About Me

Joanna is an all inspiring and successful professional counsellor accredited with the BACP. Joanna currently practices in the Southern Health and Social Trust area located in the North of Ireland. Joanna offers one to one confidential counselling to adults, aged 18 and over.

Joanna started her counselling career back in 2010 as a volunteer with the Newry and Dundalk Samaritans. Here Joanna obtained over three years experience providing emotional support to those in distress and/or feeling suicidal. Having decided that it was the vocation for her Joanna went on to study counselling at Southern Regional College in Newry, located in North of Ireland, were she obtained, firstly a foundation certificate in counselling and after a further 3 years of study obtained a Foundation degree in counselling.

During Joanna’s professional training she practiced as a trainee counsellor in Counselling Connections in Dundalk, Ireland and Womens Aid Armagh and Down, Cruse bereavement services NI and Southern Area hospice

Here Joanna obtained a vast amount of experience and worked with individuals dealing with a variety of issues ranging from anxiety, depression, work related issues, stress management, confidence/self esteem issues, family difficulties, anger management, affects of abuse and violence, bereavement, grief and loss and provided sessions to cancer patients, family members and carers who have been affected by a family members diagnoses.

Joanna is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and currently works as a professional Counsellor in the area of Mental Health. Joanna currently works with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and self harm.

Professional Qualifications:

University of Ulster Foundation degree in Counselling Studies (FDsc) – Integrative Counselling

Humanistic Counselling – Level 4 Module
Cognitive Behavioural Counselling – Level 5 Module
Psycho-dynamic Counselling – Level 5 Module

University of Ulster Certificate in Counselling Studies -Commendation

Other Professional Qualifications:

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Level 4
Psychological trauma –  WAVE Institute – OCN – Level 4
Diploma in Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counselling – Level 3
Diploma in Hypnotherapy – Level 3
Diploma in psychology -Level 2
Diploma in Depression Management – Level 2
Diploma in Spirituality – Level 2
Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care – Level 2
Certificate in Drug & Alcohol Awareness –  Level 2
Advanced Diploma in Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Level 1
Diploma in Anger and Aggression Management – Level 1

Continued professional development:

I  have also completed training courses and attended workshops in:

· Child Protection
· Domestic Abuse & Violence – Womens Aid Newry
· Asist suicide prevention training – PIP’s Newry & Mourne
· Mental Health first aid training – PIP’s Newry & Mourne
· Safe talk suicide training -PIP’s Newry & Mourne
· Drug & Alcohol Awareness training – REACT Banbridge
· Eating Disorder Awareness training -Adapt NI
. Working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse – Nexus NI