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Training, qualifications & experience
My interest in psychology began in my teens volunteering, working and helping out within my local community; particularly with those suffering from the serious damaging effects of mental health problems acquired at a relatively early stage in life.
Initially this included the provision of psychological support for women, children and young people with problems ranging from learning difficulties and disabilities to serious mental health issues; it was the latter that I developed my greatest empathy towards and directed my future career.
In the early days, working as a ‘tutor and animator’ in a school, I began teaching students using interactive programs -
I really value my time building up this knowledge and experience working with children and young people throughout the education system and it is within this vocational training that I developed a more keen interest in utilising very specific and ‘creative’ forms of therapy as a beneficial tool for treating and engaging clients in therapeutic practice -
Creative therapy -
The ‘creative’ aspect of psychology and how applying differing techniques to help those suffering from complex traumas has proven very effective. Through the years drama-
Early experience included valuable time spent as a psychiatrist assistant -
I have a Masters of Science Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy completed at the University of Derby as well as a Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (achieved with merit)
I’m a qualified Level 7 counsellor I also have a Diploma in Counselling Psychology gained from my studies at City Unity College together with a Bachelor Degree from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Patra.
I have the flexibility in being able to offer counselling in three different languages: English, Greek and Polish, and have been commended on my excellent interpersonal skills. I’m proficient both in written and verbal communication and pride myself on the ability to offer a range of information about therapy and pharmacological treatments. I am able to work face to face, telephone or via other media and welcome people of all ages and walks of life to my practice.
As an integrative therapist I am trained in cognitive-
My MSc Research and dissertation ‘An exploration of any connections between childhood trauma and schizophrenia and implications for integrative therapeutic practice.’ A thematic literature review.
Areas of counselling/therapy I deal with
Child related issues
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Diploma in Counselling Psychology from
City Unity College.Athens, Greece.
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
Bachelor Degree from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Patras.
Hi, my name is Joanna and I'm an experienced Integrative counsellor/psychotherapist who primarily enjoys working with children and adolescents but am qualified and feel equally at home treating adult clients. My designated position is currently Lead Child/Adolescent Therapist, but my flexibility allows me to work with all ages and roles within the practice which includes Relationship Counselling for couples.
My goal is to provide a friendly, respectful and non-
I believe in an open, flexible therapeutic approach and can offer both short and longer term ‘in-
As a Registered Member MBACP of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy -
of Child/Adolescent Services
to Select Healthy Mind Ltd.
Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Msc. Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, BSc. , Pg. Certificate, Pg. Diploma, Diploma in Counselling Psychology,
MBACP Registered Member 375807
MBACP Registered Member
Joanna Prior uses Theraplay®
in her work with children and young adolescents.