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- Flexible hours available
- Wheelchair accessible office
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
I qualified as a counsellor in 2010, and since then have worked in mainly in the field of addiction and sexual violence . I specialise in trauma and PTSD and currently work as a counsellor for a Sexual violence agency in Bath, but also have a thriving private practice, Joanna Mead Counselling and Psychotherapy, in Midsomer Norton and Radstock.
I am currently studying an MA in counselling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University, although already hold a Professional Diploma in Counselling from UWE and PGCE in CBT and trauma studies from Reading University.
I like to use a integrated type of Relational approach, which incorporates both person centred and psychodynamic elements. In other words, you will be able to direct the therapy where you want it to go, and I will offer you a safe non judgmental space in which to do that, whilst at the same time looking at how your past and unconscious processes might be influencing you. The counselling relationship is very important in the approach I use, as it reflects some of what is going on outside in the clients life, and what has gone on in the past. I use the relationship to examine these processes and to help you make sense of them, so that you can learn about yourself, and make changes that feel right for you.
For clients that have been diagnosed with PTSD from a one off incident such as a road traffic accident, I can also offer Trauma focused CBT, which is recommended by NICE as an evidenced based approach to treating trauma.
For more complex or prolonged trauma such as child abuse and neglect, the integrated approach described above is probably more advisable, because a mixture of approaches often works best over a longer time frame.
since the pandemic began I have done most of my work online or over the phone (for clients who request phone calls). I have realised that online work can actually work really well for many clients and so if this is something you want please let me know. I use zoom or skype, you would need a stable internet connection for this.
I also rent a small counselling room, currently I am only there Monday evenings due to lockdown but may be able to expand in due course. I don't currently offer in person sessions in my own home and dont' do home visits.
My first session
The first session is an opportunity for us to find out if we can work together. There is no obligation to continue. I am more than happy to offer a free half an hour phone call or zoom meeting for you to meet me before you begin to find out how we both feel about working together.
If you decide to continue, subsequent sessions are 50 minutes long and are weekly.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating disorders, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Trauma, Women's issues
Types of therapy
Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited