Joan Benjamin AGIP UKCP GCP
Joan Benjamin has been working privately for many years. Her consulting room is quiet, away from traffic and distractions. Joan believes that the consulting room has to be a safe confidential place in which clients may explore their difficulties. Joan has worked with people who come from a large variety of experiences.. Depending on need sessions can be time limited to 20 sessions or open ended. Joan can work on many different levels, according to the needs of the client. It has been known (rarely) that one, two or three sessions have been enough to untie the knot of difficulty for the client. However usually work takes longer. . Joan's psychoanalytic training has taught her that each client is unique and the challenges they face vary greatly. A persons problems may be sharp and urgent, or dull with not much taste to life, or be an unresolved puzzle, the cause unknown. Joan has found that therapy is a journey of discovery. A future good quality of life is the aim of therapy.
Joan is a trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, however has often found that she needs to act more as a therapist and counsellor unless work at more depth becomes the requirement, as may often happen as no human being is as simple as we like to think we are. If the problem and difficulty is simple, as it may be, then short term time limited counselling may be the best route.
Joan is a professional member of AGIP (the Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy) and a member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). She is also a member of the GCP (Guildford Centre for Psychotherapy) She is an active member of a peer reading group which grew out of interest in the work of D.W.Winnicott.
Training, qualifications & experience
3 years training with The Association of Group and Individual Psychotherapy leading to Professional Membership.
Professional member of United Kingdom Counsel for Psychotherapy.
Member Guildford Centre for Psychotherapy.
3 years as an honorary Psychotherapist at the Ridgewood Centre,
3 years work as an Honorary Occupational Therapist in Psycho-geriatric Day Centre at Farnham Road.
Diploma in Jewish Studies from Leo Baeck College
Attendance at many multi faith conferences in Bendorf, Germany and other meetings.
2 Year Introduction to Counselling course at W.P.F.
Work with Clients since 1994.
Joan began her study of psychotherapy after many years experience in business and the arts. Her first interest was in the works of C.G.Jung. She also studied Judaism, with a certificate in Jewish Studies. She developed an interest in interfaith work and attended interfaith conferences, both in Great Britain and at Jewish, Christian and Muslim conferences at in Bendorf,Germany.
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Assessment Session £25
Once weekly sessions are between £45 and £60.
Twice or three times a week sessions are at reduced prices.
Some short term, low fee of 20 sessions @ £25 are available through GCP low fee scheme. This is arranged in the initial assessment meeting.
The setting for the psychotherapy is quiet. A partnership is formed between Joan and the client. The work takes place in complete confidentiality Sessions are regular at agreed times, centred on the clients needs and wishes. The therapeutic exploration and development may take place seated on chairs, face to face. Alternatively, for deeper work, the client may find that later on in the therapy it is helpful to use the couch.
Sessions last for 50 minutes
The client is responsible for their own absences, as is Joan on the rare occasions that she cannot make the session time. On occasions an alternative session time may be mutually agreed.