Joanna Prior (nee Paczkowska) Clinical Lead Child/Adolescent Therapist MSc MBACP
Hi, my name is Joanna and I'm an experienced Integrative counsellor/psychotherapist who primarily enjoys working with children and adolescents but am qualified and feel equally at home treating adult clients. My designated position is currently Clinical Lead Child/Adolescent Therapist, but my flexibility allows me to work with all ages and roles within the practice which includes Relationship Counselling for couples.
My goal is to provide a friendly, respectful and non- judgemental environment in which clients able to safely explore any issues that they might bring to therapy. I have gained invaluable practical experience from working with people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, having lived and worked a good deal of my life overseas and pride myself on my excellent interpersonal communication skills that help foster a deeply empathic understanding with my clients.
I believe in an open, flexible therapeutic approach and can offer both short and longer term ‘in- depth’ contracts to suit your own specific needs. Primarily I use an Integrative therapy as ‘no one type of therapy fits all’ and this better values your individuality and echoes the ethos and profile ‘Select Healthy Mind’ strives to offer. I also have the ability of using Theraplay® Informed Practice in my work.
As a Registered Member MBACP of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - I work to their ethical guidelines, and attend regular Supervision and Continuous Professional Development workshops to support my work
Training, qualifications & experience
My interest in psychology began in my teens volunteering, working and helping out within my local community; particularly with those suffering from the serious damaging effects of mental health problems acquired at a relatively early stage in life.
Initially this included the provision of psychological support for women, children and young people with problems ranging from learning difficulties and disabilities to serious mental health issues; it was the latter that I developed my greatest empathy towards and directed my future career.
In the early days, working as a ‘tutor and animator’ in a school, I began teaching students using interactive programs - specifically designed to enrich their knowledge and personality development. Later, I took on a more senior 'leading' role - training others in use of these techniques and supervising new tutors.
I really value my time building up this knowledge and experience working with children and young people throughout the education system and it is within this vocational training that I developed a more keen interest in utilising very specific and ‘creative’ forms of therapy as a beneficial tool for treating and engaging clients in therapeutic practice - particularly the younger ones.
Creative therapy - playtherapy, art-therapy and drama-therapy, has played a major part throughout my training and expertise. I feel it helps me connect with individuals in a more open, understanding way - allowing them freedom to express themselves more openly. I currently also have the ability of using Theraplay® Informed Practice in my work.
The ‘creative’ aspect of psychology and how applying differing techniques to help those suffering from complex traumas has proven very effective. Through the years drama- therapy interventions have allowed me to provide solid psychological support for children and their parents across the psychological spectrum. My work in this area of alongside tutoring & stage management was even acknowledged in 2016 by gaining a highly respected academic award from Cambridge University. I also use internationally recognised Theraplay® Informed Practice in my work with children and young adolescents.
Early experience included valuable time spent as a psychiatrist assistant - where I first provided professional counselling, working with clients and assisting with administering clinical assessments. Recently I have worked as a 'Step 3' High Intensity (H.I.) Counsellor for Depression within the NHS and currently, alongside my role at Select Healthy Mind Ltd also provide counselling at respected (voluntary) counselling organisations throughout the Berkshire region. I have also acquired very useful practical skills in my experience working as a school counsellor.
I have a Masters of Science Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy completed at the University of Derby as well as a Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (achieved with merit)
I’m a qualified Level 7 counsellor I also have a Diploma in Counselling Psychology gained from my studies at City Unity College together with a Bachelor Degree from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Patra.
I have the flexibility in being able to offer counselling in three different languages: English, Greek and Polish, and have been commended on my excellent interpersonal skills. I’m proficient both in written and verbal communication and pride myself on the ability to offer a range of information about therapy and pharmacological treatments. I am able to work face to face, telephone or via other media and welcome people of all ages and walks of life to my practice.
As an integrative therapist I am trained in cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT), person- centered and attachment theory (psychodynamic). I base my interventions on the transtheoretical model of change (TTM).
My MSc Research and dissertation ‘An exploration of any connections between childhood trauma and schizophrenia and implications for integrative therapeutic practice.’ A thematic literature review.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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£80-£100 per hour session depending on the time and day of the therapy, weekends and evening hours are more expensive. Lower cost fees may be available to the client's when longer than 15 sessions are needed. Couples therapy is charged at £120 per session.
My therapy room at ‘Select Healthy Mind’ in Windsor is easily accessible, on the ground floor, is close to local amenities and is in short walking distance from the train station. There is always plenty of parking spaces in the several nearby car parks. Please get in touch for further information or to make an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Greek and Polish|
Ground floor offices with direct access to toilets and kitchen amenities.
Opening Hours for Appointments: Monday to Friday 8am-10pm, 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays. Saturday to Sunday 8am-8pm, 9pm-10 pm reserved for late Skype sessions.
Types of client