WHAT IS COUNSELLING / PSYCHOTHERAPY?
While counselling tends to address short-term issues, psychotherapy probes deeper. However, there is an overlap and one may lead to another. Both aims to establish a therapeutic relationship to help you:
- explore thoughts, feelings and their impact on your body,
- gain insight into your difficulties,
- establish a greater understanding of your motivation,
- find more resourceful ways of coping,
- bring about changes in your thinking and behaviour.
WHAT ARE MY CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE?
I read psychology and sociology at the University of Hong Kong and obtained a Bachelors (Honours) Degree in Social Sciences in 1977.
I trained as a psychotherapist / counsellor with the London School of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the University of Roehampton, London and qualified in 2001.
I started seeing clients in 2000 aa part of my placement training. I became accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (membership number 00533884) in May 2003.
In 2019, I became a Certified EMDR Therapist and Coach with the EMDR Centre London. EMDR is an NHS approved approach for patients suffering from trauma, anxiety and depression.
I keep abreast of my professional and personal development by regularly reading professional journals and books and attending relevant course, seminars and workshops.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
I offer face-to-face, telephone, FaceTime, WeChat and SKYPE therapy.
I work with people going through significant life changes e.g. bereavement, divorce, separation, job loss, life-threatening illness, mid-life crisis, which result in feelings of aloneness, insecurity, desperation and depression.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
My approach is integrative with the focus on you as a whole person rather than a combination of symptoms. I offer you a safe and accepting space and work according to your needs and personality. While some respond better with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), others may want to pour their heart out and be heard. There are those who would like to make sense of the impact of their past or what is happening to their life. You may identify with some or all of the above and it is important for me to be sensitive to meet you where you are, and this may change from session to session.
I may, with your permission, offer alternative approaches through mindfulness based cognitive therapy, life coaching, guided meditations, hypnotherapy, dream analysis or Reiki.
I also provide suggested reading to support and inspire you when appropriate.
WHAT ARE MY FEES?
£60 for each 50 min. session
£90 for each 50 min. session
Brett Greenfield, writer
Joseph Greene, banking executive
As a result, I feel stronger and have more faith in life! I have always found Joyce very warm and welcoming, yet very professional and she understands how to get to the core of an issue without being over-bearing or intrusive - a very delicate balance. I would, without hesitation, recommend Joyce to anyone who may need counselling or psychotherapy support.
Emma Gant, copywriter
Liam Holm, social worker
What happened during the course of the period of psychotherapy with Joyce was a listening and empathy I had never witnessed before in any other human being. She offered me a loving and nurturing space where she allowed me to value myself at a deeper level therefore giving me permission to be with the pain and not run from it.
With mindful observation and creative interventions I blossomed and grew in self confidence and self worth. Where now I am able to take responsibility for myself and be with the difficult emotions and feelings but not punish myself with them and my stories. This has enabled me to receive love and acknowledge love in myself and others.
Thank you Joyce, you are an angel, it is a special gift you have given me by sharing your beautiful self. I love you.
Selina Joynson, counsellor MBACP, equine assisted psychotherapist, EAGALA certified practitioner
Catherine McCarthy, teacher
Jimmy Peters, musician
I enjoyed Joyce’s mix of practical, emotional, spiritual healing and laughter! In the back of my mind I will always have my experience with Joyce as a great motivator as I continue to navigate the lumps and bumps of life!!! Thanks very much.
Bryonie Niles, dramatherapist and group facilitator HPC registered
Lester Standing, architect
Jennifer Main, teacher
Rukhzana Saif, PA
Ruth Campion, pensioner
Anita Baker, mental health practitioner
*Some names are changed to protect the identity of my clients.
I take no action, and people´s contention dissolves by itself;
I enjoy stillness, and people rectify themselves;
I do not interfere, and people enrich themselves;
I have no desire, and people return to simplicity.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
WE ARE NOT PROBLEMS TO BE FIXED, BUT PEOPLE TO BE UNDERSTOOD (JCB)