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Joy Hollingsworth - Registered Member MBACP

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Grimsby DN33 & DN31
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About me

Hello.  My name is Joy. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I believe that Counselling should be affordable for everyone and therefore charge a fixed fee of £25 per session for individual therapy; £30 for couples counselling; and £35 for corporate organisations.  I can now offer Counselling Supervision training for £40 per 1.5 hour session (reduced to £35 for Counselling trainees).

We all experience problems and dilemmas at some point in our lives. Most times we can find a way through these, but occasionally we can feel overwhelmed, stressed and not sure what to do. At such times, counselling may help. Counselling allows you to explore your feelings and emotions, and reflect on what is currently happening to you. We can explore these issues in a private and non-judgemental way and enable you to identify alternative ways of moving forward with your life in a more positive way.

I am experienced in working with clients on a wide variety of issues, particularly specialising in handling those times when life becomes too much to bear; anxiety/panic attacks; bereavement and loss; family issues; and couples counselling. I principally use two forms of counselling - person centred counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.

The counselling that I offer is usually open-ended, but can be flexible depending on your needs. It is important to me that you feel valued in the relationship. The building of an equal and trusting relationship is extremely important and I believe that everyone that I work with is an individual and value them as such.

Training, qualifications & experience


BA Degree in Counselling Theory

Advanced Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (Level 5) – Distinction

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Distinction

Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents – Distinction

Diploma in Creative Therapy - Distinction

Certificate in Couples Counselling

Supervision Diploma Course - Distinction

Reikki One – First Level in the Isui System of Natural Healing

Reikki Two – Second Level in the Isui System of Natural Healing

Other Training

Introduction to Safeguarding Children Level 1 – Local Safeguarding Children Board

NCFE Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness

Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 Course

Sexual Violence and Abuse Awareness – It’s My Right (Blue Door)

Systemic Approach - Theory, Supervision and Workshops

Neglect Awareness

“Personal Aspects of Attachment Theory – The Science of Family Bonds” – Lecture by Sir Richard Bowlby

Introduction to Solution Focussed Therapy (Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust)

Samaritans Initial Training Part One (Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Branch)

Introduction to the Use of Drawing in Therapy

I have also worked with a wide range of clients as a volunteer Counsellor for a number of organisations within the Grimsby area; including St Andrews Hospice and MIND. I have also been a volunteer with Samaritans. Furthermore, I am a member of Navigo's Systemic Family Therapy team at Harrison House, where I work with families and couples.

In terms of my professional practice, I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework, and as such attend regular monthly supervision; hold a current and up to date Disclosure and Barring Service check; and am fully covered by Professional Indemnity insurance.

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


I currently charge £25 per session for individuals; £30 per session for couples counselling; and £35 for corporate clients, if you attend my premises.  I also offer Counselling Supervision for £40 per 1.5 hour session (reduced to £35 per session for Counselling trainees).

My current availability is during day-time and evening on Mondays .  Other times can be considered by special request.

Further information

To make an appointment or discuss how I can help you, please contact me as follows:

Email: blackbirdcounselling@gmail.com

Telephone: 07810 833638 (phone call or text)

If I am unable to respond immediately, then please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

With regard to my availability, some immediate appointments are available.

Please note that my counselling sessions last for one hour and take place in a private, comfortable room which is located away from my main house.

I currently practice from my own premises in Scartho Top, which has private off-street parking available and is accessible through local bus routes.

Scartho Top


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I have some immediate appointments available on Mondays during day and evening. Other times can be considered by special request

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Joy Hollingsworth - Registered Member MBACP

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