Joanna is an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with seven years of experience working with children, teenagers, and parents/carers. She believes that therapy should provide a safe space, free of judgment, where young people can freely express their feelings, opinions, attitudes, and experiences. In her practice, Joanna helps her clients explore and process their thoughts, emotions, and behavior in various relationships and contexts. Some issues can be challenging to communicate through words alone, so she encourages her clients to express themselves using drawing, movement, play, or sand tray.
In her work, Joanna incorporates mindfulness-based techniques to help young people improve their emotional self-regulation. She also pays close attention to the connections between her clients' thoughts, physical sensations, and emotions during therapy sessions.
Aside from her work at TTC, Joanna has worked as a psychotherapist in primary and secondary schools. In her most recent role, she provides individual therapy for adolescents with special needs, including autism and learning difficulties. Through this experience, she has gained valuable expertise in working with young people who find it challenging to engage or express their feelings in a healthy way. Joanna also works therapeutically with parents, providing a reflective space to explore and understand the underlying thoughts, feelings, and intentions behind the child's behavior and the parents' reactions.
Furthermore, Joanna is involved with ISP, an independent fostering organization that focuses on Looked After Children with severe attachment trauma. In this role, she leads multidisciplinary psychotherapeutic services for Looked After Children and the professionals who support their care. She provides psychotherapy, support, and training services for complex developmental trauma. Utilizing her knowledge of the latest neuroscience research in trauma, Joanna emphasizes creating strong attachment bonds and healthy caregiver-child relationships using play, art therapies, and bodywork.
Through her work, Joanna aims to help her clients tap into their innate strengths, empowering them to gain confidence in addressing their current and future challenges.
Additionally, Joanna frequently employs a powerful and highly effective therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in her practice. EMDR helps people cope with difficult memories from traumatic experiences. It addresses feelings, thoughts, physical sensations, and negative beliefs related to those memories. Although originally designed for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), EMDR has become widely used for a variety of psychological issues beyond PTSD, such as anxiety, phobias, nightmares, and more.
Depression, anxiety, stress, anger, confidence & self-esteem, body image, trauma, eating disorders, self harm, grief, relationship difficulties, sexuality and identity.
MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts, certified in Healing Trauma With Guided Drawing, EMDR Therapist (adults, children and young people) accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP).