Joy Wood

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BA(hons) MNCPS (Snr Accred) Counsellor / Psychotherapist
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Bournemouth BH8 & Poole BH12
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

A kind hello to you - if you are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious, suffered childhood trauma or present adult abuse. Experiencing grief or loss due to bereavement or having difficulties in your relationship with your partner, husband or wife, friendships or colleagues. I have over 15 years experience as an integrated counsellor, psychotherapist, relationship coach, specialist grief counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist to help you. I draw on all of my skills, knowledge and abilities to assist you in the very best way possible for you to achieve the personal transformation, enjoy a happier, healthier and the more fulfilling life you desire and deserve.

I am passionate about all aspects of my profession but do have a special interests with working with Grief and Loss, Bereavement, Stress and Anxiety , Trauma, Depression, improving Self Esteem and Boosting Confidence, Childhood Trauma/Abuse, and Couples & Marriage Counselling / Coaching among the many other areas of issues and difficulties that can be encountered.

Sadly, stress, anxiety, loneliness and isolation is a huge factor affecting every aspect of  everyday lives, work, relationships in society today. This is compounded by the mass media, social media and technolgy with the progression of more remote and hybrid working creating a sense of separation for many. However, by using various counselling models and techniques lives can be transformed! Negative thoughts, beliefs and behaviors can be changed into much more positive ones to promote quality of life, personal advancement and personal empowerment.

So whatever you feel is holding you back from enjoying quality of life and reaching your full potential I am here to support you and to help you every step of the way.

I will provide you with your very own personalised programme which will help speed up the process of change for you and gain the transformational results you desire!

I use a variety of models and techniques best suited to individual needs such as Psychodynamic Coaching,  CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), TA (Transactional Analysis), Gestalt, Psychoanalysis, NLP techniques, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and Clinical Hypnotherapy as appropriate and agreed between us.

My purpose and intentions are: to support you in the very best ways possible

To help I offer:

Free 20 min Telephone Consultation prior to your Initial First Session

Free first initial 20 mins of a 60 min session which is at a reduced rate of £35. In this session you will receive a thorough assessment to identify your requirements, a proposed plan and something useful by way of support to take away with you.

AND all sessions are 60 mins as this is the way I prefer to work. Most therapists only provide 50 min sessions which means that you will receive 6 sessions for the price of 5 sessions. I work with individuals, couples and groups.

I run a unique and successful 12 Session - Relationship Coaching Programme for Couples & run online training and workshops on Managing Anxiety & Stressor Coping with Grief & Bereavement details of these courses can be found on my website:

Swans Therapy - Bournemouth, Westbourne and Poole

Sessions can be held online via Zoom whatever your location for your convenience and in the comfort of your own home. 

I love helping people transform themselves and their lives. I also love learning, the work I do never ceases to fascinate me. I have a strong desire to keep learning more and more about the complexities of the human mind, emotions, spirit and behavior. I really enjoy continually growing, learning and personally developing, my skills and abilities, so I am very passionate about CPD, Continuing Professional Development, which in turn comes back to the quality service I can offer others. I attend various further training, conferences and workshops as often as possible, which keeps my professional services fresh and updated and maintained to the highest of professional standards and to ensure my service remains ethically safe and sound, I also attend regular supervision with my both my counselling & psychotherapy and clinical hypnotherapy supervisors, and my various specific mentors, and peer support groups.

Training, qualifications & experience

My present Qualifications are:

BA (hons) PGCE

Advanced Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Distinction

Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy

Certified Relationship Coach

Certified Group Facilitator

Certified Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner and Coach

Certified Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner

Certified CPD (Continuous Personal Development) in various aspects of counselling and hypnotherapy Several Certificates in CPD and training in specific and specialised areas, these are too many to list, and are constant and ongoing.

My Membership Associations are:

Senior Accredited Member of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

Accredited Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society

Member of the Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques

Member of the UK Reiki Foundation

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

My specialist work with supporting people through grief and my own personal experience led me to writing my book, 'From Hole to Whole' Embracing the Transformational Power of Grief and Loss' became a best seller on Amazon.

I have also received incredible specialised expert training and worked within the charity sector both as a 1 to 1 volunteer counsellor for Dorset Action on Abuse, Poole and as a group support facilitator for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse. From these experiences I became a trustee and founder member of another charity supporting the Non – Abusive Parents and Carers of Children who have been abused.

Over the years my continued studies have led me to becoming qualified in a number of other methods of healing treatments including within the field of healing energy therapies to become both a Reiki Master and a fully trained and qualified EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioner. Together with my other therapeutic skills these enable me to offer you a truly holistic approach and service to you should you require it?

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Free 20 min telephone counselling consultation to fond out how I can help you.

Individuals - £35 for the first initial session for a full 60 min session
Following sessions - £55 also for a full 60 min session
(Most counsellors offer 50 min sessions, but this is the way I prefer to work, so in effect you will get 6 sessions for the price of 5)

Couples and Relationship Coaching / Counselling - £70 for 60 min session

Students & Key Workers - £40 per session

Hypnotherapy - £65.00 - for 60min session

EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique - £60 for 60 min session

Trainee Counsellors - please call me to discuss

People on very low income it is possible this fee can be further reduced, however,I will need proof of your income, as I can only offer a limited number of appointment places for reduced fees at any one time.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Appointments: Weekdays 7.30am - 7.30pm ( last appointment ) Some weekend appointments may be available depending on my personal and professional commitments. Please call me to ask.

Further information

I am proud to say my book, 'From Hole to Whole - Embracing the Transformational Power of Grief and Loss' became a number 1 best seller on Amazon. It will help you to understand and tend to your grief and how to look after yourself through this most painful process. Beneficial for your family, friends and work colleagues too. I offer individual, group and corporate training sessions to support anyone suffering the loss of a loved one. Please see my specialist website

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8

348 Poole Road, The Consulting Centre, Westbourne, Poole, Dorset, BH12 1AW

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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