About me

A practice update. I currently have some availability for clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays, including early evening appointments. All appointments are online via Skype/Zoom or telephone. 

Hello, I'm Joanna. I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, now running my private practice from my home in Highbridge. My training placement was within the NHS which means that I have worked with many clients on a range of issues including anxiety, depression and significant life changes.

Prior work experience includes a range of educational and housing posts, often with a support/mentoring element.

During my training I set up and managed a counselling team within a young people's charity, so have a good understanding around the mental health of young people and the pressures on them, especially as the pandemic has affected many young people too.

I am a warm and caring counsellor and can offer you a safe space to talk through the challenges you are currently facing and the struggles you may be dealing with at this time. Or if you don't really know what's going on - we can try and make some sense of it all together.

Sometimes things can feel very tricky and we may feel that situations are hopeless, but working with a counsellor can be positive as it allows us to work through issues in a safe non-judgemental space at a pace that suits us. I am able to walk alongside you on your journey. Over the years, clients have come with all kinds of things. Sometimes they worry that it's not a very important issue to bring, but I always say if it feels important to them, then it probably is.

Sometimes taking that initial step can feel really hard, but taking the smallest step can be the start of a personal journey of change and growth.

I have both personal and professional experience of working with people on the autistic spectrum, including those with Asperger's. 

I have experienced a life changing health situation, which I believe gives me added insight into those circumstances. I understand that there can be a real mix of good and bad days, and that physical stuff can really impact on our mental health as well.

There are lots of tools and resources I can share with you to help you manage your mental health. I've trained in something called EFT, also known as tapping, which is a great tool for managing all kinds of feelings.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I have a Foundation Degree in Counselling - Fd Sc - Bath Spa 2016
  • I have completed a short course on grief and loss counselling
  • CPD has included suicidal ideation, counselling people with Asperger's syndrome and working creatively.
  • I have a Mental Health First Aid qualification and also completed an ASIST course. (applied suicide intervention skills training)
  • I have an enhanced current DBS certificate.
  • I have  successfully completed the TA 101 course and gained the initial certificate.
  • I have completed the EFT & Matrix reimprinting Academy requirements for Emotional Freedom Techniques levels 1&2 (Practitioner) .
  • As well as my BACP general membership I am a divisional member of the children and young people, Spirituality and Private Practice sections.
  • As I am an integrative counsellor I am comfortable working with a range of counselling approaches in order to support my clients. We will work together in the way that is most helpful for you.

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

Because of my personal and professional experiences and training, I am able to offer support to people with Asperger's syndrome and family members impacted by this diagnosis. 

I have had a significant health crisis which has given me additional insight and empathy if you are facing this kind of challenge.

I have worked with many clients over the years who are being held back in life by anxiety, or feelings that they aren't good enough, or not important enough to take care of, and I'm pleased to say, they have been able to transform their lives.

I am also trained in spiritual accompaniment. 

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From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My standard rate is £40 for a 50 minute session.

The initial (informal) assessment session, is also £40 but may last longer than 50 minutes as it's really important to get chance to see how it feels for you. Some clients have been a bit wary about working online, but have found it much better than anticipated and easier to fit in today their schedules.

This will give us time to get a sense of how we might best work together and see if it feels right for you before deciding if you would like to come for counselling. It also gives us a chance to consider whether counselling is the right support for you at this time. It gives you chance to ask me any questions you may have.

I also offer specific EFT sessions, which are £50. You may need a couple sessions in this to feel confident in carrying on the practice yourself.

My rate for student counsellors is £30-£35 per session.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I have sessions available on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the day. These are from 10am until early evening, with the last appointment starting by 7.30pm.

Further information

Testimonials from previous clients

"Joanna has been a very good listener and has always been a great help in making me aware of myself. She has helped me to understand my feelings and emotions."

"Just talking through my problems with an independent person was very beneficial."

"Has helped me enormously at a very difficult time. Has helped me to value myself more."

"As a mother of a teenager with Asperger's we have faced many difficulties over the years and have mostly muddled through.But the latest incident had really affected him and he wasn't prepared to talk to me about it. Increasingly desperate, I contacted Joanna who has experience with teens, depression and ASC.

After the initial meeting I was very doubtful that he would open up to her, but thankfully he did. He slowly seemed to gain confidence, personal and social understanding. Friends and family comment on how much calmer he is now and I know he is happier with himself.

I'd like to thank Joanna for being there, for her patience, understanding and kindness that saw my son through a very frightening and dark time."


Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

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.

My counselling room and toilet facilities are on the ground floor. There is off street parking at my property. **You may wish to check measurements for wheelchair access**

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