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Certified By: BACP
From: Ballyclare, Newtownabbey Northern Ireland, County Antrim, United Kingdom (UK)
Type of session: Via Skype, Secure Video Call, Secure Text Chat, Via Phone, In-Person
Also speaks: English

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Specialty: Abuse, Affairs, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Education, Family, Fertility, Grief, Health, Identity, Relationships, Self - Esteem, Sexual difficulties, Stress, Trauma, Unemployment
Target Age Group: Teenager, Adult, Me and my partner
Therapist Since: 03/05/2010

About Me

I am a fully qualified counsellor, accredited members of both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP) and College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists (COSRT).  I am passionate about what I do and repeatedly hear the benefits of my work from client feedback.
I have a wealth of experience working with individual adults and young people and I also work with couples.  I regularly see clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues including sexual difficulties, domestic abuse, pain, trauma, stress, bereavement and loss and other issues which could be causing a significant detrimental impact.
​I personally as well as professionally have discovered the benefits of counselling; talking to someone who is independent has helped me to understand myself better and has enabled me to find solutions and to move forward.
I am fully insured, DBS checked and follow data protection policy and guidelines. .

My Certificates

My Experience

​​I gained an Advanced Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy along with a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Certificate in Working with Couples, Diplomas in both Psychosexual Therapy and Sex Addiction and a Diploma in Supervision along with a wide range of additional training including Addiction, Bereavement, Stress, Suicide intervention and Child and Vulnerable Adult protection.

I have worked extensively with clients over the years with a wide range of issues and I will tailor the therapy to suit your individual need.

I have also worked with Cruse Bereavement, Childline (NSPCC), New Life Counselling, Fresh Minds Education and currently Relate NI.  I set up a clinical practice several years ago with a colleague and developed links with GP practices, voluntary organisations as well as community groups including schools in the area.  I developed and delivered a range of wellbeing workshops and also regularly deliver suicide awareness courses for the public, employers and local community groups.

My Approach

I offer one to one support in a safe environment, whether that be face to face, on video or phone, where I will listen in a non judgmental way and help you to understand yourself better.  This will create within you a deeper self awareness, allowing you to explore options, contemplate change and take steps to feel well within.  I will give you a listening ear, emotional support and potentially you will go on a journey of self discovery which will be life changing.
​Whether you have suffered a recent or past negative life experience(s), are in a difficult relationship and want to work out how to best move forward and/or have suffered debilitating symptoms such as low mood and anxiety for example, I can help you to navigate a path that leads to positive mental health and wellbeing.  ​
I provide a confidential service in a very private, comfortable and tranquil setting, allowing you to have the space you need.  ​In addition I offer online video or audio only therapy for those who live further away or for who its a more convenient option; you can be reassured this too is of course confidential.
I can help you to make sense of whatever you have and are going through, so that you can find a way forward and create for yourself improved emotional wellbeing.
Life at times can be difficult, maybe you have been hurt by others, are in pain, are confused or uncertain, want to change or just need someone to listen and talk with.  Sometimes it’s difficult to talk to family and friends… I am an independent ear, someone you can share your thoughts and feelings with, so that you can better understand where you are in your life and take steps to move forward.
My practice is based on providing you with the help and support that you need for what may be a difficult time.  I tailor my sessions to each individual, this means that you will gain the most from your counselling, having the confidence that it’s suited to your unique needs and fits with your personality.
This typically might include;
– exploring an event(s) from your past, considering your views, thoughts and feelings and/or
– providing you with support right now for whatever is happening in your life and/or
– the ability to make decisions and how to make change(s) in your life.
At your first session, you can expect a relaxed, comfortable conversation; this will allow me to get to know you a little bit so that I can outline the help that I can provide and also so that you can decide if therapy at my practice is right for you.


  1. 5 out of 5

    First session.

    I was very pleased to talk to Joanne and I feel she will be able to help me to cope with difficult situations in the future. I look forward to having more sessions with her and I am very grateful to have someone I can talk too who understands and can offer support.