Experienced professional counsellor & supervisor

Private practice in the DA2 Dartford, Bexley Areas.


Hello and welcome to Counselling at The counselling Mind.

My name is Jo Ann and I am an experienced, qualified and professional psychotherapeutic Integrative counsellor and counselling supervisor. I am also a qualified Mindfulness practitioner.

DO YOU Have a negative view of yourself that affects your daily life?...Struggle with anxiety on a daily basis?

Feel low in mood and find it hard to feel positive about your life circumstances?....Struggle with decision making.

Feel that you are going round in circles...Or are feeling as if something is not quite right?

Then maybe it is time to Look, Explore and Start to develop easier and kinder ways to be who you truly are by using counselling as a way to help you.

Counselling may help you in many ways but it can also help you to re-define your patterns of thinking, those behaviour's that are troubling you, such as anxiety or depression and may be able to identify as to what is causing you to think and feel this way that is different from before.

It is normal to maybe be fearful or be apprehensive or even think to yourself that you don't really need counselling, as still today it is something to which is not properly known about. But maybe if I reassure you that I have now been Counselling for 14 years, so experience and professionalism is guaranteed, and I am also registered with the BACP and an Accredited member of the NCS. I do practice from my home therefore you will have a space that is confidential and welcoming and a space for you to be you!

BACP: British Association of counselling and psychotherapy
NCS:    National Counselling Society 

My counselling practice is open to Individuals, Teenagers and couples. If you scroll below to the next page you will see a list of costing and my availiability. Thank you for visiting my website.

I offer counselling in private practice within the DA2, areas. To which distantly covers in my experience a vast number of local areas and beyond. As an integrative counsellor I use many theories that include Humanistic, person centred, CBT, Psychodynamic and Mindfulness ways of delivery to you the best counselling process that I can.

Integrative: Combining theories suitable to each individual or couple.
Humanistic: Emphasizes the importance of being yourself.
Person centred: A humanistic approach of therapy that is about your self autonomy. You know best.
CBT: Challenges your negative bias thought and behaviour processes.
Psychodynamic: Focuses is on self awareness and understanding of your past and present behaviour.
Mindfulness: Focus on your present moment. Calmly accepting your feelings and thoughts. Using breathing techniques.

For an initial enquiry, Please do give me call, email or text massage and we can have a brief talk about what would be bringing you to counselling and how we can go forward if that is what you wish to do.

The ways to contact me are: Direct call on 07792051887 or
Email: or by leaving me a text message on the enclosed number on this website. or
by using any of the contact methods that are available here on this website. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Where there is counselling, there is HOPE.

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Costs/Opening Times

Counselling cost

Individual counselling. £50.00 Per individual counselling session........ ...Teenagers counselling £45.00 Per individual counselling session ....Couples counselling £60.00 Per counselling session of one hour. .

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Opening Times

Mondays 10am to 9pm Tuesdays, 10am to 9pm, Wednesdays 10am - 9pm Thursdays, 11am to 5pm Fridays 11am to 4pm. Saturdays 11.30am to 3pm My availability does vary, but I will do my best to accommodate the time that you may wish to have your counselling.

If you fill in the form here this will go straight to my email in box.

For your information/ My qualifications

 For your information/ My qualifications
For your information

Core Qualifications
Supervision skills Certificate.Level 2. SCAccred.(AAC)
Certificate In Managing Stress with Mindfullness
Level 4 Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Diploma
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.
Mates In Mind Counsellor
The Mix Online Counsellor
Key counselling worker NHS

I have professional indemnity insurance.

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

Supervision: A specialised and reflective form of mentoring process for all counsellors.

Past issues that have been engaged with in counselling

Presenting issue/s have been vast and varied, but below is a synopsys of some of those that I have worked with from the past and continue to work with. You may be finding that one or more may be happening to you or maybe your experience right now is different from what I have placed here. But Please be reassured that I have the experience and knowledge to be able to help you through any difficult time that you may be experiencing. 

Anxiety with constant intrusive thinking, Anger, Attachment issues beginning from childhood, Bereavement, grief & loss, Depression with a low mood, Bullying either at school or in the work place, Emotional abuse, from a partner or a parent, neglect from childhood, Family issues, such as communication disorganisation & interpersonal relationships, Low self esteem, Low self worth/value/confidence, Childhood negelct & emotional abuse, Panic attacks, with dizzyness, constant thinking, sweating, and fear, Relationship issues with miscommunications, not hearing the other person, meaning and content, Post natal depression with fear of harming self or child, Seperation and divorce, with loss & aloneness, Loss of job, pet, financial status, Stress associated with sleeplessness, anger, restlessness, lack of self appreciation.

Overview of some of the past and current presenting issues


Anxiety affects many of us and has varying degree's of impact on an individual.Anxiety is a diagnosed condition and may be catagorised by excessive worry, Intrusive thinking, dis-organised thinking patterns. Some of the physiological symptoms may include Muscle Tension, fatigue, Sleep deprivation, restless and irritability.


Depression is more than just a passing blue mood, a "bad day," or temporary sadness. The most common symptom is a low mood that can sometimes appear as irritability. Often the person with depression is not be able to enjoy activities that he or she normally enjoys. With major depression, there is a profound sadness or a sense of despair. The symptoms of major depression are defined as lasting at least two weeks, but usually they go on much longer. Other types of depression may have more subtle symptoms. For example, dysthymia, now known as persistent depressive disorder, is less severe than an episode of major depression, but usually lasts longer. Many people with this disorder describe having been depressed as long as they can remember, or feeling as though they go in and out of depression all the time. Symptoms can include: irritability negative thoughts feeling unusually tired feeling hopeless feeling overwhelmingly sad being frequently on the verge of tears self-loathing having difficulty focusing feeling unmotivated wanting to be left alone having unexplained, minor aches and pains losing empathy with others


Bereavement is the period of sadness and loss you feel after a loss. The loss can be due to several things, including divorce, death, or moving away. The length of bereavement can depend on age, reason, support systems, anticipation of loss, and closeness to the person. Which reactions are examples of bereavement? Grief may be experienced as a mental, physical, social, or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, and despair. ... Mourning may be described as having the following 3 phases: The urge to bring back the person who died. Disorganization and sadness. Reorganization.

Attachment Issues

Understanding Attachment Issues Avoidance of eye contact. Avoidance of physical contact. Rejection of touch or attempts at emotional connection. Frequent, inconsolable crying. A tendency to self-comfort. A lack of interest in toys or interactive play. What are the signs of attachment disorder? Signs and symptoms may include: Unexplained withdrawal, fear, sadness or irritability. Sad and listless appearance. Not seeking comfort or showing no response when comfort is given. Failure to smile. Watching others closely but not engaging in social interaction. Failing to ask for support or assistance. What are the 4 attachment styles? Four styles of adult attachment Secure – autonomous; Avoidant – dismissing; Anxious – preoccupied; and. Disorganized – unresolved.

Trauma on the Mind and Body

The Mind/Body Connection Suffering traumatic stress can affect your emotions as well as your body and the two are so connected that it can be hard to tell the difference. For instance, traumatic stress can cause you to lose concentration, forget things, or have trouble sleeping. It may be difficult to determine on your own whether these symptoms are because you do not feel well physically or because you are still upset. Traumatic stress also can lead you to eat in unhealthy ways or to eat foods that are not healthy, and those eating patterns can affect how you sleep or how your stomach feels. Stress can cause headaches, but the pain from the headaches can also make your stress worsen. Because the body and the mind work in concert, traumatic stress can cause a cycle that makes it seem like the body and mind are working against one another, worsening symptoms like pain and fatigue.

Supervision for counsellors

Supervision for counsellors
  • If you need support with your clients? Want to work with someone who is experienced not only in supervision but also as a counsellor and uses Integrative, Person Centred and psychodynamic  ways of working with you and your clients, then do get in touch with me as I am here to help you.

  • Why not book a supervision with me to see if I would be the right supervisor for you and your clients.
What is supervison?

It is a great way to clarify substinance of good practice and to maintain ethical guidelines and boundaries. It is also a space for you as a practising or training counsellor to reflect in depth on your working ways.

There are differing types of supervision, such as,

  • Formative: This is more educational and tends to be when a counsellor is younger in experience.
  • Normative: Discussion of work, accountability for work whilst maintaining confidentiality.
  • Restorative: Maintaining own self care, ability to de-brief so as to maintain own self care.

How I will work with you

I will be there to support, guide and educate you, so as you are able to access your full counselling potential.
It will always be your choice as to how you want your supervision sessions to be. Such as presentation and content. But as your supervisor one of my roles is to make sure that all ethical and professional boundaries are used within your therapeutic processes or your client work.

To summise: it will depend on where you are within your career as a counsellor to how you use and gain the know-how of supervison and counselling process.  But always remember, that I am not an expert, instead I am a counsellor just like you and I have a wealth of experience of supervision and counselling. My motto is that we all have our own individual and unique way of working with clients.

The Cost to you for supervision is £40.00

Thanks for dropping by!    : - ) 

Information Page.. How to identify a narcissitic abusive relationship

Information Page.. How to identify a narcissitic abusive relationship
Narcissistic abuse is a form of emotional abuse projected by a narcissist on to another individual. Although narcissistic abuse is primarily focused on emotional and psychological abuse, there are other types of narcissistic abuse that can be classified in this category.

Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can:
  • Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
  • Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  • Exaggerate achievements and talents
  • Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
  • Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
  • Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
  • Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
  • Take advantage of others to get what they want
  • Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  • Be envious of others and believe others envy them
  • Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious
  • Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office
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