About Me

My name is Joanne Gibson and I was inspired to become a counsellor after my own experience of personal therapy, which helped me through some difficult issues I encountered in my life. Counselling allowed me to understand myself, and taught me that I had the ability to change. I had the answers but lost the ability to listen to myself and trust my own decisions. Counselling helped me to rediscover my full potential. This feeling was so empowering and felt like nothing I had experienced before. From that moment I knew that I wanted to help others to experience that feeling. I know that life can be challenging and painful at times and making the decision to seek help can be quite daunting. The stigma associated to mental health and counselling can make it even harder, you may feel judged by others about how you should, think, feel and behave. You just want to fit in and be accepted, so sometimes it’s easier to just carry on and pretend everything is ok. This can be exhausting and eventually stopped working for me. It does not have to be this way. If you decide that you deserve this support to free your mind from the pressures that life can bring, then here is how I can help you understand yourself and provide you with the tools to continue to help yourself and unlock your true potential.  

My Philosophy

I believe for therapy to be successful, the first thing you need is the therapeutic relationship. I want you to feel safe and at ease with me, so that you can share your experiences without fear or judgment. The space that I offer, is yours for 50 minutes, and I will be led by you and what you need. I will always be honest and transparent with you. I want to understand your world, and how you view your world. I will do this offering empathy and compassion.

My Ethical Practice

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I adhere to the BACP ethical framework for ethical counselling and good practice.  I am registered with the DBS update service and have an enhanced up to date DBS. I have completed various safeguarding and child protection courses and my certificates are up to date, and updated yearly. I attend regular clinical supervision; this monitors my counselling practice and is an ethical requirement of the BACP.  I keep myself up to date with the current legislation within counselling, both in private practice and in schools. I also keep my continued professional development up to date by attending regular workshops and events.

My Experience

In addition to my private practice, my professional experience ranges from working with bereavement in a hospice, Counselling students in a college setting, and counselling children in both primary and secondary schools from ages 6-16. I am also a school project manager, where I manage a counselling project within a school for a large organisation 

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” By C.S.Lewis