Dr Joanna King (Chartered Psychologist & EMDR therapist)
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and am registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). As a Counselling Psychologist I am trained to a doctoral level to deliver evidenced based therapy in a variety of therapeutic models. This allows me to effectively tailor treatment to your individual needs.
How could therapy help you?
People come to therapy for many different reasons and it may feel overwhelming at first. I aim to help you through this process by providing a space which allows you to explore specific issues or more general problems you are encountering. I am particularly interested in how your life experiences have shaped you as an individual and I aim to help you develop a better understanding of yourself and support you towards a greater sense of well being. Regardless of what has brought you to therapy, I will help you to explore these issues and implement change where desired.
My therapeutic approach
I believe the most important part of therapy is developing a therapeutic relationship which is safe, confidential and non judgemental. Therefore I believe it is important that we work together to create a space where you can explore the problems you want to work on.
I have extensive experience in working with clients who have experienced distressing life events. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and find this to be invaluable when working through traumatic or distressing life events. This approach allows me to work with clients that may feel unable to talk about their problems in detail but need to feel relief from psychological distress. This approach can also be used for clients with other difficulties such as anxiety and phobias.
Given the importance of finding the right therapist for you, I always suggest a free initial phone consultation to explore whether therapy may be right for you at the moment and to make sure you feel comfortable with beginning the therapeutic process with me. Please email me so we can organise a time that is convenient for you.
I offer both short-term (6-12 sessions) and longer term, open-ended therapy. Therapy sessions are 50 minutes. However, EMDR sessions may last up to 90 minutes.
I also offer clinical supervision.
I am registered with most of the main health insurance companies.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist and currently I split my time between working in the NHS as a senior psychologist within a complex trauma service and private practice.
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT)
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
- MSc forensic psychology, BSc Psychology
I have been working within mental health for over 11 years and have experience in both NHS and non NHS services. I have experience in working with a wide range of clients from varying backgrounds and ages. I have experience of using different therapeutic modalities including humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mentalisation based therapy (MBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), narrative exposure therapy (NET) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). This range of experience allows me to carefully adopt the right therapeutic approach based on my client's individual needs and understanding their problems in the context of their individual life experiences.
During my years working within mental health I have worked with clients presenting with both mild and severe mental health problems. My experience includes working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, obsessive compulsive disorder, personality difficulties, anger problems (including within forensic settings), relationship issues, trauma, complex trauma, sexuality and crisis management. My positions have also required me to offer clinical supervision and staff support.
I have completed additional training and regularly attend seminars, workshops and training events. Most recently I have attended training on complex trauma, working with sexual abuse, relationship difficulties and crisis interventions. I believe in the importance of regularly updating my clinical and therapeutic knowledge.
If you are thinking of starting therapy then please feel free to contact me so we can discuss how therapy may help you.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
All therapy and supervision is currently being offered via video or phone.
Personal therapy - £80 for 50 minute session. £110 for 90 minute trauma therapy session.
Fees may be different if claiming through your private health insurance.
Clinical supervision - £80 per 50 minute session.