Meet Joanne

Registered Accredited Counsellor

I first accessed counselling myself in my early 20's after experiencing some very difficult and challenging situations in my life and have since had counselling periodically throughout my adult life. For me, talking to a therapist of whom I could trust and was not emotionally involved in my life and who could remain impartial, objective and not judge me was invaluable: it enabled me to eventually view my life experiences from a different perspective and inspired me to train and qualify as a professional therapist, so that now I am able to help others to address their issues and life challenges. I'm a compassionate and understanding person and thankfully  possess a good sense of humour, of which has held me in good stead throughout my personal and professional life.

About Me

I'm a registered accredited counsellor: I'm listed on a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.  I work with individuals, couples and with their emotional well-being. I currently work independently in my own private practice and also for a charitable organisation. I run Mindfulness/Stress Management courses for individuals and in the work place. In the past I have delivered courses for various different companies including Sainsbury's Supermarket, Fords, Concirrus, et al.

I also work part time as a Family Well-Being Practitioner for a charitable organisation. From 2007 to 2012 I worked as a Health Improvement Practitioner for the NHS which involved assisting families with weight loss and encouraging a healthier lifestyle using effective behaviour change models and solution focused therapy.

I'm qualified as a Mindfulness Coach which is a practice that can help you to live more in the present moment - by focusing your awareness on the present moment, becoming curious about your feelings and thoughts and paying attention to your physical senses. It helps you to live in the "now", and is a highly effective practice for gaining a reprieve from anxiety, depression, stress and much more.

Mindfulness is a practice that is endorsed by the NHS and Harvard University. The practise has proven, scientific, empirical evidence to back up it's efficacy, with many research papers published.

Qualifications

​I am fully insured and DBS certified which is regularly updated. I am a fully qualified member of the National Counselling Society and the Accredited Voluntary Register. I adhere to the National Counselling Society's Ethical Code of Practice. I attend regular CPD courses and have monthly supervision.

  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling (MNCS) (AVR) - Accredited Voluntary Register

  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)

  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)

  • Diploma in Stress Management GCP (Guild of Complimentary Practitioners)

  • Certificate in Nutrition and Health (Intermediate Level ) Awarded with Credit from The Royal Institute of Public Health

  • Certificate - Family Support Training – Charitable Organisation

  • First Aid at Work Certificate

  • Certificate - Polyvagal Theory and the Nervous System

  • Certificate in Understanding and Preventing Suicide, National Counselling Society

  • Unconscious Bias

  • Professional Boundaries

  • Certificate - Working with Dreams

  • Certificate - Mindfulness Coaching

  • Certificate - Mind Body Connection and Trauma Release

  • Certificate - Solution Focused Therapy OSKAR Model

  • Certificate - Mindfulness for Well-being and Peak Performance, Monash University

  • Certificate - Inner Child Work

  • Certificate - Working Therapeutically with Obesity, Food Addiction and Binge Eating

  • Certificate - Human Givens College - How to Break the Cycle of Depression