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Joanne Theaker Therapy


As a Human Givens psychotherapist and professional member of the Human Givens Institute I am experienced in helping people overcome post traumatic stress disorder, depression, general anxiety, out of control anger, addictions and obtrusive thoughts. What you can expect from psychotherapy sessions with me Human Givens psychotherapy is a powerful, common sense and scientific framework for understanding the way that your mind works that will help you achieve results very quickly. This framework encompasses the latest scientific understanding from neurobiology and psychology, as well as ancient wisdom and original new insights. I offer you a safe and confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. I use methods that will quickly enable you to achieve a state of calm and work with you to identify goals that you feel will help you move forward. I will deal with issues that are troubling you from the past without having to dwell on them or endlessly talk about them. My focus is very much on the present and empowering you to learn how to manage your own mind and achieve your future goals. The first session is mainly to identify the “landscape” and clarify what your key issues and desired outcomes are during which we work together on a plan for you. Many clients find they can achieve their goals in 2 – 6 sessions, as Human Givens therapy is a very powerful approach, but I am able to work long term if that is required too. A typical session will last up to 1½ hours, during which I will ask questions to guide our conversation about the issues concerning you, and encourage you to define your desired outcomes. We will focus on your emotional needs and ensuring these are fully met. (This is the basis of Human Givens psychotherapy - a list of these needs can be seen on my “take action” page). When these needs are met adequately you will quickly overcome any feelings of anxiety and other emotional distress. As part of this process we will identify thoughts and behaviour that may be helpful in enabling you to meet you emotional needs more effectively. I may perhaps help you to practice visualisation and relaxation techniques; sometimes we could use a variety of tools and techniques to help explore your issues and find ways of resolving them. For example one of my techniques will enable you to quickly overcome past traumatic experience. You may be asked to carry out some tasks for yourself between sessions, for example: observe a particular aspect of your behaviour, keep a journal or logbook, read an article, practice a particular technique, listen to a CD or tape, or experiment with a new behaviour. I am willing to take NHS referrals. I am also willing to travel to see clients. Session fees are £50 and can be paid in advance or at the time of the session. You can pay for each session one at a time. As a fully qualified Human Given Psychotherapist and professional member of the Human Givens Institute I adhere to the highest standards of practice. A Human Givens accredited supervisor monitors my practice. Sessions with me may be discussed with my supervisor as part of the supervision process. All supervision discussions are anonymised. I have a current CRB check and also am insured as a professional therapist. The Human Givens Institute is the governing body for Human Given’s therapists. They follow strict codes of practice in line with government national guidelines for psychotherapists. There are many hundreds of trained Human Given’s therapists in the UK. Their complaints procedure and ethical and professional conduct policy can be viewed on their national website here. www.hgi.org.uk. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. If you feel you may wish to proceed, the next step is to make an appointment with me. Very best wishes, Joanne

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What do you love most about your job?

I have a deep belief in the potential of people and I am passionate about helping them move forward, overcome difficulties and achieve their ambitions. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction in life than helping others achieve this.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I have a wide experience of life, having worked as a teacher, economic reformist, conference organiser, national charity leader, IT consultant in the City of London, and as an entrepreneur, I created and ran my own businesses. I have had the honour of working with some of the world’s pioneering women in ethical business, including Dr. Hazel Henderson and Dame Anita Roddick MBE. I am a life-long Buddhist and have various interests in spirituality and the development of human consciousness and positive social change. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. As soon I was introduced to Human Givens psychotherapy and counselling in 2009 I was deeply impressed with its clarity and results. I now successfully use it as the basis of my psychotherapy and counselling in Liverpool.

Why should our clients choose you?

I have a wide variety of experience of working with people from all walks of life and all ages across all the conditions listed on this website. My specialism pages on this site give you more details of each of the areas I have experience of working with.

I have a profound belief in the people I work with and a deep desire to help them reveal more of their inner confidence whatever their circumstances. I bring a tremendous amount of empathy, encouragement and reassuring knowledge and experience into the therapy room to help my clients.

Mental distress is characterised by a lot of confusion and anxiety’ and it is my experience that the Human Givens approach to psychotherapy and counselling offers a truly powerful method that is also very brief and solution focused. You will not need to be therapy with me for very long, I hope you agree is a good thing. You should expect to see a significant improvement in your mood within 6 sessions with me.

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Your expert Counsellor will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to advise on what is most suitable. Use Bark to get free quotes and schedule an appointment today.

At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

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Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.

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