About me

Hi, I'm Joanna (also known as Jo for short!). I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist for children, young people and adults in Lincoln and the wider Lincolnshire and Newark areas. My interest in counselling began as a student when I worked for several years on a student helpline and listening service. I then worked for many years in the education sector (abroad and in the UK), before qualifying as a counsellor.  I have always enjoyed working in caring roles and have a passion for working therapeutically with others.

My Approach

Therapy to suit you

I understand that choosing to have therapy can be a big decision and it can be difficult to know where to start.

I have a person-centred ethos which places you and your individual needs and experiences at the very heart of your therapy. I am able to work with you on a short-term or long-term basis, whatever you feel will be most helpful.

​If you wish to set a goal for your therapy, we will work together to set the goals and work towards these. We will regularly review your progress and may adapt or change the goals as you feel necessary. If you prefer not to set a goal, that is your choice and we can discuss whatever you wish to bring to each session.

Supporting You Towards Self-Growth

My approach is to guide and support you, but ultimately you are in control of your therapy. You decide what you wish to talk about and you make your commitment to each session. In this way, it is like learning to drive. You are in the driving seat and I am by your side, guiding and navigating you on your journey.

Although my approach is mostly "talk therapy", I draw on many elements of counselling and psychotherapy practice depending on what may help and support you most. This may include CBT approaches (based on the link between thoughts, actions and behaviours) as well as other interactive types of intervention such as writing, drawing, and elements of roleplay. You will always be consulted about each approach to your therapy. It is important that you are comfortable and that you are able to work in a way that is helpful to you.

A Therapeutic Partnership

Our therapy work is a partnership which will benefit from a feeling of trust between myself as the counsellor, and you as the client. This may take time to grow and develop, the length of time varying for each person. I usually recommend that you attend the first session to get a "feel" for how it will be working together. You can then decide whether to proceed with further sessions and can book more in a block, or week by week. It is usually recommended, as far as possible, to commit to a regular slot at the same time each week.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling


  • Goals in Therapy: Actualising our Deepest Directions
  • The Tribes of Person-Centred Therapy
  • Online Counselling Training & Resources
  • Safeguarding Adults and Children Awareness

Experience in:

  • a number of therapeutic and confidential settings including charities and student welfare services.
  • face-to-face, telephone, e-mail, and online counselling.
  • working with anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, sexual health issues, attachment issues, trauma and bereavement.

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I will listen to whatever you wish to discuss, which may or may not be in the list above.


From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • HealthAssured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Adults and Young People

Sessions are either online or face-to-face, depending on preference.

Daytime sessions are priced at £30.00. 

Evening sessions are £35.00.   


Children's sessions are face-to-face only. 

​Prices are on a sliding scale from £35.00 - £40.00 depending on duration. 

Duration of children's sessions varies depending on individual need. (30, 40, 45 or 50 minutes) 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

08:00 - 20:00 weekdays.  

Further information

I am qualified to work with clients of all ages and my background in the education sector means that I have extensive experience of working with children, young people and adults. Sessions for adults and young people are 50 minutes long. For children, session times may vary from 30, 40, 45 or 50 minutes depending on individual needs.

When working with children, please note that my role differs from a psychologist or psychiatrist. As a therapist, I can help your child explore their emotions and assist them with strategies to manage their mental health and wellbeing. This may include talk therapy, play, art and craft activities, stories and games relevant to their needs.

If you are interested, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

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Joanna Louise Watts

Joanna Louise Watts