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About me

Hello, I am trained as a Personal Consultant - which means that I am qualified as a counsellor and coach. Research has shown that Personal Consultancy offers a greater post intervention success rate than traditional counselling. Many of my clients come to see me because they find that traditional counselling does not work for them, they want techniques and interventions to move them forward as well as a space to express themselves. My way of working with my clients is to fully immerse myself in the clients experience - so I understand how you feel and how you see your world, then we look at ways of making the changes you wish to see and how you can maintain them. A lot of my clients come to see me for anxiety, depression, self esteem issues and childhood difficulties. I hold a masters degree in Personal Consultancy and also have over 20 years of experience working in a corporate environment to Vice President level, which allows me to understand issues around working in the City of London and big organisations and how to overcome these.

Unlike other coaches and counsellors, I am trained to work at depth and to work within all timescales - past, present and future. If you are looking for long lasting, recognisable change, I can help you achieve this. I also offer a sliding scale of fee for the individual - see website for details. I can also offer executive coaching to clients as either single sessions or in a package. Many of my clients are funded for coaching by their employer. I am able to offer my services by telephone or Skype if unable to get to my office.

Apart from my own private practice - I also am a Director of Blackwood Consultants and work with organisations to provide support, coaching, therapy and training to their staff. I have also co-founded a charity offering low cost counselling and wellbeing programmes in East London.

Feel free to call for a no obligation chat to discuss your needs.

I am a member of the BACP and the AICTP and am fully insured.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc Hons Psychology
  • PGDip Integrative Counselling and Coaching (Distinction)
  • MSc Integrative Counselling and Coaching
  • Mindfulness trained techniques
  • 20 years working experience to Vice President level in City based organisation.
  • Director of Organisational Wellbeing Company
  • Co-founder and ex trustee of Low cost counselling and wellbeing charity based in East London
  • Published writer on ThriveGlobal
  • Registered member BACP
  • Member BACP Coaching
  • Member AICTP
  • Personal Consultant

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Executive Coaching

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Photos & videos


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My online price is £65 per 50 minute session

I offer limited concessions which have currently been filled. I will update when these places become available.


Please contact me for availability

Buckhurst Hill

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Joanna Dreher - MBACP, MSc, PGDip, Bsc Psychology. Personal Consultant

Joanna Dreher - MBACP, MSc, PGDip, Bsc Psychology. Personal Consultant