Joan Carter Registered Member BACP Senior Accredited. UKRCP. CPC

Joan Carter Registered Member BACP Senior Accredited. UKRCP. CPC

The Church Street Practice
18, Church Street
Melton Mowbray
LE13 0PN


07979 792132

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About me

I am an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist offering individual and couples counselling from my home near OAKHAM and from the Church Street Practice in MELTON MOWBRAY.

  • I have 25 years experience as a qualified, Registered Independent Practitioner. I have extensive experience working for the NHS, heading up a therapy service in one of the largest GP Medical Practices in the UK.

I have considerable experience in working with a wide range of issues including: depression, anxiety, including generalised anxiety disorder, coping with change and uncertainty, phobias, panic disorder, stress, bereavement and loss, pregnancy and childbirth issues and relationship issues.

I am an EMDR Practitioner. EMDR is the therapy of choice recommended by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Exellence) for trauma and disturbing memories.

I work using an integrative approach which means I have training and experience in different ways of working which enables me to tailor the way I work to the needs of the individual.
I believe that the quality of the relationship between client and therapist is central to the work.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior Accredited Member BACP.
UKRCP Registered Member
Registered member ACC.
Advanced Diploma in Existential Therapy.
Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Certificate in Bereavement Counselling.
Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision (Gestalt)
EMDR Practitioner (Advanced level training) for trauma related incidents
I have training in both CBT and REBT.
RELATE Training for working with couples.
External Counsellor for Leicestershire Police Force.
Qualified Teacher. Posts of responsibility held: Head of Modern Languages, Head of Pastoral Care.

I have 23 years experience in the NHS holding the post of Head of Counselling/Psychotherapy Services at a large GP Practice in Leicestershire, working with individuals and couples covering a broad range of issues at various life stages.

I work with issues such as work stress, anxiety, confidence issues that require a CBT approach. CBT is useful in helping to identify and change unhelpful thinking patterns that result in self defeating behaviours. EMDR can be used for painful or traumatic memories that interfere with life now. It is also useful for anxiety and phobias.

I have considerable experience in working with couples who have relationship difficulties or whose relationship is in crisis. I am increasingly working with couples who want to understand themselves and each other more fully, are preparing to live together or are getting married and as such want to explore areas like communication, managing conflict, finance, values, career isues,parenting, sexual intimacy.
I also help them to understand personality differences using personal profiling tools. Couples often need to understand how their experience in their family of origin impacts on their current intimate relationships. Learned patterns of relating can be understood and changed in order to improve the quality of the relationship.

SUPERVISOR/TRAINER: I have 15 years experience as a lecturer in Counselling and Communication skills in both Universities and hospitals.
I have 20 years experience in individual and group supervision and currently supervise within the NHS and on a private basis. I work with trainees, newly qualified therapists and those who are more experienced practitioners.

CONSULTATIVE SUPPORT I have several years experience in providing consultative support for Pastoral Care Leaders in Education,NHS and Church Communities.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Existential issues

Search for meaning and purpose

Ageing and mortality

training in communication skills

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Psychological therapy/Counselling/Psychotherapy/ Couples /EMDR

EMDR Treatment (Trauma and disturbing memories therapy) £65 per 1.25 hours

Counselling for individuals is £50 per full hour session

Counselling for couples is     £65 per full hour session

Supervision for therapists £45 per hour session. £65 per one and a half hour session

Payment can be made by bank transfer on the day /cheque / cash

Sessions can be arranged in the daytime, Saturday mornings, or evenings (Mondays or Tuesdays)

Further information

As a Senior Accredited Member of BACP, I work to the BACP Code of Ethics. I am also a registered member of UKRCP and CPC. I am DBS checked on both national and international levels. I have experience in working with short term and longer term issues. Clients have a choice to work on a weekly or fortnightly basis. I offer a confidential and relaxed setting. Safe parking available

Maps & Directions

Melton Mowbray, LE13 0PN
Oakham, LE15

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: French


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Appointments available at The Church St Practice all day Thursday. Appointments at Whissendine on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings, Monday or Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Types of client


Supervision & training

I have 15 years experience in supervising and training for the NHS.

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