Joanne Thompson – Psychological Therapist and Volunteer Group Co-facilitator

2014: Level 5 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling, The Manchester College

2007: Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, The University of Salford

2009: Diploma Nutrition and Health (with honours), Royal Society of Public Health

I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Work Experience

I joined Oakwood Psychology Services in 2021 as a group co-facilitator. I also work in a dual diagnosis residential home supporting people with mental health issues and addictions.

I have previously worked in NHS Health Promotion for a number of years. I have also worked at the Stroke Association helping people with the emotional impact of stroke.

How I work

I work in a person-centred, non-directive way. I also and use DBT and CBT skills to help clients to develop positive coping strategies.  I strive to offer people a safe and nurturing environment to explore their thoughts and feelings, as I understand taking a first step into therapy can be daunting.  I strive to create a non-judgmental space to help people freely explore any issues without fear of shame or rejection and believe this can be the first step towards recovery.  I have a particular interest in understanding how people recover from eating disorders.