a workshop for women - Embracing Venus. The main aim of the workshop is to help women who want to find a suitable partner and enjoy a loving relationship to change their old patterns and acquire the necessary skills to help them to do so. Please see the website http://joannaveronica.co.uk for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

2016 - EMDR training

2014 - CBT for Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue workshop

2013 - PgDip in CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders

2013 - CBT Informed Complex Trauma Training

2011 - MSc in Existential Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy

2010 - Working with clients in a short-term model workshop

2009 – Mental Disorder and Substance Misuse Treatment Programme Certificate

2007 – Introduction to CBT certificate

2007 - BSc (Hons) Psychology

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Solution focused brief therapy


please call to inquire


Key details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Polish
Wheelchair user access

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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Joanna Bieszczad MSc, PgDip, BSc (Hons), BABCP (Accred)

Joanna Bieszczad MSc, PgDip, BSc (Hons), BABCP (Accred)