Hello, my name is Joanna.
I work with people such as yourself to help them work through life's problems.
The therapy I offer is evidence based and draws upon different approaches, I have a relaxed way of working and I believe the relationship we build is as important as the work we do together.
I can offer you 'one to one' therapy where we would be in the same room together. A private, undisturbed and safe time to talk, explore and express. Or sit, laugh, cry, vent and discover. We may talk of life events (past and present), whatever you bring is OK.
I am passionate about research, particularly that of Self-Injury, I have experience of working with those that injure themselves and offer an acceptance approach as opposed to cessation of the behaviour.
I spend time volunteering within a number of local therapeutic services including:
A local hospice, offering one to one support for those experiencing or have experienced loss and bereavement.
A psychological therapeutic service for Children and Young People offering a safe environment for secondary school aged children (11-16, with learning difficulties such as Autism and Asperger's) to explore personal difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety, poor self-esteem, separation anxiety, self-injury and support with anger.
A children's charity working in primary schools helping young children process, through play, problems with loss, abuse and trauma .
I spend time lecturing counselling at Stockton Riverside College and thoroughly enjoy this side of my work. Therefore I offer reduced fees for counselling students.
My confidential therapy rooms are within walking distance of the center of Darlington and West Cornforth. There is limited parking just outside of the buildings where you can park and the center in Darlington offers a beautiful, large and secure garden, where meetings together can take place if you wish, utilizing the therapeutic value of plants and fresh air. Cornforths' center offers a yard with plants and seating where talking together can take place in private.