Joanne Wilsher-Mills (JWM Counselling) Registered MBACP
Sometimes life events can completely throw us off course and leave us feeling overwhelmed. Or sometimes we can recognise that we have thoughts and behaviours that are unhelpful, such as anxiety or low self-worth, which stops us living the life we want or achieving our goals, but we don't know how to make changes. This can feel isolating and lonely.
I offer support for issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, recovery from trauma or recovery from emotional abuse or neglect. I have specific experience of working with grief and loss and I understand that loss can cover so many aspects of our lives and is not just about bereavement but could be the loss of health and having to adapt to living with chronic illness or disability or the loss of a relationship. I came into counselling because I feel passionate about making a difference in people's lives and giving people a voice to talk about the things that are really impacting on them.
Having a fresh perspective from someone who is neutral and non-judgemental but who also really values your best interests can really help. Counselling is not a magic bullet and I appreciate the huge courage it takes to take that first step and be willing to talk to someone about your experiences, but having someone with you along the way can really help you to find your own strenghts and inner resources and learn to tolerate and experience difficult feelings rather than avoid them or get stuck in them.
My background and training is in Person-Centred counselling, which is about respecting and being led by you as an individual, but I also use other interventions, depending on what is most appropriate for you and your circumstances. My intention is always to work in a way that best reflects your needs. I am particularly interested in the physical impact that different emotions and feelings can have. I have specific experience of working with bereavement and loss, I have worked for Cruse Bereavement Care and as a children's counsellor for the Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss. I also have experience of working with trauma and have worked with victims of rape and sexual abuse (Trust House Lincolnshire).
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, where we can discuss the difficulties you are experiencing 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 want to go ahead with the counselling, the sessions would then be 50 minutes and we would agree a working contract together. This can be short term or longer term.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse)
- Level 2 Awareness of Mental Health Problems
- Induction training course for working with victims of rape and sexual abuse (Trust House Lincolnshire)
- Registered member of BACP
- Cruse Bereavement Care (adults)
- Trust House Lincolnshire (working with adult victims of rape and sexual abuse)
- CASY (counselling for children and young people)
- Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss (children and young people)
- Write and deliver bespoke confidence building and parenting courses for adults in Children's Centres across Lincolnshire (Family Learning - Lincolnshire County Council)
- Write and deliver training for Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss
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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial 45 minute consultation £20.00
50 minute individual session £35.00
Reduced fees for counselling students or young people (under 18) £25.00
Concessions offered for
I run my private practice from home with free parking available and also have a room in Sleaford for evening appointments