Joanne Loach, MA, MBACP, Accred, Psychodynamic Counsellor

Joanne Loach, MA, MBACP, Accred, Psychodynamic Counsellor


07969 838436

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About me

My name is Jo - I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP and I am qualified in Counselling to Masters Level. My private practice offers open ended Psychodynamic Counselling.

I work with people who tend to have become stuck in life and who are struggling to find their way forward. You may be experiencing overwhelming emotions which you are unable to understand or process.  You may simply feel disillusioned by life or have lost your identity / voice / purpose.

I facilitate a process of exploring how the client's past is influencing their current relationship issues and work/life balance, to enable the client to reassess and begin the journey of change. The work often uncovers unprocessed painful experiences which may be adversely impacting the present.  These may appear through depression / anxiety / work / relational issues.

By using an integrated approach I seek to understand how the client's emotional experience may communicate through the physical body, whether via the relationship with food / weight / sleep / anxiety, or through physical symptoms, such as IBS. The processing that occurs during the counselling often results in a reduction of such symptoms.

Training, qualifications & experience

I successfully completed a five year training programme through the University of Hertfordshire. This consisted of a two year undergraduate dualistic programme combining personal centred and psychodynamic counselling, followed by a three year post graduate Masters Degree in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling. Attending personal therapy was a mandatory component of the post graduate training course.

I practice using a predominantly psychodynamic approach.

Previous counselling experience includes open ended work within a Young People's Centre in Finchley and an agency in Letchworth.

In addition I have previously worked with adults on both an open ended and time limited basis within a counselling charity in Stevenage.

I currently work with young people and adults at an agency in Hitchin and with just adults within my private practice in Arlesey.

My experience to date has typically but not exclusively been around issues such as abuse / depression / anxiety / loss / bereavement / relational issues / work issues / existential issues.

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I charge £55 - £65 for a fifty minute hour.  Where necessary, it may be possible to negotiate a lower fee.

Further information

To organise an initial assessment, please contact me on 07969 838436 or at

Maps & Directions

Arlesey, SG15

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am available at various times on Thursday and Friday.

Types of client

Young people