Joanne Regina, MA, MBABCP, MBACP, EMDR (UK & IRE)

Joanne Regina, MA, MBABCP, MBACP, EMDR (UK & IRE)

Duncan Road

07401 377064

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Duncan Road

07401 377064

About me

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which they have overcome." Booker T. Washington

The path to healing is a unique experience for each of us. Psychotherapy is a process of inner exploration, that helps strengthen emotional health, awareness, enhances healing, and personal transformation. I believe in the power of therapy and in every individual's right to experience happiness, meaning, and fulfilment in their lives.

My objective is to provide an emotionally safe and non-judgmental environment where you may explore your issues and experiences. I am committed to working alongside my clients and guiding them towards understanding, integration, and wholeness, while creating a strong therapeutic relationship that is grounded in comfort and trust that is essential to the healing process.

My practice is informed from an integrative and creative approach drawing upon a variety of evidence-based modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Schema Therapy, and compassion focused approaches. I recognise that each individual is unique and can benefit from different things at different times in their lives. My goal is to assist you in becoming self-empowered, realising your full potential, while making and maintaining positive changes to your life.

My areas of experience and speciality include:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Dysfunctional relationships/Attachment issues
  • Depression (emptiness, a loss of sense of self)
  • Fear and phobias
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Intense emotions (anger, guilt, jealousy, shame)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessions and compulsions (OCD)
  • Perfectionism
  • Stress and Worry
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or assault; witness to domestic violence; interpersonal violence; combat-related trauma; terrorism; serious accident, illness/medical procedure)

In addition, I bring fourteen years clinical experience providing treatment in both England and the United States, having worked extensively in the field of addiction and co-occurring disorders (including complex trauma, PTSD, and mood disorders) and with a vast range of individuals including children, teens, adults, couples/families, and military veterans.

A part from private practice, I currently work within an NHS organisation providing CBT and EMDR to adults presenting with a range of complexities including anger, depression, low self esteem, anxiety related disorders and PTSD. I am also a Armed Forces Service Champion, providing psychological therapy, advocacy, and support to veterans and their families.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Master of Arts in Counsellor Education; Clinical Mental Health Counselling and Psychotherapy: University of Central Florida, United States
  • Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy: University of Central Florida, United States
  • Bachelors of Arts in Sociology; Psychology: Queens College, City University of New York, United States

Specialised Trainings

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)  Levels I, II, & III: Richman EMDR Training
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Canterbury Christ Church University

Professional Memberships

  • British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (Accredited member)
  • British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (Registered member)
  • EMDR Association UK & Ireland (Currently working towards accreditation)
  • EMDR International Association (Full member)

Professional Development

I am committed to professional development as an opportunity to expand my knowledge and strengthen my clinical skill set. Recent trainings I have attended include:

  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
  • Treating Trauma Master Series
  • The Flash Technique: Making Trauma Memories More Accessible EMDR Processing
  • EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care
  • Working with Shame
  • How to Treat Concurrent PTSD in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder: Principles and Evaluation of DBT for PTSD
  • Using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Childhood Traumatic Grief
  • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Self Esteem
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma and PTSD
  • Transformational Chairwork
  • Cognitive Therapy for PTSD
  • Compassion Focused Therapy for Depression
  • Trauma, Dissociation, and Recovery- Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
  • Making Trauma Therapy Safer- The Psychophysiology of Trauma and PTSD
  • Emotional Regulation & Crisis Survival Skills: Integrating DBT Skills into Clinical Practice
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Military Personnel
  • Strengths Based CBT Training for Vulnerable Clients & Chronic Issues
  • Treating Addiction and Trauma
  • Addiction Seminar, Workshop, and Training
  • Intro to Schema Therapy: Theoray and Practice
  • Grief Counselling and Crisis Intervention Seminar, Workshop and Training
  • Suicide Assessment, Prevention, and Intervention Workshop and Training
  • Psychodrama Workshop and Training

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is based on the theory that when a traumatic even occurs the negative beliefs and emotions often become trapped and poorly integrated within the right and left brain hemispheres causing distressing somatic and emotional symptoms.  EMDR  accesses the memory networks related to those old traumatic events and processes through them using eye movements. Through the processing, your brain goes into a mode similar to REM sleep and begins to work through the old stuff. Ultimately, the emotional charge and negative beliefs about yourself are neutralised.

EMDR has been established as among the most successful healing therapy methods and is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), World Health Organisation, and US Department of Veterans Affairs as a treatment of choice for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

EMDR is also a highly effective treatment for  addiction, chronic pain, phobias, depression, panic disorders, disturbing memories, performance anxiety, stress reduction, sexual, emotional and/or physical abuse.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is based on well-established principles supporting the notion that changing negative thinking patterns and reducing maladaptive behaviour can have a beneficial effect in improving a person's emotions and behaviour.

CBT is an empirically-proven approach that treats such mood disorders as depression and bipolar disorder, and such anxiety disorders as phobias, social anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Schema Therapy stems from cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment theory and Gestalt techniques, which helps the client confront severe emotional damage, usually stemming from lifelong, self-defeating patterns or maladaptive schemas developed during childhood and early adolescence and elaborated throughout life.

ST is effective for of treatment for individuals presenting with long standing difficulties with anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.

Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of cognitive behaviour therapy which incorporates four key  strategies-mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills. Clients learn to be more mindful of emotions, thoughts and behaviours, better manage distress and increase impulse control, regulate their emotions and become more resilient and improve self-respect and their interpersonal relationships.

Originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, research shows that DBT has also been effective in treating addiction, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.


I offer both short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy. I provide therapy to individuals ages 17+.

Free Initial consultation: 20 minutes via phone

Initial Assessment: £50 (1 hour)

Individual session: £50 (1 hour)

EMDR session: £50 (1 hour); £65 (1.5 hours)

-I believe that therapy should be accessible to everyone and I am willing to discuss a reduced fee where there is a real need.

-I also offer additional rates for university students and counsellor trainees who are required to engage in therapy as part of their curriculum: £35 (1 hour)

Payment taken in cash and via bank transfer on the day of your appointment.

Further information

I work out of St. Barnabas House in Gillingham.

I currently offer sessions on:

Tuesdays: 9:00am- 4:00pm (last session)

Thursdays: 9:00am- 4:00pm (last session)

Saturdays: 9:00am- 12:00pm (last session)

Please contact me to discuss any additonal times you may require.

Maps & Directions

Gillingham, ME7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am-1:00pm *Please contact me to discuss additional times

Types of client

Older adults