Joanna is a psychotherapist working with adults and adolescents in private practice and in schools throughout Trafford. With a strong belief in the benefits of emotional resilience, Joanna uses Transactional Analysis and Mindfulness to provide short-term and longer term therapy and counselling.
Joanna also runs small groups and workshops supporting parents and young people to gain a better understanding of issues such as self harm, eating disorders, exam stress, identity anxiety, cultivating confidence, anger and rebellion, the teenage brain, and mindfulness.
Life often comes with expectations and a flurry of choices at every turn. Day-to-day living can be challenging when balancing relationships, family, work, and responsibilities so it’s understandable we need support when things get too much. For young people, school days aren’t always “the best days of our lives” and can be hard to navigate without the necessary life skills. People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons, sometimes because of a life event or difficulty and sometimes to gain more insight, self-awareness and to improve communication with others.
I believe each of us deserves to live freely with confidence, and that everything we need to bring about personal change and acceptance lies within us. Experiencing your problems with a trained therapist can deepen your understanding as you gain clarity around what you think and feel, and acknowledge and accept what you have been through.
I work using Transactional Analysis, which offers a framework that enables us to make sense of how our personality influences our present life. The therapeutic relationship we build is unique and creates an empathetic, energising, and reflective environment which supports you in exploring your values, helps you decide what you want and which direction you want to take. I believe in a mind and body approach to therapy and encourage the use of mindfulness.
Therapy requires a willingness and commitment from both the client and therapist. It can be challenging, inspiring, hard work, emotional, humorous, and of course rewarding as you move towards your goal and to a place of peace and acceptance. It’s a journey we make together.
Who I work with
I enjoy working with male and female adults and adolescents with issues such as: stress and anxiety, childhood trauma and abuse, low self esteem, anger, self harming and limiting behaviours, depression, loss of motivation and sense of purpose.
Being a therapist is my motivation! Learning is my passion and there is no greater learning experience than what it means to be human. I am creative, grounded and compassionate. As a therapist I get to be all of myself, to share and celebrate my strengths and limitations and encourage and support clients to do the same. Being a therapist is humbling and a privilege.
I have been practicing as a therapist since 2011. Having completed my advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis I am working towards the qualification of Certified Transactional Analyst and gaining UKCP registration. I am a member of the UK Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and abide by its code of ethics and professional practice. As such, I attend regular supervision which further enhances the safety and effectiveness of my practice. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.