The Counselling Mind Therapy services

Private Practice Accredited Counsellor

Counselling for adults, teenagers, couples. Counselling supervision


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My name is JO ANN Burns and I have been counselling people just like you since 2005. I am a very experienced and engaging psychotherapeutic counsellor within a supportive and at times challenging therapy space.
I have been working within the voluntary sector for 19 years, to which included, Mental health, vulnerable and struggling families, GP Surgeries, domestic abuse and school projects such as teens and toddlers, social care fostering, social care family co-ordinating with young children's departments

I have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience of working with mental health distress . I have been counselling within a private clinical practice for 8 years. So I understand how your emotions and thought processes can affect you and at how this can have an impact on your daily life. Through the counselling therapy process, I will listen to you, guide you, and be able to support you through any difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions.

My Experience of some past issues has been:-

Abuse: (Physical and emotional) Anger (Self torment) Attachment issues Anxiety (Foggy head, Panic, Paranoia)
Bereavement, loss, Bullying Childhood Alcoholic parenting Co-dependency (relationships,) Couple counselling
Critical self thinking, Depression Grief, Identity Neglect (adult children of neglect-full parents), Panic attacks,
Post natel depression, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder)
Relationship Issues , Self esteem/Self worth issues, Self Harm, Stress, Trauma

Core Qualifications
Level 7 Post graduate diploma in Integrative humanistic counselling (Pg. Dip.Int. Coun)
Certificate in counselling skills (Foundation level)
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills (Dip.Cbt)
Diploma in counselling children & young people (Dip.
Cruse Bereavement Care Certificate in Major incident response,
Cruse Bereavement Care accredited certificate in bereavement awareness skills.
Certificate in bereavement care, (Cruse)
British psychological society Certificate in clinical supervision (BPS),
Open university foundation Certificate in Health & social care (HSC Open)

Additional qualifications
Diploma in child counselling (OA.Dip)
Diploma in counselling children and adolescents (,adl)
Certificate in Family dynamics

Professional Memberships/Accreditation/Affiliates
Accredited Psychotherapeutic counsellor (NCS)
Registered Member of The BACP (British Assoc of counselling & psychotherapy) (MBACP)
Member of the BABCP
Affiliate counsellor for CBT Health.
Associate counsellor for TAC

I use the BACP good practice in action code of ethics. Therefore ensuring that you get the best possible counselling, within a framework that is ethical and supportive. I also use professional development of supervision on a once a month basis.

In addition to counselling I offer counselling supervision to qualified and/or trainee counsellors. Please see page below for details.

There are three seperate ways to get in contact with me, either clicking on the telephone handset icon at the top right hand corner of my website to which goes straight to my contact number, or by emailing me by using the contact form.

There is a gift in being human! The gift is YOU!  

Pg: Dip;Int;Couns..Dip.CBT..Dip..
OA.Dip.Couns.Child & YP
Integrative Senior Counsellor
MBACP Registered

Accredited NCS

First Appointment

First Appointment
 Being your counsellor!

Any new choice that we make can sometimes be difficult. Here at The counselling mind, I aim to make your experience as welcoming and comfortable as I can.

The ethos is that clients enter counselling for many and varied reasons. Each individual or couple has there own story/s to tell and that each story is unique to that person. The important thing is that WE agree together as to what may work for you, during your time whilst in counselling.

One of the aims of counselling is the relationship that will be based on connection, trust, empathy, and I will be non-judge-mental. This will hopefully aid you to feel comfortable, and safe to be able to discover your true feelings and any emotions.

What I will not do is give advice, or judge you in any way. Instead I hope that you will develop a much better understanding of yourself and others. What Counselling may do is  increase your self awareness to stop you repeating some of the unhelpful patterns and behaviours that can be strongly en-grained in your life, so that you can make positive choices for yourself.

What happens when we meet!

The first meeting that we have is a full 50 minutes, so a complete counselling session. This enables you to talk about what has brought you to counselling and go through any questions you may have. You will be encouraged to explore the problems you are facing and express your resulting emotions and thoughts. All counselling with you my client is unique to you.

Counselling will always be a very personal journey. I will support you and sometimes guide you through any difficult and painful emotions, therefore making sure that you are supported all the way through your counselling process.

How long will counselling last for!

This again is very individual. It depends on your issues that you may need or want to address and also on your progress. I do offer short term counselling of a few weeks or, longer term over the course of extended months.  You are contracted but it is your choice as to when you feel that your counselling ends. For CBT this is generally anything up to 6 to 11 weeks.

The counselling services that I offer is for:
  • Individual one to one counselling
  • Teenagers one to one counselling
  • Couples counselling
  • Retired Individuals/couples
  • Skype counselling
  • Telephone counselling
What might be your outcome from counselling!

Every person is individual and unique thereby, your experience of your counselling is dependent on your commitment to the counselling process. Example (attending regularly). Therefore any results that you may want, does also depend on what you would like the outcome to be.

On an ending note:
Counselling changes lives, but your willingness and commitment to yourself is the key.


Be real, be you, have fun!

I now provide supervision for counsellors that are experienced or are in training to become a counsellor.

I very much view the supervisee as an individual, yet within a framework of mutual respect and development. I will support you and help you to reflect on your working ways as an already practising counsellor or as a trainee.

One of the reasons that we seek supervision is because, when practising, the awareness is of the ethical framework of those professional bodies, such as the BACP and the UKCP, to which is important, but more importantly, supervision is a great way to self develop you the person, you the practioner and to become aware of our own self supervisor.

Having had the experience of supervision for the past 13 years, I wholeheartedly enjoy the experience and could not be without this vital process.

What do I offer you

  1. Counselling supervision for individual or for up to two people.
  2. A safe environment for you to discover those areas of counselling that may be troubling you and to seek out that what makes you tick as the working counsellor.
  3. Self reflection
  4. Encouragment
  5. Collaboration
  6. A non-judgemental space for exploration of your client work.
  7. Encouragement of recognising your achievements
My clients for supervision are:

  1. Counsellors in training
  2. Counsellors who are currently working within private practice
The cost to you is:

£45 .00 Individual supervision of 90 minutes


  • Anvil Terrace Dartford
  • My practice is on the borders of Bexley and Dartford.. There is plenty of parking.


CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT for short, is a talking therapy that is based upon the theory of thoughts and feelings and how these can affect our behavior and how our bodies feel. If we change one of these, then perhaps the others will alter. CBT helps with becoming aware of and to notice when any problamatic thinking styles, or any repeating patterns of behaviour keep re-occurring and get in the way of your daily routine. It is an evidence based intervention.

Below is some of the issues that CBT therapy may help you with!
Anxiety - including PTSD, Panic attacks, Depression, Sleep difficulties ,Anger, Relationship issues,

I specialise in!


Are you feeling nervous, scared or shaky. Are you constantly thinking about things and unable to stop that thinking. DO you get panic attacks and feel fearful of going out or driving somewhere. Perhaps during your everyday life, this has become a struggle? Do you find yourself tearful either all of the time or just some of the time. Are you experiencing OCD, panic, fear, constant thinking? If you have found yourself answering yes to anything above, then CBT therapy may be a way of helping you.


Are you a couple that have or are experiencing communication difficulties. Are you a teenager that maybe experiencing difficulties at school or at home, or maybe with friends, in particular if you are being bullied. Do you feel fed-up, stuck, angry, not sure of what to do, feeling low and unable to concentrate, then by using a counselling talking therapy, may help you to engage with you and find out just what and as to why you are experiencing the way that you think and feel.


Bereavement is a difficult process. I will support you within a caring environment and help you through the difficult process of grieving. There is no time limit to your loss and grieving process, as this is individual to each person. There is no pressure on you to perform and be a certain way within counselling, instead I am there so as you can be you.

How to deal with Anxiety

How to deal with Anxiety How to deal with Anxiety How to deal with Anxiety
Try these when you're feeling anxious or stressed:

  1. Take a time-out. ...
  2. Eat well-balanced meals. ...
  3. Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  4. Get enough sleep. ...
  5. Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. ...
  6. Take deep breaths. ...
  7. Count to 10 slowly. ...
  8. Do your best.