About me

Thank you for taking the first step to see if counselling is for you. I am a positive believer that if you are unhappy in your life that change is possible. As a Senior BACP Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor I know that seeking help can be extremely difficult. I have a vast amount of experience in both the NHS and the private sector dealing with all types of difficulties. I am an Integrative Counsellor which means that I use various approaches such as  Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, CBT and Person-centred therapy based on individual client needs to ensure the most effective outcomes are achieved. Within my practice I offer both open- ended counselling and short term counselling for both adults, families and children over the age of 8.

My work with Barnardo's (Link) has enabled me to work effectively with adoption issues. 

I have recently undertaken further training in Couple Counselling 2021 to ensure my practice is enhanced and relevant.  Having undertaken further training in working online I feel this enables my practice to be more assessable to individuals and couples.

My practice is based on recommendations from people who have had a positive experience of counselling they have received from me.

Within the practice my specialties are in the following :-

Cancer and life threatening illnesses, Bereavement, Grief Recovery, Stress, Adoption, Anxiety and Depression, Couple Counselling and Family Therapy.
I undertake work with health professionals:- GPs, Nurses, Mental Health Workers, Social Workers and other allied health professionals for  counselling or supervision.

I undertake E.A.P work for Health Assured & I am BUPA recognised

I specialise in individual and couple counselling via Zoom

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications

B.A.C.P Senior Accredited Counsellor

B.A.C.P Accredited Supervisor

Further Couple Counselling Training London 2021

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling August 2020 (80 hours)

Grief Recovery Specialist 2015

Diploma Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) 2013

Mindfulness training for people who have had a stroke 2010

Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision 2010

Family Attachment Focused Counsellor 2009

Addiction training for Counsellors 2008

Adoption Training Course (Link) for Counsellors 2007

Registered Counsellor with Essex County (adoption)

Diploma Integrative Counselling, 2006

Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling Skills, 2004

Certificate Person-centred Counselling, 2002

PG Cert Ed, 2000

Diploma in Palliative Care 1998

BSc (Hons) Community Studies 1997

RGN, 1981

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 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

Bereavement  specialist

Grief Recovery Specialist


Family Therapist

Child/Young person therapist (8-18)

Experience of counselling people from different cultures

Telephone counselling for UK residents and International clients (when booking an appointment please use GMT).

Skype/Zoom counselling


Photos & videos


£50.00 per session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • HealthAssured

Additional information

Counselling fees:-£50 for individuals, £65 couples & families depending on time required. Please note that couples and families require longer session which is reflected in the price.

Grief Recovery Method Course which consists of 8 weekly sessions.

Shorter sessions for younger children are negotiated according to their age

Supervision fees £50 per hour or £65 for 1.5 hours

Telephone/Zoom Counselling available for UK and International residents.  
Cost are £50 per session.

Skype/Zoom sessions are available for both Supervision and Counselling.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

There are limited appointments for face to face 

Appointments for online via zoom or telephone appointments are available.

Further information

Contact me for further details.

I also offer sessions for telephone and zoom counselling.   This is available for both U.K residents and international clients.

Some weekend and evening counselling available

Direct referrals taken from G.Ps and other healthcare professionals

St Lawrence

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Whilst my counselling room is on one level, access to this is via a heavy shingled drive and side access.

Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a B.

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Joan Howlett

Joan Howlett