Joanna Clapp

Joanna Clapp

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - HASTINGS

Sessions from £40.50


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


Flexible Monday to Friday from 08.30, last session at 19.30.  Some availability Saturday mornings.

About me and my therapy practice

Counsellor/psychotherapist with an established  practice situated on the outskirts of Hastings Old Town and online.

I've worked in local mental health and bereavement services as well as employee assistance programmes and privately.   

One aim in my work is to relieve the immediate effects of what's bothering you so you start feeling better as soon as possible.  

The other is to bring more understanding of why this is happening so you can feel deeply better about yourself and more ease in life.  Depending what you want to get out of your sessions, we might focus more on one than the other.

So we'll talk about the events and relationships that have shaped you through your life from your early childhood and later.  This will help us identify repeating patterns, and how they may still be affecting your present (psychodynamic).

At times I'll suggest other techniques and ways of looking at situations that you can try out to make changes in daily life.  These will be taken from a variety of resources and include concepts from CBT, Mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems (IFS).

We'll informally review and adjust the above approach from time to time.  In this way, it can cater for both what you find is useful from session to session, and for a wide variety of mental health difficulties including the broad sweeps of anxiety, depression, self sabotaging inner voice, and relationship disruptions.  

Practice description

Your session will be by video call, by phone or a hybrid mix if this suits you better.

Sessions are 50 minutes.  Fees are £45.00/session. 

Optional discount available after the first session: 10% reduction for 4 sessions when booked and paid in advance: £162.00.  

Concessions by agreement.

This straightforward pricing is intended to allow the widest possible access to quality counselling and psychotherapy.

To safeguard good practice as a member of the BACP and of the BACP Private Practice division, I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and its professional conduct procedure.  Fully insured, regularly supervised, Information Commissioner's Office registered, and DBS checked.

Qualifications and trainings include:

  • Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Bereavement: Hastings and Rother Bereavement Service
  • Dementia Care/Carers: NCFE Dementia Care
  • Sight loss: RNIB/Vision UK accredited counsellor
  • Anxiety, OCD, intrusive thoughts, panic attacks
  • Boarding school
  • CBT
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy
  • Depression, suicide
  • Domestic abuse, pre-trial therapy
  • Equality, Inclusion and Diversity
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Mindfulness
  • Perinatal loss
  • Refugees
  • Relationships and couples
  • Stress, work stress, student stress 

My first session

We'll start talking together right away. I might ask a few questions as we go along or you might have questions for me.

During the session, we'll be clarifying what your current situation is, what it is you want to address in your counselling, and what you want to get out of it. We'll also be starting to confirm if we'd like to work together.

Towards the end of the session, we'll confirm together how best to go forward, and agree any plans for this.

I'll give you (or email you) an information/agreement sheet to confirm the general arrangements for your sessions, our contact details, and data protection and confidentiality details.

What I can help with

Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, OCD, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainees, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Telephone therapy