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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.
**COVID 19 UPDATE** During this uncertain time, I will continue to offer on-line, telephone and email counselling. This can be as effective as face to face counselling and will help keep us all safer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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 am also trained in spiritual accompaniment.
My standard rate is £40 for a 50 minute session.
It's really important that you choose the counsellor who is right for you so I offer an initial assessment session which costs £20.
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.
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 independant 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."