Joanna Jeske

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

MA, UKCP (awaiting accreditation)

Joanna Jeske

Joanna is an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with five years experience of working with children, teenagers and parents/carers. Joanna believes that therapy should be a safe space, free of judgment, where young people can express their feelings, opinions, attitudes and experiences. Joanna helps her clients by exploring and processing interactions between thoughts, emotions and behaviour within relationships and different contexts. Some issues are difficult to be communicated with words alone. Joanna will then encourage her clients to express what is troubling them by using drawing, movement, play or sand tray. In her work, Joanna applies mindfulness based techniques to help young people improve affective self-regulation. She also pays close attention to the connections between the way clients think and their bodies feel, between physical sensations and emotions, and to what is experienced in the body in the course of a therapeutic session with the young person.

Alongside her work at TTC, Joanna has worked as a psychotherapist in primary and secondary schools. In her most recent role, she has been providing individual therapy for adolescents with special needs, including autism and learning difficulties. She gained a lot of experience with working with young people who find it hard to engage or express their feelings in a healthy way. She also works therapeutically with parents, providing a reflective space to explore and understand the thoughts, feelings and intentions behind the child’s behaviour and their own reactions.

She also works for ISP, an independent fostering organisation for Looked After Children with severe attachment trauma. In this role, she works with children, foster parents and social workers. Joanna uses her knowledge of the latest neuroscience research in trauma, and focuses on creating bonds of attachment and healthy carer/child relationship using play, art therapies and body work.

Through her work, she seeks to help clients use their innate strengths to gain confidence in tackling their current and future challenges.

Specialisms

Depression, anxiety, stress, anger, confidence & self-esteem, body image, trauma, eating disorders, self harm, grief, relationship difficulties, sexuality and identity.

Qualifications

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, awaiting accreditation as member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP).

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