Joanne Mander Bsc.Hons; MA; MBACP
Hello there and welcome…my name is Joanne. I specialise in Couples Counselling and work with couples and individuals who are experiencing relationship difficulties. All relationships have up’s and downs, this is quite normal and we have to re-adjust when life throws up these challenges. If you are experiencing any of the difficulties below though and are finding it hard to resolve, then it may be time to seek experienced support:
· Do you no longer feel able to talk to your partner? Do your conversations always seem to turn into an argument? Or maybe you no longer choose to share your thoughts and feelings with you partner for fear of the response that you may get?
· Do you find that more often than not you do not want to return to your home at the end of a busy working day as you feel your partner does not understand you, whatever you say or do seems to be wrong?
· Maybe you feel like you have taken second place since the children were born and you no longer get what you need from your relationship?
· Are you needing to be close and intimate with your partner but, your partner does not seem toreciprocate, leaving you feeling pushed away?
· Are you finding that you are no longer interested in your partner but unsure why? Maybe you are questioning whether to stay or go?
May be an affair has been disclosed or the relationship is in crisis and you are considering separating?
· Or, have you noticed that in each relationship you get involved with, the same unhealthy patterns are repeated and you want this to change?
The issues that I have outlined above are all complex. When you are emotionally invested in a relationship it can be difficult to step outside of the relationship and view it from an objective perspective.
I am here to support you to do this. My clients describe me as a kind, warm and empathic person, my aim is to offer you with or without your partner a safe, calm and relaxed space to explore and understand your relationship. Our sessions will help you to unlock and appreciate what it is that you both want from your relationship.
I am a fully qualified Relationship/Couples Counsellor with many years of experience, working with couples and individuals in Private Practice and with Relate.
I offer couples/individual counselling via secure video conferencing to your home, office or even your car, as long as it is parked safely. Working together online means you can have therapy anywhere that is comfortable and convenient for you even if you or you and your partner cannot be in the same space due to work/travel commitments. The only things you need are a private space, a good internet connection and a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone on which you can download Zoom.
I appreciate counselling is a big step, but I am open to discussing how I work and discovering if working with me will be a good fit.
You are welcome to book a 15 minute initial online video meeting/pr telephone call so we can speak and see if the way that I work suits you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
Bsc. Hons in Occupational Therapy (1998)
Certificate in Counselling (2006)
MA in Relationship Therapy (2011)
Counselling in Text - email and live chat (2012)
Telephone Counselling: working with long and short term clients (2013)
OCST 2 Online Counselling Skills Diploma (2018)
Continuing Professional Development:
Creative Ways of Working with Secondary School Children (2011)
Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2011)
Working Systemically with Sexual Issues (2011)
DVA Assessment and Intervention (2013)
Journaling, Creative Counsellors (2018)
Nurturing your Inner Child (2020)
Group Therapy (2020)
Using Creative Arts Online (2020)
Exploring Self Harm (2020)
I am a member of BACP and ACTO and adhere to their ethical guidelines. I am also a member of Relate's register for Professional Counsellors. I am committed to continuing professional development.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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Online Counselling Fees:
By appointment only please.