Joanne Henshall Dip,Couns. MBACP.

Joanne Henshall Dip,Couns. MBACP.




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About me

Welcome to Talbot Counselling and Psychotherapy Services. I am a qualified BACP trained counsellor, working in an integrative way, putting client autonomy at the heart of all therapeutic work. The therapeutic approaches I integrate, eclectically blend to suit client individuality and holistic well being.

My practice extends from Christchurch to Branksome Park, where you will receive a warm welcome, within pleasant and comfortable surroundings. Authentic, empathetic understanding, within a therapeutically safe environment, awaits you.  Explore problematic situations or issues, talk over an adverse life event with someone who will listen, challenge unhelpful thoughts or behaviours.... You may discover new found self-awareness around uncomfortable feelings and emotions, clearing a path for insight, clarity and direction.

Working with the adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma are my specialist fields. I do however, work and have experience of working with clients, for whom a variety of problematic situations or harrowing experiences, trigger psychological or emotional distress, and general difficulties with day to day living, resulting in their interest to seek counselling or psychotherapy.

Additional Qualifications include Alcohol, Drug and Substance Misuse Award, where my work has been centred around helping the carers of addict’s cope with the challenges they, (as carers) are faced with.

The therapeutic approaches i integrate are:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Dip, CBT) Pending
Compassion-Focused Therapy
Creative Therapies
Emotional Freedom Therapy
Existential Therapy
Fragile Process
Gestalt Therapy
Humanistic Approach
Inner child Work
Motivational Interviewing
Person Centered Approach
Psycho educational Interventions
Transactional Analysis
Visualisation Techniques

The first step

Following your enquiry, you will be invited to an informal 30-minute session, where we will talk about how we might work together. Should you wish to engage within therapy, 50-minute sessions will be offered, usually weekly, 1-1 face to face but could be via telephone or Internet, following agreement. Counselling is usually time-limited and Psychotherapy open-ended, however, I am flexible and happy to negotiate a plan tailored to your needs.

Our agreement will be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure your expectations and goals are being met or worked towards and for any adjustments to be made with regard to pre negotiated plans or ways of improving therapeutic progress.

For your protection i am an individual member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), which sets standards for best practice and stipulates guidelines within its Ethical Framework, informing the way I work.

I also work within the requirements of the British Association for Behavioural & cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

There are many therapists available to choose from and how one decides which counsellor to choose can be confusing... I understand for some people making contact or asking for help can take a great deal of courage. Talking to a stranger about deeply sensitive, personal experiences and feelings can seem daunting... you will be warmly received.

If you would like more information, I am very happy to discuss any aspect of how I practice or what counselling might involve for you.

Important Confidentiality Information

All information you share will be treated with respect and sensitivity, remaining confidential within certain limitations, which includes self-harm, harm to others and child protection.

Client Safety

BACP individual membership.

DRBS enhanced check current.

Data Protection compliant.

Fully Insured

Please browse my website or email me for further information


Training, qualifications & experience

The foundation of my Counselling training,which started in 2013,is based upon Rogerian theory (Person Centred). However, as my training progressed I became (and still am) increasing passionate about the differing theoretical approaches, that enable and empower clients, offering the opportunity for  healing, improved well being and progression  at a therapeutically deeper level. My ethos is eclectic, and I take all holistic factors into consideration such as the bio/socio/psycho elements etc. when offering therapy.

I have a full BACP Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am a member of the awarding body.


Diploma Therapeutic Counselling

Alcohol and Substance Misuse Awareness Certificate

Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Pending)

Additional certificates, training and experience


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Prevent / Safeguarding

Motivational Interviewing

Sexual Violence

Working with Children of Substance Misusing Parents.

IT Governance

Client practice

Essential Drug and Alcohol Services EDAS

I have gained valuable experience working with addicts, but more specifically with their carers and loved ones.

Currently I volunteer and work therapeutically with adult survivors of childhood abuse within Hurting to Healing formally Dorset Action on Abuse.

As part of CPD (continuing professional development) I am currently taking part in a six week training program within Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre.

I practice general counselling and psychotherapy for clients within my private practice.

Member organisations


Photos & videos

  • Christchurch
  • Branksome Park


Introductory 30 minute session              Complimentary

Full 50 minute session                          £35.00

BACP Diploma students welcome            £30.00 per session, per block of ten booked.

Student and Senior citizen reductions      POA

Further information

If you have counselling needs that exceed the limits of my proficiency, you will be advised and offered referral to a suitable professional or service provider.

If you are in need of support, or know of someone that is at risk, there are services and helplines that can assist you. (relevant to your area or that of the person at risk).

Bournemouth Safeguarding Officer


Dorset Police


Social Services.

Maps & Directions

Christchurch, BH23
Poole, BH12

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Saturday sessions subject to availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults