Here are some recent recommendations from people I have worked with

Feedback from a woman who suffered from childhood abuse, followed by decades of agoraphobia, OCD and anxiety
"Thank you so much for our session yesterday, and for everything! Unless I find something that I've overlooked, I really think that we have been through all my problems. I am astounded that all my suffering really should be at an end! 

When I saw the Human Givens book on Amazon it sounded very good, and certainly different. I thought I would try just once more if I could find help from a book, or else simply give up, because nothing helped very much and I thought I'd just be a semi-invalid for the rest of my life. So, I am very grateful to you!

It's been absolutely amazing! My life is totally different now"

- September 2014
Email from a woman struggling with high levels of stress and anxiety
"I booked in to see Jo recently when I realised my anxiety levels were controlling me rather than the other way around. They were affecting my sleep, my key relationships and my health in general. I found Jo to be immensely empathetic, practical and solution oriented - exactly what I needed. She helped me to articulate very specifically what I wanted to achieve from the session and how I would recognise success. She then took time to explain what was happening in my brain and body when my anxiety levels were out of control. She proceeded to help me visualise different ways of looking at and managing my anxiety. The chief one of these was to separate me from it through powerful imagery. This session was all about unlocking ways for me to help myself. Almost instantaneously, I noticed a huge improvement. I feel in control of me again. I cannot recommend or thank Jo enough." 

- February 2014
From a mum on a Just What We Need course for parents
- April 2013


Recommendation by Wendy Amey, MD of CBT Rehabilitation Ltd
"Joanna is a dedicated and highly competent psychological therapist. She provides effective therapy irrespective of the complexity of the presenting symptoms. This is of paramount importance to my clinical practice which specialises in the treatment of severe psychological trauma and comorbidity. Moreover, Joanna is a pleasure to work with. Thank you Jo." 

Top Qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative
Wendy Amey 
Managing Director 
CBT Rehabilitation Ltd
Service Category: Psychotherapy
Year first hired: 2010 (hired more than once)
Feedback from a parent on a Just What We Need course I ran with my colleague Kevin McDonagh in a Children's Centre in Milton Keynes, January to March 2013. This parent had a one-to-one appointment with me after the course session where we worked on a past trauma that was troubling her.
"You’ve helped me get over a trauma that I hadn’t been able to get over for three years. I’d gone through various counselling and various groups but you’ve now helped me get past that and build ‘me’ again. I feel like myself and I feel like I can take on anything now, thanks to the help you’ve given me in that one to one session. 

It really is life-changing: I’m now able to leave my children with other members of the family that I hadn’t felt confident in leaving them before because I was so scared that something bad would happen. 

I’m now able to go shopping and potentially see the perpetrator without having panic attacks and without getting the shakes and I don’t even get flashbacks anymore, whereas I used to wake up in the night and it would be terrible, I wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep. That’s now passed me and I’m amazed that it is, but it is.

When you said about doing the one to one I honestly didn’t think I could get a lot out of it because I’ve had so much counselling and as it happened three years ago I thought ‘Ok well, it’s worth a try but I doubt I will get much from it’. But in that one and a half hours you managed to do what five counsellors and two psychologists have been trying for three years to unravel. And you managed to do it within an hour and a half, so you really must be a genius or some sort of ... I don’t know, you managed to just get me through the worst time in my life and I can’t thank you enough for that.
- February 2013
Email from the mum of a 13-year-old girl
"She came home on cloud 9, it was an almost unbelievable transformation. Neither she or I could believe how much better she felt after just one session. I think she must have slept properly last night for the first time in ages. The last thing she said before she went to sleep was that I must write to thank you for the session and stress how wonderful it was! Her confidence and inner happiness have certainly improved no end.

Can't thank you enough." 

- June 2012
Card from a girl aged 11
- July 2012
May 2012 Email from the mum of a young woman
"Seeing Jo has taken my daughter's life in a new direction. She has complete confidence in Jo and says that she doesn’t even know what her problem was. My daughter knows by now that even the darkest day and severe struggle will change for the better. I am so grateful because I know that having the experience that life will change gives courage and hope when you feel miserable."
- May 2012 

Recommendation by the Behaviour Management Team Leader of a Primary School in Harrow
"Jo Ham has been working with us since October 2010. We were part of a pilot project to take Ignite Counselling into Primary Schools, a much needed resource. 

During her time with us Jo has worked with numerous children with various difficulties including autism, OCD, ADHD, cerebal palsy, statemented children, travellers and those who had issues arising from their home environment. She works systematically and always keeps us fully informed about the progress the children are making (and they have all made progress). The children are taught strategies to use to help them cope with difficuties which arise during their day.

She sends detailed reports each term for each child which includes graphs of progress they have made from day one. She also keeps in very close contact with the school so that everyone involved with the children is aware of exactly what is happening on a weekly basis. This information has been invaluable for us in school. We feed back her findings to the class teacher and vice versa. 

The children all love going to see her each week (or fortnightly in some cases). No child is ever too much of a challenge for her and she bends over backwards to accommodate as many children as she can in the time she is with us, without compromising the process.

I highly recommend that Jo continues working with the children from this school once they arrive at High School. Her input enables them to feel confident to manage issues as they arise and her weekly meetings provide a secure base for them to grow and develop to their full potential."
Behaviour Management Team Leader
Primary School in Harrow
- May 2012

Email from 8-year old girl with friendship and school problems
"I was really unhappy until you helped me! you make me smile! 
PS thanks for the tips. I will try them. I love your ideas."
- September 2012