Joanna Laurens

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Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1
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About me

I’m an experienced psychodynamic counsellor/therapist, working in private practice. I offer both individual therapy/counselling and also group therapy, through a low-cost group. I receive regular supervision from two supervisors.

An initial online meeting (free of charge) will give you a chance to meet with me and will give us both a chance to see how we might work together - and what might be most helpful for you. This will enable you to have more information so you can make a decision about how to go forwards. Please get in touch if you’d like to arrange this.

In other realms of life, I’m a published and produced playwright.

I hope you will feel able to send me an email or message. I look forward to talking with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I'm a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and an associate member of the Institute of Group Analysis. I abide by the codes of ethics for these organisations.

My initial training was at the University of Brighton, where I completed the PGDip in Psychodynamic Counselling with Distinction. Subsequently, I completed the Institute of Group Analysis’ diploma course in London, leading to group-work practitioner status. I've also completed clinical courses at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

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£60.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

The group is run as a low-cost group, to ensure that therapy remains available to more people than might otherwise be able to access it. Fees are £90/month (£22.50/session).

The group meets for 1.5hrs (as compared to individual therapy, which lasts 50mins).

Research shows that groups are as effective as individual therapy. Care is taken to ensure that members don't know each other, outside the group.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Evening and daytime appointments are usually available.

Further information

My consultation room is centrally and conveniently located. Online therapy is also available.

Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

There is a flight of steps up from the street (approx 8 steps). Once inside, there are two double doors and a lift which can take you to my office.

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Joanna Laurens
Joanna Laurens