Joanna Omylinska-Thurston

CPsychol, FBPsS, BACP accredited

NSPC Role
Online Research Supervisor

Joanna is an experienced Counselling Psychologist who has been practicing within NHS for the last 20 years providing psychological therapy, supervision and placements for Counselling Psychology Trainees at the University of Manchester and the BPS’s Qualification in Counselling Psychology.  She integrates humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic approaches in her work and has worked in learning disabilities, psycho-oncology and mental health. Joanna has undertaken several research projects using qualitative methods examining the psychological aspects of immigration, the therapist’s use of self and helpful factors in psychological therapy with cancer. The projects have been published and she encourages publishing of counselling psychology research. Joanna currently works for IAPT where she works with clients who present with common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression as well as complex issues such as complex trauma.  She won a BACP grant to explore the unhelpful factors in CBT.  She is also co-leading a project exploring the use of creative methods (inc. dance/ movement and creative writing) in the treatment of depression. Joanna is interested in autoethnographic research exploring her development as a counselling psychologist and the role of creativity and spirituality in that journey. She uses journalling, movement and other creative methods as well as personal therapy in her own development. She has currently become interested in the menopause and middle life changes. Joanna has a small private practice where she sees Polish clients and supervises. She lives and practices in Manchester. 


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