Joy Wood Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

BA(hons) MNCS (Snr Accred) Counsellor / Psychotherapist

About me

Hello,  Are you feeling depressed, stressed or anxious? Experiencing grief and loss? or difficulties in your family, in relationships with your partner, husband or wife? I have over 14 years experience as an integrated therapist, counsellor, psychotherapist, relationship & grief transformational coach and clinical hypnotherapist. I assist people to achieve personal transformation to enjoy a happier healthier, fulfilling life within my private practice at Swans Therapy, a quiet residential area of Queens Park, Bournemouth.

I consider what I do to be an absolute privilege. In particular I have a special interest with working with Grief and Loss, Stress and Anxiety , Trauma, Depression and improving Self Esteem and Confidence, Childhood Trauma/Abuse and Couples & Marriage Counselling / Coaching among many other areas of issues and difficulties.

Sadly grief, stress and anxiety is a huge factor affecting every aspect of  everyday lives, work, relationships and social anxiety in society today. 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 & regular workshops on Managing Anxiety & Stress - details of these courses can be found on my website:

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 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 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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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?

Photos & videos


£50.00 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 - £50 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 - £65 for 60 min session

Students/Key workers - £40 per 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

My private practice Swans Therapy Bournemouth is located in a very quiet residential area of Queens Park where there is plenty of free car parking.

There is also a main bus route nearby in Charminster Road which is just a 10 min walk away. A regualar bus service to and from most areas of Bournemouth and Poole are available.

Swans Therapy, 29a Brackendale Road, Queens Park, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9HY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms