Joanne Wilsher-Mills (JWM Counselling) Registered MBACP

Joanne Wilsher-Mills (JWM Counselling) Registered MBACP



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About me

Sometimes life events can completely throw us off course and leave us feeling overwhelmed. Or we may not be able to pinpoint why we are struggling with our relationships or achieving what we want in life.

Having a fresh perspective from someone who is neutral but who also really values our best interests can help us find a way of developing coping strategies and move towards the life we want for ourselves.

My background and training is in Person-Centred counselling, which is all about respecting and valuing the individual, but I also use other interventions, such as creative work or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques if it was agreed that was more appropriate.   My specialism is in working with bereavement and loss and I currently also work as a grief and loss counsellor with children and young people.

Bereavement and loss are such profound issues that can impact the whole of our lives and yet still we live in a culture that is very uncomfortable talking about it. The process of counselling can offer a safe and non-judgemental place to explore these painful feelings and help find a way of making them more manageable.

I also offer support for other issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and the experience of trauma. My intention is always to respect you, the client as an individual and work in a way that best reflects your needs. I also have experience of delivering training and working with groups.

What to expect
I believe the most important aspect of counselling is the relationship that exists between client and counsellor, that is why it is so important to choose a counsellor that feels right for you and your circumstances and I appreciate what a daunting task this can be. I would begin by offering a 45 minute initial consultation, to help me assess your specific needs and to help you get a sense of whether I would be the right counsellor for you. This would be an opportunity for you to ask questions and gain an understanding of how the counselling process will work. If you wanted to go ahead with the counselling, the sessions would then be 50 minutes and we would agree a working contract together.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Registered Member of BACP
  • Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse)
  • Working with anger
  • Induction training course for working with victims of rape and sexual abuse (Trust House Lincolnshire)
  • One year's experience of working with Cruse Bereavement Care (adults)
  • One year's experience of working with victims of rape and sexual abuse (adults)
  • Three year's experience of counselling children and young people (Casy, Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss)
  • Experience of writing and delivering confidence building courses for adults in Children's Centres (Lincolnshire County Council)
  • Experience of writing and delivering training for Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss
  • Post-16 P.G.C.E.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with


        Initial 45 minute consultation £20.00

        50 minute individual session £35.00

        Reduced fees for students or young people (under 18) £25.00

        Further information

        I currently run my private practice from home with free parking available and also rent a room in Sleaford for evening appointments

        Maps & Directions

        Sleaford, NG34

        Type of session

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

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None


        Wheelchair access: Yes

        My counselling room is upstairs, but I have a stairlift available or I can offer an alternative downstairs room if necessary.


        Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Evening appointments available

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme