Joanne Oliver

Joanne Oliver

Didsbury
Greater Manchester
M20

Chorlton
Greater Manchester
M21

07780 932886

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Didsbury
Greater Manchester
M20

Chorlton
Greater Manchester
M21

07780 932886

About me

I am a BACP-qualified person-centred counsellor based in Didsbury and Chorlton offering confidential, face to face sessions to support and nurture you through challenging times.

You may have clicked on this site because you are going through a difficult time or you might have certain things in your life that are troubling you? In life, we face many difficult challenges and painful situations, which we can often find hard to talk about with family or friends. Through counselling, you will be given a safe and confidential space to explore and make sense of those feelings.

  • Have you had a specific experience or major life event that is making it difficult to cope or affecting present day behaviours and feelings?
  • Do you feel down with low self-esteem? Constantly worried and stressed? Suffering loss or grief?
  • Has anxiety become so overwhelming that it’s difficult to cope or you’ve lost all sense of direction and who you are?
  • Having relationship difficulties with partner or family member, either in the past or right now?
  • Do you find yourself repeating unhelpful patterns and behaviours that are holding you back?
  • Do you feel stuck, lost direction and don't even feel you know who you are or what you want any more?
  • Do you have a difficult decision to make and can’t gain any clarity or move forward?
  • Maybe you can’t put your finger on it, however things just don’t feel right or life isn’t as you want it to be?
  • Is it simply time for things to change?

Deciding to reach out and seek counselling can be a difficult decision - but if you choose to, it is a really valuable space which might not exist in your everyday life. You will be listened to, heard and valued – often, many clients say, for the first time. You will gain insight and become empowered to look at things in different ways, enabling you to live a more fulfilled and authentic life.

I am passionate about the person-centred counselling approach, because put simply, you are not seen as a ‘patient’ being treated by an ‘expert.’ Instead you are a client and we are viewed as equal. I believe the relationship between you as the client and me as the therapist is at the heart of all therapy work. Our relationship is built on trust, which is earned by myself from you, and it ultimately facilitates your healing process. For this reason, it's important that you find a counsellor who is right for you.

That is why I offer an initial 30-minute meeting or call free of charge for you to find out more and ask any questions you may have. There is absolutely no obligation whatsoever as I understand it is a very personal decision.

I hope something has connected with you to get in touch.

Warm wishes,

Jo

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (BACP accredited)
  • Level 3 certificate in counselling skills
  • Level 2 certificate in counselling concepts

I undertake regular training to enhance my practice and comply with BACP continuing personal development (CPD) requirements. Most recent training courses I have attended are:

  • Anxiety Recovery - Treating Intrusive thoughts and The Inner Critical Voice
  • Working with Trauma and Recovery
  • Working with Endings in Counselling
  • Working with suicidal clients
  • Group facilitation in counselling
  • Working creatively with children

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Chorlton Rooms
  • The Divine Hub

Fees

Initial 30 minutes consultation (phone or meeting) - free of charge

121 face to face sessions - 55 minutes

£45 per session

Further information

After spending many years in the pressurised corporate world, a ‘gap year for grown-ups’ 10 years ago allowed me some much-needed time to reflect and finally have the courage to follow through with my passion – helping others to make positive changes in their lives.

On my return, I embarked on an intensive counselling course as well as qualifying as a Samaritan, where I subsequently spent a number of years in the Manchester branch. This included mentoring as well as becoming a member of the prison team at Strangeways, where we visited twice per week.  I have also been a volunteer counsellor at Face to Face in Chorlton for the past five years, which helps adults with no or very little income who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford counselling.

Having been on my own individual journey of self-awareness and change, I know how valuable counselling can be in allowing ourselves time to explore difficult feelings, and become empowered to make positive life changing transformations. My counsellor was pivotal in enabling me to gain insight and make those changes for myself.

I have a passion for the person-centred approach to counselling, because put simply, you are not seen as a ‘patient’ being treated by an ‘expert.’ Instead you are a client and we are viewed as equal.  I believe you already know deep inside what the answers are, and it is my role to help you find them. Rather than me tell you what to do, I will empower you to reach those answers and take control of your own decisions.

I am a mum and step mum, and understand first-hand the struggles of starting a family as well as the pressures that family life can sometimes bring.

When I’m not with clients you’ll find me with my family. I love the outdoors and get out running or walking when I can. I’m an avid traveller, having visited numerous countries far and wide and love experiencing different sights, cultures and cuisine.  Most of all I love making memories.

Maps & Directions

Didsbury, M20
Chorlton, M21

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No

Availability

Daytime and evening appointments available.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults