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About me

I am a registered member of the BACP and a fully qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist working online and via phone at the moment.


I have a range of experience of working with adults and children who may be vulnerable, struggling with their feelings, trying to work through something in their life currently or historically, having difficulty with the changes caused by the pandemic, or needing to work on their self-confidence and self-esteem.

I am here to listen to you and provide you with wholehearted empathy so that you can work through what is going on for you.

I have experience of working in two Secondary School's as a School counsellor, working with both children and adults, where I helped clients with a range of issues such as; relationship issues, feeling sad, generalised anxiety, low self esteem, phobias, self harm, sexuality, autism, bereavement, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, stress, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, generalised anxiety disorder, feeling sad and suicidal ideation.

I am experienced in domestic abuse and trauma counselling. I have worked and trained with clients with a range of issues such as; emotional abuse, coercive control, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, and psychological abuse.

I have thorough knowledge and experience of supporting people who are working 12 step programmes such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, CODA, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous.

I also have a vast experience in working with eating disorders, anger management, sex problems, sexuality, dissociation, relationship problems, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, feeling sad, alongside many other presenting issues that I have included below.


I have been trained to work Integratively, which means that I combine different approaches. Everyone has different needs and by using an integration of different therapeutic approaches, you can get the most out of your personal counselling experience.

Length of therapy

I work both time limited and open ended, something we would discuss during your assessment.

Ethical membership, Supervision and Confidentiality

I am an registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to their ethical principles and offer a safe place to my clients, somewhere to share confidentially without fear of judgement or reprisal. I am in regular private supervision.

Next steps

If you feel that I may be the right counsellor for you, please contact me via email or phone for a free initial phone assessment or further information. I am always happy to help. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Academy: Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Academy: Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Open University: Introducing the Social Sciences
  • London South East College: Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPD: Eating Disorders and a personal journey – Allie Outram
  • CPD: The function of binging – Julia Buckroyd
  • CPD: Understanding your eating – Julia Buckroyd
  • CPD: Working Therapeutically with Disordered Eating
  • CPD: Freedom Programme by Pat Craven
  • CPD: Your Eating Attachment and Eating Disorders: Initial self-study day
  • CPD: Support in coming out/ not coming out – Evelyn Sharp
  • CPD: SAFEcic: Standard Child Safeguarding Course
  • CPD: HM Government: Prevent Online Training Course
  • CPD: Mind: Suicide Preventation and Awareness
  • CPD: Making Connections With An Autistic Brain – Phillis Coulter

  • CPD: The Third Person In The Therapy Room

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Session fees: £60

Further information

Currently I am offering phone sessions or online sessions via Zoom due to Covid 19.

Face to face practice will be an option again at a later date, if a client wishes.

(Inside M And S Car Park On High Street)

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


I have limited availability Tuesday to Friday from 10am - 9pm. Please contact me discuss further.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Joanna Cole MBACP Dip.Couns

Joanna Cole MBACP Dip.Couns