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About me

I am a HCPC registered, Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 16 years experience working with adults in a range of counselling settings. In my NHS work I specialised in working with people with long term health conditions and more recently in maternity and gynaecology. I now work exclusively in private practice.

I also work privately with children and young people.

I offer both short and long term therapy, and am based in Bishops Stortford CM23. I am happy to discuss how I work in an initial telephone conversation. More information is also available on my website joannaosullivan.co.uk

I offer online counselling using zoom.

My youtube channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8iZ6WNRZpsKv8F3WS3cU7g

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PsychD Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology, University of Surrey
  • Level 4 certificate in counselling children, CPCAB
  • Introduction to teaching Mindfulness, Oxleas Trust
  • Internship with the Calgary Family Therapy Programme, University of Calgary
  • Hypnosis for physical health conditions, Hypnosis Unit UK, University College London
  • Introduction and advanced practice in compassion focused therapy.

I have extensive experience in the NHS of working with people adjusting to living with long term physical health problems, through to end of life care. I have experience of supporting individuals, couples and families in living with difficult symptoms, pain and the psychological consequences of these, such as anxiety, low mood and panic attacks.

I have practised mindfulness meditation for many years and offer mindfulness skills as appropriate to clients.

I am experienced in working with adults with a range of mental health problems and offer a safe, consistent therapeutic space in which to explore the beliefs, habits and feelings that can affect everyday life and wellbeing in order to create choices and new perspectives.

I have completed a CPCAB accredited certificate in counselling children with the charity Place2be and now offer individual sessions privately to children and young people.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Play therapy

Bishop's Stortford

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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

Unfortunately there is a step to access the building.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Dr Joanna O'Sullivan, BSc, MEd,  PsychD, CPsychol

Dr Joanna O'Sullivan, BSc, MEd, PsychD, CPsychol