Are you feeling overwhelmed, sad, anxious, depressed or questioning aspects of your life? Are you feeling low in self-confidence or self-esteem?
Are you looking for someone to talk to, someone who will listen, someone who will ask questions to help you work things through? Someone to help you clarify and start to understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to find a way to move forward?
My name is Joanna and I am an experienced, trained and registered counsellor. I am down to earth and approachable.
I believe counselling shouldn’t be about jargon or complicated, even when life is complicated. It’s about offering you time in your week to talk confidentially to a professionally trained person about what is going on for you. It’s about having someone to talk with who will listen without judgement and who won’t say ‘what you need to do is…or don’t be silly’. Maybe it’s something from the past which is impacting on your life now, maybe it is something in the here and now, or maybe worries about the future?
I am an Integrative Counsellor – this means that I was trained in a number of approaches and using my learning and experience can offer you mixture of these in our work together depending on your needs. One size definitely does not fit all. During a session it might be that we explore your thoughts or behaviours using CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy); relationships using Psychodynamic Theory; feelings using Person Centred Counselling; or potential solutions to a problem using Solution Focussed Therapy. I may offer you some practical tools or strategies to try between sessions, but you are the expert on you and I will not tell you what do or think.
The most important thing in counselling is to feel comfortable with the person you are going to be working with. To help you do this I offer an initial 30-minute phone call free of charge. This gives you a chance to tell me what has prompted you to look for a counsellor and to ask any questions you may have. It also gives me the opportunity to ask you a few questions which helps us both to assess whether I am the most appropriate person for you. The call is completely without obligation to book further paid sessions with me, and I will not expect you to make a decision there and then.
If you think I might be the right counsellor for you, feel free to call or send a message so that we can arrange the initial chat on the phone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) – this gives you assurance that I work in an ethical way, have regular professional supervision and keep up to date with my own professional development and training.
In addition to my counselling qualifications and training, I have a degree in Applied Psychology (First Class).
Alongside my private practice, I work on a self-employed basis as a counsellor for a charity which supports those who have experienced domestic abuse/violence or family violence. I was previously employed as a counsellor in a residential setting where the majority of clients had experienced adverse experiences in their childhood or trauma as adults. As part of my role, I also developed and delivered a weekly self-esteem group.
My counselling qualifications and training include:
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling
- Solution Focussed Therapy, Level 2 Accredited
- Certificate in Mental Health Awareness, Level 2
- Transactional Analysis 101
- ASIST Suicide Intervention Training
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£35.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
My fees are £35.00 for an hour session.
I offer counselling on-line and by telephone. I work Monday to Friday. In addition to ‘office hours’ I offer early morning and evening appointments.