Dr Joanne Weston is a clinical psychologist and chartered psychologist. She is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and holds chartered status and Associate Fellowship with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She offers psychological therapy, clinical supervision and also provides medico-legal reports for solicitors working on Personal Injury cases.
I offer evidence-based assessment and psychological therapy to adults with a wide range of issues. I am trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, systemic and person-centred approaches. I have also done additional training in areas such as eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), solution-focused therapy and narrative therapy. Having this range of models to draw on, as well as a wealth of psychological knowledge, enables me to adapt my interventions to meet people’s varying needs. I would describe myself as an integrative practitioner.
I offer therapeutic work for emotional and mental health difficulties experienced during adulthood and into older age. These can include:
- Anxiety and panic
- Stress (including work-related stress)
- Depression and low mood
- Low self-confidence and low self-esteem
- Relationship difficulties
- Adjustment issues (e.g. due to illness, life changes, relationship break-ups)
- Loss, grief and bereavement
- Obsessions and compulsions (OCD)
Working with people who are experiencing problems that many of us face during our lives, whether that is anxiety, low mood, bereavement, specific phobias (such as flying) or generally struggling to cope with life’s demands and questions such as “Who am I? Who do I want to be?” is something that I find fulfilling. To help someone to understand and find ways to take control of their past, present and future is a rewarding aspect of my work.
I believe that every person is unique and needs an individual therapy plan which is tailored to fit with their specific situation – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. An essential first step of any therapy is for the client and therapist to work together to get a good understanding of the problem and then explore how the person can reach their goals using therapeutic approaches that resonate with their values, beliefs and ways of thinking. I see my job as helping to empower and provide people with the support, tools and framework that they need to address their difficulties. I offer short-term and longer-term therapy.
Therapy offers many opportunities for personal growth but it also requires hard work and the courage to talk about things that you might never have told anyone before. I believe that all therapy needs to take place within a respectful, trusting, safe, confidential and containing therapeutic relationship. It is only when we feel unconditionally supported that we can allow ourselves to take risks and move forward with our lives.
I also offer clinical supervision and provide medico-legal reports for solicitors working on Personal Injury cases (I have undertaken Bond Solon Expert Witness training).
If you would like to discuss any of my services or whether therapy could be suitable for you, please get in touch. I offer a free mini-consultation of up to 15 minutes over the telephone.