Joanne Leech - Marley Blu Counselling Registered MBACP
Sometimes life experiences can creep up on us without any warning signs or preparation. This can have a negative impact on our lives and can leave us feeling emotionally overwhelmed, fearful, anxious or depressed. Not knowing where to turn, who to trust and who to ask for help can also leave us struggling to cope.
There are many reasons for seeking counselling. This could include;
- stress, including work-related stress
- low self-esteem
- health and well-being conditions
- academic challenges
- social isolation
- relationship issues
- bereavement and loss including pet bereavement and loss
- difficult life event
Having someone who isn't a friend, colleague or family member, to talk to, may be able to help you to manage and/or overcome whatever difficulties you are experiencing right now.
How counselling can help
Hello and welcome to Marley Blu Counselling. I’m Joanne, a Person-Centred Counsellor based in the Newcastle Under Lyme area. I offer a warm, comfortable, confidential and safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a caring and non-judgemental way.
My aim is to work with you to ensure that you feel safe enough to be yourself and talk freely as well as explore your thoughts and feelings, whether positive or negative, without fear of rejection or disapproval using the Person-Centred approach as a foundation.
With my help facilitating this process, Counselling provides you with the opportunity to work through any difficulties you may be experiencing and enables you to reach your own conclusions rather than me telling you what to do or how to be.
I also support people who are affected by Pet Bereavement and Loss. I believe that the loss of a beloved pet can affect people in many ways similar to those who experience the loss of a human being. This can include effects such as; depression, anxiety, loneliness and emptiness. I feel that losing a pet isn’t as recognised as such a loss in society, therefore, many suffer in silence which can feel like no one understands what you may be experiencing. I am here to help you with this. Along with personal experience of losing a pet, I have enhanced my learning by completing further training in the area of Pet Bereavement and Loss with a recognised national animal charity.
What to expect from me
I don’t have a magic wand but I do strive to bring wisdom, empathy, integrity, respect and humanity into the counselling relationship along with genuineness, trust, high levels of self-awareness and a passion for counselling.
I am committed to helping you achieve what you want to gain from counselling and recognise that everyone is a unique individual, therefore, base the approach of the therapy to suit your needs and what fits best for you. Sometimes finding words to explain how we may be feeling can be difficult, therefore in therapy I am open to your suggestions of what works best for you. This can include being creative with things like play therapy, writing, art, music, drawing, etc.
I am wise, friendly, approachable, welcoming and endeavour to always work within my capabilities as a therapist and to the best of my abilities.
Your experiences are unique to you. So what are you waiting for, let your journey towards self-discovery and personal growth begin!
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 8 years experience and began counselling as a volunteer in 2010 supporting clients who have experienced sexual and domestic abuse. I fulfilled many roles within the same organisation initially starting in 2008 as a volunteer administrator whilst studying for the Certificate in Counselling to gain some experience of working within a counselling organisation. This provided me with the knowledge, skills and experience I needed to fully appreciate the impact that both sexual and domestic abuse has on people, including their families and supporters.
For me, training as a counsellor helped me to explore my own personal experiences through various methods including creativity which in turn has helped me to trust myself and work at a deeper emotional level. I also feel that through personal development I have experienced empowerment for myself, therefore, adopt this in practice with clients.
Before counselling my background involves working with children in various educational settings.
Training and Qualifications
- Pet Bereavement Counselling and support
- Postgraduate Certificate and Advanced Development Programme in Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Violence
- Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Bereavement and Loss - Counselling Skills
Additional training completed includes
- Emotional Intelligence
- Body healing coach
- Play therapy
- Rape Crisis training
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pet Bereavement and Loss
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I offer a free, 30 minute, no obligation appointment to discuss what I offer and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions about working together. Then it will be £35 per 1 hour session thereafter if you decide to continue.
Concessionary rates are available on request.
- Person Centred Therapy
- Pet Bereavement and Loss
- Humanistic Therapies
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists (IAHT). I work ethically and professionally and abide by the BACP ethical framework.
I offer both short and long term work. Counselling sessions are normally offered on a weekly basis to provide consistency.
I am fully insured.
You can contact me by e-mail, call or if you prefer you can text and I will respond to you as soon as I am able to.
Free parking is available and I am located within walking distance of bus routes.
Thank you for taking the time to read my page.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday from 8am-9pm and Saturday mornings. I offer flexible appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|