Joanna Dawson

Joanna Dawson

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Southsea

Southsea PO5
Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available


Monday 10am-7pm

Tuesday 10am-7pm

Wednesday 10am-7pm

Saturday by agreement

About me and my therapy practice

I am a person-centred counsellor. This means I am here to accompany you on your journey with empathy and without judgment. 

Person centred counselling works on the principle that every person is an expert on themselves and therefore you are the expert in how to resolve your difficulties.

Ideally, the counselling relationship should provide a space where you can feel supported in exploring your thoughts and feelings and come to trust your own expertise in you. 

With these principles in mind, I do not try to direct or educate clients. Instead I am here to listen to you with empathy and without judgments, accompanying you on your journey rather then telling you where to go!

Practice description

I recognise that I cannot list every aspect of identity or experience that you may be struggling with and even if I could, your experience of any particular issue is as unique as you are. As a counsellor I am here to work with you as an individual and focus on your unique needs.

I offer one to one counselling (i.e. it will just be me and you with no one else in the session).

I am a person-centred counsellor and so you are entirely free to bring whatever you need to sessions and express yourself however you feel is most effective.

I primarily work online using Zoom (an end -to end encrypted video call programme). 

If you live in the Portsmouth (Hampshire) area, I am happy to work in person but can only do so by special arrangement which I am happy to discuss with you in our initial session.

I recognise that our society comprises complex webs of privilege and discrimination which impact on individuals' experiences, sometimes in obvious ways and sometimes in very subtle ways. Whatever your identity and experience, I seek to treat all clients with respect and to be fully accountable and to educate myself should I not live up to my ideals of equality and inclusion.

My first session

I offer a free initial 30 minute Zoom session so that we can meet and you can ask me any questions and my counselling contract.

It is important you that you work with a counsellor with whom you feel comfortable and who you trust and this is why I do not charge for the initial session.

The initial session is an opportunity for us to meet, for you to ask me questions and to decide if you would like to work with me.

I will not ask you to fill in any assessments or questionnaires. However, if there is something that you feel I need to know before we agree to work together, please tell me in the initial session.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Vegan allied, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Person centred

Clients I work with

Adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Online counselling, Short term sessions