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.



My name is Joanna Strong.

I am a qualified Counsellor, Psychologist and EMDR therapist and an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and UKRC registered, therefore adhere to their code of ethics and framework for good practice. 

Other Memberships:

British Psychological Society

EMDR Association UK

BACP Coaching (Relationships)

As well as Private Practice, I have worked for many years in the NHS working with parents and prospective parents dealing with issues such as bereavement, ante and post-natal depression, trauma, depression and anxiety.

I have also worked with young people and teenagers aged 11-25 having worked for a counselling service for young people based in Greenwich and in education.

My qualifications include:

  • MSc Psychology
  • EMDR Training Part 1, 2 and 3 (working with trauma)
  • 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

About the Sidcup and South East Counselling Service

The Sidcup and South East London Counselling Service has been helping adolescents and adults cope with a wide range of issues including trauma, depression, anxiety, parenthood, divorce, loss and bereavement.

Conveniently located in Sidcup (See Map) , it's within easy reach of Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley, Dartford, New Eltham, Welling, Plumstead, Bexleyheath and Eltham in South-East London and Kent. Transport connections include the B13, 286 and 51 bus routes, the A2 and A20, and train stations New Eltham and Sidcup.

Free parking is available on the street outside.

Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available.

My Personal Approach

I am an Integrative Counsellor drawing on the Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural, Humanistic and Transpersonal schools of theory. I also use EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) which is a psychotherapy used to help process and recover from past experiences which are affecting your mental health and wellbeing.

Psychodynamic theory based on the idea that experiences and relationships from the past can affect the way we live our lives in the present, therefore uncovering unconscious patterns of behaviour and motivations will in turn ease mental suffering.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy helps to identify and change self defeating or irrational beliefs and behaviours, by challenging and altering negative and distorted ways of thinking.

Humanistic Theory is used to build a trusting, empathic accepting and genuine working relationship between therapist and client.

Transpersonal Theory is a holistic approach that utilises creative imagination and exploration.

EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) is an evidence based psychotherapy that helps people recover from distressing events which are causing problems such as flashbacks, upsetting thoughts or images, nightmares, anxiety and depression.

Who I work with

As a counsellor I work with adults, parents and adolescents/young people (aged 18 to 25) and work with individuals on a one to one basis, either for an agreed period of time or on an open-ended basis with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

  • I work with individuals with a broad range of emotional, psychological and mental health difficulties which are impacting on their day to day lives and relationships, for example depression and anxiety.
  • I work with people who have suffered a traumatic experience who may be suffering from post traumatic stress, flashbacks to the event, as well as fear and anxiety on a daily basis.
  • I work with teenagers and young people aged 18-25 supporting them through the difficult transition from childhood to adolescence into adulthood who experience issues such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, parental conflict, parent separation/divorce, making and keeping friends, self harm and bullying as well as any other worries or concerns. Counselling can help a young person to express their feelings and tell their story with someone they can trust enabling them to make informed choices, develop a positive attitude, whilst building confidence and self-esteem in order to feel better about themselves.
  • I work with parents through the life altering transition to parenthood dealing with emotions that are new, unexpected or unfamiliar particularly stress, postnatal depression, anxiety, grief, loss and trauma.

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