Joanna Ham

Joanna Ham

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About me

I hope every sufferer out there finds themselves a Jo! Thank you for everything, for giving him a chance at a happy life.' Partner of severely traumatised, after five sessions, July 2015

Feel better fast

When you're emotionally distressed you need the right support to help you feel calmer and get back on track as soon as possible. But choosing from the multitude of therapists out there can seem like a leap of faith.

As a human givens psychotherapist, I offer a refreshingly practical and positive approach to therapy that gives effective, lasting results. Based on the most up-to-date findings in neuroscience and positive psychology, the human givens approach allows me to tailor swift, sensible support to the individual needs of each person who comes to see me.

We'll work together to examine what is and isn't working in your life so we can set the right goals to help you move forward. You may be pleasantly surprised at how quickly and comfortably you can make the changes you need.

I won't dwell unnecessarily on your past, although as a human givens therapist I'm trained in the Rewind Technique, to help you move on quickly and safely and get back on track with the minimum of fuss.

But don't just take my word for it: a simple, confidential set of questions tracks your wellbeing each session so we can make sure you're moving in the right direction, from our very first meeting.

So how does it work? Here's a story

This real story tells of a woman's rapid progress over six sessions, July to September 2014.

Amanda (not her real name) had not felt able to go out of her house alone for two decades. She scored 23/40 on wellbeing before our first session, which showed she was in a moderate degree of distress at the start of therapy.

Steady improvement

Her scores improved steadily each week as she relaxed and practised the calming down techniques and tasks I taught her. By listening to the personalised recordings I made for her and relaxing deeply, she rehearsed in her mind feeling calm while doing the activities which had previously been out of her reach. She was soon able to go out alone and confidently resume her activities, such as cycling, travelling on a bus, going shopping.

After her fourth session she was scoring significantly below the 'cut-off' line in the chart, ie coping like any healthy person. After four sessions she reported, 'Last night I slept without waking up until 7! And I feel even more relieved, all those old daily waking nightmares are gone!' After her sixth session she had brought her score down to 3/40, and we agreed that she did not need to see me again.

Here's what she said to me just before her final session, 'I have received so much comfort from your comments on my progress [...] I'm really running out of things that bother me!'

Supporting children and teenagers

As well as helping adults, I specialise in working with children and young people from 4-18, and work as a School Counsellor in primary and secondary schools across North London. I've helped numerous youngsters cope with the things that can derail young people in today's pressurised world.

'It's awesome and cool with Jo.' Feedback from boy, 7, learning healthy ways to cope, Sept 2015.

From our very first meeting, I will help you relax and feel confident so you can -

* Feel better quickly and safely

* Use your own strengths and skills to overcome difficulties

Move forward and put past events behind you – for good

Make the changes you need to get your life back on track

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For more information on the human givens approach please visit

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Givens Psychotherapy, Nottingham Trent University /Human Givens College - Distinction, 2010
  • Diploma in Human Givens Supervision - 2015
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing, 1991
  • BA (Hons) Hispanic Studies, University of Manchester - First Class, 1985

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Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.

Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

Young People
School counselling
I work for the young People's charity Ignite Trust
I take referrals from the military charity PTSD Resolution

I offer training workshops for charities, schools and business
I offer supervision for senior leadership teams, nurses, hospices and therapists

Please contact me for details.

Photos & videos

  • 'Amanda's steady progress chart


£90 per session

The average number of sessions is four. Many people can make lasting changes in fewer sessions, while others may need a few more. It really depends on your circumstances - I'll help you reconnect with your own talents and resources to move on from past difficulties, and cope more calmly and confidently with current challenges.

Do get in touch for a no-obligation chat.

Further information

I also have experience of successfully offering therapy via VSee (The medically encrypted equivalent of Skype. It's free to download).

I can offer therapy in Spanish, Italian, and with slightly less fluency, in Portuguese and French.

I hold full insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate.

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Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French


I can usually offer an appointment within a week

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