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Helping you explore every season of life ...

“The curious paradox is

that when I accept myself just as I am,

then I can change.”

— Carl R. Rogers


Why counselling?

There are many reasons people choose to come to counselling. 

Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic may have left you feeling isolated or anxious?


Or perhaps you've been mulling things over for a long while and feel now is the moment to explore your thoughts or feelings in more depth?  Others choose to engage with counselling because they feel what they want to explore is too personal to share with their regular support network of family and friends...

* ... maybe you feel stuck in a rut or that life is passing you by?

* ... or you're facing a life transition which feels like a mountain?

* ... perhaps you're carrying the emotional load of relationship breakdown or have been bereaved?

* ... or maybe you carry a nagging sense of not feeling good enough or wonder why you can never say 'No' to others?

* ... perhaps you naturally fall into the role of listener with friends & find there is no space for you to be heard?

Whatever you are going through, counselling can offer support and a fresh perspective, when it feels like no one else understands you or you don't even feel you understand yourself anymore.

Why Counselling?

About Me...

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My name is Joanne Hacker.  I'm a person centred integrative counsellor offering one to one counselling for adults.  I offer a safe confidential space where you are welcome to explore whatever you choose.

I am experienced in working with students, NHS employees and with  complex cases.

I also work using the REWIND technique which can positively help those suffering with Post Traumatic Stress or PTSD.  This technique does not require the client to disclose sensitive information.  This minimises the risk of the client being re-traumatized.

The Rewind  technique offers a way of permanently stopping involuntary recall of an event by 'filing' the traumatic event in the correct part of the brain.   Voluntary recall will remain, but you will choose when you recall this information.

I am an  accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCPS) 

Joanne Hacker MNCPS (Accred) NCS20-00157

I hold Professional Indemnity and  Public Liability Insurance

Relevant Qualifications

Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Accredited by BACP – Network Counselling and Training.

Level 4 Certificate in Counselling skills Accredited by NCS (National Counselling Society)  Network Counselling and Training.

Certified to Practice the REWIND technique (IARTT)

I work within the NCS ethical framework.


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What I offer.... and what might counselling feel like?

I work using a person centred and integrative approach which means I will be actively listening to you in a non judgmental, warm and accepting way, while valuing your individuality. 

Integrative means, my work is informed by a variety of counselling theories including person centred theory and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). Because I believe 'you' are your own and unique expert, I won’t be telling you what to do, but instead helping you to notice patterns of behaviour which may move you closer to change, gaining confidence and to reconnecting with who you really are. I believe rediscovering your inner sense of self may help you move forward in the direction you desire and ultimately to a more satisfying life.

The counselling space is there for you to be free to express yourself.  All emotions are welcome.  You might want to use the space to say things out loud which you have never shared with anyone else.  That’s ok.  While working at your pace, I will focus on understanding your perception of the world. Once our therapeutic relationship is established I may offer gentle challenge or feedback enabling a different viewpoint on your situation, in order to facilitate your exploration.

It's hard to say exactly how 'you' will find counselling.  It's fair to say that you'll be doing a lot of the talking and it won't feel like a chat in a coffee shop.  Initially this might feel a bit one sided. 


Many clients feel a sense of relief as they off load and begin to explore their issues in the presence of a neutral person, but this isn't the case for everyone. It can take a while to feel at ease with your counsellor. For some it feels strange to have their counsellor really listening and hearing what they have to say.


Being 'heard' and 'valued' as the unique person you are could be a new experience for you?  It's normal for clients to feel apprehensive or nervous as they consider counselling or plan to meet their new counsellor for the first time.  

Everybody's feelings will be different and that's okay!  I want to normalise but not minimise any emotions you are experiencing as you consider taking that first step on your new journey.

As your counsellor, I'll be alongside, as you navigate and unpick whatever issues you bring to this confidential and empathic counselling space.


If however you are suffering from post traumatic stress and decide you do not want to disclose what is troubling you, then Rewind may be suitable for you.  Whether  you have suffered several traumatic events in your life or a one off event which is carried with you everyday, the Rewind technique has an 85% success rate, providing closure on traumatic events which have ended though they still impact your life.  This technique minimises the risk of retraumatization and gives you a way of permanently stopping your involuntary recall. 

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Where I work.

Counselling Agreement & Fees. 
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Where I work

I currently practice

*In person at BS16,


*On the phone.

Counselling Agreement & Fees


FREE 15min chat to ask questions.

Because I recognise choosing a counsellor is a big step, I offer a 15 minute chat to offer an opportunity to ask questions or raise concerns.

The first session is an assessment where I will work to understand the issues you bring, your goals for counselling.


£60 per session

60 minute sessions



Counselling works most effectively if we meet at the same time each week and will help you engage with the process.  I understand weekly sessions might not always be possible and I am open to working flexibly to meet your needs.


The Rewind technique can also be used within the counselling process.

STAND ALONE REWIND TECHNIQUE FOR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS providing permanent closure for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and post traumatic symptoms.  Time efficient and cost effective.


Rewind Trauma Therapy, for a single event trauma is £60 per session. Multiple traumas, please contact me to discuss fees. Payment is required in advance.  Please contact me for information about the process. Treatment is 80-90% successful and completed in 1 - 2 sessions making it time and cost effective.

FOR MULTIPLE EVENT TRAUMAS, such as: combat, sexual abuse; domestic violence; etc. each traumatic event can be dealt with separately over separate sessions normally with with a minimum of two weeks between the sessions. Please call to discuss fees if you feel this might be your situation

Please note if you are experiencing ongoing trauma the Rewind technique may not be effective.  Please contact me to discuss your situation.

If you are a war veteran please contact me regarding cost per session.

I request 48 hours notice for cancellation with missed sessions being charged at the full rate.

I welcome any questions you may have so please feel free to email or call me.  I have a voice mail service so if you want to leave a message I will call you back as soon as I am able. 

Areas of Experience

  • Student struggles

  • Loss and Bereavement

  • Relationship issues

  • Work related issues

  • Self doubt

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Anger

  • Abandonment

  • Childhood Abuse

  • Life transitions

  • Low self esteem

  • Perfectionism

  • Divorce

  • Single parenting

  • Post Traumatic Stress

  • Suicidal ideation

  • working with students

  • Working in the NHS

This is not an exhaustive list.

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