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About me

I'm Joan and I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist (with over 20,000 hours client sessions) offering individual and couples counselling. I work 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 Excellence) 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.

Please call today on 07979 792132 or click here to send an email.

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 issues,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

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

  • Existential issues
  • Search for meaning and purpose
  • Ageing and mortality
  • training in communication skills.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy

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From £55.00 to £70.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling for individuals £55 per hour session

EMDR Therapy  £65 per hour  

Counselling for couples £70 per hour 

Supervision for therapists £48 per hour session. £68 per one and a half hour session


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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


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Languages offered


Online platforms



Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have 20 years experience in supervising and training for the NHS.

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Joan Carter Registered Member BACP Senior Accredited. UKRCP. CPC

Joan Carter Registered Member BACP Senior Accredited. UKRCP. CPC