Have you been struggling with a problem for some time, or perhaps something has happened recently and you are finding it hard to cope? I strongly believe that everyone is a wonderfully unique individual with an innate capacity for change and growth. As such I welcome you not only with my expertise, but with an open heart and a spirit of hope.
How can I help?
I can help you to explore and make sense of previous events and recurring patterns in your life such as childhood experiences, trauma, relationship problems and breakdowns. By exploring your issues in the confidential space I offer, your understanding of how you have arrived at this current position in life will increase. I will listen to you with great attention and respect. Over the years, I have helped many people to reach a place of acceptance and fresh insight on how to move forward positively.
Motivation, enthusiasm and joy are often absent qualities for someone who is stressed, anxious or depressed. I am able to work in a Solution Focused way to assist you identify your strengths, achieve your goals and regain a greater sense of purpose. I have found this particular approach to be a powerful vehicle for change and transformation.
My Counselling Approach
I offer a solution–focused counselling approach that is underpinned by person centred values and is in keeping with the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. My approach is both collaborative and relational providing a compassionate, non-judgemental, real and empathic relationship for my clients to help them overcome problems and adversities that they face.
My work is always tailor made to meet the specific needs of each client and I draw on a variety of counselling approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt and Psychodynamic Therapy.
Who do I work with?
I work with individuals who are aged 16 years or above offering short and long-term therapy as appropriate.
I offer a non-discriminatory service and I place great value on diversity welcoming clients from all faiths, cultural backgrounds and of all sexual orientations.
Specialist Interests and Experience
I always strive to be professional, creative and resourceful in my work with clients. I have had particular success working with client issues such as Social Anxiety, Anger Management, Relationship Difficulties and problems with Self-Esteem; however, the range of issues I can help clients with is wide and varied.
I have provided counselling and psychotherapy to clients for over ten years. I have worked with clients within the voluntary sector, as well as in my own private practice. I receive referrals from Professional Counselling Registers (such as the BACP), from Employee Assistance Programmes, and referrals from Birmingham IAPT (Increased Access to Psychological Therapy) services. I also have a proven track record of providing counselling support to NHS medical staff and other health professionals.
I have been a Clinical Supervisor of both Trainee and Qualified Counsellors since 2013. A Clinical Supervisor oversees the practice of counsellors to ensure their work with clients is ethical, and that the counsellor’s interventions are correct and in the best interests of the client. The role also assists the supervisees in their personal and professional development.
Location of Counselling Rooms:
My main private practice is located at the Custard Factory in Digbeth and I also use alternate rooms within Birmingham city centre.
What to expect in our first session:
It is very important for you to find a counsellor who you feel happy to work with. As such, in our first introductory meeting we will establish what your needs are and whether working together feels right for you. If this is the first time you have sought counselling, it may seem daunting, so this session will give you the opportunity to find out exactly what it will involve.
If you decide to continue with counselling, each therapy session will be fifty minutes, usually at the same time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP ethical guidelines (BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice for Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Certificate)
Level V Advanced Diploma In Psychotherapeutic Integrative Counselling (2010 – 2011)
Level IV Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2008 – 2010)
City & Guilds 7306 Teaching Certificate (1997 – 1998)
Bachelor's degree, Theology and Religious Studies (1989 – 1992)
Continuing Professional Development:
I regularly attend courses/training which inform my practice on counselling, psychotherapy, and clinical supervision.
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
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£60 for individuals - 50 minutes.
Payment Methods: Cash. I also accept e-payments prior to appointment.
Available to provide consultation 09-00 hours to 20.00 hours from Monday - Friday
Recent Client Testimonials:
Quote: "I contacted Joanne at a time of great vulnerability and was immediately reassured by her clear and supportive information to assist in arranging my first session. I found her to be easy to build trust and rapport with, and I was able to feel safe and supported very quickly.
So quickly indeed that I have been able to change my frame of mind from one of hopelessness, to be able to build resilience and take control of my life and my future again. I was surprised at how well I was able to work toward positive change, as I have used other counselling services before. I am considerably grateful for this improvement as I journey as a father to three young children, already feeling stronger as a result of counselling."
Quote: “I wouldn’t say that I was a counselling sceptic, but rather someone who doesn’t like to admit that I’m not 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. So, I went into counselling with a very open mind and yet at the same time I did not expect it to work. How wrong could I have been?!
From meeting with Joanne, I have understood some of the reasoning behind my low points, how to spot them before they become a really big problem and also learnt how I am accountable for the way I feel. This is quite a contrast to the person who came in the door at the start of the sessions, who believed that everyone else’s behaviour and actions are indicative of why I am the way I am.
Joanne talks to you like a human, challenges you to think in a different - and often positive - way, but most importantly supports you and is respectful at every turn. I was keen to not get reliant on speaking with someone to help me, so my course of counselling was relatively short, but I know I have a friendly ear available in future should I need it. And, most importantly, I use the techniques and advice provided by Joanne on a daily basis.
For anyone experiencing feeling low, who can’t pinpoint why or can’t seem to cry for support loud enough with those closest to you – speak to Joanne. She’s great and you won’t regret it.”