Welcome to the Brighterside

My name is Joanne, and I am a compassionate and experienced therapist

I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and offer confidential online and telephone therapy services to adults in Essex and throughout the UK.

Through my work with a local mental health charity (Mind) I have experience working with an extensive range of issues, helping clients to improve their emotional wellbeing and quality of life.

With a background in residential care for over 65's I understand the unique challenges faced by individuals and families dealing with Dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well as those working in the care sector.

I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I continually expand on my knowledge with additional training in order to give my clients the best service possible. I am also a registered member with the Information Commissioner's Office and I am fully insured.

Having received counselling myself, I understand how difficult it can be to seek help and how daunting the thought of counselling can be! I therefore offer an introductory call of up to 15 minutes to help ease any anxiety you may have about starting therapy. Get in touch to see if we can work together on any issues you are having.

I specialise in supporting people who are struggling with life changing or limiting conditions that are impacting their mental wellbeing

  • Online Counselling: Convenient and secure virtual sessions that prioritise your comfort and privacy.
  • Telephone Counselling: Accessible and confidential counselling sessions over the phone for your convenience.

My therapeutic technique is designed to empower you to overcome obstacles and regain a sense of balance and wellbeing. By combining evidence-based methodologies and a person-centred approach, I aim to create a supportive environment that facilitates healing and growth.

Menopause and Chronic Pain

Conditions such as menopause or chronic pain can lead to feelings of isolation stemming from decreased social activities, and a sense of no longer feeling like 'your old self' when physical changes affect your self-confidence and self-esteem.

If you find yourself bottling up emotions and frustrations to avoid burdening those around you, I can provide a safe space for you to freely share the challenges and difficulties you’re facing.

While I cannot reverse the ageing process or alleviate physical pain, I am able to offer you a supportive and understanding environment that acknowledges your experiences and allows you to feel heard.

I firmly believe that enhancing client’s mental wellbeing can positively influence their ability to manage their physical health.

Dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

I understand how devastating a diagnosis of a chronic neurological condition such as Dementia, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's can be for both the person diagnosed, and their loved ones. It can be extremely difficult to share concerns with those closest to us in these situations, but talking to a counsellor in these times can help process a lot of these emotions, and I am able to offer ongoing support as conditions progress.

My experience of working in residential care during the challenges of the covid-19 pandemic has also equipped me to support individuals impacted by the resulting trauma, as well as anyone currently caring for others or working in the care sector.

Recognising these clients often put the needs of others ahead of their own, I aim to help improve their wellbeing by providing a non-judgemental, safe space for clients to be able to focus on their own emotions and their own needs.

Pluralistic Method

Life’s challenges can feel overwhelming, and for various reasons we could all benefit from emotional support at times. I strive to create a therapeutic setting where clients can develop resilience and explore uncomfortable aspects of themselves or their experiences. I achieve this by offering a personalised approach to therapy, tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.

Using a pluralistic method ensures a supportive and compassionate environment, allowing us to work together in a way you feel most comfortable with whilst encouraging you to make sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

By allowing you to set the pace and with your needs the focal point of every session, you will discover any changes you want to make in order to live your best life possible and be empowered to reach your own personal goals from therapy.

Sessions & fees


I provide regular therapy sessions that can be tailored to your specific needs, whether you prefer open-ended sessions or a set number of weeks, or would like to work online or over the phone.

These sessions are subject to periodic review to ensure that we are making progress toward your therapeutic goals. Each session typically lasts for approximately 50 minutes, although alternative durations can be arranged upon mutual agreement.


My therapy sessions are competitively priced, starting from £45, with flexible time slots to accommodate varying commitments such as childcare or changing work schedules.

To ensure availability session slots are allocated on a first-come, first served basis. If you have a preferred day or time slot for your sessions, please let me know, and I will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Concessionary Rates

In an effort to make my services accessible to all, I offer a limited number of sessions at a concessionary rate.

Due to high demand for these slots, I maintain a waiting list. Please reach out to me for further details and to check availability of these discounted sessions.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling typically focuses on specific issues and aims to help clients address immediate concerns. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, delves deeper into the root causes of emotional difficulties and behavioural patterns, aiming for long-term emotional healing and personal growth.

How do I know if counselling or psychotherapy is right for me?

If you are seeking support for specific challenges and want to develop practical strategies to address them, counselling may be a suitable option. If you feel the need to explore deeper emotional issues and patterns of behaviour, psychotherapy might be more beneficial. I offer a combination of counselling and psychotherapy techniques depending on your specific needs.

What can I expect in a counselling session?

In a counselling session, you can expect a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you can discuss your concerns confidentially and work collaboratively with the therapist to develop coping mechanisms and strategies to manage your specific challenges. During the first session, we'll discuss your goals and concerns, establish a comfortable and trusting dialogue, and outline a plan for moving forward based on your specific needs and preferences.

How long does therapy usually last?

The duration of therapy varies depending on the individual's needs and goals. Some clients may find that short-term counselling is sufficient to address their concerns, while others may benefit from longer-term psychotherapy to achieve more profound and lasting emotional changes.

How often should I attend therapy sessions?

The frequency of therapy sessions depends on the nature of your challenges. Sessions are typically scheduled weekly at first, with the option to have their frequency adjusted after establishing your progress and evolving needs.

Is therapy confidential?

Yes, therapy is strictly confidential. Your privacy is of utmost importance, and therapists adhere to professional ethical guidelines to ensure that all personal information and discussions remain confidential.

What is pluralistic therapy, and how does it differ from other forms of therapy?

Pluralistic therapy acknowledges that different clients have different needs, and it adapts to those needs rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all approach.

What types of mental health issues do you work with?

I specialise in addressing a wide range of mental health challenges, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief (including anticipatory grief), trauma, and stress-related issues. I also work with clients who are going through the menopause, living with chronic pain or are affected by neurodegenerative disorders.

How can therapy help individuals dealing with menopause-related mental health challenges?

I can provide valuable support for managing the emotional and psychological effects of menopause. I do this by helping you to develop coping strategies and promote overall well-being during this transitional phase in life. At the end of therapy, clients often express to feeling as if they understand themselves again, and that having someone to talk to about how they are feeling has helped them to no longer feel as if they are ‘going mad!’.

What approaches do you use to support individuals struggling with chronic pain?

I incorporate a combination of therapeutic techniques, including empathic listening, acceptance, commitment approaches and mindfulness which can help you cope with and alleviate the effects that chronic pain can have on all areas of your life and in your relationships. Living with chronic pain can be extremely challenging, and as an often ‘unseen’ disability, it can also feel as though others do not always understand. I offer a space for you to share the impact this has on your life, where you can feel heard, supported and understood.

How can therapy benefit families and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Dementia, Alzheimer's, or Parkinson’s?

Therapy can provide you with the necessary tools and emotional support to navigate the challenges these conditions create, whilst also promoting well-being and resilience. For those receiving a diagnosis there can be many fears and feelings which you do not want to burden your loved ones with, and I can offer you the confidential space to express these privately in a caring, safe and non-judgemental environment. For the loved ones of someone receiving or living with a diagnosis of these conditions I aim to provide respect and empathy while assisting you as you try to make sense of the difficulties, questions and challenges that exist after someone you love is diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder.

What should I do if I am still uncertain therapy is for me?

Feeling uncertain about whether therapy is the right choice for you is completely normal. I want to assure you that I understand your hesitations and am here to provide the guidance and information you need to make an informed decision. If you have any questions or need more detailed information about the services I offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I provide a complimentary 15-minute consultation to address your concerns, after which you are under no obligation to proceed further. Whether you choose to send me an email or give me a call, I am committed to working with you to determine the best approach for your emotional wellbeing.

Get in touch

Contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07938 638967 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first.

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