Joanna Farmer: Dip. Couns, Higher Dip Psychotherapeutic Couns.
Welcome to my page. I know how daunting looking for a counsellor can be, taking the first step towards talking to someone about what may be painful and private struggles in your life. I hope you find my profile helpful in making the decision whether I might be the right counsellor for you.
I feel passionate about the potential for counselling to help a person who is struggling in their life. I am seriously committed to the work I do with my clients and hold a deep integrity towards myself and them. I am a qualified and accredited person-centred counsellor, with many years experience of working with a wide range of issues. These include low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, relationship and family problems, sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts and eating problems. Counselling with me has helped people struggling with feelings that range from sadness or worry through intense levels of distress and despair. At the heart of my practice is the belief that everyone is individual and even if your problems are similar to other people, the way you feel and what you want to change are unique to you. My main aim is to do my best to understand what life is like you for you and to accept that experience without judgement
How counselling may help
Talking to someone about what is happening in your life can feel unfamiliar, even scary, and I will be careful to work at your pace. You will have the opportunity to explore any issues or feelings you may want to address. I aim to create a relationship in which you feel valued and understood as the person you are. Being treated with respect and empathy will help you to understand what troubles you and why. You will likely gain better clarity and self understanding and greater self acceptance through this sort of counselling. Hopefully you will gain insight into the changes you might find helpful and your life and your relationships will become more satisfying. I trust my clients will make use of the counselling I offer in whatever way works for them.
My professional standards
My practice follows the ethical codes of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am fully insured, I undertake regular supervision, and ensure I maintain professional standards with regular CPD.
Booking an initial 30 min appointment at no cost
If you think that counselling with me might be helpful to you, we could arrange an initial 30 minute meeting at no cost. The aim of an initial session is to find out a bit about what is going on for you, why you have come to counselling at this time and what you hope to get out of it. I will tell you about the way I work so we can see if what I offer and what you would like fits.
The session will be directed by you, you choose what you talk about, I have no agenda and will not need to find out anything more than you want to share.
Having met me and experienced a bit the way I work you may decide to continue seeing me for ongoing counselling, however you are under no obligation, it is your choice.
Please contact me if you would like to find out more. I know it can feel like a big step to take, so I am really happy to respond to any questions by phone or email.
Week day and evening sessions are available.
If you have difficulty with paying the fees, please feel able to discuss this with me rather than ruling yourself out.
Where I am based
My counselling room is easy to find in central Stroud, close to the train and buses. There is ample parking in the town close by. There are stairs up to my room which I hope will not be a problem for you.
I also offer telephone counselling
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a person-centred counsellor and the way I work is based on this approach. What this means is that I respect you, the client, as the expert on your life and will support you to discover your own resources to make the changes which are important to you. Even though I trust you will find your own way to resolve your problems, I will be actively engaged in the relationship with you.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Higher Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Certificate in CBT skills
I have a private counselling practice in central Stroud
I work for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) as a telephone counsellor
I am a lecturer at SGS College Stroud on the Level 4 Diploma course in Therapeutic Counselling
I have experience working at the Listening Post counselling agency
I co-founded Cedar Counselling Service which was based within Hill Valley and Vale Children Centres in the Stroud area
I have experience working for a charity supporting people in crisis and at risk of suicide
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
My fees are between 30.00 and 40.00 a session.
I may have spaces available at a reduced rate for students and people with limited income. Please feel free to discuss this with me rather than ruling yourself out.
I offer face to face sessions and also telephone sessions.