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About Joanna Chrzastowska

I work with individual adults, couples and groups to explore a wide range of common and complex issues; including depression, anxiety, loss, self-confidence issues, relationship issues, and other.

I am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

My clients represent the rich culture and diversity of London. I work in English and in Polish.

I am bound by the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP), and the Code of Ethics of the UK Association for Transactional Analysis(UKATA).

My journey began in Poland where I was raised and where I completed my formal education.
Over a decade ago, led by the desire to experience life in a new culture and challenge myself in an unfamiliar context, I relocated to the UK. Although, officially I am Joanna, to most people I am known by my polish nickname – Asia.

My heart lies in facilitating personal growth in self and others. I work with anyone who wishes to engage in a process of deepening self-discovery, gain greater connection with self and others, and improve and enrich their relationships.

I believe we are all deeply interdependent people and I am committed to promoting sense of inclusivity and connection

MY APPROACH

I work using a humanistic, relational approach to counselling and psychotherapy. My major therapeutic approach is Transactional Analysis (TA). TA is humanistic therapy and a form of social psychology that focuses on relationships and communication, and healing by learning to recognise and change old, self-limiting patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving. It accounts for the uniqueness of each client and each client-therapist relationship. In this sense I put less focus on the therapist’s diagnosis of the client and more attention to what unfolds between the client and the therapist.

I have integrated some ideas and techniques from mindfulness, yoga, and embodied approaches to life and therapy.

TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

I completed advanced four year counselling & psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis (TA) on postgraduate level. I hold the TA Counselling Diploma.

I have worked in the voluntary and private sector since 2011; with people of all ages to support them to make changes and move on, and to explore unresolved issues from the present and the past, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss and bereavement.

I have worked with clients who have experienced the following issues:

– abuse
– anxiety and panic
– bereavement and grief
– bullying
– childhood trauma
– cultural identity
– depression and low mood
– difficulty relating to others
– emotional impact of physical health conditions
– family disputes
– gender or relationship identity and diversity
– guilt
– lack of direction
– lack of feelings
– loneliness
– loss (in its many manifestations)
– low energy
– low self-esteem
– obsessive compulsive disorder
– performance anxiety
– relationship challenges and breakdown
– self-hatred;
– sense of something not being right
– sex and intimacy
– sexual orientation
– shame
– social anxiety
– stress and burnout
– workplace conflict

MEMBERSHIP IN ASSOCIATIONS

Joanna Chrzastowska is a registered member of the following Associations and abides by their ethical frameworks