Joanna Head BSc MBACP (Accred)

Joanna Head BSc MBACP (Accred)

1st Floor
Holborn Gate
330 High Holborn

5 Hyde Gardens
East Sussex
BN21 4PR

07526 887 055

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About me

Are you looking for an experienced, accredited counsellor or EMDR therapist in London or Eastbourne ? I suggest an introductory session to explore what you want from counselling and how we might work together. I offer short-term or longer, open-ended therapy with adults and young people over 17. I offer specialist therapy for trauma and PTSD.

I have a quiet, comfortable counselling practice in the centre of Eastbourne 5 minutes from the station, one minute from the Arndale centre. It is within easy reach of Polegate, Newhaven, Hailsham, Bexhill, Hastings and other areas of East Sussex.

In London, I have one practice in Holborn/Chancery Lane and another 2 minutes from Liverpool Street station, EC2M. I am within easy reach of all areas of the City of London as well as WC1, WC2, Holborn, Chancery Lane, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and Bloomsbury.

I am a registered provider with major insurance companies. Please ask for details.

What I can offer

We all experience emotional difficulties or distress during our lives: stress, anxiety, depression, loss, feeling worthless, empty, uncertain or overwhelmed. Sometimes these difficulties can be hard to deal with alone or with the help of friends or family.

Counselling offers a calm, confidential space in which a trained counsellor can help you explore and work through your individual issues with warmth, empathy, acceptance and respect.

I believe that counselling is not about giving advice or telling you what to do. It is about listening to you without judgement, enabling you to explore your thoughts and feelings and gain valuable new perspectives about yourself and your situation. It is about helping you to resolve your difficulties yourself, find new ways of coping or give you a greater sense of control and choice in your life.

Everyone is different and your needs will be unique so I draw on a range of approaches to provide the right support and assistance for you.

In the first consultation we can discuss any questions you might have, explore what brings you to counselling and decide if it feels right for you - the 'feel right' factor is important.

Some people only need a few sessions, others want longer, more open-ended therapy. I am experienced in counselling across a range of issues.

EMDR / Trauma therapy

I am a qualified EMDR therapist. EMDR is recommended by NICE for trauma and PTSD. It stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and involves a structured treatment which can achieve results often in fewer sessions that Trauma-Focused CBT. You can read more about EMDR on my website:

Research shows EMDR is also effective with issues such as with issues, such as anxiety, depression, phobias, low self-esteem, complex grief and even pain management

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and am a qualified EMDR therapist. I have also trained in bereavement counselling, Counselling for Depression and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).

Until recently I worked as a counsellor within the NHS but now I only work in private practice.  

Before training as a counsellor, I worked in the media industry for over 20 years. I got to know and work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures often in periods of emotional difficulty or uncertainty. It was from this experience I learned that having the time and place to share feelings, emotions and life events, being heard, accepted and respected can be a valuable healing and empowering experience.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Distinction)
Cruse Bereavement Training
Counselling for Depression
Emotionally Focused Couples (EFT) Therapy
Accredited member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Approved by HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)

I am fully insured and hold a current DBS certificate.

I am registered with Aviva, Axa, WPA and other private health insurers.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Individual sessions: £50 for 50 minutes


Individual sessions: £80 for 50 minute

I am a registered provider with major insurance companies. Fees vary. Please ask for details.

Maps & Directions

London, WC1V 7QT
Eastbourne, BN21 4PR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:

London premises are wheelchair accessible


Daytime and evening appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme