Sidcup and South East Counselling

Counselling and Therapy in South East London & Kent

Joanna Strong MBACP Accred, MBPsS, MSc Psych, BA Hons Counselling

EMDR, Trauma Informed, CBT, Psychodynamic, Person-centred.

Welcome to Sidcup & South East London Counselling Service

Helping you find answers, meaning and direction

The world over the last few years has changed and affected us all in so many ways which can exacerbate our current emotions and coping levels, particularly if we were already struggling. Life has changed and your stress levels may be rising, your mood affected, or you may even feel numb, which all impacts your mental health.

One of the things to do to support your mental health and wellbeing is to talk through your distress with someone outside your family or circle of friends, who can offer you a space to be heard and a different perspective, which helps to ease the pressure of trying to cope alone.

Whether it's to recover from trauma (EMDR), PTSD, addictions/ substance misuse, adjust to a new life stage, work on a relationship or improve your mental wellbeing, it's important to find a therapist you can connect and feel comfortable with as this has a big impact on your growth.

It can be difficult to take the first step to therapy which is why I offer a free 15 minute introductory session so that we can have a chat to see if I'm the right person for you, and if I'm not that's ok too.

Covid-19 Policy: Changes have been made to my counselling practice if you would like to attend in person, to keep us safe and well, particularly if online therapy is not for you.

About Me

Hi I'm Jo and I'm an accredited Counsellor, Psychologist and EMDR therapist with over 15 years experience. I'm based in Sidcup, Bexley and I offer face to face, online, text, telephone and walk and talk therapy.

I'm an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and UKRC registered and adhere to their code of ethics and framework for good practice. 

I'm also a member of the British Psychological Society and EMDR UK.

I work with adults of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds, specialising in anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, stress, addictions, anger, low self esteem and self confidence.

I offer counselling for parents, on an individual basis, specialising in perinatal mental health, birth trauma, pregnancy and infant loss, postnatal depression/anxiety and parenthood.

The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

- Socrates


My qualifications include:

  • MSc Psychology
  • EMDR Practitioner Training Part 1, 2 and 3 (working with trauma)
  • EMDR Therapy for Substance and Behavioural Addictions
  • Ba Hons Counselling
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Graduate Certificate in Psychology
  • Certificate in Dating and Relationship Coaching
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Interpersonal Skills
  • Child protection training

Therapy is more than just talking

Talking to a counsellor can help you to explore issues in your life that may be causing you distress, helping you gain a better understanding of yourself, thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour.

  • Therapy helps rewire the brain
  • Therapy helps release trauma from the body
  • Therapy helps to stop anxiety and depression controlling your life
  • Therapy helps you to learn adaptive coping skills
  • Therapy helps you set healthy boundaries with yourself and others
  • Therapy can help you work though childhood trauma
  • Therapy can help process difficult experiences
  • Therapy can help heal from pain and loss
  • Therapy can help unlearn harmful cycles

My approach

As an accredited counsellor and EMDR therapist, I offer therapy in a safe, comfortable and confidential setting where you can explore issues or feelings which are causing you difficulty.

If you're looking to work through deep rooted habits and symptoms that have grown from trauma, then EMDR may be for you. Whether it's gambling, alcohol/drugs, food issues, perfectionism, love/sex, video games, self harm etc,

'The faster the behaviour/chemical works and the more powerful it is, the more addictive potential it has. The more underlying trauma/neglect, the more vulnerable one is to becoming addicted'

I use EMDR to work on reducing the triggers, compulsions and urges associated with addiction, to then be able to work on the pain that feeds them.

EMDR is an evidence based effective treatment proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing experiences, including PTSD, anxiety/panic, depression and grief. Instead of focussing on changing the thoughts ,feelings and behaviours the trauma has caused, EMDR helps to shift and process the unresolved traumatic memories in the brain which keep being triggered. This means that you don't have to talk about the specifics of a traumatic event in order to process it.

I also offer Walk and talk therapy outside of the therapy room, walking side by side with a client in nature, rather than indoors and face to face.

Bottled up feelings such as anger, grief, shame and guilt can lead to depression and anxiety and become very intense, impacting not only on you but others around you.

Counselling gives you an opportunity to talk them through on a regular basis, freely and openly, in a way that is often difficult to do with friends and family.

Daytime and evening appointments available.

Get in Touch

I have a range of daytime and evening appointments available. To arrange an appointment simply call, SMS/text or email me so that we can negotiate a mutually suitable time.

Call/ SMS/ Text: 07766 141091

Please note that I may be with a client when you call, so please do leave me a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Please note this is not an emergency number. Should you require immediate help, please phone NHS Direct or visit your local Accident and Emergency.

My location

Sidcup and South East London Counselling Service is a private counselling and therapy practice based in Sidcup. It is within easy reach of Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley, Dartford, New Eltham, Welling, Bexleyheath, Plumstead and Eltham in South East London and Kent. Located on the B13, 286 and 51 bus route and with easy access to the A2 and A20.

The nearest train stations are New Eltham and Sidcup.

Fees & availability

Each session is £75. I have a sliding scale of fees and offer reduced rates(with limited availability) for people in special circumstances but is dependant on a day time appointment. If you are unsure if this applies to you, or you would like to talk it through, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You may not know it, but you’ve already taken the first step...

It can be scary and confusing making the decision to contact a counsellor or therapist, but in my experience people will struggle with a mental health issue, a personal crisis or problems with a relationship for much longer than is healthy. Sometimes a friend has proved a source of comfort, but this help can only go so far. Realising that resolving a problem requires something more means you have actually already taken the first step towards improving your life.

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