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Joanna Chilman MBACP, Dip Couns, Dip CBT

Therapeutic and Cognitive Behavioural Counsellor covering the Bransgore and Christchurch areas in Dorset and the Ringwood area in Hampshire.

I believe that the most important part of counselling is building a good counselling relationship and working alliance, which builds trust, and this is essential to a positive outcome to therapy.

Counselling offers you the opportunity to explore your life, self, feelings and thoughts, knowing all information discussed will be treated with complete confidentiality and in a safe and comfortable environment.

Counselling can help with:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Panic Disorders
  • Relationships
  • Family issues
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Self confidence
  • Self Harm
  • Loss and Grief
  • Abuse issues
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Weight issues
  • Drug and Alcohol issues
  • Low Self Esteem

Through the counselling process there are many ways that it could enhance aspects of your life:

  • Improve self esteem, self confidence and self awareness
  • Work out alternative ways of thinking and strategies to do so
  • Explore patterns of behaviour in order to identify and change self-defeating thoughts and beliefs
  • Improve decision-making
  • Clarify life choices and improve them
  • Improve relationships with others
  • Recognise and resolve past issues/traumas
  • Come to terms with bereavement and/or loss
  • Be accepting of who you are and feel whole
  • Clarify life direction
  • Be the best person you can be by understanding yourself better.

About Me/Qualifications

I have a professional background in human resources, but have been studying counselling for, initially two years at Brockenhurst College, and then more recently three years at Redlands Counselling Training, which is a private college in Winton, Dorset.  I have been counselling at Redlands on a voluntary basis for the past year and have now set up a private counselling practice at Twin Oaks Medical Centre in Bransgore, Nr Christchurch, Dorset.  I have a Diploma (Level 4) in Therapeutic Counselling and Diploma (Level 5) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

 

Confidentiality

Any information you tell me about yourself will be kept confidential to me.  All sessions are confidential, and any written records I might keep are kept securely, complying with the Data Protection Act 1998.

I work as an independent counsellor and am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Membership Number 615956.  I am required to have regular supervision in accordance with the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the BACP.  If I do discuss your case with my supervisor, I will not use your name, but a code that will not identify you personally.  My supervisor’s role is to support me, monitor my work and assist me in being the best counsellor I can be.

Joanna Chilman  MBACP, Dip Couns, Dip CBT

Joanna Chilman
MBACP, Dip Couns, Dip CBT

 

 

About Counselling

There are many theories and methods of counselling.  As an Integrative Counsellor I believe that no one model of counselling can adequately cover all aspects of a person’s experiences in life.  Using a combination of some methods of counselling including Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transaction Analysis, which come under the Therapeutic models, and Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT), is usually the best way to explore issues and can also take into consideration you as an individual.  These different approaches to counselling include working together to explore self and how you value yourself, focusing on what is happening for you in the ‘here and now’, exploring your past issues and how they may be affecting you now.  These are all non-directive approaches and very much lead by the client.  By using CBT as well, which can be a more directive and challenging approach, but still collaborative, this may assist in certain issues such as phobias, anxiety and depression.

 

Counselling is a two way relationship

Through the counselling process you will have the opportunity to gain more insight into yourself, your life situation and the way you relate to others.  Through talking about your issues you will be able to explore alternative ways of looking at your life and the choices that you make and help you discover your own resources.  I will help you in exploring these different ways of thinking and moving towards making your own decisions.  I will listen to you, be alongside you, but will not judge you, give you advice, tell you what to do or how to lead your life. 

 

 

Time and Fees

A counselling session lasts 55 minutes and the usual fee for an individual session is £30.

An initial consultation of half an hour is available to decide if you wish to begin counselling.

 

Location

My clinic is at the Twin Oaks Medical Centre, Ringwood Road, Bransgore, Dorset, BH23 8AD which is situated in the centre of the parade of shops in Bransgore. 

You do not have to be registered at Twin Oaks as a patient to attend counselling with me as I am an Independent Counsellor.

 

Contacts

In order to enquire about counselling please contact me on  01425 511848  or  07891 291754.

To book appointments please call the Twin Oaks Surgery on  01425 672741.

I currently run sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Evening sessions are available.

    Get in Touch With Me

    Twin Oaks Medical Centre,
    Ringwood Road,
    Bransgore,
    Dorset, BH23 8AD

    Contacts

    In order to enquire about counselling please contact me on 
    01425 511848
      or 
    07891 291754.
    To book appointments please call the
    Twin Oaks Surgery on 
    01425 672741.

    I currently run sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Evening sessions are available.