A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life



I first came to therapy to heal my own wounds. As the eldest daughter of a schizophrenic mother and depressed father, I took up the role of carer in the family.

Then, as a teenager, I came across R D Laing, who believed that psychosis resulted from conflicting expectations of families and friends, which could lead to immense mental distress. I found this a refreshing alternative to the scary mental institutions my mother had endured.

I entered therapy in my thirties and again became interested in theory. Gestalt attracted me as it assumes we are all inclined to wholeness, well-being and health, and by focussing on these, we can find our full potential.

I was drawn to Gestalt as it offered creative ways of working and concentrated on the here-and-now relationship between therapist and client.

Having grown up in poverty, I was determined to deliver free or low-cost therapy services to the more disadvantaged in society. I have always combined my private practice with working for charities:

I now work exclusively in private practice providing therapy and supervision. I work with adults and couples with a broad range of issues using a Gestalt orientation and incorporating the many varied trainings I have undergone over the years.

I specialise in trauma.I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of issues.


*Senior Accredited supervisor, registered member of BACP

*Registered UKCP and abide by their code of ethics.


Making the decision to see a counsellor is a big step to take - but it can be a positive one. Please read on to find out more about how I could help you.

Fees and Training

Fees:

Initial assessment - £55 - 50 minute session

Individual counselling or psychotherapy : £55- 50 minute session

Couple Counselling: £65- 50 minute session

EMDR is charged at £75 - 50 minute session .

Single Session Therapy 90 minutes - £150


Training:


*Life Coaching 2000

*Brief Solution Therapy 1992

*Transcultural Counselling 1993

*Addiction Counselling 1993

*Social Work Practice Teacher 1995

*Trauma & Anxiety 2018

*Trauma & Dissassociation 2013

*Trauma and Neurobiology 2014

*Neurobiology & Psychotherapy 2019

*Psychotherapy and Shamanism 2019

*Working with Sexuality 2020

*Working Online - OU 2020

*Spirituality in Psychotherapy 2021

*Relational Psychotherapy 2021

*Avoidant Attachment 2022

*Senior Accredited BACP Supervisor

*Registered UKCP

*Member Metanoia

Qualifications

MSc.Psychotherapy (Middlesex) (1998)

Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapy (GPTI) (1998)

Diploma in Counselling (CSCT) (1992)

Diploma Integrative Clinical Supervision

(Minster Centre) (1997)

BACP Accredited Supervisor (2010)

EMDR Level III (2008)

Certificate in Coaching (2001)

Gestalt in Organisations - 2021



Work


Director of Services at The Minster Centre - low cost and free services to local community, domestic violence, Asylum seekers.

Supervisor Bristol University Counselling Service

Director Bromley Community Counselling Service

Director Time & Talents Community Centre

Director of Services The Blenheim Project

The Priory - Psychotherapist


What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help in a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:

Feelings of stress or anxiety

Panic attacks

Relationship problems

Grief, loss or bereavement

Problems with addiction

Trauma and post-traumatic stress

Abuse

Depression

Problems with confidence or self-esteem

Anger management

Issues relating to sexuality

Difficulties at work or in retirement

Problems with family or school life

Joanna Goodfellow is a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr.Accred.) and is a registered practitioner on the BACP Register, accredited by The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, set up by the Department of Health (registration number 029424).

Privacy statement

I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ref no: ZA171717)

I will not use your data to contact you for other purposes than therapy or, unless you have asked me to do otherwise. 


The contents of the sessions are confidential between us. I have my supervision, and I will not identify you through that process. I keep minimal data on you, including name, contact details, GP name and address, and any medication you may be taking. In addition, I keep short notes on each session. Should you and I discover a need to communicate with other professionals, this will usually proceed with seeking your written permission and knowledge of the issues. The exceptions to seeking your consent would be if I were concerned that there may be a possibility of harm to yourself or another, in the case of treason, or that I am obliged by law to break confidentiality. 


All data is securely stored. Emails and contact numbers are stored electronically, and all are password protected. Notes of sessions are held on paper and stored in a secure locked cabinet. Once you finish working with me, I will delete electronic data. I will keep paper records.t for six years in line with contract law. I will use your phone, text or email numbers to contact you regarding appointments and reply if you get in touch with me. I can do this through secure email, which is end-to-end encrypted.  


You have the right to be informed of the data I keep, and you have the right to access it. You have the right to rectify the information if you feel it is inaccurate. You have the right to erase the data and restrict the data processing. I will not process your data in any way. You have the right to transfer the data to another organisation or therapist, and you have the right to object to the content.  


You have the right to ask for your data to be handed back or to view them, and I will respond to such a request within one month. There is no fee for this. Should there be any data breach, I am obliged to inform Information Commissioners Office. 


Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions You can also call me on 07973784898 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first.


©2021 Joanna Goodfellow

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