Joan Edwards

Joan Edwards


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
01969 663 928

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Therapist - LEYBURN

LEYBURN DL8
01969 663 928
Sessions from £35.00

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 and 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. 

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 student 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 enables 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 have a dedicated therpy room upstairs in my house.  Unfortunately because my house is on different levels, it is unsuitable for anyone who cannot manage stairs.

My first session

The first session is an oportunity for you and myself to decide whether we can work together, and that counselling itself is the best way forward.  Counselling does not suit everybody.

Although I do not fill in a formal assessment form, I take you through the 'initial contract' which outlines the counselling boundaries, and the terms on which I work with all clients.

As is standard good practice, I will, during the session, check out  how 'at risk' you are - perhaps from self-injury, suicidal feelings, or in danger from 'external' sources etc.  - and whether you have support from friends and/or family etc.

My contract also states that if you disclose information which indicates that any child or vulnerable adult are 'at risk' of harm, I would be duty bound to pass this information to other agencies such as Social Services as a safeguarding issue.

It is really important that you allow yourself to decide whether I am 'the right person' for you to work with.  Counselling is a collaborative process, and it involves a lot of trust to talk to someone about personal feelings and issues.  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 form of help.

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
01969 663 928
Sessions from £40.00

Features

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

Availability

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

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, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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