Joanna Ellis, Dip. Couns - MBACP
How can Counselling help?
Life events such as bereavement, divorce or loss of a job can lead us to feeling "stuck", "confused", "scared" or "isolated." Having someone to talk to can help.
Often we turn to friends or family for support, however in today's "fast pace" society, we may not want to burden our loved ones or we may feel unable to disclose personal issues due to feeling, shame, guilt or embarrassment. In that case "Counselling" can offer a safe confidential space, where the client can explore these difficulties, consider possible options, as well as helping you find coping strategies on both emotional and practical levels.
I am an integrative Counsellor which means I draw on several models of counselling. Person-centred therapy under pinning my philosophy, in belief that everyone has the potential of finding their own way through difficult times and painful experiences, when given the appropriate support, where they feel safe and accepted for who they are and what they feel.
I work from my Private Practice in Babcary, which is located within easy reach of Yeovil and Glastonbury. At the Retreat there is off-road parking, as well as the added insurance of anonymity in this beautiful rural village.
I also offer 'On-line' & 'telephone' Counselling. This is popular with clients who find it difficult to schedule in sessions or may not be in easy geographic reach of the Retreat. On-line is also a popular resource for couple work who are in separate locations.
I have flexibility to offer appointments during the day, early evening and Saturday mornings.
What to expect from your first session?
The initial session is free, this will give an opportunity to discuss your needs and how you feel counselling may help. I can also tell you more about the counselling process and the way I work. It is very important client's feel comfortable with a counsellor before making a decision to go ahead.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor in 2014. Apart from being in Private Practice, I work as a bereavement counsellor at a hospice and for a substance misuse service.
- A registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
- Group Work: Macmillan Cancer Support Group, Mindfulness, Intensive Day Program
- Various Study Days including: Understanding Eating Disorders, suicide & self harm, mental health first aid, MET (Motivational Enhancement Therapy)
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£35 for a 50 minute session - 1 to 1 counselling
£45 for a 50 minute session - couple counselling
Concessions available for trainee counsellors or students
Free initial session
Please call or email me if you have any questions