Joan Edwards

Joan Edwards


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07968 838415

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Therapist - LEYBURN

LEYBURN DL8
07968 838415
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I work Monday to Friday - preferably in the daytime,  but can work evenings as arranged.

Please leave a message on my answerphone or text your contact details.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.  If you don't leave a message I will not contact you.

During the Coronavirus outbreak I am providing telephone or video counselling sessions rather than face-to-face. 

If you are on a low income, please feel free to discuss a reduced price scale for your therapy sessions.

About me and my therapy practice

I have a Master's degree in Counselling and have been accredited with BACP since 2004.  I have over 25 years of experience as a counsellor, and work privately with a wide range of clients.  I also supervise other counsellors and welfare workers working within different contexts.  Although I am now wholly self-employed -  until June 2019, I also worked for the NHS in a busy GP's surgery, and previous to that was employed by Durham University as a counsellor. 

Primarily 'client centred', I believe a trusting therapeutic relationship is the key to psychological healing.  I enable people to talk about themselves and their issues, their worries and their losses.  Sometimes 'just talking' can instigate an internal shift which helps a person to 'come to terms with' painful life-events - such as bereavement, or other painful losses - and this is enough;  or maybe together we can try to identify ways forward and perhaps instigate external change.  My hope is also to help individuals to explore and recognise their own self-worth and value their unique identity, as it is my experience that often, caring people are very hard on themselves.  I am non-judgmental, affirmative, warm and supportive, and my aim is to empower others to take charge of their own lives and hopefully live more joyfully. 

I am also interested in alternative therapies such as Reiki and Shamanism, and I enjoy working with individuals who want to explore their own deeper existential and spiritual issues.

Practice description

I live in rural Wensleydale, North Yorkshire - which often means people have to travel some distance to see me.  Feedback suggests that clients generally find the countryside, and the journey itself 'therapeutic'.  Sessions are usually initially conducted on a weekly basis, preferably 'face to face', but I am flexible, and am happy doing telephone or online 'Zoom', 'Skype' or 'Teams' if required, and open to mixing online and telephone sessions inbetween 'face to face' sessions.  As therapy progresses, fortnightly or longer periods between sessions may become more appropriate.

I have a dedicated therapy room upstairs in my house.  Unfortunately because my house is on different levels, 'face-to-face' is unsuitable for anyone who cannot manage stairs.

My first session

Before an initial session is arranged, I like to have a short telephone or online chat (free of charge), which will enable you to outline your issues and decide whether you feel comfortable talking to me.  This initial meeting is an oportunity for you to decide whether we can work together, and whether counselling itself is the best way forward for you.  You may want to go away and think about it without feeling under any pressure.  If agreed, I can email my counselling contract to you to look at which enables you to make an informed choice, and think about whether you have any further questions about the counselling process.

During our first session we work through the 'initial contract' which outlines the counselling boundaries, and the terms on which I work with all clients.  I will also explore with you what you would like to get from our sessions together.

Usually, I will check out your personal  circumstances, and how vulnerable you are, and whether you have support from friends and/or family etc.  Sometimes when people start to talk about their issues or problems, strong emotions may come to the surface, and if this happens to you, you may feel upset or angry.  This is perfectly acceptable, understandable and 'normal', and in this 'safe space', we can cope with this together.

Counselling is a collaborative process, and it involves a lot of trust to talk to someone about personal feelings and issues. I always feel truly 'honoured' when I am trusted, but If you decide it's not right for you, there is no 'awkwardness' or 'shame' in being honest, and I may be able to signpost you towards a different counsellor, or an alternative form of help or support if appropriate.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, 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, Emotion focused therapy, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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

Supervisor - LEYBURN

LEYBURN DL8
07968 838415
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I do not work weekends.  Evening work may occasionally be carried out by prior negotiation and agreement.

I am happy to work online or on the telephone.

About me and my therapy practice

I am a qualified Supervisor and BACP accredited counsellor with many years counselling and supervision experience in many contexts - including Private Practice, NHS, Rape Crisis, Workplace, Student counselling, Bereavement and Hospice, Schools and War Veteran PTSD. Additionally I have supervised Army Welfare Officers, Racing Welfare personnel and Police Welfare Officers. I work with Counselling students studying for their Diploma or Degree, and may offer concessions to self-financing students as negotiated.

I work from home and am based in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.  Many of my clients and supervisees say the journey into Wensleydale can be an 'uplifting and grounding experience', in acknowledgement that it is a remote area, I am able to work online via Zoom or Skype, and am also happy to undertake telephone supervision.  Ideally I like to meet counsellors face to face initially in order to establish a good working relationship.

Practice description

 I work to BACP Ethical Framework.  I am Integrative in my approach, but come from a strong Person Centred base.  I see the counselling relationship as being the basis of all effective therapy, and work collaboratively with counsellors to explore the topics they bring to supervision.  I am warm and supportive, and my aim is to help counsellors to develop and integrate their own style of counselling, to look after their own wellbeing, and to provide a safe and ethical service to their clients.


Working with student counsellors obviously involves a willingness to undertake some assessment work and writing reports for Colleges or Universities.  In sessions I tend to offer more guidence, and focus on how the student is coping with individual clients' and their issues - perhaps offering encouragement and acknowledging skills, looking at boundaries, ethical issues, interventions and 'ways of being' with the client and helping the student to link their practice with theories they have been learning etc.  Whereas more mature counsellors usually need a more colleguial approach, and help to explore and check out their own practice - boundaries, ideas, feelings, transference  issues etc. - developing and working to a greater extent - with their own 'inner supervisor'.

My first session

The first session is an oportunity to meet each other, to look at supervisees' individual needs and circumstances, and to mutually decide whether I am the right person to undertake the supervision work. 

Contracting is done in the first session - agreeing the frequency, mode, and how much supervision is required etc.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, 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, CBT, Creative therapy, Emotion focused therapy, Existential, Integrative, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

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