Joanne Fretwell

Joanne Fretwell

Vernon House
Vernon Street

07935 936033

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Vernon House
Vernon Street

07935 936033

About me

Welcome. I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a Post Graduate Diploma in this field, currently working towards a MSc. Working integratively means I will adapt your counselling to meet your individual needs, depending on what issues you bring to me, and also depending how you would like to work.

Many people feel afraid or ashamed about the problems in their life or in their past and may continue to battle on or ignore the issues. Searching for a counsellor is a brave step in the right direction, you have given yourself a chance to heal. I will reassure you that counselling is not the frightening process you may have imagined. It is never too late to transform and heal from past or present issues.

I am trained in Person Centred counselling which I believe is the bedrock of all therapies, I believe passionately in the work of counselling without a hierarchy between the counsellor and client, the counsellor offers non judgmental counselling with three core conditions: warmth, empathy and genuineness. I am also trained in working with Children and Adolescents, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Bereavement Care and have taken an extensive range of additional short courses including Transactional Analysis and others listed on my website. I am more than happy to provide evidence of all my training.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (RMN) University of Nottingham
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Studies (University of Derby)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Level 7) (University of Derby)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.(Level 7) University of Derby.
  • Working with Children and Adolescents (University of Derby)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care (Level 2)
  • Numerous Cruse additional training.
  • Safeguarding and Risk Assessment. ( NSPCC, MindEd and University of Derby)
  • Compassionate Mind Training -Personal Practice Workshop. (Compassionate Mind Foundation)
  • Mindfulness (The Bridge Centre)
  • Work Experience:
  • Working as a Mental Health Nurse with Older adults with functional and organic illness for 3 years.
  • Six years with Cruse supporting bereaved clients in their homes.
  • One year in a city centre secondary school working with adolescents with self harm, anxiety, depression, cultural diversity problems.
  • Currently in private practice.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£20.00 for initial assessment session

£35.00 per session thereafter

£20.00 per session for students and adolescents.

50 Minute sessions, 45 for adolescents.

Online counselling is priced as above

Maps & Directions

Derby, DE1 1FR

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Hours between 9.30 until 2.30 and Monday Wednesday and Fridays from 5p.m. Weekend appointments often available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults