Joanna Woods

Joanna Woods

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Brighton

Brighton BN2
Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I provide counselling in Brighton & Hove and online. My counselling is inclusive and affirming of gender, sexual and relationship diversity.  Currently I am not charging front line NHS and care home staff for the first three video, phone or walking therapy sessions.

Realising that you need to talk to someone is the toughest, and also bravest first step. Whether you are in the midst of a crisis, or wanting to come to terms with something that happened long ago, counselling can provide some calm and space in our busy lives and fast-changing world. You would be free to choose how you use your counselling sessions, and I will be alongside you as you explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in any area of your life.

You might want to increase self-awareness and deepen understanding about feelings, relationships and behaviour patterns, and to develop strategies and resilience in response to life’s challenges. Whether navigating through a difficult time, seeking emotional healing or setting goals, I can help you to explore ways to manage uncertainty, anxiety and distress, navigate a life transition, or explore relationship dynamics that are not working for you.

My approach prioritises the relationship between us as a safe and confidential place, and I will respect you as a whole person rather than focus solely on a problem, label or diagnosis. I understand that everyone is unique, and everyone has their own experiences and understanding of the world we live in, our relationships and the things that have happened to us.

As well as private practice, I am a school counsellor working with young people aged 11 to 18, and spent 3 years as an honorary counsellor for a local LGBTQ+ mental health charity. I have worked and volunteered in the support and care sector since 1994 in a range of support and managerial roles, supporting adults and young people around their mental health, homelessness, LGBTQ identities, disabilities, etc.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Career coaching, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Creative therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred, Phenomenological, Play therapy, Relational, Systemic, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited