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Joanne

ADHD & ASD INTEGRATIVE COUNSELLOR
ADDICTION THERAPIST
TRAUMA & ANXIETY
BEREAVEMENT & LOSS 
ANGER-MANAGEMENT
CHRONIC FATIGUE
SEXUAL ABUSE
STUCKNESS

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD

Joanne left school with minimal academic qualifications, and without completing her A levels.  She moved through numerous jobs until joining the police in her mid-twenties.  She then went on to gain 25 years experience in policing, where she specialised in working with people with vulnerabilities.  She was also an Advanced Vulnerable and Intimidated Witness Interviewer.  

Having always regretted not attending university, Joanne returned to studying and began her counselling training as she neared the end of her police service.  It was during this training that she, and her now adult son, began to realise they had many ADHD traits.  In 2022, both Joanne and her son were diagnosed with ADHD – a huge relief to them, as they now understand so much more about themselves and the struggles they had encountered in their lives.

Joanne has worked with and had personal experience of mental health issues, bereavement, domestic violence and sexual abuse.  As a police officer, she worked with some of the most vulnerable in society, often at times of high stress; dealing with offences including serious physical and sexual assaults on adults and children.  

Joanne is keen to work with families where someone has found themselves in trouble with the police.  She knows her experiences with the criminal justice system enables her to support clients who often find themselves caught up with procedures they know nothing about.  

Joanne has been in many prisons and young offender institutes over the years and has always had a very good working relationship with the people she visited.  She values people, and always looks to see the individual behind whatever issues they may be encountering.  She recognises that a person may have done things ‘wrong’, but that does not mean that person is ‘wrong’ or ‘a bad person’.  Joanne strongly believes we are all human, we are all flawed, and we all make mistakes.

Joanne believes police officers should always deal with people as they would like to be treated themselves – but she acknowledges this does not always happen.  

Whilst working for the National Crime Agency in South Yorkshire, Joanne became unwell and was subsequently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Menopause – something of a triple whammy on top of the (at the time, undiagnosed) ADHD.

Since retiring from the police in 2019, Joanne has been studying at York St John University, where she has recently completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling.  She is now embarking on her Master’s Degree and will be researching how clients found working online with their counsellor during the COVID pandemic.  She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of online working for those clients with neurodivergent conditions. 

Joanne has a strong interest in addiction and how ADHD affects people’s ability to manage addictive tendencies, with the associated feelings of guilt and shame that often result from addictive behaviours.

Joanne is passionate about supporting those who might feel like outsiders and those who feel unable to advocate for themselves.  She knows what it’s like to feel different from others, and how isolating this can be.  She believes that many ADHD clients have encountered trauma in their lives, but that trauma can look and feel different for everyone.  She firmly believes there is a way forward from trauma.  

Joanne likens the way she works with clients to ‘helping them navigate a trail through a forest’.  She believes the client does know their way through, but at times we all need someone to walk alongside us, to hold a torch or a compass – to maybe suggest different paths that could be tried together.  Ultimately, it is the client’s own map – but Jo will walk with them until the path opens up, the light shines brighter onto it, and the client feels confident to move forward holding their own map and compass.

 

Qualifications

Introduction to Counselling, Open University 2014

Certificate in Counselling Level 3, York College 2019

Access to Postgraduate Study in Helping and Allied Health Professions, York St John University 2019

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling 2019

Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling, York St John University 2022 (** PENDING EXAMINATION BOARD RATIFICATION**)

CPD

Anxiety – An Existential Perspective 2022

2 Chair Work 2022

Support for Neurodivergent Clients with Eating Disorders 2022

Working with Sensation 2022

You Don’t Look Dyslexic.  Experiences of Neurodivergent Practitioners 2022

Exploring Trauma from a Person-centred Perspective 2022

Bereavement Conference 2021

What Does it Mean to Be Free?  Existential Therapy 2021

Counselling Autistic Adults 2022

Gender Diversity 2022

Imposter Syndrome 2022

Emotion Focused Therapy 2022

Uncertainty, An Existential Perspective 2021

Existential Therapies 2021

Integrating the Body 2021

Principles of Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults 2021

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JOANNE 

 

ADHD & ASD INTEGRATIVE COUNSELLOR
ADDICTION THERAPIST
TRAUMA & ANXIETY
BEREAVEMENT & LOSS 
ANGER-MANAGEMENT
CHRONIC FATIGUE
SEXUAL ABUSE
STUCKNESS

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD

Joanne left school with minimal academic qualifications, and without completing her A levels.  She moved through numerous jobs until joining the police in her mid-twenties.  She then went on to gain 25 years experience in policing, where she specialised in working with people with vulnerabilities.  She was also an Advanced Vulnerable and Intimidated Witness Interviewer.

Having always regretted not attending university, Joanne returned to studying and began her counselling training as she neared the end of her police service.  It was during this training that she, and her now adult son, began to realise they had many ADHD traits.  In 2022, both Joanne and her son were diagnosed with ADHD – a huge relief to them, as they now understand so much more about themselves and the struggles they had encountered in their lives.

Joanne has worked with and had personal experience of mental health issues, bereavement, domestic violence and sexual abuse.  As a police officer, she worked with some of the most vulnerable in society, often at times of high stress; dealing with offences including serious physical and sexual assaults on adults and children.

Joanne is keen to work with families where someone has found themselves in trouble with the police.  She knows her experiences with the criminal justice system enables her to support clients who often find themselves caught up with procedures they know nothing about.

Joanne has been in many prisons and young offender institutes over the years and has always had a very good working relationship with the people she visited.  She values people, and always looks to see the individual behind whatever issues they may be encountering.  She recognises that a person may have done things ‘wrong’, but that does not mean that person is ‘wrong’ or ‘a bad person’. Joanne strongly believes we are all human, we are all flawed, and we all make mistakes.

Joanne believes police officers should always deal with people as they would like to be treated themselves – but she acknowledges this does not always happen.
Whilst working for the National Crime Agency in South Yorkshire, Joanne became unwell and was subsequently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Menopause – something of a triple whammy on top of the (at the time, undiagnosed) ADHD.

Since retiring from the police in 2019, Joanne has been studying at York St John University, where she has recently completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling.  She is now embarking on her Master’s Degree and will be researching how clients found working online with their counsellor during the COVID pandemic.  She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of online working for those clients with neurodivergent conditions.

Joanne has a strong interest in addiction and how ADHD affects people’s ability to manage addictive tendencies, with the associated feelings of guilt and shame that often result from addictive behaviours.

Joanne is passionate about supporting those who might feel like outsiders and those who feel unable to advocate for themselves.  She knows what it’s like to feel different from others, and how isolating this can be.  She believes that many ADHD clients have encountered trauma in their lives, but that trauma can look and feel different for everyone.  She firmly believes there is a way forward from trauma.

Joanne likens the way she works with clients to ‘helping them navigate a trail through a forest’.  She believes the client does know their way through, but at times we all need someone to walk alongside us, to hold a torch or a compass – to maybe suggest different paths that could be tried together.  Ultimately, it is the client’s own map – but Jo will walk with them until the path opens up, the light shines brighter onto it, and the client feels confident to move forward holding their own map and compass.

 

Qualifications

  • Introduction to Counselling, Open University 2014
  • Certificate in Counselling Level 3, York College 2019
  • Access to Postgraduate Study in Helping and Allied Health Professions, York St John University 2019
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling 2019
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling, York St John University 2022 (** PENDING EXAMINATION BOARD RATIFICATION**)

 

CPD

  • Anxiety – An Existential Perspective 2022
  • 2 Chair Work 2022
  • Support for Neurodivergent Clients with Eating Disorders 2022
  • Working with Sensation 2022
  • You Don’t Look Dyslexic.  Experiences of Neurodivergent Practitioners 2022
  • Exploring Trauma from a Person-centred Perspective 2022
  • Bereavement Conference 2021
  • What Does it Mean to Be Free?  Existential Therapy 2021
  • Counselling Autistic Adults 2022
  • Gender Diversity 2022
  • Imposter Syndrome 2022
  • Emotion Focused Therapy 2022
  • Uncertainty, An Existential Perspective 2021
  • Existential Therapies 2021
  • Integrating the Body 2021
  • Principles of Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults 2021

     

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