How Counselling can help
When life gets hard or distressing it sometimes becomes overwhelming and we are unable to make sense of our thoughts or feelings. We just get on with life and deal with things as they arise. Sometimes we get bogged down and need some additional supports to help make sense of things. We often underestimate how events and traumas can affect us and although you may manage to keep on top of things, sometimes for some reason this is no longer the case and our coping mechanisms are no longer working. Life experiences shape the way we interact with the world. We cannot change the past but we can change the way we feel about things.
A bit about me
As a qualified counsellor, I believe in building a warm, trusting, non-judgemental relationship and believe that these values are the most important aspects of working together to enable change. Working in a person-centred way, with the client always at the centre, I work with people of all ages. I enjoy working with young people and with adults.
I have worked specifically in drugs, alcohol, trauma, domestic abuse, LGBT+, disordered eating, relationship issues and childhood sexual abuse.
My initial training was humanistic and I have developed a range of ways of working, as everyone is different and everyone has different needs, acknowledging that what might work for one may not work for another. I do know that the hardest part is to make initial contact.
Training, qualifications & experience
A little introduction to me and my experiences:
My name is Joy and my interest in counselling took me into training in the late 1990's.
My first years after qualifying, with a Diploma in Humanistic counselling, back in 2002 were spent working mainly with children and young people who were affected by drugs and/or alcohol. I also worked with parents whose families were involved in drug and/or alcohol use.
Following on from that I moved to a domestic abuse service. During this time I developed my private practise and worked with both males and females who presented with a variety of issues. I find that although clients may contact to refer with a specific issue, it may not always be the issue that they want to address so I am happy to be led, in a truly person centred way, by the needs of the individual.
I currently work with adults who present with an array of different issues ranging from trauma, stress, sadness, depression, dissociation, self esteem, confidence, anxiety, relationship issues and phobias, to name but a few.
I have completed training in working with eating disorders, working with LGBT+ and recently completed a mindfulness course.
In addition, I have a recognised qualification in working with young people and particularly enjoy working with teenagers, using a variety of ways to engage with them as talking therapies are not for everyone. I try to work with all clients in a way that is best for them to express themselves.
I have been a co-facilitator on courses including the first steps in counselling and on diploma counselling courses and have experience of working both long and short term with clients.
What you can expect in your first contact - phone call
The initial phone call will let us introduce ourselves and will give you the opportunity to find out a bit about me and whether my style of working fits with what you want from counselling. There is absolutely no pressure on us to meet following this initial meeting but if you then chose to engage with me we will arrange a mutually suitable time for us to meet, either remotely or face to face.
I will email you a counselling agreement which covers everything that you need to know with regard to our first meeting.
The first session
This meeting will enable us to start to agree a contract - this will set out frequency of sessions, session times, details of fees, confidentiality, record keeping (or not) and cancellations.
This session will be the start of your journey and you can begin to explore what you would like to get from counselling, at your own pace and we will take it from there.
Counselling generally takes place on the same day at the same time each week or fortnightly if possible. This can be either face to face or accessed remotely
- Humanistic Diploma
- Counselling Children & Young People Diploma
- Systemic Family Therapy
- Coaching Certificate
- Play Therapy Certificate
- Registered Managers Award
- Eating Disorders
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free initial phone consultation (which will normally be around 20-30 minutes) so that you can assess if I am the right counsellor for you and after that the cost will be £45-£60 per therapeutic hour.
For child and adolescent clients the cost will be £40 per 45 minutes or £45 for the therapeutic hour (whichever is best for the young person).
I may not always be able to answer the phone when you call but please leave a message if I am unable to answer, and I will call you back as soon as I am able to do so.
When I work
I work from a summer house in the garden at my home address and can offer socially distanced face to face counselling.
I can also offer phone, video and/or email support as required
Therapy can be short term or long term and you are in control of the pace and how many sessions that you would like to attend for.
It could be that you have a specific issue you would like to explore or that you are anxious, sad, angry, depressed or have lost your way in life.
I would like to invite you to contact me, to see if we can work together. Making first contact is the hardest part.
The beauty of the ability to work remotely is that it doesn't matter where you live. Get in touch if you feel I might be the right person to work alongside you