Joanna Taylor, Counselling Psychologist BPS and HCPC Accredited.
I have been a qualified counselling psychologist for 12 years and during this time I have worked in addictions, in the community and then on acute wards. I have a good understanding of people and the factors that can lead them to get stuck in destructive cycles. For 7 of these years I provided NHS therapy to Medway residents and I remain committed to helping those who are up against it, socially and/or financially. I am also very familiar with the Gravesham area and would consider seeing clients there too.
I am able to provide assessment and treatment for a broad range of difficulties including relationship problems, work-related stress, depression, anxiety disorders such as OCD, phobias and panic attacks, addictions, bereavement, PTSD, post-natal difficulties, family and marital problems.
I also have a good grasp of psychiatric services and am able to advise in this area. I understand that the public can be left feeling frustrated and confused by gaps between services and breakdowns in communication between professionals. Sometimes all people need is to know more about this and to be signposted in the right direction. Working on acute wards has given me a great experience of formulation and diagnostic tools. I value working with families and couples where appropriate also.
I am a warm and understanding person who is able to offer a safe space in which an individual can gain a better understanding of themselves, or their situation, and find solutions. I believe that it is important for people to feel understood and validated but that they usually would like some honest and helpful guidance too. I feel privileged to listen to other people’s stories and am not afraid to draw on my own experiences of life struggles too.
My training over the years includes providing therapy from humanistic, psychodynamic and existential perspectives as well as extensive CBT training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London for depression and anxiety disorders. I have also attended training in mentalization, mindfulness and DBT for people with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.
I am an experienced NHS leader who has trained, supervised and supported other health professionals along the way. This includes giving group supervision and de-briefs to clinical teams.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Counselling Psychology
Post MA Diploma Counselling Psychology
Significant training in CBT interventions for depression and anxiety disorders
Post MA Diploma Healthcare Leadership
Various training in DBT, Mentalization, Mindfulness and family interventions.
Experience in addictions (gambling, drugs and alcohol), primary care for seven years and secondary care (acute wards) for three years.
Experience in providing individual supervision, group case discussion/supervision and group de-briefs following traumatic incidents on the wards.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 for first and further treatment sessions.
£70 for a full psychological assessment and report as requested by an employer, insurance company, social services, court, etc.
Concessions offered for
As a mother/step-mother of six, I have a particular interest in post-natal difficulties and in supporting step/blended families to overcome the challenges and obstacles involved.