About Joanna Efford Counselling and CBT
I am a professional qualified counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT). I offer a safe, accepting and confidential place where you can explore thoughts and feelings without judgement. Counselling can help you make sense of difficulties, gain insight and understanding and find new perspectives. It helps uncover inner resources and develop new helpful coping strategies. The process of counselling supports you in exploring and reflecting on whatever is troubling you.
I am empathic and caring with over 10 years’ experience working with people with a wide range of difficulties mainly anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
If you want to work towards making changes and feel more positive about your future I would like the opportunity to work with you.
People come to therapy for many different reasons. Either they have a specific problem with a particular area of their life of they have a deeper feeling of dissatisfaction with their life.
Therapy can be short or long depending on the nature of the difficulty. CBT tends to be a shorter term therapy as it focuses on specific difficulties and is goal orientated.
CBT focuses on how we think and what we do, as this affects the way that we feel. It challenges unhelpful irrational thinking and behaviour with the emphasis on the client and counsellor working together exploring and understanding this and finding new helpful alternative ways of thinking and behaving. We all have different reactions to an experience and it’s these reactions that when unhelpful make our lives difficult and we need to understand and change this.
Integrative counselling in contrast is a talking therapy which focuses on the counsellor using a variety of theories and approaches to help the client with whatever they present. Great focus being on the relationship that develops between client and counsellor , it is non-judgemental, accepting and explorative. That it is why it is important when looking for a therapist you feel you can connect with them and you feel safe to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences.
We all at some time in our lives find things difficult, overwhelming and find we are not coping. Sometimes we understand why and other times not. If you would like to have a better understanding of yourself and explore your difficulties whether past or present then counselling can help.
My training, work experience and any achievement
I am a qualified Integrative counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT).
My qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
As well as private practice I currently work for MIND the mental health charity.
I have previously worked in a G.P. surgery, F.E.College with young and mature students, schools (Place 2 Be organisation) and Sanibel counselling agency.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and continue to adhere to their ethical codes of practice.
Fees are payable in cash, cheque or bank transfer at each session. I do offer a number of reduced fee sessions for counselling students and those unable to pay the full rate.
I ask for at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel. Non attendance may incur a cancellation fee.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT
I offer counselling in a private and comfortable environment from my consulting room in Harpenden.
I am within easy reach of Junctions 21A and 22 of the M25 and Junction 9 of the M1. Parking is unrestricted and free.
I can also be reached via Harpenden train station and the 321 bus route.
Other concerns & issues I deal with
Concerns & issues I deal with
- Alcohol Dependence
- Anger Management
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Childhood Issues
- Compulsive Behaviour
- Concentration Problems
- Eating Disorders
- Family Problems
- Low Self Esteem
- Mental Health Problems
- Negative Thoughts
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Personal Relationships
- Pet Bereavement
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship Problems
- Self Development
- Self Harm
- Sleep Disorders
- Social Phobia
- Stress Management
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Terminal Illness
- Unresolved Issues
- Work Stress
- Emotional Abuse
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Relaxation Therapy
- Stress Management
- Life Coaching
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): £45.00/session
- Counselling: £45.00/session
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): £45.00/session
- Relaxation Therapy: £45.00/session
- Stress Management: £45.00/session
- Life Coaching: £45.00/session
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