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Dr Joanna Astill, Clinical Psychologist, Breakthrough Psychology Services

Hinckley, LEICS, LE10 1QU
07928451533 07928451533 Registered / Accredited

About me

Hello, my name is Joanna and I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in both the NHS and private practice. My practice, Breakthrough Psychology Services, is a psychology led service specialising in assessment and therapy for adults who are struggling with mental health difficulties, or physical health problems that also have a psychological component (for example chronic pain, fibromyalgia, non-epileptic attack disorder and medically unexplained symptoms).

I can support people in achieving their goals across a whole range of areas including a focus on wellbeing and personal development, as well as treatment for more severe difficulties which may be significantly limiting a persons ability to live their life the way they want to.

You may not be entirely clear on what you want but just have a feeling that things don't feel right and you have decided that you want to understand what, why and how to refocus and live the life you feel is best for you. Or perhaps you are very aware of a struggle with difficulties, which may already be formally diagnosed by another professional, and you want to regain some control instead of feeling that these issues take over. Either way, I am used to helping people by meeting them wherever they are in their journey and working together to achieve their goals.

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society, of which I am an Associate Fellow. This means that I have met all regulations to be licensed as a practising Clinical Psychologist, and continue my professional development as is required.

With over 20 years experience, my specialism is in mental health. I am a big believer that we all bring a rich complexity of experience, biology and culture to the table, which is why I use an integrative approach to therapy; drawing on the most applicable models and interventions for each individual.

I understand that it can feel daunting and confusing to embark on the journey of psychological therapy, initially raising more questions than answers. Please do not let this put you off; therapy can be challenging but also very rewarding. I am happy to discuss any concerns or anxieties you might have and if I am not the right person to help you, then I will do my best to recommend someone who might be able to support you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Dr. Joanna Astill CPsychol., AFBPsS., ClinPsyD., PGCert., BSc (Hons.)

I completed my doctorate and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2008. Before that I obtained my BSc (Hons.) degree in Psychology (First Class) in 2000, a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrated Mental Health in 2004 and Certificate in Counselling Skills in 2005. Since 1999 I have worked in various organisations, including charities and the NHS, with people of all ages experiencing mental health difficulties.

Since qualifying in 2008 I have worked in adult mental health services in the NHS, specialising in working with people aged 17 and over who are experiencing complex mental health issues. Over this time I have continued my professional development and trained in specific models which I have found fit with my preference of working and are evidence based as effective interventions.

My special interests, in which I have extended my learning and training include:

- Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy/Experiential Short Term Dynamic Therapy (for which I have attended numerous workshops and had specialist supervision)

- Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). I have completed all three levels of training for EMDR

- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

- Trauma Focused Cognitive Therapy

- Special interest in complex trauma and dissociative disorders

I use an integrative approach as I believe that there is no 'one size fits all' and tailor therapy according to the person I am working with. I am heavily influenced by dynamic therapy, attachment theory, cognitive-analytic therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy and the Adaptive Information Processing Model (EMDR). I also incorporate elements of sensorimotor therapy into my work.

- As well as offering psychological assessment and therapy, I am also qualified to offer specialist assessments for adults in:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Higher Functioning and also including the formerly known Asperger Syndrome)
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Loss and Adjustment Disorder

Dissociative Disorders

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Please feel free to email me with your enquiry, or to telephone me for an initial discussion. This can help us to decide whether I am the right person to support you, if you feel comfortable with me, or if I can recommend anyone else who may be more appropriate. Following this the fees are:

Initial consultation assessment (1 - 1.5hrs): £90.00

Psychological Therapy (1hr): £90.00

Please contact me for fees for letters, bespoke reports and specialist assessments. Information about this can also be found in the T&C's, please let me know if you would like me to send you a copy of these or contact me for further information.

Fees are discounted for those who have served in the Military, or those who are serving with the Police, Paramedics or Fire Services. There is also a discount for students. Please contact me for further information.

I am also registered with AXA PPP Healthcare, AVIVA and Vitality Insurance.

Further information

Please email me and I can send you a copy of my Information Leaflet, Terms and Conditions and an example copy of a therapy contract.

The service is based in the centre of Hinckley, Leicestershire, with good access from major routes across the Midlands including bus and train routes. Parking is available in a car park opposite the building, which is payable between the hours of 8am-6pm at 60p per hour.

The room is wheelchair accessible.

Breakthrough Psychology Services
The Atkins Building
Lower Bond Street
LE10 1QU

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

We have lift access, including specific wheelchair lifts, in the building.

Types of client

Older adults


I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist, with many years experience in the NHS working in multi-disciplinary teams and offering supervision to a range of professionals including Community Psychiatrist Nurses, Social Workers, Support Workers and Occupational Therapists.

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Dr Joanna Astill, Clinical Psychologist, Breakthrough Psychology Services

Dr Joanna Astill, Clinical Psychologist, Breakthrough Psychology Services