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About me

Hello and welcome... if you are looking at this page, you probably want to change something about your life or your relationship, or maybe both. You may be 'stuck' in a cycle of anxiety or depression and not know how to change it. You may be walking on 'egg shells' or living in a 'war zone' with your partner and not know how to re- connect. What you do know is something needs to change or you need to take a different approach,this is where I can help.

I don't have a magic wand, neither am I THE expert in solving problems, counselling is team work for all who take part.

However,  I am experienced in life and it's pitfalls and what I can offer is years of experience and outstanding commitment to helping people achieve the goals they come with.

Previous clients have said, that I am "warm, witty and wise" I like to think I am a caring listener to help you 'sort things out' or 'get a better handle' on things .

I am not specifically interested in your past but want to help you be your best, most comfortable self in the present.

My approach is integrative and very flexible, meaning we will work together in a variety of different ways.

About my counselling and how it can help:

The role of the counsellor is not to 'treat' people or try to 'heal' them, but to encourage their curiosity about their own beliefs and motivations. I offer clients an invitation to step outside their life story long enough to see that the story is not complete and, of course, to appreciate that those stories can be re-written. Together we will create a space in which new possibilities will emerge.

During this period of uncertainty and escalating anxiety I am offering a full online service- with video or telephone sessions.

If you are in need of a one off or number of sessions to help with this huge transition please get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

My extensive counselling background includes work with a primary care community service, relationship counselling, divorce support, end of life and bereavement counselling, work stress and anxiety management drug and alcohol services and work with a world wide corporate employment assisted health and well being service.

Prior to this I worked in the field of fitness for many years and both enjoy and promote the benefits of exercise.

Life has not been without its perils and I bring both practical experience and integrity into my practise along with humanity and humour.

I regularly receive recommendations from numerous clients and GP's.

I hold a Higher Education Diploma In Person Centred Counselling.

A Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

A Diploma in Integrative Therapy.

Certificate in Brief Solution Focused Therapy.

Post Graduate Certificate in Person Centred Couples Counselling.

I am a level 2 trained EMDR practitioner and am able to treat trauma.

A Diploma in Supervision

I have also trained in Mindfulness based stress reduction as well as numerous other professional development courses.

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Physiotherapists and adhere to their Framework and Ethical guidelines.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have many areas of expertise, with specialist interest in-

Relationship and couples.
Sometimes you just need a space to reconnect a place where you can resolve conflict and move on from crisis or break ups and live your life more fully in the present moment.
Anxiety
This is a difficult feeling to overcome and let go. I work with a variety of techniques as I believe anxiety is both rational and irrational, physical and emotional and needs both a directive presence and a holistic acceptance to overcome.
Alcohol
I also have a specialist interest in working with alcohol, if your life has become a series of crisis and you want to get some control back- I offer a flexible programme so that you can get support when you need it.
Eating Disorders
I have a professional approach and years of experience to help you break free of the symptoms and distress that eating disorders ensue. If you are unhappy with your weight or your eating or just how it controls your life, why not try giving me a call to discuss how I might help. My previous experience includes work with adolescents and adults.

Trauma

I am trained to offer EMDR for trauma- EMDR is a leading treatment for trauma.

Please do have a look at my web site for further information.

www.lifeboat-counselling.co.uk

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Photos & videos

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

Please do call me to discuss how I may help. If we agree to meet my charges are:

  • Initial sessions are usually for 60 minutes. Subsequent sessions are 1 hour all charged at £50
  • Intensive 2 hour start up or stand alone sessions are £80
  • All couples sessions are £50 for an hour
  • Supervision is £50 per hour/ concessions  available for trainee's
  • Missed sessions will be charged for.
  • All sessions are payable by cash or card unless otherwise agreed.

I offer both long and short term work, for most couples this is 6-8 sessions, for individual this can range from a 2 hour intensive stand alone session to longer term work- this can be arranged weekly, fortnightly monthly or occasionally. We will find what is right for you and fits with your life.

Availability

Daytime, evening and weekend appointment times available easy reach of Beaconsfield Area, Gerrards Cross, Marlow, Bourne End, Loudwater, And High Wycombe.

Further information

I work from a discrete garden office in a tranquil setting in the grounds of my house in a quiet road in Flackwell Heath.

High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP10

Gerrards Cross
Gerrards Cross
Buckinghamshire
SL9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

I am able to offer online counselling to those unable to attend in person.

Online platforms

Doxy
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer a collaborative approach to Supervision, which I hope is supportive, restorative and beneficial in helping you think about your client work from a broad perspective.

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Joanne Tucker, MBACP(Accred) Couples,Individuals, CBT, Online Therapy.

Joanne Tucker, MBACP(Accred) Couples,Individuals, CBT, Online Therapy.