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Joanna Chilman MBACP, Dip Couns, Dip CBT

Therapeutic and Cognitive Behavioural Counsellor covering the Bransgore and Christchurch areas in Dorset and the Ringwood area in Hampshire.

I believe wholeheartedly that counselling can help with many current and ongoing issues, just simply talking about life in general can be very beneficial, and ultimately help improve the future.

Counselling offers you the opportunity to explore your life, self, feelings and thoughts, knowing all information discussed will be treated with complete confidentiality and in a safe and comfortable environment.

Counselling can help with:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Panic Disorders
  • Relationships
  • Family issues
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Self confidence
  • Self Harm
  • Loss and Grief
  • Abuse issues
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Weight issues
  • Drug and Alcohol issues
  • Low Self Esteem

Through the counselling process there are many ways that it could enhance aspects of your life:

  • Improve self esteem, self confidence and self awareness
  • Work out alternative ways of thinking and strategies to do so
  • Explore patterns of behaviour in order to identify and change self-defeating thoughts and beliefs
  • Improve decision-making
  • Clarify life choices and improve them
  • Improve relationships with others
  • Recognise and resolve past issues/traumas
  • Come to terms with bereavement and/or loss
  • Be accepting of who you are and feel whole
  • Clarify life direction
  • Be the best person you can be by understanding yourself better.

About Me/Qualifications

I have an early professional background in Human Resources and have also been a Sports Massage Therapist for over 15 years.

I started my counselling studies at Brockenhurst College in 2007 and completed my final three years at Redlands Counselling and Training, which is a private college in Winton, Dorset.

I set up my private counselling service at Twin Oaks Medical Centre in 2013 and continue to practice there to date.

I have a Diploma (Level 4) in Therapeutic Counselling and a Diploma (Level 5) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I believe wholeheartedly that counselling can help with so many issues, as stated above, and I also believe that just talking about current life issues in general, ones hopes and dreams and life plans, can also be very beneficial and ultimately improve the future.

Counselling can be used as a maintenance for the mind, just in the same way as massage can be used as maintenance for the muscles and the body in general.


Any information you tell me about yourself will be kept confidential to me.  All sessions are confidential, and any written records I might keep are kept securely, to comply with with the Data Protection Act 2018.

I work as an independent counsellor and am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Membership Number 615956.  I am required to have regular supervision in accordance with the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the BACP.  If I do discuss your case with my supervisor, I will not use your name, but a code that will not identify you personally.  My supervisor’s role is to support me, monitor my work and assist me in being the best counsellor I can be.

Joanna Chilman  MBACP, Dip Couns, Dip CBT

Joanna Chilman
MBACP, Dip Couns, Dip CBT



About Counselling

There are many theories and methods of counselling.  As an Integrative Counsellor I believe that no one model of counselling can adequately cover all aspects of a person’s experiences in life.  Using a combination of some methods of counselling including Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transaction Analysis, which come under the Therapeutic models, and Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT), is usually the best way to explore issues and can also take into consideration you as an individual.  These different approaches to counselling include working together to explore self and how you value yourself, focusing on what is happening for you in the ‘here and now’, exploring your past issues and how they may be affecting you now.  These are all non-directive approaches and very much lead by the client.  By using CBT as well, which can be a more directive and challenging approach, but still collaborative, this may assist in certain issues such as phobias, anxiety and depression.


Counselling is a two way relationship

Through the counselling process you will have the opportunity to gain more insight into yourself, your life situation and the way you relate to others.  Through talking about your issues you will be able to explore alternative ways of looking at your life and the choices that you make and help you discover your own resources.  I will help you in exploring these different ways of thinking and moving towards making your own decisions.  I will listen to you, be alongside you, but will not judge you, give you advice, tell you what to do or how to lead your life. 












Time and Fees

A counselling session is 55 minutes in length and the usual fee for an individual session is £35.
An initial consultation of half an hour is also available to help you decide if you wish to begin counselling.



My clinic is at the Twin Oaks Medical Centre, Ringwood Road, Bransgore, Dorset, BH23 8AD
which is situated in the centre of the parade of shops in Bransgore. 

You do not have to be registered at Twin Oaks as a patient to attend counselling with me as I am an Independent Counsellor.








Get in Touch With Me

Twin Oaks Medical Centre,
Ringwood Road,
Dorset, BH23 8AD


In order to enquire about counselling and/or book an appointment please contact me directly on 07891 291754. Please feel free call or message. Alternatively, my email is

If you wish to contact the Twin Oaks surgery, the number is 01425 672741.

I currently offer sessions on Monday and Tuesday afternoons at Twin Oaks surgery. Evening sessions are available. I also have a home counselling room available in Ringwood on other week days.