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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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Unfortunately there is a step to access the building.

Dr Joanna O'Sullivan

Dr Joanna O'Sullivan