Joanne Gibson

Joanne Gibson


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07479612339

Contact Joanne

Therapist - Hornchurch

Hornchurch RM12
07479612339
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I am an integrative counsellor, which means I have trained and qualified to use the following approaches, Psychodynamic, CBT and Humanistic. I know it can be confusing to know what type of counselling may be best for you. Integrative counselling  is a combined approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies. 

As an Integrative therapist I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. Integrative counselling maintains the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood – no one theory holds the answer. Essentially this means that as an integrative counsellor I am able to tailor therapy to clients and not the client to the therapy.

I use various techniques, such as mindfulness, creative therapy using drawing, emotions cards,Stones, Shells, and various other creative interventions. This can be really helpful for those clients that struggle to express there emotions and allows them to access their unconscious and process things that create inner turmoil, conflict, leading to negative thoughts and behaviour.  


Practice description

The daily challenges of life can become overwhelming and whilst family and friends can be a great source of comfort and support, speaking to those personally involved can be difficult.

I offer a space for you to share those concerns, and not being personally involved means I can listen, be objective and you can feel safe and reassured that what you share will go no further.

I know that life can be challenging and painful at times and making the decision to seek help can be quite daunting. The stigma associated to mental health and counselling can make it even harder, you may feel judged by others about how you should, think, feel and behave. You just want to fit in and be accepted, so sometimes it’s easier to just carry on and pretend everything is OK. This can be exhausting and eventually stopped working for me. It does not have to be this way. If you decide that you deserve this support to free your mind from the pressures that life can bring, I can help you understand yourself and provide you with the tools to continue to help yourself and unlock your true potential.

I believe for any therapy to be successful, the first thing you need is the therapeutic relationship. I want you to feel safe and at ease with me, so that you can share your experiences without fear or judgment. I will always be honest and transparent with you. I want to understand your world, and how you view your world. I will do this offering empathy and compassion.

My first session

I offer both short-term and long-term therapy, which will be led by you.

The space that I offer, is yours for 50 minutes, and I will be led by you and what you need. I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation which will give you the opportunity to ask questions and help you to decide if you will feel comfortable to work with me. 

The first session will involve me going through my counselling contract with you. This is to ensure you how I work within the ethical framework and to keep you safe. I will take a few details from you and then the session will be yours. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Couples, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling