Joanne Henshall Talbot Counselling & CBT MBACP Reg.

Joanne Henshall Talbot Counselling & CBT MBACP Reg.




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About me

Welcome to Talbot Counselling & CBT, offering a safe and comfortable space dedicated to providing confidential counselling for reflection, healing and support. My practice extends from Christchurch to Branksome Park, where you will receive a warm welcome within pleasant surroundings.

Probably the most important factor in choosing a counsellor is to see someone you feel comfortable with, and can trust.Talking to a stranger about deeply sensitive, personal experiences and feelings can seem daunting and i  understand for some people making contact or asking for help can take a great deal of courage...

Are you holding on to something painful, that you need to be able to offload and explore in a safe nonjudgmental space? Perhaps your problems are affecting your relationships or work life. Everybody experiences things differently, and together we can come up with a treatment plan that will fit, just for you, and help you to progress and change the things you wish to.

Perhaps you are suffering from Depression or an anxiety problem such as social anxiety or OCD, in which case I can offer understanding, alongside evidence based tools and techniques you can use to overcome your difficulties (Recommended by NICE).

The first step

The first introductory session is free and chance for you to assess if I am the right person for you. It also gives an opportunity for me to understand what you are looking for and to see if I feel what I can offer will suit you, before we make an agreement to work together. Should you wish to engage within therapy, 50-minute sessions will be offered, usually weekly, 1-1 in person, in either Poole or Christchurch, but could also be via telephone or Internet, following agreement.

Our work together will centre around you, and reviews will be offered 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.

Therapeutic Approaches i draw upon are:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Incorporates acceptance strategies, mindfulness techniques, and a wide range of behavioural approaches already known to be effective from CBT. ACT is one of a family of interventions inside the CBT tradition which i integrate within therapy.
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Creative Therapies
  • Existential Therapy
  • Fragile Process
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Approach
  • Inner child Work
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person Centred Approach
  • Psycho educational Interventions
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Trauma - Focused CBT

Client Safety

For your protection i am a registered 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. This includes regular supervision to ensure my practice is safe.

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

  • MBACP  Registered member.
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • DRBS enhanced check current.
  • Data Protection Act. (New May 18 legislation)
  • ICO registered.
  • Fully Insured
  • Fully Qualified


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

If you would like more information of how i practice or what counselling might involve for you, please browse my websites or contact me for further information.

Talbot Counselling Terms and Conditions available.

Training, qualifications & experience

The foundation of my Counselling training, which started in 2013, are based upon Rogerian theory (Person Centred). However, as my training progressed I became increasing passionate (and still am) about the differing theoretical approaches, of which therapists can draw upon, enabling and empowering clients, offering the opportunity for healing, improved wellbeing and progression at a therapeutically deeper level.

Working with the survivors of childhood abuse, sexual violence and trauma are within my specialisms and i have considerable training and experience within these fields, across two counselling service providers.

Additional Qualifications include Alcohol, Drug and Substance Misuse Award (Level 3), where my work has been centred around helping the carers of addict’s cope with the challenges they, (as carers) are faced with... The “family and friends” or “concerned others” who provide unpaid support to those who are living with addiction.

My ethos is eclectic, and I take all holistic factors into consideration before offering therapy.

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



CPCAB  Level 2 Counselling Studies

CPCAB  Level 3 Counselling Studies

CPCAB  Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling

CPCAB  Level 5 Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (pend May 18)

Alcohol and Substance Misuse Awareness Certificate Level 3

Additional certificates, training and experience


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Attachment Theory

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

Child Protection

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Dual Diagnosis

Domestic Violence

Prevent / Safeguarding

Motivational Interviewing

Sexual Violence


Working with Children of Substance Misusing Parents.

Working with Survivors of Childhood Abuse

IT Governance

Client practice

I have gained valuable experience working with addicts,  their carers and loved ones, within a drug and alcohol treatment centre.

I volunteer and work therapeutically with adult survivors of childhood abuse, sexual / domestic violence and trauma across two counselling support services.

I practice general counselling and psychotherapy for clients within my private practice and can offer understanding alongside evidence based tools and techniques to help with anger, anxiety disorders, depression, panic attacks and phobias.

If you would like to meet with me for an initial session, or have any question, please contact me....

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Drink Smart 'Alcohol awareness & wellbeing' ...six week plan. Learn to enjoy alcohol safely.

Drink Smart is not an abstinence plan, should you wish to work towards or maintain abstinence, i offer 1-1 addiction counselling.

If you would like more information regarding the 'Drink Smart' plan, please view my linked Face book page or contact me.

Photos & videos

  • Branksome
  • Branksome
  • Talbot Counselling
  • Christchurch


Introductory session Free                            NIL

50 minute standard rate                            £35.00 per session

Counselling students welcome                    £30.00 per session

Student and Senior citizen reductions          Please enquire

Access to Therapy Invitation Book six sessions and get two sessions free.

Further information

I am a warm, emphatic, approachable person, having had a solid and varied back ground of life experience which gives me a baseline from which to draw upon, within my therapeutic work.

If you are in need of urgent 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).


Dorset Police


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


Flexible appointments, Initial telephone consultations and free 50 min introductory session with no obligation.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults