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Joanna Prior

Integrative Psychotherapist, Counsellor & EMDR therapist

(‘Visiting Lecturer at Universities)

Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Msc (Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy), BSc, CDMDTP Certified Depression & Mood Disorder Treatment Professional, CCTP I-II (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional), CATP (Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional), CFTP (Certified Family Trauma Professional), C-PD (Certified Personality Disorder Treatment Professional) Pg. Cert., Pg. Dip. (Diploma in Counselling Psychology)

MBACP Registered Member no.375807

Joanna Prior Msc., BSc., CDMDTP, CCTP I-II, CATP, CFTP, C- PD, Pg.Cert., Pg.Dip., (MBACP (Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Integrative Psychotherapist, Counsellor & EMDR therapist

‘Visting Lecturer at Universities’

Hi, I'm Joanna Prior, I am a dedicated and committed therapist based at Select Healthy Mind in Eton. As you step into our therapeutic space, envision a warm, respectful, and judgment-free environment tailored to fit your unique needs. My expertise lies in Integrative Therapy, rooted in the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM), with a focus on adapting our approach to your individual goals and readiness for change.

I hold a Level 7 (MSc) qualification in CBT, Person-Centred, and Attachment Theory (Psychodynamic), bringing a wealth of knowledge to our sessions. Certified as an EMDR therapist, Integrative Counsellor, and Psychotherapist, I also carry designations as a Clinical Trauma Professional, Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, Family Trauma Professional, and Depression & Mood Disorder Treatment Professional.

Within our therapeutic journey, I aim to provide psychoeducation on symptoms, coping strategies like with use of CBT toolkit and Mindfulness, and if needed a deeper exploration of the possible roots and triggers of your impacting symptomolgy through EMDR therapy, Counselling, and Attachment Based Theory. My core belief is in creating a collaborative and personalized experience, uniquely crafted to suit your needs… so you can get the most from your time in therapy.

At Select Healthy Mind, my commitment is in offering an open and flexible therapeutic approach, accommodating both short and longer-term contracts to align with your requirements. In addition, I'm delighted to share that I serve as a visiting lecturer at universities, where I passionately contribute to the development of future mental health therapists and counsellors.This is evidence of my dedication to continued professional development and reflective practice and how I stay in touch with present developments in my field of work.

Choosing me as your therapist not only offers you a dedicated and supportive ally in your therapeutic journey but also the added benefit of drawing from my experience as an educator. I'm eager to share my knowledge and insights, making your therapeutic experience not only transformative. If you seek a therapist who is not only skilled but also is impassioned towards nurturing the future of mental health I think we might be the perfect match, I look forward to accompanying you on this meaningful and tangible journey toward better mental health well-being.

About Me

My journey into psychology ignited during my teenage years when I volunteered within my local community, extending help to those grappling with the profound impacts of mental health challenges, particularly at a young age. Initially my focus was in providing psychological support for women, children, and young people dealing with issues ranging from learning difficulties to severe mental health concerns, it was the latter that captured my deepest empathy and guided my future path in trying to understand how adverse development at an early age can significantly impact on our future adult self.

In the early days, I assumed the role of a 'tutor and animator' in a school, utilizing interactive programs to enrich students' knowledge and personality development. Progressing into a more senior position, I took on a leadership role, training others in these techniques and overseeing new tutors. This thirst for sharing and understanding knowledge continues to this day in my educating capacity as visiting lecturer at Universities.

My foundational experiences working with children and young people within the education system cultivated a keen interest in employing specific and creative forms of therapy. This vocational training led me to appreciate the value of creative therapies such as play therapy, art therapy, and especially drama therapy. This creative approach has been integral to my work, enabling a more open and understanding connection with individuals, providing them the freedom to express themselves openly.

The creative aspect of psychology, coupled with diverse therapeutic techniques, has proven highly effective, particularly in addressing complex traumas. Through the years, drama therapy interventions have allowed me to offer robust psychological support for children and their parents across the psychological spectrum. In recognition of my work, I received a prestigious academic award from Cambridge University in 2016.

Later in my career I began utilizing internationally recognized modalities such as Theraplay® Informed Practice, but it was my early experiences including serving as a psychiatrist assistant, offering professional counselling and assisting with clinical assessments that sparked my passion to help young people in particular.  In the past I provided counselling and contributed to voluntary counseling organizations in the Berkshire region. Moving on, I went on to hold the position of 'Step 3' High Intensity (H.I.) Counsellor for Depression in the NHS at East Berkshire. I went into the private sector working at Select Healthy Mind Ltd, as it gave me more flexibility to work more integratively and unrestricted in what treatment I can offer patients, removing beaurocrasy and deadlines. We are all individuals and one size treatment does not fit all. This is 'Select's' ethos too.

I hold a Master's of Science Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Derby, along with a Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, both achieved with merit. As a Level 7 counselor, I also possess a Diploma in Counselling Psychology from City Unity College and a Bachelor's Degree from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Patra.

Fluent in English, Greek, and Polish, I've been commended for my excellent interpersonal skills. Proficient in written and verbal communication, I take pride in offering comprehensive information about therapy and pharmacological treatments. Embracing an integrative approach, I am trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered and attachment theory (psychodynamic), and I base my interventions on the transtheoretical model of change (TTM). Additionally, I incorporate EMDR therapy in many sessions.

My MSc Research and dissertation, titled 'An exploration of any connections between childhood trauma and schizophrenia and implications for integrative therapeutic practice,' involved a thematic literature review, showcasing my dedication to advancing knowledge in the field. If you seek a therapist with a rich background, multilingual proficiency, and a holistic approach to healing, I welcome individuals of all ages and walks of life to my practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

Joanna is also currently listed on the following sites:

Counselling Directory website Psychology Today Profile

Diploma in Counselling Psychology from

City Unity College.

The City Unity College website

Bachelor Degree from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Patras.

The University of Patras website

Msc. In Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy &,

Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (achieved with merit)

 from University of Derby

The University of Derby website Theraplay website

Use of Theraplay® Informed Practice in working with children and young adolescents.

(CATP) Certified Personality Disorder Treatment Professional

(CATP) Certified Family Trauma Professional

(CATP) Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional

(CCTP) Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

(CATP) Certified Depression & Mood Disorder Treatment Professional

MBACP Registered Member:  375807

BACP Website





Affairs and betrayals

Anger management


Asperger's syndrome

Attachment disorder

Attachment disorder in children


Behaviour problems





Career counselling

Carer support

Child counselling

Childhood bereavement

Childhood bullying

Childless not by choice

Children’s learning difficulties

Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME

Chronic illness


Depression and anxiety in children



Domestic abuse

Eating disorders

Emotional abuse

Family issues

Feeling sad


Health anxiety

Learning difficulties

LGBTQ+ counselling


Low self-confidence

Low self-esteem


Mental health


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Older people's counselling

Panic attacks

Physical abuse

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Postnatal depression

Pregnancy and birth



Relationship problems


Separation and divorce

Separation anxiety

Sex addiction

Sex problems

Sexual abuse

Social anxiety



Suicidal thoughts


Work-related stress

Young carers

Young people's counselling

Areas of counselling/therapy I deal with

Therapies offered

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Integrative Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

EMDR therapy

Person-centred therapy

Play therapy

Type of Sessions

Face to Face

(in person at my clinic)

Remotely online: via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp video

Or Psychology Today.

Telephone sessions

Languages Offered


9am - 7pm




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