Joanna Paczkowska MSc. Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Select Healthy Mind Ltd
59-60 Thames Street
Hi, my name is Joanna and I'm an experienced integrative counsellor/psychotherapist who enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults, all within a family run practice ‘Select Health Mind’ in Windsor.
My aim is to provide a friendly, respectful and non- judgemental environment in which you are able to safely explore any issues that might bring you 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.
As an individoual member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 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 helping those suffering from the serious damaging effects of various mental health issues started at a relatively young age - yet I consider my proper training to have truly begun after actively seeking out work volunteering and helping those within my local community.
Initially this included the provision of psychological support for children and young people with mental health issues, learning difficulties and disabilities; yet it was the former that I developed the strongest empathy for.
In the early days, working as a ‘tutor and animator’ in a school, I began teaching my students using interactive programs - specifically designed to enrich their knowledge and personality development and 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 my knowledge and experience working with children and young people within the education system and it is through this vocational training that I developed a more keen interest in utilising these very specific and ‘creative’ forms of therapy to use as a beneficial form of treating and engaging particularly with my younger clients in therapeutic practice.
Creative therapy - play-therapy, art-therapy and mainly drama-therapy, has played a major part in my training and expertise. I feel it helps me connect to my clients in an open, more understanding way and allows freedom for them to express themselves more openly.
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 spectrum. My work in this area of alongside tutoring & stage management was acknowledged in 2016 by gaining a highly respected academic award from Cambridge University.
Further experience includes valuable time spent as a psychiatrist assistant - counselling, working with clients and assisting with clinical assessments.
Currently, alongside my role at Select Healthy Mind I provide counselling at several large and well respected (voluntary) counselling organisations throughout the Berkshire region and have acquired very useful experience 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
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
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£70-£90 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.
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|
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