Joy Thomson Brown MBACP Dip. Couns.
I am an Integrative Counsellor offering a range of approaches to best suit the needs of each individual client. I enjoy working with clients of all ages and this is noticeable in my experience which covers an age range from 10 to beyond retirement. I support clients with issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, loss, bereavement, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, family issues, relationship issues, work-related issues. My clients are from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations.
I specialise in Bereavement (working with bereaved children, young persons and adults) and also in working with children generally (mainly in schools) where I use play materials to help my young clients express feelings they may otherwise find difficult to put into words.
In life, we can sometimes find ourselves feeling unsettled, dissatisfied, stuck. We may not understand the reason for feeling the way we do i.e. what is holding us back or preventing us from reaching our potential? Seeking help from a qualified therapist is a good start but for some, the idea of sharing their innermost thoughts and feelings with a complete stranger can seem quite daunting. Finding a Counsellor who is a good fit for you is crucial.
I am a Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and abide by their code of practice. I am interested in who you are as a person and what you have to say. Your views and opinions matter and are important. My aim is for us to build a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust, honesty and mutual respect. I can offer you a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space where we can work together to explore issues that are causing you difficulty. You decide what and how much you wish to share with me. I will follow your lead and go with you at a pace that is comfortable for you.
Our life experiences help shape who we are today. We cannot change the past but with help, we can question our thought processes and let go of disruptive patterns of behaviour which perhaps began in our earlier lives. Improving our overall emotional and physical wellbeing starts with talking about our issues.
I am able to offer telephone, online or face-to-face counselling and sessions can be either short-term, i.e. 6-8 sessions or longer term.
So, how do we get started?
Please feel free to email or call me to arrange an initial telephone call where we can discuss in more detail what I can offer you. We can then book an Assessment which will in fact be our first session. I will listen to your story and ask a few questions to help give me some indication of where and how you see yourself at the present time.
If, at the end of our Assessment session, you feel I am not a good fit for you then there is no obligation to continue. It is of the utmost importance that you feel comfortable in order to get the most from your counselling experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
- Certificate in Bereavement Counselling - CRUSE Bereavement Care.
- Certificate in Working with Children and Young Person Elective - CRUSE Bereavement Care.
- Level 2 Award in Understanding Substance Misuse.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills and Studies (CPCAB Levels 2 & 3)
- ABC Award Level 2 in Counselling Concepts.
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Sessions including the Assessment are charged at £45.00. Payments to be made by bank transfer or cash.