UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
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BACP (Snr. Accredited) Supervisor
There are times in our lives when events, relationships or traumas can affect us deeply, sometimes without being fully aware of how this happens. We know deep down there is discomfort, a disconnect with the world and those around us. This can affect our work, our relationships and our relationship with ourselves.
We want to make changes, and know that change is possible, but are not always sure how to go about making those changes.
Together we can:
Deepen your sense of connection with yourself, with friends, partners, family.
Recognise the challenges of living with chronic illness / health issues and how that impacts you
Find the bridge between your depression / anxiety and what supports healing
Work online with me when face to face isn’t practical or safe
Strengthen your compassion and kindness towards yourself
Tune into your body’s messages
Connect with your inner wisdom and intuition
Explore trauma & PTSD symptoms, ground the trauma in the past where it belongs, and begin to heal
Share the journey of grief, loss and mourning
Accept all of who you are from your deepest despair to your most joyful self
Align yourself to your true self
Through EMDR work on trauma, performance, anxiety and depression, sleeping problems and many more.
Work with EMDR online.
I am a skilled and compassionate therapist with 30 years experience. As a therapist I aim to bring those I work with closer to the centre of the circle of their own lives. Like the rings within a tree, we are that inner central ring which can become damaged or misshapen by trauma and loss. I seek to discover a deeper knowing of that inner self in order to heal and recover.
I offer a depth of seeing and listening that reaches into that central ring where depression, anxiety, fear and loss are often experienced alone. When we feel troubled, what we seek and most need, is a place of retreat, of quietly sharing a burdened mind and heart, sharing our feelings and thoughts in a supportive and inquisitive space. Here we can explore what isn’t working in our lives or relationships, where we can work with another to help find the resolutions we need to make in order to move on.
I work with you to understand the meaning of your internal world and to help you develop the skills necessary to make the changes that make sense to you. Together we can gently begin the journey of healing, creating space to find that centre within.
I work with adults and couples with a broad range of issues using a Gestalt orientation, bringing the present “here and now” into the therapy. Through the process of counselling or therapy, you can gain greater self-awareness.
Imagine there is an invisible web that connects us with ourselves, with those we are in relationship with, then we can sense when we are in distress and when those we care about are upset or happy and content. If we exist in our world through this interactive web connecting us to ourselves and each other then in Gestalt therapy, being fully present in the therapy session, involves the therapist being open to whatever is happening and paying attention to that invisible web.
I am a graduate of Metanoia Institute in Gestalt Psychotherapy and formerly the Director of Services at The Minster Centre in London, where I managed the delivery of counselling and psychotherapy to the most disadvantaged in our society. I have worked in mental health services for over 25 years providing counselling services in both the voluntary and private sector and have worked within the private sector working with Aviva, Care First, Moving Minds, and The Priory.
I will work with you to help you become clear about what matters to you and help heal painful trauma or loss. In this way you can rediscover a sense of purpose and satisfaction in your life. With couples I help them explore trust issues and rediscover communication.
I am a trained EMDR practitioner and trauma counsellor and work with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma issues. EMDR is particularly useful in trauma work but also has other useful applications in other areas such as dealing with phobias, grief and somatic disorders. EMDR can be worked with online. When a traumatic event occurs, there are changes that occur in the brain. These events may be large scale such as a natural disaster or a traumatic event or events within the family.
These memories are not fully processed by the brain due to the imbalance in the nervous system and biochemical changes in the brain. The original memories, emotions, sights, sounds or smells associated with the trauma remain in their disturbing state. EMDR can help to process these memories.
Therapy for therapists and counsellors
I offer support and therapy for therapists and counsellors. While in training we will often be required to be in therapy and for some this support goes on throughout their career. For others like myself, who stopped therapy after several years, and then find themselves in a place where they need more support and a safe place to explore issues, losses and change it is important to find the right support. These are times when it's important to focus on yourself to give yourself time and space to explore your own feelings and your own journey.
There are challenges we each will face during different times and phases in our lives and careers. Each life and professional stage and transition brings with them their own unique challenges and stressors. Looking with another at where you are in your life and profession can help identify where you want to go next, what that might look like and how to get there. It can also be useful to look at what your needs are now from supervision, CPD, your own interests and life outside of your work as these move and change as we develop and change.
If you are in distress you can call the Samaritans 24/7, click here: Samaritans
If you are feeling low you may be depressed, you can contact The Depression Alliance
If you experience panic try NoPanic
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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).
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