Joanne White Dip.Couns MBACP (Thanet Therapy)
I am a fully qualified experienced ‘Relate Trained’ Relationship Counsellor. I am undertaking further training in the specialism of Psychosexual Therapy, also known as Sex Therapy.
I work with both couples and individuals who are in an intimate relationship. I extend that service to clients who are single, plus couples and individuals in the process of separating, deciding Therapy to be a more appropriate service, when Mediation is considered unnecessary, but closure is.
There are many factors that can cause a relationship and individual stress. Affairs, Sexuality, IVF, Money, Bereavement, Loss, Parenting, Mental Health, Sex, Lack Of Intimacy, Work Related Stress, Disabilities, Family Issues, Substance Misuse, Illness & Chronic Pain, are just a handful of the issues clients share with me that are having a negative influence on their quality of life and relationship. Be that with themselves, an intimate partner, family member or friend.
When there is a lack of open, honest, and respectful communication in your relationship, conflict often results in feelings of resentment, avoidance, anger and blaming. Clients often tell me they feel the connection has been lost.
My aim is to provide an impartial, unbiased and neutral lens into any relationship that isn't serving you well. Providing a secure environment to acknowledge and explore personal points of view, difference of opinions and past experiences that are relevant to your unique circumstances.
I promote clients to feel valued and respected by inviting them to tap into their own resources & ideas about what suits them to make changes to move forward. Couple work can focus on compromise and change that sometimes hasn’t been achieved.
Sharing difficulties with a Therapist who isn’t emotionally attached to the relationship can really help you move from a stuck position. Clients benefit from having their thoughts drawn or mapped out giving a visual outlook on their situation. We will decide together which interventions best suit you, exploring how you have dealt with problems in the past by drawing on those experiences and knowledge.
Coming to therapy can involve a lot of bravery on the clients part. It is completely natural to be nervous or anxious due to sharing things in Therapy that are extremely personal. I will respectfully encourage and support you in a non-judgemental setting, regardless of your gender identity, culture, ethnicity, sexuality or relationship dilemma.
Honourably reviewing sessions along the way to ensure that you are finding the work beneficial. When the final session arrives, clients often have more clarity about their situation, and are better equipped to communicate their needs constructively for the future, along with a clearer picture of what realistically can be changed and/or managed.
I offer a discount for the initial consultation. This gives you the opportunity to come along and meet me. During this first meeting we will discuss if your specific circumstances are best matched to my expertises. It is important that I understand what you hope to achieve from any further ongoing sessions, checking out what your expectations of Therapy are. If I feel your needs are better met elsewhere, I will help you to find a more suitable alternative.
If you sense that I am a Therapist you feel at ease with, we can plan and set up future work together. Arranging to meet either weekly/fortnightly. I am flexible to people who work shift patterns. If I can, I will create additional sessions outside of my normal working hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Relate Trained Relationship Counsellor. I first became interested in Counselling and Therapy when I studied Psychology back in 2001. At the start of 2003, I started training with Relate at their former Herbert Gray College in Rugby Warwickshire (previously known as the Marriage Guidance Council) who are respected for being the largest provider of relationship support in the UK.
Previous experience that has enhanced my role as a Counsellor.
I gained experience as a Support Worker for the National Autistic Society in a residential setting, assisting adults with autism to live independently. At East Kent College I worked as a Student Support Progression Technician, responsible for a large group of young and mature students. Prior to all of this I left school and qualified as a hairdresser, going onto running my own successful salon with a team of eight stylists including trainees. It was this early career that equipped me with excellent people and interpersonal skills, comfortable with meeting new people, helping others, good communicator, making people feel comfortable and relaxed.
Essentially I have a lot of life experience which enables me to appreciate and value a lot of challenging material that clients bring through the door.
I am a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy as a Therapist and I abide by the COSRT Codes of Ethics and Practice. I am also a Registered Member of BACP and follow their Code of Ethics. I am fully insured and attend monthly supervision for each of the different disciplines that I practice, and regularly update my training with various CPD’s.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Mon - Tues - Thurs 4pm - 7.30pm & Wed 9.15am - 1pm
Initial Consultation £35
Individual Counselling: £45
Couple Counselling: £50
Psycho Sexual Therapy £60
The Therapy room is situated on the ground floor of the Kent Innovation Centre in Broadstairs, walking distance from Westwood Cross Shopping Centre and directly adjacent to Canterbury Christ Church University. There is ample free parking and disabled facilities.