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About me

I work therapeutically with individuals and couples offering short and long term therapy.

Whether it is short term or long term therapy, I work with people who need help to understand and think through what might be happening in their present life (for example being in a relationship or being single, being a parent, coping with situations at work, coping with unemployment, coping with illness or bereavement).

Many different feelings bring individuals or couples to therapy. These feelings can be caused by a change in your life now or they may be from your past. The therapeutic relationship offers you a confidential and protected space in which you can talk through your thoughts and feelings, and an opportunity to develop different ways of dealing with them.

I am an accredited BACP Psychodynamic Counsellor and I trained at WPF Therapy which provides high quality counselling and psychotherapy. I am also a BPC accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist and trained at the Anna Freud Centre which has an international reputation for promoting emotional development. DIT is a short term therapy (16 weeks) for the treatment of depression and anxiety. I completed an MA in Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy at Tavistock Relationships which is an internationally renowned centre of excellence. This means that I am qualified to work with you individually or as a couple in long term or short term counselling/psychotherapy and that I abide by the code of ethics in these two accrediting bodies (BACP/BPC).

I work in a private practice in Bournemouth in a quiet location. If you decide to come for counselling, we can discuss whether you want to work for a time limited number of sessions or in a more open ended therapy. Sessions last 50 minutes and are at the same time each week. To arrange an appointment please call 07906 992641 or e-mail jb4counselling@gmail.com

I  also offer supervision to practising and trainee counsellors/therapists. Please contact me on the above e-mail address/number if you are looking for supervision.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PhD: Love and its fluctuations: a psychosocial inquiry (UEL).
  • MA Working with Children, Young People and Families - Psychoanalytic Observation. Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London/UEL.
  • MA in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Tavistock Relationships, London/UEL (BPC accredited).
  • PG Course Counselling Aspects in Education, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London.
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, Anna Freud Centre, London (BPC accredited).
  • CBT Course The Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, Oxford.
  • WPF (BACP Accredited) Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, Southampton
  • BA (Hons) Social Science.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am an accredited member of the BACP. I am an accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist (DIT is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council). I have completed an MA in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy which is accredited by the BPC. I have worked for a Southampton-based charity as part of a team of counsellors and I now work as part of a team of counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice.

I have been learning and teaching about emotional life, relationships and the mind since 1988 when I began teaching as a university lecturer. My most recent university post (until 2018) was at Southampton University where I worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Therapies. I supervised and taught mental health practitioners and students. I have worked closely with clinicians in the NHS (at the Tavistock Clinic in London and in Southampton) in order to more fully understand the causes of emotional and psychological distress and the possibilities for recovery and repair. I have published in the areas of emotional life, reflexivity and mental health.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

Individual sessions are £60

Couple counselling sessions are £80

The Coastal Practice
98 Broadway

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer supervision to practitioners working with a Psychodynamic or Integrative approach.

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Dr. Joanne Brown, Individual and Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy

Dr. Joanne Brown, Individual and Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy