Pauline Joyce MBACP Individual and Group Therapy
Life throws many surprises, and whilst you cannot predict the outcome of any situation, counselling and psychotherapy can help you develop an understanding of yourself to enable you to change the way you respond to certain situations.
Why are you here?
Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed, you may need help to cope with a crisis or relationship issue. Maybe you are going through a breakup, divorce or grieving the loss of a loved one. You might be struggling to believe in yourself, lacking confidence and self-esteem. You may be at a transition point in your life, changing jobs, being made redundant, family leaving home, retiring or new to the area. Perhaps you are struggling with depression, anxiety, childhood trauma or suicidal thoughts and feelings. You may be experiencing infertility or psychosexual issues. Or you may be living with cancer.
Life can be challenging, perhaps you or a family member is stuck in a cycle of addiction. You may be coming to terms with having been sexually abused. Sometimes talking to friends and family is not enough, we need to speak to a professional.
I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). Before opening my private practice, I worked with clients at a North London Counselling Charity. I understand it takes courage to seek help, it is not easy; but you are here now. I provide a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgemental space to work with your distressing thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
My aim is to enable you to resolve the difficulties you are experiencing today and bring about lasting change for you.
Types of Therapy
• Individual long-term
• Individual short-term (up to 12 weeks)
• Time limited
• Skype sessions
• Group Therapy (6 sessions)
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss your issue in more detail. I provide a 20 minute free phone consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychodynamic Counsellor
- Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (DipCoun) accredited by the BACP
- Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
I work ethically in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy. To further my knowledge and experience I am currently undertaking a PGDip in Psychosexual and Relationship Studies.
My approach is rooted in psychodynamic therapy however I believe we are all unique and no single approach can work for everyone therefore I combine a number of therapeutic models to ensure the best fit to your unique self. I deeply believe a powerful, transformational healing can occur through therapy.
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
I provide a 20 minute free phone consultation.
Letchworth Garden City
£65 for 50 minute session
Group Therapy - £395 one-off advance payment
£125-£150 per £50 minute session
Group Therapy - £595 one-off advance payment
Individual therapy is one-to-one work, aimed at improving your wellbeing. Together we will address the issue you find difficult to address alone. The purpose of the first session is to gain an understanding of why you have come to therapy, and what you are hoping to achieve. It gives you the opportunity to decide if I am best placed to help you. The session lasts 50 minutes and there is no requirement to return for a second session. If you do wish to continue we will agree a suitable way of working going forward. I offer and 15 minute free telephone consultation if you would like to know more information.
Group psychotherapy provides a sense of common experience that can empower change, develop self-awareness, build confidence and reduce shame. By seeing how other people make positive change you can discover a range of strategies for facing your own concerns. Typically, groups meet for 1.5 hours once a week and range between 6 - 10 people in size. I hold the group and maintain safe boundaries.
Survivors of Sexual Abuse Healing Together: What is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse is any sexual activity with another or others that happens without giving your mature consent. I understand it takes great courage to say out loud I have been sexually abused. You may know the perpetrator, it may be a member of your family, a work colleague, a family friend or a professional person. You may be gripped in silence by shame or a fear of not being believed. The perpetrator may be manipulating you through threat of financial, professional or family ruin. You may not fully understand the abuse, you may feel in some way responsible. Or you may minimise the abuse by thinking other people have experienced worse, perhaps you tell yourself you should be able to move on.
Anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse; perpetrators can be adults or children. The impact can be long lasting. Sexual abuse can contribute to, depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), relationship and psychosexual difficulties, eating disorders, substance abuse and self-harm. Group therapy can help you recover from the impact of sexual abuse however some individuals may require individual therapy before joining the group. I provide a safe, warm and confidential space to help you recover from the impact of sexual abuse. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more information.
Support for Female Partners of Sex Addicts: There are no formal diagnostic criteria that all mental health professionals agree upon for people struggling with sex addiction. The clinical term agreed by the International Classification of Disease (ICD-11) is Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder. It is characterised by excessive urges to have sex or engage in other sexual related behaviours, even when such actions may jeopardise your physical health, emotional wellbeing and social standing.
It can be extremely difficult to deal with the devastating discovery or disclosure of compulsive sexual behaviour. You may have suspected your partner for years, or it may come as a complete shock. It is common for partners to feel and act in a range of ways including obsessively thinking about the sexual acting out, continually checking up on their partner, trying desperately to stop it from happening again, not being able to sleep and losing a sense of self. Partners will experience a range of emotions including but not limited to despair, anger, sadness, emotional numbness, feeling victimized and often feeling stupid.
The group will provide a safe place to explore your feelings and emotional reactions following the disclosure or discovery of compulsive sexual behaviour. Group therapy can help you break the feeling of isolation through meeting other partners. You did not cause the behaviour, you cannot control it and you cannot cure it. The group can support you in setting boundaries and paving a way forward. Confidentiality is essential to all group work, and hence all participants are required to sign a confidentiality agreement before beginning the group. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.