Joanne Feld MBACP, MBPsS Tel: 07540 403414

Joanne Feld MBACP, MBPsS Tel: 07540 403414

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I work with individuals and with groups, offering a 'safe' environment, one which is welcoming, respectful, warm, accepting and non-judgemental. So often in current times, it can feel as if we are 'functions' as opposed to feeling, thinking human beings so it is important to me that you are able to be and feel heard and valued.  I offer both talking and person-centred art therapies, in individual or group settings.  Both daytime and evening appointments are available.

In working together, we have the opportunity to build a trusting therapeutic relationship, in which meanings can emerge for you that can help to clarify what it is that is troubling you and why this could be.

In order to achieve this, I draw from a range of therapeutic models and philosophies, so that we can co-create and evolve a therapy that suits you.

At Encounter Therapy, counselling and psychotherapy is offered on an individual and group basis.  In group work, I facilitate clients in working through their troubles together.  Some people find this scary to begin with.  However, in my experience, people soon discover that they can develop listening and relationship building skills for themselves, as well as the satisfaction of being instrumental in helping others.  In today's society of 'indirect contact', some people find that group work provides the space to slow down and experience the real 'human contact' and connecting that they miss in their busy, every day lives.


The use of person-centred art therapy can also promote therapeutic change.  Through the use of guided visualisation, you are free to imagine and to transfer whatever image comes to mind onto paper, with materials that are provided, the use of which is included in the cost of the therapy.  This can sometimes evoke very deep emotions, as the 'rational' part of the brain is bypassed in favour of the 'intuitive' side, which feels rather than makes sense of.  As such, this is a very powerful way of getting in touch with feelings, as they tend to surface, even if they are not immediately understood.  Therefore, some clients may find that the use of person-centred art therapy accelerates therapy faster than a 'talking' therapy.

Clients are invited to experience a combination of therapies, should they so wish.

Cultivate inner space in your busy life

Mindfulness and meditation are 'techniques' that allow the practitioner to observe/pay attention to what they are experiencing. You will have the chance to learn how to witness what you are feeling in the moment and in so doing, develop the ability to stand back from getting caught up in negative, repetitive behavioural patterns that keep you trapped in enacting unhelpful responses to unresolved triggers. You will also become aware of alternative ways in which to view life, which can enrich relationships and everyday experiencing. You will be able to cultivate a deep inner peace that can allow you to navigate your way serenely through life’s twists and turns.  After all, “peace” in this instance does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of these things and still be calm in your heartAnd being part of a group will enable you to bond with others who are seeking to improve the quality of their lives.

Benefits that mindfulness & meditation can bring:       Topics for life-skill classes will include:

Reduction of stress, anxiety and fatigue, which                  Body awareness
can lead to reduced blood pressure and reduction            
of other stress related conditions.                                       Self-esteem

More efficient immune system.                                           Detoxify your life

Effective pain management.                                               Effective communication

Promotion of restful, deep sleep.                                        Freeing yourself to be you

Regulation of difficult emotions which can
improve relationships.

Slows racing minds leading to calmness.

Increased concentration.

Improved cognitive function.

Overall enhanced well-being

“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul”.
  Marcus Aurelius

Developing Coping Strategies for Carers
        Effective Revision - Less Stress

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Psychology
BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills
Diploma in Integrative Supervision
PGCE Teaching and Learning HE

Continued professional training:
Doctorate (DCPsych) in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£55 for individuals
£70 for couples
£30 for group therapy
£55 for supervision  (£45 for students)

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Tuesday - Thursday 6:30 pm - 8pm Friday - 5:30 - 7pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am an Integrative Supervisor with an inclination towards experiential practice.  My fees are £50 per session and I offer a student rate of £45.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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