Area of specialisation

Eating Disorders

I am expertly qualified and equipped to deal with a range of problems and/or addictions. My primary area of expertise is eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia Nervosa), though my therapeutic care and support extends to include substance abuse/addiction, depression and relationship counselling.

My View on Eating Disorders

Contrary to popular belief that anorexia and bulimia are issues isolated to food and eating, I believe that they are about feelings. Rather than viewing disordered eating behaviours as the root of the problem, I view them as superficial symptoms masking what is, in fact, a deeper hurt – the hurt of a self that is seeking to be noticed; a self that has fallen out of love with itself.

Serious Afflictions

Anorexia and bulimia are disorders that lie very close to my heart – I’ve witnessed first-hand the devastating and destructive effect they can have on their victims, in extreme cases even resulting in death.

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  • I am so thankful to be alive and was indeed lucky to have had Joan as my psychological counsellor. Having been lost in anorexia’s black hole of nothingness, Joan never gave up on me, her commitment to my journey will always be treasured by myself and my family.
    Mari
    Age 22
  • Joan’s appreciation of life and all things beautiful convinced me that I too can live without ongoing chaos caused by alcohol controlling my life. The journey to let go was hard with many setbacks. Joan’s ongoing commitment to my journey is what pulled me through. I can stand back in appreciation and look how far I have come, knowing I will never ever go back to where I was.
    Peter
    Age 38
  • I am so grateful I took my daughter to see Joan when I did. Joan has a very unusual way of working with young people. She connects with them at a very deep level and gain their trust right at the start. After only one session with Joan I could see the difference in my child. She was smiling again after a very long time!
    Mother of daughter
    Age 18
  • Four years after I lost my first wife I decided to remarry. It was hard for my children aged 10 and 12 to accept some-one new. Always sensitive to our difficulties, Joan assisted us individually and together to build and strengthen family ties. She supported us in the healing process and enabled us all to move forward.
    John
    Age 42
  • By treating me not as a patient, but as a person – as a friend – Joan gained my trust, and I valued what she had to say. She showed me ways of getting back in touch with myself. Ways of getting to know myself again. I now have plans for my life. I have dreams and ambitions and I feel I have potential.
    Robyn
    Age 17
  • We experienced relationship problems, causing our marriage to suffer. We contracted with Joan for a few sessions. Joan has a heart for people and a passion for what she is doing. Her friendly, yet professional manner of dealing with people is something which comes very naturally for her, something which immediately made us very comfortable with her and really impressed us. It was a pleasure for us to work alongside Joan.
    Ray & Susan
    Age 28 / 257