Many years ago, having experienced several traumatic events in my own life, I went to see a counsellor. I came to realise what it felt like to be really listened to and heard. She helped me get through some difficult and stressful times until I reached the point where I was able to move on. Having the support of an excellent counsellor enabled me to understand and accept my past. My counsellor helped me to realise that I was able to change my life and my behaviour patterns. I decided that I would like to be able to help people in the same way, so made a life change and trained as a counsellor.
I am an integrative counsellor which means that I am trained in many different counselling theories and techniques. As human beings, each and every one of us is unique, with different life experiences. Because of this, I strongly believe that one style of counselling does not suit all people so I use many different approaches to help you in the best way possible. These include person centred, psychodynamic, Gestalt, CBT and solution focused therapies. I also use mindfulness, dream work, image and creative therapy.
I work with individuals, couples, and young adults and my areas of work includes: general counselling and personal development, self-esteem & confidence building, career challenges & work related issues, stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship issues, abuse or trauma and bereavement.
I believe that my own personal experiences and my understanding of life's problems, helps and enriches my client work. I am passionate about the need for good mental and emotional health as it is something we all need and deserve. I like to work holistically with my clients, as we are all made up of our past and present relationships, our experiences of life, and how we live our lives.
In addition to my private practise, I have worked in several different settings including a Women's Refuge, and as a student counsellor. I am also involved in training, life coaching and mentoring.
I frequently attend specialist courses and workshops to deepen my understanding and to keep my knowledge base fresh and up to date. I have a special interest in the effects of being sent to boarding school and the difficulties that can arise in later life.
When my relationship broke down, I went to see Joanna. Talking to her really helped me get my head straight and deal with all the emotions whirring round in my head, helping me to move on.
I hadn't seen a counsellor before and didn't know what to expect. But it was amazing to just be able to talk and have someone listen to me. I just seemed to be able to make sense of things afterwards
I was trying to move on from an abusive relationship with very low self esteem and anxiety. Jo helped me to look at my past and understand why I made the choices I did. She gave me some really good tips to help my anxiety - lots of breathing and mindfulness exercises. I feel so much better and can even sleep well at night.