Joanne Thompson MBACP Registered
Hello, I am Joanne.
I am an experienced, compassionate counsellor offering a warm and confidential listening space to enable you to explore your thoughts and concerns with understanding and without judgement.
I believe that within a nurturing, supportive therapeutic relationship you can build on your own strengths and resilience in order to find more effective ways of coping with adversity and develop greater self awareness.
I have over six years experience of working as a counsellor for an agency specialising in sexualised trauma and domestic abuse and have considerable training in working with a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach.
By working with you to understand yourself and your life more clearly, I aim to work with you to support positive change and personal growth, and finding more effective ways of coping with adversity.
I also have experience of providing counselling for a national charity specialising in bereavement, and currently work on a sessional basis for a charity specialising in reducing family conflict.
My approach is integrative as I use core ideas from person-centred theory in its emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship and of encouraging self direction. I also use ideas from attachment theory to consider how early relationships and experiences continue to affect our sense of ourself in the world and in relation to others.
I can also offer creative ways of working and mindfulness as an effective way of managing stress and anxiety.
I am committed to working with a diverse range of people from within our communities and am experienced in working with the needs of the LGBT community.
I am led by the needs of you as an individual, working at your pace. I can offer short and long-term work. I also work with trainee counsellors and can offer concessionary rates.
During this difficult time I am able to continue to offer online and telephone counselling sessions.
I can offer daytime, and some evening and Saturday morning appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
- Level 3 Award in Counselling Studies CPCAB
- Level 3 Award in Delivering Online Specialist Services
- Level 3 Award in Leadership
- Registered member of BACP
I have a strong commitment to ongoing training as part of my continued personal and professional development. This includes:
- Mentalization-based Therapy for Reducing Parental Conflict
- Trauma-informed Practice for Frontline Workers (AVA)
- Sexualised Trauma: Neurobiology, threat response and implications for Safeguarding
- Creative Ways of Working of Survivors of Sexual Violence
- Journey from Hurt to Healing group facilitator training
- Awareness in Bereavement Care (Ascentis)
- ABC Accredited Cruse Bereavement Counsellor
- Private practice as a counsellor in Peterborough
- Sessional counsellor for Cambridge and Peterborough Rape Crisis
- Parenting Together practitioner
- Cruse Bereavement Volunteer.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone consultation
My fee is £40.00, one-hour session.
Concessions available, please ask for details.
Concessions offered for
I work in private practice in Peterborough from comfortable, private rooms in a discreet location with free parking available.
I also offer telephone and online counselling using Whatsapp, Skype and Zoom.