Joanna Thorne BA(hons), Post Grad Dip
I am a qualified and experienced BACP registered psychodynamic therapist. I can offer a safe, supportive space for us to explore your thoughts and feelings together.
Life can be hard and sometimes it can be helpful to share our problems with someone else. People seek counselling for many different reasons; perhaps you are struggling with a current crisis, or maybe experiences earlier in your life have resurfaced and are stopping you from living the life you want and deserve. You might be facing challenges in your romantic relationship or with your family members.
Some people have a sense of feeling stuck and are unable to move forwards in their lives, while others may have no idea why they feel angry, depressed, anxious or overwhelmed all the time; they just know they want to feel better and wish things were different.
I have worked with adults and children addressing many different issues, both in private practice and in a number of charitable organisations. I am passionate about the power of therapy to change lives.
Counselling allows you to explore and try to make sense of your difficult experiences in a safe and non-judgemental space. Being in therapy can help us develop healthier ways of thinking, behaving and relating to others. Through building a good relationship with your therapist, you may feel more at ease in discussing difficult feelings or troubling thoughts. These thoughts and feelings may be recent, or you might have carried them with you for many years.
I offer shorter term counselling which is helpful for addressing one or two immediate issues in your life, or you may wish to have open ended, longer term therapy which allows you the time and space needed to go deeper into exploring your behaviours, thoughts and feelings. Either way, we work at your own pace. I work collaboratively with the client to facilitate an understanding and awareness of self, in order that they may feel empowered to make positive new choices in their lives.
Taking the first step
I understand that taking that first step can be daunting. Having an initial consultation session gives you the opportunity to discuss what it is you would like to explore during your therapy. It is also a chance for you to ask any questions you might have and make a decision as to whether you feel comfortable working with me. Together, we will assess your needs and by the end of the consultation, we will have made a plan about how best to support you moving forwards.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Skills and Theory
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (BACP accredited course)
Alongside working in private practice, for the last 6 years I have also worked for charitable organisations both on the mainland and on the Isle of Wight. I have particular experience in working with children and young people as well as adults who have experienced sexual or domestic violence.
My work with children and young people often involves using creative interventions such as art or play therapy.
I undertake regular training to keep my knowledge and skills up to date. Recent courses have included 'Working with Autistic Clients' and 'Working Therapeutically Online'.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation (50 mins) £30
Counselling Sessions (50 mins) £45.
I do offer reduced fees (for counselling sessions) for those on low incomes.
Concessions offered for
Contact me to discuss my availability. I have some day time and evening slots currently available.
It is important to me that everyone has access to therapy. If you have mobility issues, please do discuss this with me as my office space is not currently accessible. We can make arrangements for you to access therapy in an alternative space that will be private and comfortable.