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About me

There are times in every person's life when things feel overwhelming, hopeless or impossible and it can be difficult knowing what to do in these moments or where to turn to for support.

In my work with clients I aim to create a safe space where therapeutic goals are agreed upon together and where you can express yourself without fear of judgement or rejection.

I aim to use empathy to explore what is happening from your perspective and to empower you to find the strength within yourself to make positive changes in your life. I am so grateful to work alongside people to help them see their own self worth and potential.

I am based in South-West London (Tooting/ Balham/ Clapham/ Wandsworth/Earlsfield).  At present I offer sessions remotely by phone or video conferencing. I also offer some sessions in person on Saturdays in Clapham Common.

Training, qualifications & experience

I work as an integrative counsellor and have 300+ hours working with adults and young people. I primarily use person-centred and psychodynamic approaches, focusing on the thoughts and emotions a person is having in the present and exploring how past experiences may impact their feelings and behaviour today.

Since receiving my Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB) I have been working two days a week for a charity, working with children and adults in Lambeth who require therapeutic support. I also see clients privately and working virtually allows me to expand my practice to those living outside of South West London as well.

I have worked with clients experiencing a range of issues including anxiety, depression,  financial problems, identity exploration, relationship difficulties, eating disorders and bereavement.

Recent professional training I have had has included:

  • Working therapeutically with dreams
  • Existential perspectives on love and relationships
  • Supporting clients with anxiety
  • Supporting sleep problems due to lockdown
  • Mental health and the body
  • Transgender identities and barriers to accessing services

Member organisations

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

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

I offer an introductory session by telephone or video for £25 (or face to face for £35).  This allows us to start to explore some of the issues you are experiencing to see how we might work effectively together.

All subsequent sessions cost between £40 and £55 depending on the type of counselling required.

I also have some spaces available at a reduced cost for students or those on a lower income.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

I am currently available on Fridays and Saturdays during the day. I also have some availability on Wednesday or Thursday evenings.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Joanna Hermo MBACP

Joanna Hermo MBACP