Prior to qualifying as a psychotherapist Joanne has many years of experience working as a Montessori teacher and the childcare sector. Joanne is a compassionate and dedicated professional who has a MSc in Child and Adolescents Counselling and Psychotherapy and a BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, this allows her to work therapeutically with individuals of all ages. Joanne has years of experience working with adults, adolescents and children who have suicidal ideology, self-harming and individuals who have been bereaved through suicide. Joanne is also experienced in working with depression, anxiety/panic attacks, stress/identity/career, sex and sexuality, childhood trauma/interrupted sexual development, anger management and low self-esteem/self-criticism
When working therapeutically with young individuals Joanne uses creative media such as art, sand play, therapeutic storytelling, drama, music and other up to date approaches in child and adolescent mental health.
“My aim is to provide a safe non-judgemental space in which individuals of any age can process their life experiences and gain insight into their behaviours and patterns through talk and play therapy. A sense of safety in the therapeutic relationship is essential to effecting positive change and actualizing life goals”.
Joanne understands that life can throws many obstacles in our path and that individuals are reacting in the best was they can to difficult circumstance. She also understands that therapy is a challenging, exploratory but ultimately liberating process that can restore self-belief, confidence and bring about a new perspective on life.
“I believe in the power of psychotherapy for those who are open to the process”.
Joanne works as an integrative therapist, using person centred, psychodynamic, existential and CBT approaches in a humanistic manner. – allowing individuals to achieve greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, ownership, improved relationships and more control over your life. Joanne’s therapeutic aim is to facilitate individuals in understanding what is going on for them in their own life, to reflect on past experiences and how they impact on the person they are today.
“I provide a confidential and safe space for you to explore and develop an understanding of your feelings and thoughts. Combining past experiences, mindfulness, self-care, greater body awareness and body work. I am client-centred and believe in the uniqueness of each person.”.
- Irish Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (IACP)