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About me

I'm an accredited counsellor and EMDR therapist with over 10 years of experience. Normally based in London and Eastbourne, I'm currently offering online therapy which I and my clients are finding as effective as - and in some cases more comfortable than - face to face counselling. I would be happy to arrange an introductory session for you to see how it feels to work remotely.

WHAT I OFFER

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

Counselling with me is not about giving advice or me listening in virtual silence. It is about working actively together to enable 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 for you. In the first consultation we will explore what brings you to counselling and decide if it feels right for you - the 'feel right' factor is important. I am a registered provider with major insurance companies. Please ask for further details.

EMDR / Trauma therapy

I am an experienced 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:

https://www.joannaheadcounselling.com

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).

I have 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 worked 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 sharing 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, CBT Health and other private health insurers.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Additional information

EASTBOURNE PRACTICE:

Individual sessions: £50-60

LONDON PRACTICE:

Individual sessions: £80-100


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

Availability

Daytime and evening appointments available.

23 Austin Friars
London
EC2N 2QP

5 Hyde Gardens
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 4PR

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

London premises are wheelchair accessible

Joanna Head BSc MBACP (Accred)

Joanna Head BSc MBACP (Accred)