Joan Anderton MBACP

Joan Anderton MBACP

Burton On Trent

07583 370398

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About me

Some people enjoy counselling others are reluctant but most feel the benefit of talking to someone who is kind, nonjudgmental and offers complete confidentiality.

Life has a way of throwing things at us we are not prepared for, horrible things like affairs, family breakdown and bereavement, mental health problems including OCD, anxiety, trauma and depression. Addictions that make us feel out of control and fearful and much more besides, leaving us confused anxious and exhausted.

I started training with Relate 16 years ago as a couple counsellor , I went on to train as Young Persons therapist, over the last few years I have trained with Human Givens Therapy , specialising in stress, anxiety and trauma, I offer you, a wealth of experience in all of these areas.

The service I offer is totally confidential, You as the client will have some idea of what you want as an outcome from your counselling and I will work with you to help you achieve this. This is a place where you will feel listened to, where we can explore what is important to you. You will not be judged. I am someone who will work with you to help you find a way forward.

I am a fully qualified counsellor with 16 years experience,
a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapi
I worked for many years for Relate,

I have also worked in local comprehensive Schools counselling young people.

I  offer you the opportunity to seek the peace and security that is missing in your life.
I work with issues that affect individuals, couples, families and young people, concerning most things including anxiety, trauma, loneliness, any type of relationship issues, affairs, betrayal, abuse, bullying, bereavement, abortion, depression, family breakdown, work issues, retirement and addiction. Perhaps Issues from the past and fears for the future.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
With 16 years experience as a professional counsellor working with Individuals,
Couples, Young People and Families,

I used to, until recently, work part time in a local comprehensive school with young people.

My qualifications include:

Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling
Certificate of Counselling Young People  
Qualified as a Relate Counsellor 
Working with Families Certificate
CPD Disabled Dependant
Human Givens PDs in 'Understanding Anxiety' and

PODs dissociation disorder
Human Givens How to lift Depression Fast CPD

I receive supervision, every month fitting with BACP requirements.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have recently completed training on Dissociation and Somatisation.
covering the impact on the body of early life trauma.

Photos & videos

  • Counselling room
  • Entrance to counselling room


fees are

Individual £45 per 60 minute session

Couples £45per 60 minute session

    Appointments are available on

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

from 8.30 am, the last appointment is 7.00pm

Other days and times may be available by arrangment.

  My counselling room is in Stapenhill Burton on Trent,

                                                                    11 minutes from Swadlincote
                                                                     20 minutes from Ashby de la Zouch
                                                                    22 minutes from Lichfield
                                                                     25 minutes from Tamworth

                                                                     40 minutes from Ashbourne 

Contact me for more details.

Further information

What I offer

A warm, caring and gentle approach to counselling.  Professional and effective in helping you mange the issues that are causing your life to feel out of control.

Couple Counselling

I trained and worked for Relate for 10 years, I now have 16 years experience of working alongside couples, helping them to view their relationship with a fresh focus and finding a way forward for their future together or apart.

Is not always what we expect, suddenly you are together for much longer than you have ever been before, leading to
confusion and irritability beyond your understanding. Help is at hand, having time to talk things through can get your relationship on a firm footing again .
Mental Health
I recently completed a Human Givens course in How to Lift Depression fast.  You may be depressed, or anxious, perhaps suffering from OCD, your life may seem to be falling apart and you feel dissatisfied or confused and want some help to work out how you can change these feelings and start enjoying life again. Or you may live with someone who suffers from depression and feel that you need support in your daily life. Having someone you can talk to in confidence. Learning about Cognative Behavioral Therapy and Human Givens Therapy, can make all the difference to your life.

Young People
Being a Teenager is not easy and talking to family is often uncomfortable for a young person. When family breakdown, bereavement, sexuality, bullying, depression or other difficulties affect your teenager, life can seem hopeless to them, they may need someone outside the family they can trust to help them through a difficult time. I have 10 years  experience of counselling Young People and I worked until recently in a local Comprehensive school as a Young Peoples Counsellor. I understand many of the problems they face and can offer safe and confidential help for the situation they find themselves in.

Pace of work
I am happy to work with any issue which is causing you or your family distress.
Together we will establish what you would like to change and achieve through counselling.
Appointments can be weekly or fortnightly depending on your availability and the pace of our work together.
We will periodically review how we are doing and what work still needs to be done. Counselling can be as long or as short as you need it to be. we will decide on goals and keep a check to see if we are achieving them.

Feed back received recently from some former clients

All I can say is thank you so much Joan! I have never felt so confident and empowered to deal with life's issues, especially the big ones. You helped me trust myself and my decisions and from that my self confidence has grown hugely. I have a long way to go on my journey in life but I can feel myself tackling that with more strength and courage each day.

Thank you doesn't seem enough to say for all the help and support you have given us over the past months. We are truly grateful and I am so thankful that i found you that evening in November. You are a lovely and wise lady and i will miss our talks but i know that we are on our road together again to continue our journey.

We came for counselling sessions a while ago now. I don't know if you will remember but we were going through a pretty tough time then. We are much happier than ever now. We both want to thank you so so much for what you did for us. We would highly recommend you to anyone in our position.

After 25 years of marriage and turning 50 our lives took an unexpected turn.  without the help of counselling I don't think we'd have got through it. To be give the guidance to listen and talk openly and honestly about our lives ad where we'd come to, to each other.  Counselling helped us realise how much we meant to each other and that we could find happiness together again- so we'd just had a blip. Counselling helped us learn together how to get past this and move on as a couple.  Re-building our lives is going to be fun- counselling taught us this.

"Hi Joan, thank you so much for the support you have given my son.  He is a lot more content and has found the work you have done with him around managing his anger and emotions really beneficial, particularly at school. Thank you very much.

"Joan is a wonderful person. We came to her in need of help, to get through a really tough patch and to find ourselves again. She helped us to do that in the most amazing way.  They didn't feel like counselling sessions but more like talking to a friend.
Someone who wasn't one sided and understood where we were both coming from.  We would highly recommend Joan as she has helped us get back on track and look forward together as husband and wife. Talking about your problems or differences the hardest part, but it is much easier when you can speak to Joan about it too..."

"Joan has helped me to become more confident and assertive, without losing the essential " me". Our sessions felt like a collaboration - working together to find the techniques that were helpful. Joan creates a welcoming environment that facilitates talking through difficult issues without any fear of judgment or embarrassment. I would wholeheartedly recommend Joan's service."

"You have helped me to become stronger and realise what being "me" is all about again and I feel much more happy, confident and determined. I realise that I had been just making others happy and in turn was not really addressing what makes me happy!!! Thank you for your guidance and advice."

"Joan is friendly and easy to talk to. Joan gave us the breathing space we needed. She helped us to find the right path to allow us to heal and get our lives back on track."

"Joan is compassionate, insightful, patient and knowledgeable. she made me feel comfortable to talk to. and work through my issues at my pace.
Joan has taught me techniques to deal with life more mindfully and her advice and support has greatly improved my outlook for the future.
I highly recommend Joan to anyone looking for help."

"Things here are much better (thanks to you), if we've a problem we discuss it not bottle it up . You've helped so much and helped me realise that what I wanted has always been stood in front of me."

"Joan's approach is warm, gentle and professional, yet effective.  She has helped me let go of my anger, sadness, fears and insecurities, giving me the ability to remember my own self worth.
I can breathe again.
Joan has taken me further than i ever thought counselling could.
Thanks Joan".
As I'm sure you can imagine I've felt really good recently and not felt the need for any further counselling. Very shocked that two sessions managed to help me but also thankful. You were a fantastic help and I really appreciate it.

Please don't hesitate if you need help contact me:

Telephone 07583370398

Maps & Directions

Stapenhill, DE15

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays

From 8.30am to 7.00pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults