About me

I am an experienced and qualified counsellor / psychotherapist with over nineteen 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.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic I am working at home completing sessions via phone or video. Once the lockdown is lifted I will return to my counselling room at Smithbrook Kilns in Cranleigh.  
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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

Individual session: £55 per hour session.
Couples: £60 per hour session
Concessionary rates available to students.  I welcome enquiries from counselling students.


I have daytime and early evening sessions available throughout the week.

Further information

My practice is situated at Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh, Surrey. It is conveniently accessible from Guildford, Horsham, Woking, Farnham, Haslemere, Godalming, Dunsfold, Rudgewick and Dorking.  Public transport stops at Smithbrook Kilns and the site has ample free parking. During the Covid-19 pandemic I am working from my home via phone or video 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.

Comfortable therapy/counselling/consultancy room available to rent to qualified insured practitioners.  Evening, day-time and weekend slots available from 8 am – 9.30 pm at very reasonable rates.  The site is safe, secure and well lit in the evenings, ideal if out of hours appointments are required.  Please contact me for further details.

Horizon Counselling and Consultancy Services
54 Smithbrook Kilns

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My office is accessed via a flight of stairs.


Joan Bird

Joan Bird