Joan Bird

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BA (Hons), Registered MBACP
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Codmore Hill, West Sussex, RH20
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am an experienced and qualified counsellor / psychotherapist with over twenty years of experience in private practice, The NHS, The Criminal Justice System, The voluntary sector and education. I work with individuals and couples for short or long term counselling or psychotherapy. I offer a professional, safe and confidential space in which you can explore and resolve many of life’s challenges and difficulties.
I work with a range of presenting issues including relationship issues, stress and anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss, trauma, abuse, life decisions and drug and alcohol dependency.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Please contact me for further information on 07885 532993.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) Counselling - University of Greenwich
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
Core Supervision with Robin Shohet
Sensorimotor Approach to Working with Trauma with Miriam Taylor
Coaching Skills for a Counselling Practice
Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership - University of Bath . 
Management of Dual Diagnosis. 
Solution Focused Brief Therapy. 
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 
Motivational Interviewing.
Safeguarding Children Awareness.
VACTS (Volunteer Alcohol Counsellors Training Scheme)

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have extensive experience of delivering and managing counselling services and drug and alcohol treatment within the NHS, Educational Settings, The Voluntary Sector, Community Services and The Criminal Justice System.

My management experience includes performance management and recruitment and the provision of supervision to a team of clinicians, volunteers, social work students and service champions.


£60.00 - £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Individual session: £60 per hour session.
Couples: £70 per hour session
Concessionary rates available to students.  I welcome enquiries from counselling students.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have morning and afternoon sessions available throughout the week.

Further information

My practice is situated in Codmore Hill, West Sussex; easily assessable from Pulborough, Billingshurst, Horsham, Arundel and the surrounding towns and villages.
I am doing face to face sessions (with a Covid risk assessment), online / video and phone sessions. 

All inquiries will be treated in confidence.  An initial session enables you to explore your current concerns and establish if working with me would be useful to you at this time.

Codmore Hill, West Sussex, RH20

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My comfortable & private office is situated in my home with parking & a dedicated cloakroom.

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