Joan Baker MBACP Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Has life become unmanageable, problems sleeping, raised anxiety, low mood. Take time to meet with a counsellor in a confidential environment to look at how you can get your life back on track.
I offer confidential individual and couples counselling.
My approach is person centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy if indicated. I also use person centred art imagining.
I offer a quiet confidential space in which to explore challengng issues, past and present. Most people experience a low point at some point in their life and struggle to move forward. Counselling can help you to learn new skills, make more positive choices and rebuild your life. Self esteem and confidence can be restored. I aim to help you get back on track and regain control of your life with new hope and purpose..
I can help you overcome:
- anxiety and depression
- bereavement and loss
- abuse and bullying
- work related issues
- relationship breakdown
- spiritual issues
- poor self esteem and lack of confidence
- adjustment to retirement
- alcohol issues
- anger Management
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and abide by their code of professional conduct.
I am insured, am in ongoing personal therapy and independently supervised.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse
ENB Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Certificate in Marital Counselling (Relate)
Biblical Counselling Training
I have worked in mental health for over 20 years with groups and individuals. I have set up and co-facilitated groups working with depression, anxiety and bereavement. I completed my ongoing counselling training whilst working as a mental health nurse in G.P surgeries and more recently in a Mental Health Team.
I have had experience working with alcohol dependence, together with individuals who have been affected by someone elses drinking. My preference is working to the Alcoholics Anonymous Steps programme. I now work in private practice using my mental health experience to inform my practice.
For the last 15 years I have been involved in a counselling and co-management role in a voluntary counselling agency in Crawley, supporting clients from a range of agencies and difficulties, and supporting students in offering expience towards their degrees and furture career development.
I have worked with clients suffering from a variety of issues, including chid sexual abuse, alcohol, personality disorders, phobias and work related issues and breakdowns in physical health. My background in marital counselling informs my practice in working with relationship issues and marital breakdown. I have also worked with clients who have had the experience of miscarriage or stillbirth.
I find the counselling process enables a client to reflect on the choices and responses that have shaped their lives. It is an opportunity to learn new skills and look forward to positive changes in mood with new hope and purpose.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
Ongoing one hour session - £45
Couples - £55
I work from home in a designated room which offers a relaxed comfortable space conveniently situated on a local bus route and one mile from Three Bridges Station. There is ample parking outside the premises.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My hours of working are flexible between 10.00 and 6.00 Monday to Friday. I do offer some evening work from 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Types of client