Dr Joel Yoeli
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***Update February 2023*** Delighted to announce that group therapy is back and running again, and I still have spaces available! Tuesday early evenings or Saturday mid-morning. See my website for details, and contact me for booking or enquiries.
I am a chartered consultant clinical psychologist, with over 40 years professional experience of delivering systemic therapy and other forms of counselling to adults, couples, young people, children and families. I retired from the NHS 10 years ago, and am now established in private practice.
I am Israeli by origin, and trained in the USA before emigrating to the UK.
What is systemic therapy?
Systemic approaches to psychological therapies regard the client not just as an individual but as a member of one or more of the groups to which they belong: perhaps, for example, their family, their friendship circle, their workplace and their communities. I help people to explore their difficulties in the context of their lived experiences, cultural heritages and significant relationships. Wherever appropriate, I invite clients to include in the process of therapy any significant people in their lives.
As a therapist, I assimilate within my systemic approach a range of other forms of counselling practice. I am trained to deliver CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and interpersonal psychotherapy, and seek always to remain flexible. Whereas most private therapists work from a pre-defined theoretical model, I encourage clients to help me to understand what approach might best suit their needs and preferences.
Who can I work with?
I can work with adults, young people and children of all ages.
I am able to see clients with a wide range of difficulties. Much of my NHS work focused on the psychological, emotional and relational challenges faced by children with autistic spectrum-type difficulties, neurodivergencies, and so-called challenging behaviours, and with their parents. Much of my research has involved working with individuals who experience their emotions as physical symptoms such as fatigue and pain, and such as syndromes such as CFS/ME and fibromyalgia. I also have a longstanding interest in undertaking therapeutic work with people with diagnoses often considered unsuitable for talking treatments, such as those of long-standing mental illnesses and personality disorders.
Whereas most private therapists see clients on an individual basis, I am able also to offer couples and family sessions. In addition, I always offer individual clients the opportunity to bring to sessions any significant others whose involvement might at any time benefit their therapy.
Unlike many counsellors, I am able to work with clients whose difficulties may involve a physical component or who may have attracted a psychiatric diagnosis. Some of my clients are already receiving support from mental health services, and where appropriate I am able to collaborate with other relevant professionals. Similarly, I sometimes work with individuals involved with children protection proceedings or the criminal justice system.
What else do I offer?
To see the full range of my services and to understand more about my philosophy, please visit my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
DClinPsych in Clinical Psychology (child and family specialism), University of Denver, USA
MEd in Counselling Psychology within Educational Settings. American University, USA
BA (Hons) Psychology with Philosophy. Hebrew University, Israel
Chartered consultant clinical psychologist, Newcastle CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
Lead consultant psychologist, Richmond Fellowship, London
Clinical lead, National Autistic Society of Israel
Clinical director, Eitanim Psychiatric Hospital Children's Ward, Jerusalem, Israel
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£80.00 per session
Concessions offered for
For conventional forms of individual therapy, I charge £80 per hour.
For other services, fees are negotiated on an individual basis.
For individuals on a low income or facing particularly adverse financial circumstances, discounts may be negotiable. Do please ask.
When I work
Available mornings, afternoons and evenings, seven days per week. I am often able to see clients in crisis on a same-day or next-day basis.