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Counselling, Psychotherapy & Couples therapy in East London

I offer counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples in Hackney (E8, E9), Wanstead (E11, E17) & online.

My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is first to create a safe space where one is accepted and valued for who they are, as they are, without judgement.

I value developing a caring and attentive relationship towards oneself which, I believe, translates to our relationships with those around us.

In my practice, I meet with people who bring along their challenges and dilemmas, their emotional pain, specific symptoms or problems they would like some relief from, or loss and grief that they have to cope with. Often people seek therapy as they have reached a turning point and come with a feeling that their life is not quite right; they want to learn how to live more intentionally, with a sense of freedom and harmony within themselves.

I work with wide range of psychological and emotional issues, be that stress, anxiety, relationship issues, depression, feeling sad, self-esteem issues, family issues, anger, trauma, and others.

My special interests include working with people who are looking to improve and enrich their relationships in all forms; relationship with themselves and relationships with others. I believe that the relationship we have with ourselves is crucial to our own wellbeing and also to creating fulfilling relationships with others.

As a highly trained psychotherapist, I have particular expertise dealing with issues of identity, sense of self, and adverse childhood experiences, such as developmental trauma.

My practice is LGBTQ+ aware and inclusive and I fully accept your sexual, gender or relationship identity.

If you don't identify with any of the issues listed here, we can first discuss what you need as well as what your hopes and expectations are for our work together.

I offer a free approx. 15-minute phone assessment so that we can discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and how we might work together.

Given the current situation all sessions are delivered online. I plan to resume in person therapy in November 2021.


At our first session, we can discuss the issues that are of concern to you and your hopes and expectations for our work. This first meeting might help you get a sense of who I am as a person and how I can support you. I believe that it is important that you find a therapist that you feel at ease with, who you get the sense of being able to trust and build a relationship with over time.

There is no obligation to continue after this first meeting.

Therapy is a very private and personal experience. All discussions with your therapist are handled sensitively and are confidential.

I aim to respond to all voice messages/texts/emails within 24 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified, registered and accredited counsellor & psychotherapist. I am qualified at Master’s Degree level and hold both UKCP Registration and MBACP Accreditation.

My approach incorporates aspects of humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). My style is relational.

I have integrated some ideas and techniques from mindfulness and embodied approaches to life and therapy.


  • BACP (Registered Accredited Member; 236487)
  • UKCP (Registered Psychotherapist)
  • EATA
  • ITAA

    Fully insured
    Data Protection Registered

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 also offer online sessions.

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Additional information

From £55 upwards, fees for sessions at the end of day are higher. Sessions last 50 minutes.


Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Joanna Chrzastowska

Joanna Chrzastowska