Joanne Henshall

Joanne Henshall




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About me

Humanistic Integrative counsellor & Cognitive Behavioural therapist with specialisms that include historic childhood abuse, trauma, abuse, sexual and domestic violence, panic disorders, anxiety, and  depression. My approach is integrative which means I have been trained in, and can employ several theoretical approaches to help you survive the crisis, difficulty or turning point.

I draw from​ cognitive behavioural therapy, humanistic/person centred, psychodynamic,  solution focused brief therapy and existential approaches to adapt the theory to each individual client.

My philosophy is that each person is unique and therefore no one approach suits all. I might use cognitive behavioural therapy for clients with phobias or panic attacks, whereas the person who is depressed or anxious will need a more supportive and philosophical approach.

My aim is to clarify those aspects of the client’s life that cause distress, confusion or anger and that can lead to an individual to feel stuck, blocked, unfulfilled and desperate. It is through exploration and clarification that we are able to explore our options and choices, and understand and come to terms with our issue.

The first step

The first introductory session is a 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, Bournemouth 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.

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. Please talk to me about any worries or concerns you may have about starting therapy, how it works and may help you, or my background and approach to therapeutic work. Gaining an understanding of what to expect will likely help reduce any anxiety.

Therapeutic Approaches i draw upon are:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Creative Therapies
  • Existential Therapy
  • 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
  • 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 website or contact me for further information.

Terms and Conditions available.

Training, qualifications & experience

The foundation of my Counselling training is based upon Rogerian theory (Person Centred). However, I am passionate about the differing theoretical approaches, 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 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 CPCAB  Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and am a registered member of the BACP.



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

Alcohol and Substance Misuse Awareness Certificate Level 3

Additional certificates, training and experience


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Attachment Theory

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

Brief Interventions for Alcohol Users

Child Protection

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Dual Diagnosis

Domestic Violence

Prevent / Safeguarding

Motivational Interviewing

Sexual Violence


The Neuroscience of Early Relational trauma and its Relevance to Clinical Work

Working with Children of Substance Misusing Parents.

Working with Survivors of Childhood Abuse

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 have worked therapeutically with adult survivors of childhood abuse, sexual / domestic violence, trauma and addictions across three counselling support services.

I practice general Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychotherapy and have successfully help clients with anger, anxiety disorders, depression, panic attacks and phobias, ( Re: NICE guidelines).

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 contact me.

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  • Joanne Henshall MBACP Reg.
  • Joanne Henshall MBACP Reg.
  • Branksome
  • Talbot Counselling & CBT Poole
  • Talbot Counselling & CBT Poole


30-45 min introductory session                £15.00 (deductible from first session)

50 minute standard rate                          £40.00 per session

Counselling students welcome                  £30.00 per session

Concessionary rates                                  POA

Payments can be made in cash, card machine or via an online secure payment.

I offer Sliding scale fees to people on low incomes. Please view my website for the Access to Therapy opportunity or contact me for details.

Terms & Conditions Available.

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.

You can also find me in the BACP Therapist Directory.

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

Poole, BH12
Christchurch, BH23

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

There are currently no disabled WC facilities at Branksome Park.


Flexible appointments. Telephone consultations available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults